This is part 2 of a 5-part series. For part 1, click here.
Reason #2: Mrs Alex Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin may be only 27 years old, but he’s no longer lean & hungry. With his December 2012 engagement to the fetching Russian tennis ace Maria Kirilenko, Ovie went from growling “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” in the shower to crooning “Our House” from a La-Z-Boy recliner rocker in the corner of the living room.
Who can blame him? It’s a long-standing pattern among NHL hockey stars that once they hook up for good, their point production goes down. (Some even say “if you’re scoring at home, you’re not scoring at the rink.”) A quick look back in the record/marriage books confirms this: just about every high-scoring star racked up way more points when young & single than after marriage. Even the Great One fits the mold: pre-Janet Jones he was infinitely more lethal around the net than after he married and left Edmonton. Age may be a factor here – but more than age, it’s the devil contentment that leads to complacence – and complacence means you’re not hitting top-10 scoring stats anymore.
So now that Ovie has a date at the altar, the Capitals should cut their losses and trade him for a gnarly, dissatisfied, pent-up single forward – say, a James Neal or a Steven Stamkos. As long as Alex has Maria, his mind will never be 100% on the ice.
Tomorrow: Reason #3 – Too Many Roubles