Guess what guys, Alexander Ovechkin actually scored a goal and the Washington Capitals won their first game of the season.

I know…I’m scared too.

Is he back? Is this the start of a legendary goal scoring run that would make the great Mike Bossy green with envy or at the very least purple with confusion? Is this just a small blip on the radar as he continues his descent into mediocrity?

I don’t really have an answer to any of these questions, but I will say this: he sure can hammer a puck.

Comments (9)

  1. …You see the hit he laid on Tyler Myers? He rocked him, goooooood. Then he blows the empty-netter. Bah.

  2. Ovechkin refuses to adjust. He does the same moves the same way as he did when he entered the league. Is he a good player? Yeah, for sure. Does he have talent? Yeah. The fact of the matter is though, that it’s his head, not his skillset that are preventing him from doing amazing things. I expect mediocrety is what the rest of his career is going to look like unless his attitude changes.

  3. Look at the effort given by Hecht on that play. He looks completely lost and watches the shot sail into the net.

  4. Here’s a thought: does Washington use an amnesty buyout on Ov if he bombs this year & next? He’s not worth $10M a year now, he certainly won’t be in 3,4,5 years from now.
    I tend to agree with Devils Win, he’s too predictable.

    • Tough call seeing how Leonsis was one of those owners screaming blue murder about how much money he was losing…An Ovie buyout might be a very bitter pill for him to swallow.

      Ovechkin’s NTC becomes modified in (summer) 2014 to where he can submit an annual list of 10 teams he WON’T accept a trade to. That’s presuming any GM in his right mind (and, yes, there are more than enough idiots out there) will want to take on his salary, cap and term, coupled with (what we are speculating will be) diminished scoring.

  5. Icehound- jeez those contract options would make it even tougher. I don’t think Ov is going anywhere either but I’d sure like to be a fly on the wall if Leonsis did have that conversation. :P

    • There’s always the KHL… :-D

      Maybe Ted can bribe Dynamo less than the buyout would cost to ensure his defection. Or, perhaps (more realistically) cajole Dynamo to subsidize the buyout with the intent of having him return to Russia.

      The Lord works in mysterious ways. Either way, if Ovie continues to flounder, George McPhee’s gonna have a lot of scrambling and ‘splainin’ to do. It’s his baby, and may well become his nightmare, to deal with.

  6. Ovechkin was the number 5 top goal scorer in the league last year. Maybe mediocre only if we hold him to his own standards of his performance years ago, but by NHL standards he is still one of the top 5 snipers in the league. Even if he drops to number 10 this year, I’d still say he’s an elite goal scorer.

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