Alex Ovechkin: Double-Edged Sword

December 2nd, 2009 by Travis Loftis Leave a reply »
Alexander Ovechkin has been under quite a bit of scrutiny lately. The franchise superstar and key attraction is running amok, with many fans tired of his play. 

Coach Bruce Boudreau himself has sat down with the media and called Ovechkin "reckless."

Owner Ted Leonsis personally sat down to discuss the recent play.

The result of that meeting? Leonsis telling Ovechkin to keep playing like he plays.

The problem with Ovechkin's high-octane, breaks-off mentality is that it can lead to rough injuries and dangerous collisions. These can lead to the idea that Ovechkin is a dirty player, since he plays so hard and so fast.

Those rumblings are going on in several media outlets and fanbases.

The bigger problem? To the NHL and the Capitals, that's a double-edged sword.

If Alex tones his play down, fewer injuries are likely to happen. This is good.

The problem for the NHL and the Capitals is that part of the reason Ovechkin is such a massive draw at the turnstyles—and his sweater is so well sold—is his play.

The same play led to boarding and kneeing ejections in the last few days— ...

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