Alex Ovechkin: Washington Capitals Star Felt "Trapped" Last Season

January 14th, 2013 by Matty J. Schreiber Leave a reply »

Alex Ovechkin is the face of the Washington Capitals franchise. It's inexcusable for one of the most prolific scorers in the league to put up 65 points in a season, right?

Well, that's what happened last year when Ovechkin played under coach Dale Hunter's defensive system of hockey.

In an interview with CSN Washington's Chuck Gormley, Ovechkin was asked if he was happy with what he has done so far in his career. He stated:

"I’m happy what I did last year because it was a pretty hard year for me, starting with Bruce [Boudreau] and ending with Dale [Hunter]....

It was [Hunter’s] decision and he had his own mind and his own kind of personality and his own systems. Of course sometimes I felt trapped."

Ovechkin is an offensive player. It's that simple. As a coach, you can't breed him to be defensive minded. He received a $100 million contract to score goals, not to drop back on defense and sacrifice his body.

Sure, if you need him to deliver a bone-crushing hit or dive to poke-check the puck away, he can do that for you. But you can't expect him to change his game for you. 
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