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Boudreau on thin ice with Ovechkin

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08:24 AM ET 11.21 | Games like Saturday's 7-1 loss against Toronto, missing regulars and starting a third-string goalie, aren't supposed to happen to Washington. Coach Bruce Boudreau must reconnect with the Washington Capitals' locker room, beginning with Monday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes. That process starts with getting on the same page as Alex Ovechkin. Too often this season, it has appeared the coach and the captain have been pulling in opposite directions. No player has as much sway on the ice and bench as Ovechkin. ... NHL coaches don't get canned for losing games. They get fired for losing touch with their team and repeatedly getting stonewalled by the team captain. Signs of the disconnect between the two have been impossible to ignore.

The Washington Post

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November 21, 2011  08:53 AM ET

The Caps did look awful Sat night. Almost all looked totally disinterested.

November 21, 2011  08:56 AM ET

Alex,

Sid is back. That means, you'll be back, brother! :)

November 21, 2011  09:03 AM ET

Time for a trade.

November 21, 2011  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Time for a trade.

I don't think the Caps fans would stand for them dealing Ovie. Firing effing Bruce would be the better thing to do.

November 21, 2011  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

No, coaches get canned for losing games. That's a pretty standard practice in sport.Also, please stop referring to OV as team captain. That letter doesn't mean jack to him.

Are we sure this is from the Washington Post and not the To***to Sun?

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November 21, 2011  09:37 AM ET

Ovechkin has a lot more pull with ownership than Boudreau.

November 21, 2011  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If this were Leaf-related, the phrase "Coaches don't get fired for losing games" would hold serious water. 112-155 record in 3+ seasons apparently qualifies as "Job Well Done" in these parts.

Your problems start from the GM.

November 21, 2011  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

If this were Leaf-related, the phrase "Coaches don't get fired for losing games" would hold serious water. 112-155 record in 3+ seasons apparently qualifies as "Job Well Done" in these parts.

It's the law of diminishing standards.

November 21, 2011  10:20 AM ET

Maybe Ovechkin is tired of his cursing?

November 21, 2011  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Caps did look awful Sat night. Almost all looked totally disinterested.

You're being kind. They should have been forced to fly back home commercial after the game and pay for their own tix. I personally don't care who is at "fault". Many of them, Ovie included, look like they don't have any respect for themselves and could care less. It's only November, but I've seen this movie in late Spring too. :-(

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November 21, 2011  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Maybe Ovechkin is tired of his cursing?

W T F are you talking about? :-)

November 21, 2011  10:40 AM ET

9 times out of 10 when the star player on a team stops buying in, the coach goes. Just sayin.

November 21, 2011  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

9 times out of 10 when the star player on a team stops buying in, the coach goes. Just sayin.

Maybe 11 times out of 10? But, I agree with you. I like Bruce but if these guys, starting with Ovechkin, aren't gonna listen to him then it's goodbye. Interesting stat I saw the other day the other day, the Caps are 8-0 with Green in the line-up. Mike's beginning to get injury prone however. Offensively he's big cog in their game.

November 21, 2011  10:54 AM ET

On another note I see Brad Stuart used to play that old wood hockey game in the summer parks and rec. as he banged one off the boards for an EN last night.

November 21, 2011  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Interesting stat I saw the other day the other day, the Caps are 8-0 with Green in the line-up. Mike's beginning to get injury prone however. Offensively he's big cog in their game.

Not good if you're a Caps fan and he's the straw that stirs the drink!

November 21, 2011  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Maybe Ovechkin is tired of his cursing?

Or the restraining orders on his play.

 
November 21, 2011  11:04 AM ET

TRADE OVIE. NOW.

Get 3 or 4 NHL-ready or near-ready prospects. You set a dangerous precedent when you allow a player who has quit on his coach (and teammates) to run a coach out of town. Most of the players would side with Boudreau on this one, Ovie is being a whiner.

While McPhee is at it.. trade Semin too. He is worse than Ovie for choosing when to play hard. The Caps will never win a ring with these two guys as their best players. the Caps have enough depth to survive the short-term without these two, and if they make the right deals, can snag young players to have them contend for another decade.

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