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Caps concerned, but want 'relentless' Ovechkin

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08:39 AM ET 01.25 | Heading into the All-Star break, Alex Ovechkin landed in Brendan Shanahan's doghouse, though the Capitals don't want to see him change his game. [Ovechkin] likes to hit. He plays on the edge. Sometimes that costs him. ... But the question again turns to whether Ovechkin will tone down his game following the third suspension in his six-year career. "Yeah, we're concerned about it, certainly. But what we want him to do when he comes back is play the way he's always played," general manager George McPhee said. "We want him to be relentless, we want him to score goals. We want him to be physical." Ovechkin has noted that he's not paid $9 million just for hits; the Capitals need him to score.

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January 25, 2012  09:13 AM ET

this and the TT thread got played out yesterday, but if Ovi doesn't leave his feet to hit high (in general), he likely doesn't get suspended.
end of story.

January 25, 2012  09:27 AM ET

will they settle for an "intrepid" Ovechkin?

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January 25, 2012  09:34 AM ET

The suspension was weak. The hit Michalek put on Hendricks was a little more suspension worthy in my opinion.



This gets you nothing...



This gets you 3 games. Huh?

January 25, 2012  09:40 AM ET

I'm also glad he pulled out of the all star game. If you are suspended, how can you play at an all star game?

January 25, 2012  09:40 AM ET

"But what we want him to do when he comes back is play the way he's always played"

If that is the case I guess the Caps are content with some more short lived playoff outings

January 25, 2012  09:40 AM ET

Great game last night, Slappy and Chip (Caps' fans). They really stepped it up with some of their stars out.

January 25, 2012  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm also glad he pulled out of the all star game. If you are suspended, how can you play at an all star game?

I think it is kind of a shame, in a way, he opted out. Yes, he got suspended, but inasmuch some think ASG is a joke, some fans like it, and enjoy seeing Ovie participate. The ASG is about the fans, and Ovie's fans will be disappointed to see him in them.

He entertains.

January 25, 2012  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm also glad he pulled out of the all star game. If you are suspended, how can you play at an all star game?

It got Hartnell in.

January 25, 2012  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm also glad he pulled out of the all star game. If you are suspended, how can you play at an all star game?

It got Hartnell in.

January 25, 2012  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm also glad he pulled out of the all star game. If you are suspended, how can you play at an all star game?

the arguement is that the ASG if for the fans, and the fans like to see Ovi play.

personally, I agree with his decision not to play

January 25, 2012  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Great game last night, Slappy and Chip (Caps' fans). They really stepped it up with some of their stars out.

Thanks! Hate to say it but they played a little bit more like the Pens. (Ow...that hurts to be respectful)!

January 25, 2012  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Thanks! Hate to say it but they played a little bit more like the Pens.
(Ow...that hurts to be respectful)!

After reading yesterday's main thread I'm not sure it's even allowed.

January 25, 2012  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Thanks! Hate to say it but they played a little bit more like the Pens. (Ow...that hurts to be respectful)!

I know how you feel. I was giving Malkin props in the other thread ;)

January 25, 2012  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

After reading yesterday's main thread I'm not sure it's even allowed.

It's a new day, Canuck! ;)

January 25, 2012  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

It got Hartnell in.

See...................occasionally Ovie makes a good move. Hartnell deserves to be in. More seriously I think Ovie did exactly the right thing. I don't think he deserved the suspension but the fact is he's suspended and he shouldn't play in the ASG. If he showed up there it would be more of a media circus than normal and take attention away from the other guys who made it.

January 25, 2012  10:33 AM ET

Stop leaving his feet.....he doesnt need to jump everytime he checks!

It has nothing to do with his game....change the way you check.

Seriously, a guy over 6' and roughly 230 lbs. shouldnt have to leave his feet....simple as that.

January 25, 2012  10:37 AM ET

Forget the **** video Shanny......summon the O to your office.

Sit him down, give a vodky with some coffee and tell him point blank.....a person your size should not be leaving his feet.

January 25, 2012  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

See...................occasionally Ovie makes a good move. Hartnell deserves to be in. More seriously I think Ovie did exactly the right thing. I don't think he deserved the suspension but the fact is he's suspended and he shouldn't play in the ASG. If he showed up there it would be more of a media circus than normal and take attention away from the other guys who made it.

Slap,

Ovie makes a lot of good moves, especially when he is scoring against the Pens.

 
January 25, 2012  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

It got Hartnell in.

Hartnell was in before the Ovie situation.

Neal just got in cause of the Ovie situation.

Let the controversy begin

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