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McDonald blasts Ovechkin on Twitter

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08:30 AM ET 01.26 | Blues veteran Andy McDonald took to Twitter to offer his criticisms of Alex Ovechkin's decision not to attend the All-Star game. McDonald, who is @10_AMac on Twitter, tweeted "classless move by @Ovi8 'opting' out of NHL All-Star game." ... McDonald, who is battling to get back into the Blues' lineup after missing the past 46 games with a concussion, said Ovechkin's decision bothers fans and players. "I think it's disappointing for the fans," said McDonald, when reached by the Post-Dispatch. "The All-Star game is about the fans, a chance for them to see the league's best players showcase their skills. He's one of the premier players in the league.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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January 26, 2012  08:37 AM ET

"He's one of the premier players in the league."

When he wants to and he doesn't seem to want to very often this season.

January 26, 2012  09:00 AM ET

What Andy doesn't realize is that Alex is meeting with Obama on the weekend.

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January 26, 2012  09:13 AM ET

As I said before, Ovie definitely brings life to the ASG. I know why he is sitting out, but I think it would have shown a little more character, if he had just went. Whether or not he agrees with the suspenion, go. Show it doesn't bother you, you are willing to take the punishment, and go for the fans who support you.

January 26, 2012  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What Andy doesn't realize is that Alex is meeting with Obama on the weekend.

bringing Tim Thomas as his date?

January 26, 2012  09:21 AM ET

And I care what Andy McDonald thinks because . . . . . . ?

January 26, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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As I said before, Ovie definitely brings life to the ASG. I know why he is sitting out, but I think it would have shown a little more character, if he had just went. Whether or not he agrees with the suspenion, go. Show it doesn't bother you, you are willing to take the punishment, and go for the fans who support you.

Exactly and more........show up and accept your punishment.

How about a man standing up and saying "Hey, I made a mistake, i left my feet......I'll accept my punishment but I am here at the ASG to dangle"

January 26, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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Rap duet?

ok, I might actually pay to see that

January 26, 2012  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

And I care what Andy McDonald thinks because . . . . . . ?

I bet Andy had a ticket for the ASG game, and now he won't get a Ovi autograph on his hat

January 26, 2012  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

And I care what Andy McDonald thinks because . . . . . . ?

Well, because he's a Blue, of course........

January 26, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What Andy doesn't realize is that Alex is meeting with Obama on the weekend.

Trying to start the post count contest again are you Canuck?

I've said it before and I'll say it again (last time I promise)............he's suspended. Why go to the ASG? This is just a made for TV controversy. Quite frankly, suspension or not, Alex hasn't been playing well enough this year (and a lot of last year) to be on the team.

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January 26, 2012  09:44 AM ET

Give your head a shake Andy....oh wait , do not do that ! How can he say with any sincerity that a no hit scrimmage showcases the elite players skills.

January 26, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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Trying to start the post count contest again are you Canuck?I've said it before and I'll say it again (last time I promise)............he's suspended. Why go to the ASG? This is just a made for TV controversy. Quite frankly, suspension or not, Alex hasn't been playing well enough this year (and a lot of last year) to be on the team.

Understood, but I still like what he brings to the ASG.

The funny hats, and the banter between him and Malkin. Can you imagine the conversations between those two? Ovie translating Malkin's English! ha. ha. ;)

January 26, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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Understood, but I still like what he brings to the ASG.The funny hats, and the banter between him and Malkin. Can you imagine the conversations between those two? Ovie translating Malkin's English! ha. ha. ;)

I admit I do like that goofing around with Malkin. The game not a hockey game however. They simply ought to award those chosen with plaques and have a more elaborate skills competition.

January 26, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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As I said before, Ovie definitely brings life to the ASG. I know why he is sitting out, but I think it would have shown a little more character, if he had just went. Whether or not he agrees with the suspenion, go. Show it doesn't bother you, you are willing to take the punishment, and go for the fans who support you.

The smartest way for Ovie to show that the suspension was silly is to go to the ASG and really put on a show. Let everyone see what would be missing while he was suspended.

January 26, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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And I care what Andy McDonald thinks because . . . . . . ?

You mean you weren't waiting by your twitter account to find out what ol Andy thinks about Ovi skipping the ASG. I'm still waiting for Andy to tell me what he thinks about the other vets who opted on (Lindstrom, Selanne). Inquiring minds NEED to know.

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January 26, 2012  11:39 AM ET

The saddest part of this mess is that you could strongly argue that Ovie is a borderline selection anyway. The guys has regressed at an alarming rate the last two seasons. It's hard to believe that he was a 60 goal scorer such a short time ago.

Gone are his end-to-end rushes, bone-jarrnig hits (at least legal ones) and highlight-reel goals. It's no secret that he was one of the front-runners that got Boudreau fired. He is a whiner, shown no ability to lead his teammates on or off the ice (where he supposedly is legendary in the partying dept.). The Caps wanted to lead them to a Cup, but I am afraid they are now stuck with a regressing 125 million dollar bust.

 
January 26, 2012  12:01 PM ET
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Rap duet?

A.O. in Russian and the Prez in Swahili.

Instant best seller!

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