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08:25 AM ET 03.02 | Caps GM George McPhee took the occasion of a radio appearance earlier this week to discuss the future of Dale Hunter, as well as the past and present of Alex Ovechkin's weight. "Ovi's usually gotten by by just being a great athlete," McPhee told ESPN 980. "Show up and play. And we've talked to him, that doesn't happen in this league. At some point it has to kick in, you have to train, and he's at 224 right now." ... [McPhee was asked about Ovechkin's previous weight:] "I think the progression in his weights, he came in 218, 224, 232, 237, 242," McPhee said, which doesn't exactly reflect the team's prior reports. "He played at 242 once, and he got suspended for hitting a few people."

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March 2, 2012  08:54 AM ET

It's the Vodka

March 2, 2012  08:58 AM ET

Dustin Byfuglien thinks Ovie is getting fat.

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March 2, 2012  09:03 AM ET

really? we're talking about Ovie's weight?
what next? Who he's dating?

March 2, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Hmmmm.....he's played at 242 and is now currently at 224. If my math is correct that sounds like a loss of 18.

March 2, 2012  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Hmmmm.....he's played at 242 and is now currently at 224. If my math is correct that sounds like a loss of 18.

That's what I was thinking too. He was concerned but is no longer concerned???? Are they that bored that they are talking about an athletes former weight.

March 2, 2012  09:16 AM ET

Aside from the weight issue, it sounds like they are also trying to get Ovie to do some training. He's gotten a little older and he can't just show up for the start of preseason and get into shape during training camp any more. The question is will Ovie's ego let work out in the off season?

March 2, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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That's what I was thinking too. He was concerned but is no longer concerned???? Are they that bored that they are talking about an athletes former weight.

Either that or McPhee is starting to play the blame game.

March 2, 2012  09:33 AM ET

The knock on most Russian players - they get the big pay day and get lazy. He has not been the same player since getting blown away by Team Canada in the Olympics.

March 2, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Too funny. Ovie is a fat-**** (JK).

What's next?

March 2, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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Too funny. Ovie is a fat-**** (JK). What's next?

No, it is apparently Ovie WAS fat. Which makes this even more stupid.

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March 2, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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Is it just me, or did they change the title of this thread?

the interns have to stop putting bourbon on their Rice Krispies

March 2, 2012  09:55 AM ET

So is McPhee insinuating that the hits/suspensions were weight related?

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March 2, 2012  10:11 AM ET
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Just the interns though, right? Not the commentors?

I use Guiness...love that snap, crackle, and burp

March 2, 2012  10:17 AM ET

I bet he found Vladmir Krutov's hot dog supplier.

March 2, 2012  11:23 AM ET

Whatever......he's still the man in DC.

March 2, 2012  11:27 AM ET

If Ovie is at 224 right now, that isn't a bad playing weight for his style of play. He should be doing off-season workouts to get into better shape to avoid the injury bug though. Mark Recchi was famous for his conditioning and it let him play into his 40's.

 
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