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Did Hunter bench Ovechkin?

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08:31 AM ET 03.05 | Sunday night's lone goal in a Flyers' 1-0 win over the Caps began as an offensive-zone turnover by Alex Ovechkin in the second period and led to some time on the bench for the superstar. "It's tough loss for us, I think," Ovechkin said. "My mistake cost us two points and it cost us the game." After that goal, Ovechkin didn't take a shift for the next 6 minutes 39 seconds but Coach Dale Hunter insisted that he wasn't benching the captain, rather that he was simply matching lines. "Guys, it's not a benching. Maybe he missed a shift. Guys, I was matching lines," Hunter explained to reporters. "I definitely was matching lines, it was one of those things that he wasn't the right match up."

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March 5, 2012  08:52 AM ET

If Hunter did bench him, he just signed his own pink slip.

See: BB

March 5, 2012  08:52 AM ET

ship is sinking pretty fast there, Dale.
Florida won again, so the gap continues to widen in the South-least

March 5, 2012  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If Hunter did bench him, he just signed his own pink slip. See: BB

I suggest that neither of them will be in D.C> when training camp opens

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March 5, 2012  09:01 AM ET
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Where does Ovie go though? Russia?

Plenty of teams here would take him on. Might get more money in the KHL though.

March 5, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Kinda figured that Hunter was more of a standup guy. Then I think back about the Lafontaine incident and him hiding behind words about what happened isn't much different than a cheap shot from behind.





His "tough guy" rep is vastly overrated. He was nothing but a cheap-shot artist.

March 5, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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Plenty of teams here would take him on. Might get more money in the KHL though.

Not sure given he has a 9.5 million dollar cap hit.

March 5, 2012  09:06 AM ET

That team needs an overhaul and it will probably start with Ovechkin.

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March 5, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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Kinda figured that Hunter was more of a standup guy. Then I think back about the Lafontaine incident and him hiding behind words about what happened isn't much different than a cheap shot from behind.His "tough guy" rep is vastly overrated. He was nothing but a cheap-shot artist.

Watching a young Holmgren patrol the bench with the stick in his hands brings back memories. I thought he was gonna destroy someone that day.

But yeah, time to blow it up and start again. I think Ovie stays though. They trade Semin 1st, and i wouldn't be surprised to see a coaching change again. I think the Hunter selection was a bit hasty.

March 5, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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That's what i'm thinking. And a buyout would leave them paying him until next century. Bad times in DC.

they could have a competition for wost contracts with Montreal.

March 5, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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Watching a young Holmgren patrol the bench with the stick in his hands brings back memories. I thought he was gonna destroy someone that day.But yeah, time to blow it up and start again. I think Ovie stays though. They trade Semin 1st, and i wouldn't be surprised to see a coaching change again. I think the Hunter selection was a bit hasty.

Well, Semin is on a 1 year deal, so he's gone at the end and probably back to Russia. Ovie's contract is going to cripple that organization for years to come.

What Washington did at the trade deadline was amazing. They had Hamrlik on the bench and the 7th defenseman, but didn't trade him. I'm sure they could have gotten a 3rd rounder for him. Knuble is retiring, most likely, and will be gone, but they kept him when they could have likely gotten a 2nd or 3rd rounder for him. Semin would have brought back possibly a 1st rounder, given what Gaustad brought back.

They aren't going anywhere, so instead of a bunch of picks or possible prospects, they got nothing for 3 guys they don't want. Also Wideman falls into that category, more picks, but noooooooooo, they hang onto him for a pile of nothing at the end of the year.

Burke has some serious competition for "worst run franchise".

Washington, Columbus (although they did get rid of deadweight), Montreal and Toronto.

March 5, 2012  09:19 AM ET
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Where does Ovie go though? Russia?

not sure, maybe out west. But I know every team in the league will be asking. And with the CBA running out, it will be interesting

March 5, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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not sure, maybe out west. But I know every team in the league will be asking. And with the CBA running out, it will be interesting

Gonna be tough committing almost 15% of your cap hit to 1 player.

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March 5, 2012  09:26 AM ET

Ugh...thanks for posting the Turgeon hit. Like I need more fuel to hate Hunter at this point.

March 5, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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Gonna be tough committing almost 15% of your cap hit to 1 player.

Especially with a player that, according to his coach, has trouble matching up to other teams lines.

March 5, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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Gonna be tough committing almost 15% of your cap hit to 1 player.

I heard some talk about doing away with the cap in the next CBA.

A GM would have to be asking himself if he wanted to throw the dice with that much money on the line. If Ovie gets serious and starts playing up to his potential then he is one of the best in the league. If he keeps playing the way he is, then he's a $9 million albatross.

March 5, 2012  09:36 AM ET

If I recall, Turgeon was out for the remainder of the playoffs that year

 
March 5, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Wow, that was quite the Capitalfesto I went on.

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