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Ovechkin felt 'trapped' by Hunter

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08:09 AM ET 01.15 | How much freedom he'll have under the new administration remains to be seen, but Alex Ovechkin, for now, is happy to see a change on the bench -- and he was asked Monday whether he was happy with what he's done to this point of his career. "Of course everybody wants to get better and better. I'm happy what I did last year because it was a pretty hard year for me, starting with Bruce [Boudreau] and ending with Dale [Hunter]. I'm happy how I handled it. ... So I learned a lot last year. Of course, last year was not my role on the team. With more ice I can give more to the team. It was [Hunter's] decision and he had his own mind and his own kind of personality and his own systems. Of course sometimes I felt trapped."

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January 15, 2013  08:24 AM ET

With more ice time I can give more to the team and score ovechtrick

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January 15, 2013  08:48 AM ET
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He's a Federov who peaked earlier. I smell buyout, if not after this season, the next.

not that I have ever been an "everything or nothing" guy, but I think this team has seen its peak, and indeed...it may be time for him to go. Might i suggest a destination....

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January 15, 2013  09:10 AM ET

Trapped by Hunter???? Please, be thankful Dave Frost wasnt your coach.

January 15, 2013  09:12 AM ET

He did handle the situation well, though.

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January 15, 2013  09:21 AM ET

isn't he signed thru like 2020 or something? Anyone know what his cap hit is going to be on a buyout? I think it's more likely he's gone but not via the buyout.

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January 15, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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isn't he signed thru like 2020 or something? Anyone know what his cap hit is going to be on a buyout? I think it's more likely he's gone but not via the buyout.

Amnesty?

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January 15, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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He may have been whining, but who would be able to understand him?

Tee. Hee. You can understand him a lot better than some of the other Ruskie (sp?) players out there!

January 15, 2013  09:54 AM ET

yes ovie, we know, you all did...but you actually won, so maybe its time to learn from your experiences.

January 15, 2013  10:00 AM ET

Ovechkin felt 'trapped' by Hunter

If I didn't know better I'd think this was some kind of new fur-bearing animal.

January 15, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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Amnesty?

Yeah that's a possibility Otis for sure....he'd be my pick on Washington... or maybe Green cuz he's injury prone

January 15, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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Ovechkin felt 'trapped' by HunterIf I didn't know better I'd think this was some kind of new fur-bearing animal.

you have no idea how tough it was for me not to type the exact same thing here

January 15, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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yes ovie, we know, you all did...but you actually won, so maybe its time to learn from your experiences.

Exactly - they played better when he played less. Hard facts mean nothing in the face of selfishness.

January 15, 2013  10:22 AM ET

it surprised me that he handled it as well as he did. Didn't whine or pout (not publicly at least). I thought it was a mistake to make him the captain because he's not a particularly disciplined, game-plan comes first type of guy. A little bit more of a free spirit. I like his personality on the ice and his obvious enthusiasm. I like him, always have. It'll be interesting whether or not Oates can get him producing at a higher level again with a slightly different system. I wouldn't bet against him.

 
January 15, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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Ovechkin felt 'trapped' by HunterIf I didn't know better I'd think this was some kind of new fur-bearing animal.

Or some wives.

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