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Oates: Ovi can be 'much, much better'

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07:39 AM ET 09.13 | During a summer trip to Russia, Adam Oates managed to run with Caps star Alex Ovechkin for a night in Moscow, something he called the "whole Alex experience." He added that he wasn't just giving Ovechkin the usual spiel about improving. "He can be much, much better," the coach said. "I look at him as still a player in transition. He's still young; he's still getting stronger. He knows the game. I think he's at a place that if we can find more ways for him to score, I'd love to also see him create more chances for his teammates. It's not necessarily a numbers thing; it's more an evolvement of the game." Ovechkin agreed he can get better in this his ninth NHL season. "I feel still young," he says when asked if he is beginning to feel like one of the old guys on the roster. "I'm still only 27."

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September 13, 2013  08:02 AM ET

That could be trouble for the other teams in the Neapolitan Division...

September 13, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

That could be trouble for the other teams in the Neapolitan Division...

I don't think Ovie really has the desire to play up to his full potential. He's gotten this far doing it his way, I don't see him changing now.

September 13, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

That could be trouble for the other teams in the Neapolitan Division...

agreed....I love watching him play...against every team but the Rangers

September 13, 2013  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

agreed....I love watching him play...against every team but the Rangers

If he's motivated he can be inbelievable. If not.........meh?

September 13, 2013  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If he's motivated he can be *inbelievable. If not.........meh?

That's *unbelievable.

September 13, 2013  09:05 AM ET

I hate when he plays against us at his full potential, so if he wants to stay "mediocre," fine by me. ;)

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September 13, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I hate when he plays against us at his full potential, so if he wants to stay "mediocre," fine by me. ;)

and Sid does seem to spur him on

September 13, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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agreed....I love watching him play...against every team but the Rangers

Why? He is a non-entity against us.

September 13, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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I don't think Ovie really has the desire to play up to his full potential. He's gotten this far doing it his way, I don't see him changing now.

Agree. One dimensional player. You guys are high if you think Ovi will pass the puck once he motors over the blue line. Ha! That aint happening. He's no Sid the Kid.

Dude needs Semin in a big way. And I dont mean man/yogurt.
Look at the #'s with Semin as his center

September 13, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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If he's motivated he can be unbelievable. If not.........meh?

Oats better be careful with his motivational tactics. It doesn't take much to get a Russian player's feelings hurt these days.

Except for Datsyuk. He never gets his feelings hurt. :-)

September 13, 2013  09:44 AM ET

I hope he doesn't start grunting with each shot.

September 13, 2013  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Why? He is a non-entity against us.

true...but there's always a possibility...heck, Gaby put 5 past henrik....

September 13, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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true...but there's always a possibility...heck, Gaby put 5 past henrik....

BTW Angus you must be proud of Andy Murray. The first Scotsman to win Wimbledon since you vanquished the intergalactic blancmange.

September 13, 2013  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Oats better be careful with his motivational tactics. It doesn't take much to get a Russian player's feelings hurt these days. Except for Datsyuk. He never gets his feelings hurt. :-)

Well lets be clear about the Ruskies.....there are two types in the NHL

There are the Red Wings Russians
and then all the rest

September 13, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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I hope he doesn't start grunting with each shot.

Nah...he is no Federov....He has no luck reeling in the hot tennis players

September 13, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Nah...he is no Federov....He has no luck reeling in the hot tennis players

I beg to differ

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September 13, 2013  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

BTW Angus you must be proud of Andy Murray. The first Scotsman to win Wimbledon since you vanquished the intergalactic blancmange.

indeed....

 
September 13, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

BTW Angus you must be proud of Andy Murray. The first Scotsman to win Wimbledon since you vanquished the intergalactic blancmange.

and now if you'll excuse me, I have an order for 5 million kilts from the Planet Skyron

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