Originally Posted by Ray Finkle
All of those guys had great work ethic, something F-Ovie hasn't had in about 5 years.
I cannot and will not argue. You are right in terms of that he doesn't bring it every night anymore. His elite level performances are few and far between these days.
BUT, like I said, I personally believe this is a byproduct of him checking out. Is it right? Probably not, but those other guys checked out too.
The media grills him like they do other Russian players. No one says a damn thing when a North American player wants out.
You simply cannot keep an unhappy player around. Ovechkin is just mentally not there in DC anymore. He is broken and he needs a revival and I don't think that can happen in DC with the clowns that run the show.