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01-30-2013, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by RandyHolt View Post
I still don't see it as a benching.
Really? It became apparent to me that is EXACTLY what it is.

BB first saw the problems at the beginning of last year. He benched him for that empty net situation and we all remember what happened there.

Hunter took over and Ovy was barely seeing the ice when we had a lead.

Oates puts him with 2 defensive minded forwards.

They are trying to hide him without benching him as BB did.

I'm a huge OV supporter but lets be real...he's not giving enough effort than he was even last year.

In the game vs NJ I don't believe he saw the ice in OT until the last shift...and as soon as he went out he turned it over and NJ ended up scoring at some point later.

IF they tried to send a message (Hunter and Oates) by leaving him in the press box or some other benching in an obvious offensive situation there would be a firestorm and lots of media distractions not to mention it would publically humiliate Ovechkin.

They don't want to do that. They are trying to discreetly send him a message and I think Oates is doing it better than Hunter really.

Its up to #8 to respond and I still believe he can and will.

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