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04-01-2013, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Liberati0n View Post
I've thought this for a long time. The extension has nothing to do with it.

He doesn't hit, he plays with little to no grit (contrary to image), he's a puck hog, he arguably disappears in the playoffs, etc. I mean, the guy obviously has a real drive to improve his game and works hard and so on. I just think that drive comes from his ego. He cares about being a "consummate professional" because he cares about being seen doing it.
What does him not hitting have to do with what he says in the press?

He's more than willing to block shots, take a beating in the front of the net, and engage in physical battles along the boards. He played with a broken foot for four months and miss 4 games in the last 5 seasons before this one as a Capital. How is that not playing with little to no grit?

On the puck hog thing, I don't see it (and I know it's mostly derived from a few two-on-ones with Ovechkin where he shot instead of passing). His lack of top-notch hockey sense gives him a bit of tunnel vision at times, but he's not selfish with the puck. As before, how does that contradict what he's said to the press?

And how on Earth do you know his motivations for being a consummate professional? With something like that, unless explicitly stated, one can't even remotely glean that from interviews.

Frankly, I don't see why anyone would give a **** what a player's motivation is for being a consummate professional, so long as he acts like one. If everyone on the team cared "about being seen doing it" this team probably has a Cup in the Ovechkin era by now.

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