No suspension for Kronwall on Voracek. I'm pleased, was a great hit.
Good. I'm glad to see there is some sanity in Shanny's department.
Originally Posted by GM17
Stevens name brought up. Apparently he's a career ruiner. Asked for players' names. Not one ended by Stevens.
Idiots see a highlight reel and think that they are experts on Stevens's game, like he went hitting like that every game. They don't see the pattern of them all being in the playoffs, nor do they see his impressive career point totals.
Ovechkin has had so much success with his power game, either the management or the coaching staff did not feel it was necessary to continue to develop him into more of a complete player. It also takes the player himself to be willing to evolve with the game. I have not see the desire from Ovechkin yet.
Ilya Kovalchuk went through a very similar situation without team success in Atlanta. It took one of the best teachers in Jaques Lemaire for Ilya to turn the corner on his career. Now, the New Jersey Devils are now benefiting from the more complete player Kovalchuk is becoming. Unlike Kovy, Ovechkin has not learned how to diversify his game. Itís important to keep your opponents guessing, especially if youíre an offensive player. Itís been 7 years. Now, every team has a game plan how to play against him.
I believe there were mistakes made off the ice as well. With early success the Caps had with Ovechkin, Ted Leonsis, George McPhee and Bruce Boudreau did not feel the need to interfere with Ovechkinís personality. Iím not here to judge but I was never big fan of it. He draws too much attention away from the team and to Ovechkin. I love athletes with personalities. Yet there is a fine line where it gets in the way of your performance. I would have liked to seen the Capitals make a bigger effort to channel all that enthusiasm into making a Ovechkin better leader.
The game went through a pretty big change right after the lockout. The salary cap and new rules forced lot of veterans out. These guys would have been great mentors. Instead organizations handed the keys to greatly talented players but unproven as far as leaders go. Very few athletes and people are natural born leaders, most have to be taught and developed.