I highly doubt we see Ovechkin traded. That would be an admission on the part of the current GMGM that he made a mistake in assessing Ovechkin. From Ted's standpoint it would be a hit in both the public relations and teams marketing departments. Ovie puts fannies in the seats at Verizon. I don't know where his jersey ranks now as far as popularity, but it probably is still in the top 10 if not top 5. Ted's a businessman first and always will be.
The one way out of this for the Caps is that Ovie pulls a Kuznetsov and opts to remain in Russia with his new bride. I know there's ramifications contractually for that between the NHL and the KHL, but if Ovie continues to perform like he has these first few games, would the Caps be upset in releasing him from his contract. The Caps orgnization saves face and money. It was his decision, he was unhappy and homesick.
Is that even allowed from a CBA perspective even if Ovechkin wanted to tear up his NHL deal and go home to live and play there?
I don't see any way Ovechkin from a financial perspective would throw away that gauranteed $$.
Only chance the Caps have (if you're thinking a now-ish trade) is if a dumb GM is willing to pay way more than he should for the name alone. Someone in the Feaster vein, although not looking at Calgary specifically.
That's the thing. That's not a proposal, just an insult of Feaster. It sounds all well and good to ramble on about trading the guy without actually considering any feasible deals. When the rubber meets the road though, I doubt there are any realistic trades that even the most fed-up Caps fans would be willing to entertain.
People do realize before last season he averaged about 50 assists? Or are you guys really just Penguins fans that believe Ovechkin got assists off rebounds from his shots?
There's only so many assists a guy can get when his line mates have no finish, or in Backstroms case just doesn't want to even try.
His playmaking assists (as opposed to rebounds/deflections/scrambles created as a result of him throwing off the defense and capitalized on) are generally the result of him breaking the defense wide open on the rush and throwing passes across for tap ins. He's obviously a good passer but he doesn't thread no look passes through 3 guys or anything like that.
When he's on he obviously makes the best of what he's good at and then some but when he's not it all comes to the forefront. Problem is the rush down the wing/toedrag/snipe can literally only be done when you're on and going balls to the wall.