Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Boudreau's Firing

Yesterday, 11/28/11, Bruce Boudreau was fired as coach of the Washington Capitols. I find this ridiculous. Boudreau has done so many positive things with that team since he started as coach. And, his experience is the best in the NHL. Yet, after he benched Ovechkin...he's been in deep water. Apparently, he's being blamed for the failure of the team to win as expected. Why is that the coach's fault? Can the coach help if players do not live up to their potential? Case in point...Alexander Ovechkin.

Ovechkin has become a media hound. His face is on many television commercials. His voice is used throughout the media. It seems that he cannot get enough attention.

His play has always struck me as rather selfish. Yes, he can be a good player. But, he's not a team player. He relishes in getting a hold of the puck and going with it. Even when his team members are open to receive the puck, he doesn't pass it. He keeps it to himself. That's not a team player.

He signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract and has not been as great as everyone was hoping. Instead of learning from when he's benched for playing poorly...he pouts like a big baby. He comes across as being immature.

Alex Ovechkin is not in the same category of a Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Mario Lemieux or even Sidney Crosby. Those individuals were, and are, team players who respected their coaches and learned from mistakes. Their love of the game came through in all aspects.

Ovechkin needs to do the same. Quit craving to be the center of attention and concentrate on your game more, Ovie. I feel he's the reason Boudreau got fired.

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