Break up the Capitals, Ovechkin included

building a dynasty — like applying a brush to a ceiling — can be a messy business. And as the trade deadline approaches, Leonsis and general manager George McPhee have a tough decision to make: Do they continue down the same path, which right now has them on the verge of missing the playoffs, or do they try another color scheme and begin a radical reshuffling of the roster?

I’m kind of partial to the latter option. The question, to me isn’t whether the Capitals should be buyers or sellers at the deadline, it’s: How many players should they put in the store window? And that includes their captain, Alex Ovechkin, the guy Leonsis has built the franchise around. If the Caps can get a reasonable return for Ovie, should they deal him? Put it this way: I’d be stunned if they did, but only because the team has so much invested in him.

As each month passes, I’m more and more convinced that only a change of scenery — if that — will ever bring back the Ovechkin of three years ago. If he stays in D.C., “wrapped up” in his “rock star status” (in Olie Kolzig’s words), he’ll go right on scoring 30 to 35 goals a season, and the club will go right on being a disappointment.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/22/daly-break-up-the-capitals-ovechkin-included/


4 Responses to Break up the Capitals, Ovechkin included

  1. THENOTORIOUS says:

     The caps would get more than they would lose if they traded Ovechkin, Imagine what he would fetch>?

  2. Steven_Leafs says:

    "As each month passes, I’m more and more convinced that only a change of scenery — if that — will ever bring back the Ovechkin of three years ago."

    I highly doubt the Caps management cares. If they trade Ovechkin, they would probably prefer him to continue playing like he is now, rather than see Ovie make them regret the move every day for the next 15 years.

    Unless the return is something stupid like Hall, RNH, Eberle, & 3 1st round picks he ain't moving anyway. 😛

  3. dumbassdoorman says:

    Actually,it could work depending on the teams invloved, seriously.

  4. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Where would he go? Why would they want him to leave?

    Semin can be traded, and should have left a while ago

    Backstrom should stay, he's quite important to this team
    Mike Green should be traded
    Ovechkin – traded = does not make sense to me, he loves it there and they love him, even if he's not playing at the level they expect him too
    Vokoun could be a nice pick up to any team, doubt it though cause the Caps goaltending SUCKS. 

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