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Ovechkin skipping All-Star Game after suspension

Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:24 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 1:28 pm
 
Ovechkin has 20 goals and 19 assists. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

It was going to be seriously awkward if Alex Ovechkin, a suspended player, were to take up the honor bestowed upon him and attend the NHL All-Star Game this weekend in Ottawa.

Well, awkwardness avoided. The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday that he will not attend the All-Star Game, instead staying home after being handed down a three-game suspension from league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan on Monday.

"My heart is not there," Ovechkin said on Tuesday. "I suspended, so why I have to go there?

"I'd love to be there, but I'm suspended. I don't want to be a target. I feel I'm not deserving to be there."

Caps GM George McPhee released the information, saying that Ovechkin's heart is not in it and that the team supports him.

McPhee also took it as a chance to make a little statement regarding Ovechkin's suspension.

"I was surprised and disappointed, I didn't anticipate he would be suspended for three game," McPhee said.

It was also the first time the Washington media had a chance to ask Ovechkin for his opinion on the hit since the suspension. Unsurprisingly, he didn't like the ruling much.

"I don't think it was a bad hit or dirty hit," he said. "Yeah, I jumped, but he don't get hurt, I don't get two minutes."

Speaking of suspensions and fines, will Ovechkin be facing one now for skipping the festivities in Ottawa? Remember, players in the past have, including Nicklas Lidstrom.

Well according to Darren Dreger of TSN, the NHL is disappointed but won't punish Ovechkin.

In a way, this sort of rights a wrong if you ask me. I objected to Ovechkin's nomination based on merit this season, there were other guys who deserved it more. I understand the marketing value and name recognition with Ovechkin and completely understood why he was named an All-Star, but on merit alone I didn't think he deserved it.

It was a tough situation for Ovechkin, who said that he didn't deserve to be there after being suspended and didn't want to be a distraction. He was certainly not prohibited from playing in the game because of his suspension, but as I said, it would have been a bit awkward.

However, I don't like Ovechkin skipping the game. It really comes across as being sulky more than anything else. I really don't think he would have provided much of a distraction to the All-Star Game by being there. Suspensions are pretty common these days in the NHL.

I didn't rip Tim Thomas for his decision not to visit the White House yesterday in a form of protest. I was perfectly fine with his decision. But Ovechkin is just passing on this because his heart is not in it? I don't like it all that much. It's obvious people like to watch him play.

A replacement will be named to fill his spot and there's one very notable snub still sitting out there: Penguins forward James Neal. I'd be very surprised if he's not the one to get the call to replace Ovechkin.

On an interesting side note, that means that Dennis Wideman will be the only Capital in the All-Star Game. What do you think the odds would have been on that at the beginning of the season?

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Comments

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:24 pm
 

Ovechkin skipping All-Star Game after suspension

 Try to look at it like you're not a Caps homer. If this was Crosby you would be all over it calling him a crybaby and Cindy and all that other garbage. 


I love how you know what I would do....obviously you're not familiar with my posts but I challange you to find a post where I use those terms.  I dont take these boards seriously its just a bunch of trash talk. Ill stand by my first statement these threads are full of pens fans bitching he got in the game then bitch when he says hes not going...get over it. The fans didnt vote him in so no need to go. My homer glasses are on the desk try taking yours off for a minute.



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:48 pm
 

Ovechkin skipping All-Star Game after suspension

Ovie =  good clean hit.

You = need to pay attention to the NHL.

Like it or not, leaving your skates has always been illegal. There have been numerous players suspended for the same hit. In the old days, Ovechkin would have got his ass handed to him by some thug. Nowadays, he gets suspended.




Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:42 pm
 

Ovechkin skipping All-Star Game after suspension

You say he doesn't deserve to go then bitch when he says he's not going

I would have given him credit if he came out and said he didn't deserve to go....before the suspension. The fact he was going to go until he got suspended makes him look childish. Try to look at it like you're not a Caps homer. If this was Crosby you would be all over it calling him a crybaby and Cindy and all that other garbage.

How any fan can defend OV in this instance is beyond me.




Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:48 am
 

Ovechkin skipping All-Star Game after suspension

Stubits objected to Ovie's nomination because of merit? Since when does the All-Star game have anything to do wtih merit? What planet are you on, Stubits? Certain teams' fans could teach Florida a few things about voter fraud. It's a popularity contest, always has been, always will be.



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Ovechkin skipping All-Star Game after suspension

Apparently Ovie-One has prior engagements.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkmLcLWNViY&feature=player_em
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Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:38 pm
 

Ovechkin skipping All-Star Game after suspension

Ryan McDonagh said, "If he doesn't clip my skates, which put me off-balance,  I prabably don't go flying into the boards because I have good balance and I'm leaning into him. It was an unfortunate play."

Ovie =  good clean hit.   


case closed.




Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:15 pm
 

Ovechkin skipping All-Star Game after suspension

If that was a good hard hit then so was the Andrewe ferrence hit. Case closed



Since: Apr 29, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:54 pm
 

Ovechkin skipping All-Star Game after suspension

Ovechkin: "My heart is not there. I suspended, so why I have to go there?"
Datsyuk: "My heart is not there, so why I have to go there? Now I suspended."



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:22 pm
 

Ovechkin skipping All-Star Game after suspension

     OceanC, I can't figure out why Neal isn't there in the first place.  I am no fan of the Pens but this guy is having a great year and is certainly deserving of a spot.  As for OV, I give him credit for giving up his spot.



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:59 am
 

Ovechkin skipping All-Star Game after suspension

I've looked at Ovechkin's hit over and over and all I see is a guy finishing his check.  What's the big deal?

So the NHL suspends Ovie for a good hard hit.   I applaud Ovie for giving up his All Star roster spot and staying away from the
media that would only ask the same stupid questions over and over about a clean hit. 

So there you have it NHL...  no Cindy Crosby.. no Ovechkin at the All Star game.


..what's next?    5 game suspensions for fighting?  



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