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Boudreau just didn’t want to talk about Ovechkin last night

Nov 18, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

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Bruce Boudreau was more than a bit bummed out about how his team played in losing to Winnipeg, but one guy he didn’t want to discuss was Alex Ovechkin. As Stephen Whyno of The Washington Times shares, Boudreau was just a bit cranky about being asked about his team’s best player.

“You know what, I don’t want to talk about Alex tonight. Everywhere we go, people ask me the same question about Alex,” the coach said. “I just don’t feel like talking about him tonight.”

Well pardon us, coach.

After all, asking questions about the team’s best player who hasn’t scored a point in three games and seems to be sulking through the early part of the season might seem like a really important thing to discuss. Yes, you have to talk about him every day, but that’s part of the job.

Getting Ovechkin right should be a priority for the Caps. While they started the season out hot and Ovechkin is the team’s top goal-scorer, he’s not the dominant offensive force and game changer that we got used to watching. He’s arguably one of the best in the game and when he’s off, people are going to ask questions.

Maybe Boudreau was just saving his strength for when the Caps hit Toronto and the deluge of Ovechkin questions he’ll be sure to get there, but being the guy in charge means having to do things you don’t like sometimes. You know, like back checking.

  1. govtminion - Nov 18, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Welcome to the NHL, Bruce. You think the Pens are tired of being asked about Crosby coming back? Or the Bruins about the Lucic hit? This is your team, it’s your marquee big-name player, and people are going to want to know what’s going on with him, in good and bad times. Man up- if it irritates you, go back to coaching in the AHL where none of those mean reporters will bother you.

  2. danphipps01 - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Or call up Tortorella and ask him how he handles it. But I don’t recommend it. If you think REPORTERS are mean…

  3. stakex - Nov 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Its understandable that Boudreau would be a bit testy. After all, if the Caps keep playing like this… hes probably going to get fired (then again, he should have been a long time ago… so who knows). His stars are struggling, and the bubble of great play from the 3rd line that the caps rode for the first 7 games of the season has now burst…. leaving them looking disorganized and in-effective. No coach is going to be happy about that. At the same time though, Bruce is the man…. and he should be able to answer rather easy questions like this without having a fit about it.

    One thing is very clear though: Ovechkin and Boudreau are not getting along very well this year. Hate to tell Bruce, but if push comes to shove between him and Ovechkin…. he loses, which might be the best thing that ever happened to the Caps.

  4. rainyday56 - Nov 19, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    “Let’s gamble on the NHL: Bruce Boudreau next coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs +100.

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