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Alex Ovechkin is skipping the All-Star Game

Jan 24, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

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After getting slapped with a three-game suspension yesterday, Alex Ovechkin will be taking the All-Star Game off now as well.

Capitals GM George McPhee spoke after the team’s practice this morning to say that Ovechkin will not participate in this year’s All-Star Game in Ottawa saying he doesn’t want Ovechkin to be a distraction.

His heart’s not in it,” McPhee tells Stephen Whyno of The Washington Times.

McPhee also said that Ovechkin approached him saying that he was a suspended player and that he does not deserve to be at the All-Star Game. Ovechkin’s reasons for stepping aside from the game seem noble, but it’s an easy situation to be skeptical about.

As for Ovechkin himself, this is what he had to say: “My heart is not there. I got suspended, so why I have to go there?”


With Ovechkin out of the game, that opens up another roster spot for someone else deserving to go. The leading candidate to replace Ovechkin now that Scott Hartnell has been added to the game would be Penguins forward James Neal. Neal is near the top of the NHL leaderboard in goals with 26, the same number his All-Star teammate Evgeni Malkin has.

  1. iluvwikileaks - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Ovi is an overrated crybaby

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      Let me guess ur a thats an overrated crybaby.. cant spell crosby without its opening up room for pitts new gorly boy james neal isnt that what u wanted

      • iluvwikileaks - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        Go fuck yourself punk. The Caps SUCK!!

      • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        iluvwikileaks – Jan 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        Go fuck yourself punk. The Caps SUCK!!

        Who doesn’t enjoy this?

  2. abrienza428 - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Not that I blame him for not wanting to go, but he’s just using the suspension as an excuse.
    While it’s a gimmick that’s not very entertaining to most hockey fans, Ovechkin is one of the most marketed players, and he should be there to represent the league.

  3. blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    WHAAAAAA!!!! I am not going to play!!!! WHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!
    Typical Crapital

    • nbangor - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      typical soft Russian hockey player

  4. Stiller43 - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM


    • abrienza428 - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      OMG LOL ROFLMAO!!!!!!!

  5. mattcmcpherson - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    The way he is playing these days, Alex may have just passed up an invite to the final All Star Game of his career.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      How can you say that when he is still 11th in goals scored? Just because he’s not leading the league in goals or shots, doesn’t mean he’s still not producing… He has undergone 2 system changes in the last 18 months, Mike Green has been out of the lineup for an eternity, and his Center has been out the last 10 Games with a Concussion… And he still has twenty goals?…. How many goals do you have?

      • mattcmcpherson - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        Excellent point. I have scored zero NHL goals this season and therefore Ovechkin should be a lock for the All-Star game for the duration of his career…..

        Seriously though, I am sure he will be in the game for years to come. I just don’t think he should take the invite for granted is all. He still puts up respectable numbers – no argument there – but his production has been declining fairly steadily for a few years.

        With the declining numbers in mind (36 forwards have more points on the season than him this year), it’s not unreasonable to suggest he won’t be the ASG lock he’s been in previous years.

        He is 47th in points per game this year. He may well re-discover his former level of play, but at the same time his numbers may continue to drop.

  6. johninpa - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    So instead of elevating his game, like Malkin, because of injuries to his team mates, like Crosby and Stall, Ovechkin would rather whine. Sorry, don’t want to hear it.

    • kantnockdahustle89 - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      The Penguins are clearly a better team all around and have been for quite some time.

      • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        They have always been the far superior team over the Crapitals.
        They are the Penguins playoff bitches and always will be.
        Do we need proof?

      • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:45 PM

        One name.
        Petr Nedved
        But I am sure the Caps fans on here wouldn’t remember that because it was before 2005

  7. ballsohardu - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    At least hes not hurt like that baby crosby

  8. iluvwikileaks - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Well, at least Ovi is a better human being than Timmy Thomas.

  9. blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    I got suspended, so why I have to go there?”


    • Rob - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      It’s the new ‘Why you hef to be mad?’

  10. jamesmakesurmomneil - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    The NHL needs to do the right thing here and name Sidney Crosby to this years all star game. It is obvious that ovi can not handle being one of the faces of the league and after looking over his numbers maybe never will. Take care of your current stars like Mr Crosby and watch the ratings skyrocket.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      …… dumb, thats all u get

    • goforthanddie - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      “Current star”? The guy can’t even make it to the arena FFS.

  11. busieks - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    David BaCkes will get snubbed again no doubt.

  12. acieu - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    A better decision than vagina Tim Thomas and for better reasons

  13. har21441 - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Maybe McPhee should really analyze his “(Ovechkin’s) heart is not in it” statement, and apply it to Ovie’s last two seasons.

  14. workn4daman - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Kudos to Ovi for essentially telling the league to stuff it for the ridiculous suspension on a clean hit. If that hit deserved a three game suspension, how come Ference is only sitting out for three for running a guy from behind into the end boards? Consistency is lacking on Shanahan’s watch.

    Call him soft of whatever you want, but he’s still one of, if not the best player in the league and he’s a hell of a lot tougher than that Crosby guy in Pittsburgh who sat out for a almost a year and now he’s riding the pine again.

    • har21441 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      The level of the typical caps fans lack of hockey knowledge continues to dismay me. Without getting into an argument over consistency, which is lacking in the NHL, or “that Crosby guy in Pittsburgh” who has decided that a lifetime of drooling is less appealing than taking a year off – it was not a clean hit!
      1 – He left his feet. not clean
      2. He targeted the head. not clean

      Just because the ref’s missed a call does not make it a clean hit. And he has a history of dirty and borderline hits which equals a moderate suspension. Learn the game.

      • workn4daman - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        Ahhh “learn the game” and “lack of hockey knowledge”, comments made by only the most complete dope. Start with the fact that you’re coming off as a complete dope and further that I’m not a Caps fan and continue with the fact that I’ve played the game for over 40 years and have officiated up through the Junior hockey level for more than 10 years. Given that I have plenty of “hockey knowledge”, learned the game when you were a trickle in your daddy’s dirty underwear and know the rules of hockey much more in depth than you; this was a clean hit and that is why it was not called by the official standing on the ice only a few feet away. He did not target the head, but rather the guy’s shoulder and whether he left his feet by a couple of inches or simply checked up into his opponent is the only debatable point. He has no history of dirty and borderline hits and that does not equal any suspension, except maybe in your little mind.
        Take your own advice and learn the game of hockey. It’s a contact sport.

  15. dcfan4life - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Most of you are speculating incorrectly as to why Ovechkin’s heart is not in this years allstar game. Some of you have it but do not explain it properly. Ovechkin expects to be one of the best players in the league, and this year he is not. He has relinquished so many potential personal stats for the team, changing his game and his aggression. He has half the shots he used to, plays more defense, and looks to pass more. He knew when he was originally named to the game that others may be more deserving. After the suspension it was clear to him that since more deserving players should go and it wouldnt be silly and fun like in years past that he shouldnt go. I commend his move, and unlike most of you, i understand his decision as well.

    • har21441 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      just. wow.

  16. lsxphotog - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Has there ever been this much drama around an All-Star game? If the league’s suspension didn’t prevent him from appearing at the weekend of hockey talent, then he should have still gone. I guess he’ll stay at home playing video games.

  17. bensawesomeness - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Lidstrom and Datsyuk got single-game suspensions for skipping the ASG a few years back

    I’m a wings fan, but i know we have a reputation of calling for either more press on our teams or that we’re getting treated unfairly one way or the other

    If Ovi doesnt get another game added on to his suspension, it’s just another way foothold for other Wings fans to stand on

    Just sayin.

  18. goforthanddie - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Makes perfect sense to me. He’s suspended 3 games for a hit that wasn’t called illegal during the game. The league wants to take money out of his pocket, yet expects him to help put money in theirs?
    Truthfully, if I were good enough to be named a All-Star, I’d never play in the game. My duty would be to the team who signs my paychecks, and I’d rather not risk injury in a retarded exhibition.

  19. malkinrulez - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I Didn’t realize ovi was still playing! Thought he was fully commited now as president of Douchebags of DC. who knew

    • dcfan4life - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      what does that even mean? Your english is worse than Ovechkins…lol

  20. bigbluenoser - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Ovie’s fire is burning out

  21. danphipps01 - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Translation: “Ovi didn’t get what he wanted. Ovi’s going to mope and look sullen for a couple of weeks and continue acting like his problems are everybody else’s fault.”

    Typical. Got about as much work ethic as Jeff fucking Carter.

  22. har21441 - Jan 24, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    @workinfortheman you gotta be joking. If word of what you say is true, I feel bad for every coach that ever coached you, and for every player in a game you have officiated. Ovechkin has already been suspended for his dirty hits – even with his preferential star treatment that is all too common amongst stars. Yes, he plays a physical game but he crosses the line too often. As an official you should be there to enforce that line, not skew it to meet you own outdated views.

  23. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Love the hit he dished out. My only wish is that it would have been Crosby end his career.

  24. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Love the hit he dished out. My only regret is that is wasn’t on Crosby to end that little girl’s career

    • bloggingfromtheburgh - Jan 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Wow you must really be a sad, sad person. Even though I can’t stand Ovechkin and his arrogance, I would never, ever wish that he gets hurt so bad that he can’t play the game or perhaps ruin his quality of life. This is just a game to us. But their LIVES are at stake when those types of plays are made. I love the physicality of hockey, I don’t want it taken away. Just don’t jump launch yourself off the ice next time Ovi. He knew what he was doing the minute his skates left the ice.

  25. dgrindsports - Jan 24, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    His hearts not in it because the league is a joke when is comes to disciplining the players. Shanahan is a joke. End of story.

    For more sports, google Daily Grind Sports

  26. norcalirish - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Good for him, that suspension was silly.

  27. muhangis - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Since when should the NHL be able to force someone to play in the All-Star game? Ovie is only doing what none of you who criticize him would ever have the balls to do….. “You wanna suspend me for 3 games?… Well make that 4!” Respect.

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