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Blues’ McDonald on Ovechkin All-Star snub: “Classless move”

Jan 25, 2012, 5:54 PM EST

Injured St. Louis assistant captain Andy McDonald is none too impressed with Alex Ovechkin.

The 34-year-old Blues center ripped the Washington Capitals star for skipping this Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa via Twitter:

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The tweet seems to have put McDonald in some hot water — “Some bitter caps fans out there? Thought you would want to see your player showcase his skill at ASG,” he tweeted — and it’ll be interesting to see if there’s any additional backlash. Being criticized publicly is one thing, but being publicly criticized by a peer (and fellow NHLPA member) is an entirely different ball of wax.

We saw something similar during the 2011 NFL playoffs when Chicago QB Jay Cutler left the NFC Championship with a knee injury and several of his peers — Lance Moore, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darnell Dockett most notably — openly derided him on Twitter. That incident drew the ire of Bears GM Jerry Angelo, who said he was “very disappointed” by the abuse Culter took and called the Twitter onslaught “dirty pool.”

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Taking to Twitter is a classless move in response to a not-so-classless move.

  2. wethog66 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Unless Andy McDonald is related to Ronald McDonald who gives a ****? Love those fries.

  3. danphipps01 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Well, yeah, it is. Unlike Teemu or Lidstrom, who’ve earned the right by virtue of years of excellent play and need to look after their health, Ovi’s just doing this because he’s angry he’s not allowed to jumpshot people unpunished. All this is is him looking for attention. Classless.

    Know what else is classless, though? Calling the guy out on Twitter. Seriously, piss off with that high school drama nonsense. You’re an adult, McDonald, act like one. Don’t follow Ovechkin’s shoddy example.

    • cannonblast14 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      Out of all people, why the hell do you think Ovie would be looking for attention. He gets more attention than almost any player in the league. I dont think thats the issue here.
      His suspension was a little too long, and he doesnt want to go. Caps need to win games to get to the playoffs. Something that hasnt had to be said for a while. They need him healthy and ready to go for the second half.
      You can also say he wants less attention as he would be getting more attention in Ottawa at the All Star game than he would by what he is doing.

  4. rupertslander - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    He’s Russian – what did you expect?h

  5. acieu - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    At least Ovie is not one of those Canadian wuzzies like they make in Montreal

  6. cannonblast14 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Isnt it equally classless for Andy to go out of his way to get on twitter (he doesnt tweet much, very rarely) to call someone else classless than what Ovechkin did?
    I would argue its actually more classless. Say it to his face or dont say it at all. Especially to a fellow member of the NHLPA.

  7. cannonblast14 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Isnt it equally classless for Andy to go out of his way to get on twitter (he doesnt tweet much, very rarely) to call someone else classless than what Ovechkin did?
    I would argue its actually more classless. Say it to his face or dont say it at all. Especially to a fellow member of the NHLPA.

  8. cannonblast14 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Isnt it equally classless for Andy to go out of his way to get on twitter (he doesnt tweet much, very rarely) to call someone else classless than what Ovechkin did?
    I would argue its actually more classless. Say it to his face or dont say it at all. Especially to a fellow member of the NHLPA.

  9. acieu - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Another Canadian ahole who contributes nothing but time on the I juried reserve list. Fickem

  10. jpelle82 - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    ovechkin was talking about missing it BEFORE his suspension. he said he wouldnt care if he wasnt voted in or not because he would go on vacation. him skipping it in my book is no big deal and personally i dont think he did it out of protest…i’m not an ovechkin fan whatsoever but i defend his right to take a vacation if he wants. mcdonald can say whatever he feels too but it looks kinda sad for him that he has another man’s business on his mind so much that he felt the need to say something to the whole world

    • cannonblast14 - Jan 25, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      I dont think he was saying he would skip it, just that he would be going on vacation IF he didnt get selected to participate.
      As far as im concerned, if Sens fans really wanted him in the game that bad, they should have VOTED him in the game instead of the Sens players.

  11. whittle79 - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    He did not want to play cause kessel was gong to take a picture of OVI siting waiting to be picked !! Hahah

  12. jakepaynesports - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Ovi’s not telling anyone that he needs this week to go to the dentist

  13. bucfanforlife - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    big blues fan here, but mac needs to shutup, oh yeah talk by twitter because you can’t man up might get another concussion talk’n face to face.call when he makes an allstar team only has played 61 of the past 131 games, concussion are not old days people didn’t misss games, ask the plagers

  14. iluvwikileaks - Jan 26, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Love it! They all can’t be wrong, Ovi. YOU SUCK!!

    GO PENS!!

    HA!!

  15. stakex - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    First of all, its a classless move to take to twitter to call out another player. I say that no matter who the player is, or what they have done.

    Second, its not classless for Ovechkin to skip the All Star game for a number of reasons. I mean lets face it, wouldn’t it feel kinda odd to be at the ASG while suspended for 3 games? It just seems wrong, and we all know there would have been a ton of people out there (Pens fans Im looking at you) complaining that Ovi was allowed to take part in the game while suspended. And so what if this is just Ovi’s (or perhaps the Caps as a whole) way of saying “Screw you” to the league? His supension was a joke, yet the league expects him to come and dance for them at the ASG so they can make money off his name? Hah.

    Look, I know people like JR think Ovi owes the league something, but thats simply not true. Sure he has made a LOT of money (and fame) from playing in the NHL, but if a team can afford to pay him that much, think how much they have actually made off of him. Ovi owes nothing to the league since they have made far more money from his name, then he has made in his career.

    As a semi-Ovi fan it does suck hes not going to be at the ASG. Like him or hate him, hes very entertaining. However, I still think he made the right call.

  16. maxtalbot25 - Jan 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Do away with the All Star Game. It’s meaningless. Give the Players a 4 Day Off Period this time of year to rest for the final drive.
    Name the Top 6 Position Players in each Conference by statistics at the end of the season as “All Stars”. Give these players trophies for their achievement.
    Ovi had a right to skip the All Star Activities. Every year, “Named Players” skip the Game, citing injuries as an excuse, to get a well needed 4-5 days rest. Ovi did come across as childish in his explanation. The absence of an All Star Game would have prevented this.

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