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Roenick calls Ovechkin’s All-Star absence a “cop out”

Jan 25, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin AP

Despite a slight gap in high-end talent and differing national ties, Alex Ovechkin strikes me as the next Jeremy Roenick in many ways.* Both forwards have been outspoken, entertaining, hard-hitting and offensively gifted in their primes, though many harshly judge them because of their lack of championship success.

Considering their kindred spirits, it’s a little stunning whenever J.R. utters some unflattering words about Ovi. Wednesday provided one of those examples, as Roenick shared some pointed criticisms in his NHL.com blog. Here are some of the highlights:

He says since he’s suspended he shouldn’t go to the All-Star Game, but to me that is a cop-out.

… Listen, I am a big Ovechkin fan. I have been since Day 1. But it doesn’t matter that I’m a fan of his because I am disappointed with the way he has treated this situation. There has to be a little more loyalty to a League that has enabled you to make over $100 million.

Roenick makes some great points, but let’s face it. Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is the one who’s signing his checks, so he’s probably showing loyalty to the most important group of all – his team.

The three-game suspension could hurt Washington (though they won the first game he sat out), but a potentially well-rested Ovechkin might just be worth the wait. It’s understandable that Roenick is disappointed – in many ways, Ovechkin qualifies as the one truly irreplaceable entertainer in the NHL – but the league’s loss could be the Capitals’ gain.

* In fact, if EA Sports ever made a “new” version of the Sega Genesis/SNES-era NHL games, I’d bet that a 16-bit Ovechkin would end up remarkably similar to the version of J.R. who gained Vince Vaughn’s adulation.

  1. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    ovechkin sucks
    crosby sucks

    on top of them boston sucks the most..

    • orpikseyes - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      ovechkin sawks wicked cack dood

      crosby sawks mad clits

      gotta be more specific there bahstonfullofrats

      • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 26, 2012 at 5:59 AM

        He really really hates Boston for some unknown reason.
        I mean wicked hates them.
        It is almost sad.Almost.

  2. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    na u gotta learn to read. or should i write in a different language for your handicapped ass?

  3. danphipps01 - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Absolutely correct. It isn’t that he feels he “doesn’t deserve to attend” at all. What he thinks he didn’t deserve, and what he’s trying to bitch about by dropping the ASG and acting all sullen, is a suspension for a dirty hit. You know, like the rest of the League WOULDN’T be bitching about in his shoes (well, Brad Marchand maybe…). He’s Alexander Ovechkin. How dare the NHL treat him like a commoner!

  4. Jeff - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    I get JR’s points, but I agree with Ovi on this.

  5. iluvwikileaks - Jan 26, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    Ovechkin is an overpaid, overrated punk. Right on Roenick!
    SID THE KID RULES! Geno Malkin is way more talented than Ovi.

    • pens8711 - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Geno is the superior Russian…

  6. norcalirish - Jan 26, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Love JR, but good for ovi, that suspension was silly. Don’t become the NFL plz

    • crosbysthebest - Jan 27, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      That suspension was silly? Geez has to be a moron that says that.

  7. bossyrossy - Jan 26, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Like Mckenzie said, the league feels called out for turning a blind eye to shady hits by stars, so used this as an example to quell the masses. Ovi doesn’t qualify as a repeat offender due to the time elapsed, so really he should have gotten 1 game max for chargin with SECONDAY contact to the head. As far as the “snub”, all these people and players calling him out don’t realize how much he really has done for the league since 2005 since it’s astronomically more than they have even been asked to do. Andy Mcdonald thinks its classless – well, he hasn’t been asked to be the face of the league for seven years, has he? He wouldn’t snub the asg because those invites don’t arrive in his inbox like clockwork. Yes – Selanne and Lidstrom have been around longer, but is it really impossible to imagine Ovechkin being equally exhausted after his level of exposure (matched by the likes of Crosby) over the past seven years.

    • gohawksgo2012 - Jan 28, 2012 at 7:59 AM

      no, ovi is not a “repeat” offender technically, which only determines how much salary he loses. However, he has had 2 previous suspension and 2 previous fines, all for similar activity (4 total) in a 6-year career. I would say he is a REPEAT OFFENDER. Also, he is an overpaid, cocky, arrogant idiot!

  8. qwesqi - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I know the All Star game may be old news for the casual fan but to me the ASG has always been for the young fans. I have been to a handful of live games and I was the kid sitting by the glass staring in awe of the players that I have grown up to listening on radio and watching on tv. That experience is what the ASG should be about, not egos or statements being made. The kids and grown up kids who want to see the all star game and other events, the little fans and big fans who are around the glass with their faveorite player on their favorite team’s jersey. My enthusiasm of the ASG has not been there the last few games but the people who really want to see the best should be the ones who benefit from the ASG. Opting out because you just do not want to be there is a lame excuse.

  9. bmoreredfury311 - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    FIrst off Screw Roenick and McDonald and everyone else making a be to do about this..Second thank you for putting the fact that ovi missing the asg is better for the TEAM then it is for the league.i take my hat off to him for pretty much saying fuck you to the league.And third as a fan of the Caps (fuck off pitt and other asshole haters) i want ovi to get rest, party, get fucked or w/e he has to do, to pick up his and his teams game.So he came comeback take the leadership role and get this hockey team rolling and getting points on a daily bases…Is crosby skating yet?..so the masses can go back to talking about that 24/7 every day of the week

  10. stevefromsacto - Jan 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Had Ovie gone to the game, the media would have been all over him about the suspension, overshadowing the game itself and the other All-Stars. He was absolutely right about a suspended player not going.

    Wish Tim Thomas had shown the same respect for his teammates, whose possibly once-in-a-lifetime recognition at the White House by the President of the United Staes was overshadowed by Thomas’ political stunt.

  11. crosbysthebest - Jan 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Ovie should b kicked out of the NHL.

    CROSBY SUCKS? WOW, are you all really stupid about hockey?
    Sid the Kid is the best player on the Planet.
    And now, while he’s out from 2 dirty hits, malkinis now
    The best player on the planet.

    You idiots that say Crosby sucks better learn
    Hockey. U are showing your ignorance .

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