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Video: Milbury on Ovechkin — ‘he’s just a one-dimensional player’

Feb 5, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury had some pointed criticisms of Alex Ovechkin during Washington’s 1-0 loss to the Isles on Tuesday:

The past few days have been rough for the Washington captain. He posted a career-worst minus-5 rating in a loss to Columbus last Thursday and his Capitals have lost three of their last four (with Ovi scoring just once over the four-game stretch).

What’s more, Washington currently sits three points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

  1. jpelle82 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    what else is new?

    • joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Exactly! Everyone here on PHT has said the same. Even die hard Caps fans.

    • c9castine - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      took 10 years for people to come to terms with it, but most people now know he is a prolific goal scorer and really nothing else can be attached to his name.

      you’d think id have gotten over it by now, but its a damn shame a guy like ovechkin took the Hart over a guy like John Tavares last year.

      • thesportsjudge - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        He can hit too.

      • c9castine - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:02 AM

        everybody can hit his body is just bigger than most

      • capshock - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        Ovie has of course the most goals by a lot, he has 150 hits (good hits) plenty of assists. Does he play defense? nope nor is he paid to play defense. I would bet the house if anyone who knows anything about hockey were asked to pick a team from players from any league around the globe more then 50% would pick Alex 1st, he is a game winner.

      • c9castine - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        people who think alex’s contract says “i hereby pay you 10 million dollars a year to score goals” is playing too much fantasy hockey.

        hes payed to play hockey. goals sure are important but there are lots of things that lead to winning. remember there is a C on that guys chest too.

      • dcsportsfan85 - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        That’s an absurd comment. Being a prolific goal scorer is just one attribute that can be attached to Ovie’s name, and it just happens to stand out because he’s the best in the world when it comes to scoring goals. Also, because he’s such a good goal scorer his playmaking & passing skills are extremely underrated. Ovie’s averaged probably around 50 assists per season over his career. He also great hands and is a very good stick handler as well.

        On top of all this Ovechkin is 6’3″, 230lbs and an explosive skater, who plays a physical game with a ton of passion.

        By the way, John Tavares isn’t a great defensive player either so people need to lay off Ovechkin. The Hart Trophy goes to the most valuable player to his team and year in year out you’d be hard pressed to find a player more valuable to their team.

        Lastly, YES we all know Ovechkin isn’t going to be a Selke nominee. He’s not great at defense, but if that makes him one dimensional then I guess Patrick Kane, John Tavares, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and other great offensive talents who are average-to-below average defenders. PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT USE PLUS MINUS TO MAKE A CASE FOR THE DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE OF A PLAYER.

      • c9castine - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:06 AM

        i watch the games to determine somebody’s worth as a two way forward and patrick kane john tavares and evgeni malkin are way over ovechkin simply because they play in the defensive zone. crosby is in a tier right under the burgeons and datsyuks of the league and once again watching them actually play hockey tells you these things

  2. blackheart78 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Says the guy that traded Bertuzzi, Luongo, Chara, selected Dipietro over Gaborik, Heatley, etc. etc. His opinion is one-dimensional. How this guy was a GM for so many years is an absolute mystery. I would not have even put Mike Milbury in charge of a lemonade stand.

    • sjsblitz - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Ah the lemonade stand made me laugh way too hard

    • Skillet - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      Milbury the who? he typically criticizes every player the are talking about on NHL live, he’s a jealous wishhewas, is that a term a wishhewas? hehe.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      If Milbury said A, then I want B.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    And he’s 100% correct on him. He’s a sniper that’s all.

  4. hockey412 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    I don’t disagree with what he is saying, but saying it after a 1-0 loss is idiotic.

    Also, sometimes having a forward that is that offensively oriented isn’t so bad. I’d bet half the GM’s in the league would pay 10M a year for it.

    • buckeye044 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      He did it betwee periods and showed the video of his skating in circles, no defense, just waiting for the puck.

      • hockey412 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        I’d be willing to bet that the other team still had either 1 or 0 goals at that point, too. I get what he is saying, for the most part. Point is a lot of teams would love to have an offensive player like that, and he’s being called out as if it’s the worst thing he’s ever seen.

  5. lowenni - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    As a Caps fan, sometimes I don’t agree with this at all but in games like last night I completely agree. Last night he floated around the entire game waiting for a pass and made no contribution at all. When he had the puck he would try and dangle through somebody and he’d lose it. In other games, he’s dominant. I don’t think he’s completely one dimensional–yes, he doesn’t contribute in the defensive zone (although that’s been improving somewhat), but he’s one of the greatest goal scoters ever, he can inspire 20,000 fans with his hits, and he can dish some nice passes too. His every move is under the microscope constantly because he’s ovechkin, but I think his goal scoring abilities outweigh his ‘one dimensional’ness. It’s an interesting case on how to judge him, unique.

  6. btlpper68 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    I agree the best players make evryone around them better like Crosby, stamkos and taveras. Wsh will never win the cup because they are spending 10 mil on a guy that makes nobody better

    • joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      My name is Joey, and I approve this comment.

      • cofran2004 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        Another example of you getting thumbs down for your handle, bud. All you did was agree with the original statement. Somehow, you ended up with 22 thumbs down.

        Mine too. What can I say? I’m a conformist. :-p

      • joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        Watch this. 1 + 1 = 2

    • stakex - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Yes, because the Islanders are clearly on their way to the Cup thanks to Taveras! Oh wait, no they aren’t. They are last in the Met and almost certain to miss the playoffs…. again. Stamkos hasn’t come close to winning a Cup either for that matter.

      Winning the Cup has nothing what so ever to do with one player, unless that player is a really hot goaltender. Its a team effort, and Washington simply doesn’t have a very solid team aside from Ovechkin. Of course he will never be mistaken for a good two way player, but to blame the Caps lack of a Cup on that, and that alone, is laughable.

      Also its worth noting that Ovechkin’s offensive threat alone SHOULD make his line mates better. Since teams have to spend so much defensive effort on him (especially the power play) there should be plenty of time and space for his line mates. Its just that Ovechkin is playing with sub part talent…. and that includes a very over rated Backstrom, who racks up assists simply playing with a goal scoring machine.

      • joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Here’s where your argument breaks down. To build a SC team you need a center piece. That center piece is the foundation of your team, and it defines your team. Your $10 million player is the player that typifies the attributes needed to win a championship. Unselfish, dedicated, impeccable work ethics in practice and games, leadership, etc. Ovi does not have the qualities to be that $10 million player. That is money very poorly invested, which is why I’ve been advocating they trade him for well over a year. He has to go.

        He can’t make his linemates better because he’s a terrible playmaker. He’s constantly waits for the puck to execute his one timer. He can’t play 200 feet and he’s not a student of the game like other leaders of their respective teams. Crosby, Toews, Zetterburg etc.

      • russianmachine8 - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Very well said my friend!!

      • lowenni - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        Agree with everything you said except one thing–where you called Backstrom overrated. Backstrom is one of the most underrated talents in the entire league and that was proven when ESPN took a poll of all NHL players and they said Backstrom was the 2nd most underrated player in this league. The Caps players frequently say Backstrom is their best and most well-rounded players, Ovi relies on Backstrom to feed him the puck. With someone always shadowing Ovi it’s amazing he can score 50+ goals a year–the only reason he can do that is because he has an elite playmaker in Backstrom that’s able to find the little seams and openings that get him set up for a goal. I agree that Backstrom should be able to score more with the open space he gets, and he’s been shooting more recently, but Ovi struggles away from Backstrom. We saw that early last year and the year before that when Backstrom was out and everyone was calling Ovi washed up. Backstrom is the Caps’ best player.

      • vm113 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        Here’s where your argument breaks down. Washinton without Ovie is a nonexistent NHL team. Ovie put them on the map, made them one of the most profitable franchises in the NHL. They were on the verge on relocation before Ovie came along. Only a brain dead idiot would consider trading him. So, he can’t make his linemates better because he’s a terrible playmaker? Didn’t old man Knuble score 20-30 goals playing on Ovies line? Didn’t Backstrom top 100 points? I wonder why he’s top 10 in assists since he’s entered the league. Terrible players don’t get on that list. Ovie is being asked to score goals this year(because obviously nobody else on his team can), not be a set up man. He’s doing what he’s being asked to do. What is so hard for the ignorant masses to understand about that?

      • mawgripcom - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        OMG you are wrong !! Ive been a caps fan since 1984. Backstrom handles the puck greater then any capital in there history . Nobody can take the punk from him when he enters the zone. Ovie needs backstrom like any 1-2 combo on any team. Mike milbury has it wrong all players play different kane crosby stamkos they don’t hit like Ovie or acore like him , but mayb they hustle a little bit more then him so what the hits he makes takes a lot on the body. Backstrom does not take a back seat to Ovie he is just as important ,.

    • vm113 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Ovechkin not making anybody around him better is the most idiotic thing i’ve ever heard in my life. Good luck seeing Backstrom score 100+ with anybody else. Without Ovie this team is only better than Buffalo, barely. That’s it. Btw Stamkos is in the same boat dumby.

      • joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        vm113, of course. We hockey fans all thought the end game was to win the SC. Duh! Why is everyone asking to fire GMGM? Seemed he accomplished what he’s paid for. Hey! Caps are on the map. Good job GMGM. Right? Top ten in assists. Whew! Now that’s impressive for a guy who’s only paid $10 million p/year. A real bargain! Oh! He’s been asked to score goals this year? Is that why he choked in the playoffs last year? No one asked him to score goals. Or, maybe they asked him to play a more defensive game. Only a moron would pay $10 million p/year for a guy who can’t play two way hockey. Oh! That’s right! It’s not his fault. They asked him to score goals. That’s why Hunter cut his ice time in the playoffs. Only idiots don’t know that Hunter didn’t want to coach a primadona like crazy 8. Try trading Ovi for Toews. 1 on 1….. Or for Crosby 1 on 1.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        If the end game is winning a Stanley Cup (which it is) why are you so excited about Crosby? He’s only won 1 and hasn’t been back to a finals since 2008-09, despite the fact that his team has been one of, if not the most talented teams in the last 5 years. Look at last year against Boston, quite amazing how Crosby got everyone around him t elevate their games to win that series….yet golden boy faces no criticism.

      • joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        That’s one more than Ovi. And because he’s a much better player, and leader than Ovi, we like his chances more than Ovi’s.

      • damaged262 - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        @joey4ld Thanks, that was just brutal, forcing me to thumbs up a comment praising Crosby. Oh, the humanity.

  7. 7mantel - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Never thought I’d be saying that I agree with Mad Mike.! But here it is ” Your right Mike ” ! Whew that was hard !

    • cofran2004 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      ”Your right Mike ” ! Whew that was hard!”

      That’s what she said.

      • 7mantel - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        LOL that’s an old saying you must be older than I thought !

      • cofran2004 - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:50 AM

        Eh, not that old. I’m twenty-seven. I’m old enough that I think all this new musicby talentless artists is the work of the devil, but not old enough to want the kids to get off my lawn.

  8. snipedanglecelly13 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    @blackheart lmao, one of the best comments I’ve seen today.

  9. xdj511 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    AO is also a lousy actor. Just look at that FOMOH commercial.

    • erbaker67 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      [img]http://blogsohardsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Ovechkin-Controller-GIF.gif[img/]

      • erbaker67 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        I fail

    • jpelle82 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

  10. rebekah319 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Ovechkin can be good during the regular season all he wants and can lead he NHL in goals all he wants because that is what he does. However during the post season when I watch him- he is no where to be found. The only thing I will say is this as a leader on that team and as one of the best players in the NHL he needs to get his team past the first round of the playoffs and so fourth and actually make some real noise in the post season- he has not done that. He only thinks one way when he plays and all he wants to do is score goals but he also needs to do the other things

  11. prosportswashington - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    The thing that bugs me when people talk about the capitals is that they quote statisitics. I’m not saying he isn’t one-dimensional, but when even Backstrom (who is very solid all-round) is something like -7 and the best your team has is somebody who is +5 you have to look at the scheme and the coaching. The caps have three very talented goalies who just aren’t getting any help

  12. gbories2014 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:09 PM

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    • cofran2004 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      You…. should probably speak english on an english speaking message board.

  13. guitarhunterdude - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Yes, he is. It’s common knowledge.

    Shut up, Mike. You’re annoying.

  14. cspsrbums - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    I agree with his comment to a sense but he has no idea wether he is hurting, sick or what. Maybe Oates was using him to get what he can get out of him instead of scratching him. He also the one that complained about him when he was throwing his body around. So CLOWN Milbury how do you want him to play, oh that’s right your not a coach and never was. So STFU.
    Pens fans continue to compare Ovi and Crosby they play completely different positions with different jobs, and Crosby has all kinds of talent around him, how many 20 goal scores our on each team that’s what I thought.

  15. cspsrbums - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    @c9castine And he will again this year

  16. stakex - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Yeah, I don’t think anyone would ever argue that Ovechkin is a two way player. You do see him dropping back a bit more now than he use to, but there is no doubt that his defensive play is the weakest part of his game. It would be nice to see him move his feet a bit more, and be more engaged in the play when he doesn’t have the puck.

    However, Milbury’s argument is weak on several points. First of all, he hand picked a couple videos of Ovechkin not engaged and compared them with a couple hand picked videos of other players engaged. I’m sure with very little effort you could do the complete opposite and find a few videos where Ovechkin had his feet moving, throwing the body, and possibly even helping out in the defensive zone… while also finding videos of Taveras and Callahan on coast mode (because all players coast at some point).

    It also always amazes me that when talking about why Washington is losing, or sitting outside the playoffs right now, or failing to win one specific game…. its always only about Ovechkin, even when he’s playing great. Its never about their very poor goaltending this season, or their incredibly weak defense, or lack of depth on offense. Oh, not to mention the several players have made it publicly clear they don’t want to even be there.Say what you will about his defensive play, but if the Caps didn’t have Ovechkin running away with the goal scoring title this season they would be getting in line for a 1st overall pick right now and the playoffs wouldn’t even be a consideration.

    Once you get past him, the quality of the Capitals falls off very quickly, and they are simply not built to be a Cup contender no matter how good or bad Ovechkin is, and that has been their issue for years now. Its just been hidden during the regular season by the fact that Caps were in the South Least division… and were able to put up great regular season numbers. None of their teams in the last decade, aside from the one that lost to the Pens in the second round, have been solid well rounded teams. Look at all the recent Cup winners: Great goaltending, strong defense, and scoring from all four lines. Now look at the Capitals, and tell me with a strait face if you honestly think anyone could carry them to a Cup with their current roster….. the answer should be a simple no.

    • joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      This post should have been inserted here. Damn iPhone.

      Here’s where your argument breaks down. To build a SC team you need a center piece. That center piece is the foundation of your team, and it defines your team. Your $10 million player is the player that typifies the attributes needed to win a championship. Unselfish, dedicated, impeccable work ethics in practice and games, leadership, etc. Ovi does not have the qualities to be that $10 million player. That is money very poorly invested, which is why I’ve been advocating they trade him for well over a year. He has to go.
      He can’t make his linemates better because he’s a terrible playmaker. He’s constantly waits for the puck to execute his one timer. He can’t play 200 feet and he’s not a student of the game like other leaders of their respective teams. Crosby, Toews, Zetterburg etc.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Your argument makes no sense, you don’t think he should be paid $10 million a year (actually $9.5 million) and that you can’t win with him but that other teams should trade for him to win with him? Wouldn’t that put the other team in the same situation? Of course every team would love to have him, and most would try to figure out a way to get him, but you know more than they do right?

        The problem with the Capitals isn’t Ovechkin so much as it’s the fact that George McPhee has failed to supply the team with enough talent, and the various types of players, needed to win. And he’s overpaid players while he was at it.

      • joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        No! No! No! My argument doesn’t make sense because you don’t understand the dynamics of a team. You can’t win with him as the center piece of your team. He can be part of team you put together around your center piece.

        Would you trade any of the following 1 on 1 for Ovi?
        Toews, Crosby, Zetterberg, Getzlaf, Perry, Tavares, Malkin…. I wouldn’t. I rather have the players who can play 200 feet with strong work ethics during practices and games.

        I would consider Ovi on my team if I were missing a goal scorer/PP specialist to support my center piece, but not as my center piece. Yes! The contract is a huge problem as I have stated in the past. Not sure too many teams can carry his contract. But! I would try to unload him.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        This isn’t basketball, if you build a team around one centrepiece you’ll never win. You need to build around a core, and even then it’s not a guarantee.

        Take for instance Crosby, he’s part of a very good core in Pittsburgh, but for all of his leadership abilities and his great 200 foot play, his team hasn’t been able to get to the finals…because it’s hard. Even for a “student of the game”

        Btw you keep talking about Ovechkin not “playing 200 feet” you do realize he’s a winger right? If you have a winger playing right in front of or behind your net he’s not doing his job and there are players wide open at the point who will quickly be creeping in. But let’s keep comparing him the players who are expected to play other positions with different responsibilities.

        And I wouldn’t trade many of the players you listed 1 for 1 for Ovechkin for a very simple reason, they’re true franchise centres, there’s less than 20 of those in the entire league, they’re more valuable strictly based on position not skill.

  17. cspsrbums - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Thank you Stakex well put.

    My opinion is that a few players in the league are playing passive. I believe it has everything to do with the Olympics. Scared of getting hurt

    • jpelle82 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      asanine. the olympics dont pay their mortgages. you have to be kidding right?

  18. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    I used to say the same thing about Brett Hull, and he’s in the hall of fame.

  19. oquintero99 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Everybody knew AO was a one-dimensional player when he was drafted. The Caps knew they were getting a sniper and not a two-way player. Problem with the Caps is the GM McPhee. He has failed in acquiring the right personnel (offense, defense, and goaltending). The other problem is trying to get AO be someone else (a two way player). He’s not. He’s a sniper. Let him do what he does best. Get him a good center, and a physical winger/power forward on the other side and AO will thrive.

  20. cspsrbums - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Not saying I agree with itYou can’t tell me these players aren’t excited and will do almost anything not to miss the chance to play in the Olympic some of there minds are elsewhere

  21. calden99 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Exactly why Crosby is better

  22. jdvalk - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Tell me what fantastic dimensions Crosby, Malkin, etc. would have on display in front of the mess McPhee has wrought in DC, Mils…

    • valoisvipers - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      They would provide leadership and work ethic, things that Ovi lacks.

  23. tizzy412 - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Ovi is a sniper thats it… He is not a top 10 player is the nhl not even in the top10 in scoring. He’s got 19 helpers and is a -19 in 53 games enough said. U can say that alot of gm’s would love to pay 10 million a year for yes goal scoring but i think there is alot of other gm’s that would rather spend 5million a year on 2 guys that play a allaround game and score 30 to 35 goals and get 40 to 50 helpers. Don’t be mad crosby has better telent around him the caps have the same cap limit the pens do but the choose to overpay 1 player 10million a year to do one thing. And if u want to blame talent of team look at tavares top 5 in scoring and i bet a better +/- then ovi on a one of worst teams in hockey ovi is overrated plain and simple

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Not a top 10 player in the NHL? He’s won 3 Hart trophies, including last year, I think you’re overstating your case here. Remember in early February last year people were leaving Ovechkin for dead and he went on one of the most spectacular individual runs the NHL has had in the last 10 years, propelling the Caps to the playoffs.

      For all of the praise Crosby is getting from posters here about what a terrific leader he is and how he makes everyone around him better, let’s keep in mind he’s surrounded by better talent and yet has only led his team to 1 Stanley Cup win, 5 years ago, and of course they haven’t been back since. He was also great leading his team to absolutely no offense against Boston. And he’s so great at making those around him better Team Canada is taking along one of his Penguins line mates to the Olympics because Crosby was dreadful at the last Olympics (except for the obvious goal) and had no chemistry with anyone else, it was the epitome of someone not making those around him better.

      • joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        Hmmm! Even I would consider him as a top ten player. I would never trade Toews or Crosby, or Zetterberg, or Stamkos, Getzkaf, or Perry, or Tavares, or Malkin one on one for Ovi. I would rather have the work ethics of these guys over the floating, and selfishness of “look at me when I score goal. I no back check because Caps want me to score goals”. Please! If you would trade and of the aforementioned to get Ovi, then I have igloos to sale in death valley.

  24. kedaco - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    The Capitals were hoping by giving him the “C” it would motivate him to step up and raise the intensity of game to the level his talent is capable of. But sadly he clearly is demostrating that the $$$$ are reward enough and does not use his talent to be the leader the Capitals need.

  25. hazlydose - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Ovechkin is extremely one dimensional, but there are very few that have been better at that one dimension than him.

  26. phxyotes - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    He’s lazy and if he’s not scoring he’s a liability on the ice.

  27. Bart Breen - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Milbury has never had anything positive to say about Ovi. He shredded him last year before Ovi took off and won the Hart and he’s in the hunt again this year.

    There’s a reason why Milbury is no longer in the game. He’s 2 bran muffins away from a soft dump up the ice.

  28. penzfan329 - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Crosby has always made players around him better. Look at both kunitz and dupuis. Both undrafted! He made them better players. Try educating yourself before making dumb comments

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Kunitz had similar numbers in Anaheim (not quite as good, but solid) shouldn’t he and Anaheim receive the credit for him having success despite being undrafted? I’m not saying Crosby isn’t a great player, he is, but the belief that he makes anyone and everyone around him better just isn’t accurate, if it were team Canada wouldn’t have picked one of his linemates just to avoid a duplication of his play in 2010.

  29. capsrockva - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Personally I never would’ve given him the C; would’ve given it to Brooks or Troy but Milbury always trashes Ovi

  30. nyrnashty - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Why would OV care what Milbury says? OV makes like 9 million base contract alone, I doubt he cares what anyone thinks. I would love to have 39 goals and a handful of assists. Scoring is the hardest thing to do in the sport outside of playing goal.

  31. penzfan329 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    So whats your argument? That crosby is a disappointment bc of his lack of success?

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Crosby isn’t a disappointment at all, but he’s overrated by the media, and many fans, based on his level of accomplishments (both personally and team wise) achieved in his career. He’s a great player, probably the best in the game right now, but his legend isn’t nearly as great as it’s portrayed, and that’s not his fault at all, it’s the media (mainly the Canadian media) constantly praising him for all he does and never ever daring to be critical of his game when it’s warranted. And that plays itself out on message boards like these with how commenters heap praise on Crosby (in stories not even about him) as a way to be critical of Ovechkin. Example “not a great all around player like Crosby”

  32. kantnockdahustle89 - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Everyone is comparing Ovechkin to superstar centers…. Centers are expected to play offense and defense at all times. When will he be compared to other wingers?

    I think we all agree that Ovi doesnt play great defense or anything but hes not one dimensional at all. When has he had someone on his line that scores goals? Backstrom may get 20 if hes lucky but hes a passer. Knuble was the last guy that could score on his line and that was a long time ago. Hard to score when all the D has to do is watch you and you still lead the league in goals.

  33. dontbeadope - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Milbury is a douche no matter what he says. When NBC broadcasts a game and at intermission Milbury comes on you know it’s time to take a dump in his honor.

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