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Over the past two seasons, Alex Ovechkin has not been the dominant scorer he once was.
During the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, Alex scored fewer than 40 goals for the only two instances in his career.
But the Washington Capitals cannot afford for Ovechkin to slump offensively. The contract Alex Ovechkin signed with the team in 2008 was a landmark deal, paying him a total of $124 million over 13 years. And so his offensive decline becomes even more glaring when analyzing Alex's spending efficiency, as calculated by NHLnumbers.com.
In 2008-09, the first full year of the mega-deal, Ovechkin scored 11.532 points per million dollars. The following year, Ovechkin was even more efficient, scoring 11.986 points per million.
But 2010-11 saw a significant decline in spending efficiency, falling to 8.911 points per million dollars. And during the 2011-12 season, Alex became even more fiscally burdensome, scoring only 7.204 points per million dollars.
If Alex Ovechkin's numbers continue this downward trend, the Washington Capitals will need to cut their losses.