What are the complaints about Alex Ovechkin’s attitude, anyway?
After all, are there stories about him violating the law, or team rules? Does there seem to be any trouble here? The questions, ultimately, seem hockey-related.
There has been some serious questions about his conditioning and how serious he takes the game of hockey.
A lot was made of former Capital Matt Bradley's questioning of the team, and how he expressed concern about Ovechkin’s dedication and off-ice work ethic.
Nobody questions how hard Ovechkin plays on the ice, but when there are numerous stories about him partying and living the care-free life, people start to wonder about how serious he is.
Then there is his on-ice leadership. Ovechkin is the captain of the Capitals, but is he acting like it?
The Capitals are the poster children for under-achievers, and Ovechkin is their captain. There may not be a more talented roster in the league, yet they have not been able to win anything.
Head Coach Bruce Boudreau recently told the Washington Post that Ovechkin was a great captain “on the ice."
On the ice? What about in the locker room? In the weight room? In the film room?
According to that story, Boudreau met with his young captain and came away saying, “He's going to take it a step further. That's maturity. It's not anything more than that.”
Ovechkin has also been known to skip a lot of Capitals practices. Is that the way a captain leads? Is that the further step that Bourdreau meant?
Whether or not these concerns are factual can be debated, but the perception is that they are true and perception often becomes reality.
So, how have these things hurt Ovechkin? There are three ways.