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Caps GM says Ovechkin's weight jumped to 242 lbs.

Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:05 pm
 
Ovechkin was the last player to score 60 goals in one season. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

In searching for answers to why Alex Ovechkin's scoring totals have gone down one year to the next recently, a lot of different theories have been floated. Some just point to the statistics and say a regression was in order. Some like myself have pointed more to the league figuring him out. Even others have gone to some other outlandish conclusions.

Since 2007-08 when he had 65 goals, Ovechkin's totals have gone to 56 to 50 to 32 last season. His 26 this year has him a little ahead of last season's pace.

In an interview with ESPN 980, Caps general manager offered something else up that could possibly bear an explanation, or at least a factor (from the Washington Post).

“I think the progression in his weights, he came in 218, 224, 232, 237, 242,” McPhee said, which doesn’t exactly reflect the team’s prior reports. “He played at 242 once, and he got suspended for hitting a few people. And he was crushing guys, and he loved crushing guys, and we said you know what, Bruce always thought he was a better player at about 227. And you can see it when he’s moving out there, he’s flying.”

Putting on 24 pounds isn't the best way to maintain your game when it relies a lot on speed and agility.

For the record, McPhee said Ovechkin is weighing in at 224 right now.

McPhee was also asked about Ovechkin's commitment to the game, something that was put in question by former Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig.

“Um, well, it’s a lot better than it was,” McPhee said, hinting that there was indeed some issues about his commitment level.

How much might this have to do with his numbers decreasing in recent seasons? I don't know. It would only be speculation on anybody's part so attempt to say what affect it had, if any. But the GM more or less admitting in a round-about way that Ovechkin wasn't as committed as much as he should have been is definitely an interesting sign.

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Comments

Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:12 pm
 

Caps GM says Ovechkin's weight jumped to 242 lbs.

Just a disappointing season for the Capitals in general, maybe Bruce Boudreau wasn't the problem. Just like Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin hasn't had a typical Alexander Semin season. Even Nicklas Backstrom is struggling and Mike Green being out doesn't help the cause. Better luck next year, even though their still in the playoff hunt. They will finish 8th seed at best and play the Rangers. No way their beating the Rangers.

By the way, i don't think anyone is beating the Rangers, not with the way Henrik Lundqvist is playing, just kidding, we"ll wee what happens. Should be a great post season, may the best tean win.

Good Luck!!
 
Go Rangers!!



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:02 pm
 

Caps GM says Ovechkin's weight jumped to 242 lbs.

another lame article by Stupits. 6'2 242 is fat i dont care how you slice it(no pun intended)



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:36 pm
 

Caps GM says Ovechkin's weight jumped to 242 lbs.

Average 8 is a flash in the pan. 



yet still playing, still scoring and getting points and still in the playoff hunt. 


unlike some people that got hit... like... a century ago. 



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:10 pm
 

Caps GM says Ovechkin's weight jumped to 242 lbs.

Playing in the always weak Southeast division had helped pad his numbers
Exactly! I mean another obviously intelligent post. This guy knows his hockey. I wish the NHL would listen to this guy and have the schedule makers adopt a schedule that has all teams play each other... then we shall see if he can continue to stat pad against the NHL instead of loading up numbers against the Florida Panthers or Tampa Bay Lightning of the world.



Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:55 am
 

Caps GM says Ovechkin's weight jumped to 242 lbs.

Malkin does not shy away from physical play.  He doesn't go head hunting.  He has more skill than Ov.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:51 am
 

Caps GM says Ovechkin's weight jumped to 242 lbs.

Because he likes to hit people and people like to try to hit him.  Malkin doesn't like to be hit or give hits.  At 190, OV couldn't be as aggressive as he is.



Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:27 am
 

Caps GM says Ovechkin's weight jumped to 242 lbs.

Average 8 is a flash in the pan.  Playing in the always weak Southeast division had helped pad his numbers.  Horrible leadership ability.



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:23 pm
 

Caps GM says Ovechkin's weight jumped to 242 lbs.

Alex Ovechkin is my favorite player but even I have to say the jump he had early on has declined the past 2 seasons.  You can only rely on natural ability for so long, I wonder if we'll see 45-50 goals again.  It will help a little if the Caps play to their personnel and open the game up a little but he has to keep the weight off.

I play hockey once a week and lift and run daily.  In the past 6 weeks I went from 202 to 185 and I'm skating better than I have in 10 years.  I'm an inch taller than Ovechkin (and 10 years older).  I can't imagine skating at 220 much less 240 and not be waddling up and down the ice, much less hitting people or outskating anyone.

I wonder how they keep the weight ON skating daily.    



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:12 pm
 

Caps GM says Ovechkin's weight jumped to 242 lbs.

Four years ago I wouldn't have laughed at that. I wouldn't have agreed but I wouldn't have ruled it out at that point. But now, he's got a long way to claw his way back up to the calibre of a Bossy.



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:09 pm
 

Caps GM says Ovechkin's weight jumped to 242 lbs.

Always Over8ed


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