Well I have only really been a Wings fan and if Tatar or Nyquist or pretty much any other winger not named Franzen played like Ovechkin did/does they wouldn't be around. Two way players is in my opinion the only way hockey should be played and all the rest of those guys are one trick ponies who sit in the slot or on the dot most the game waiting for a good pass or cherry pick waiting for a pass to score easy. Just not my thing.
Do you even watch Ovechkin? He is one of the most exciting players game in and out. I watched the Washington vs Montreal game the other day, and he was everywhere and hit the post 3 times, dekeing past 4 defenders and flying up the ice trying different things to get through. The media might show you a couple clips of him standing around, that doesn't summarize him. He is also a great passer but doesn't have any finishers (Backstrom is like Datsyuk, wide open net and he will pass to someone else).
Couple of quotes from Montreal players after the game:
"I've lined up beside him a few times," Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher said. "I actually tried to hit him a couple of times. That didn't go well."
Next up, Canadiens center Lars Eller
"Yeah, I've tried," he said. "He's hard as a rock. It's like hitting a wall."
How about you, Max Pacioretty?
"I tried to hit him once and you just can't," he said. "He's a monster, with elite skill in all facets of the game."
Red Wings would open their arms right up if Ovi wanted to play for them, let's not pretend they wouldn't because all he does "he stands at the dot".
Good god christ...top UFAs in their ******* prime better ?
The last big piece has been Marian Hossa because he was willing to make it work since then if your standard are Alfredsson (way past his prime) and Weiss good for you..I thought Wings standards are/were higher. It's nothing against either one of them but compared to Marian Hossa they are a downgrade.
Loading up on prospects is nice and all but same must be used as assets given how bad the UFA market has become
Yea that Alfredsson guy was really awful. He only had 50 points in 68 games last year, and was our leading scorer.