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Alex Ovechkin | Winger

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/17/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
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Alex Ovechkin could get off to a slow start in 2014-15 while he adapts to the way coach Barry Trotz wants him to play.
Trotz is expected to make Ovechkin take shorter shifts and to remove the "glide" from the sharpshooter's game. If Ovechkin buys into those practices then it will limit the amount of goals against that he's on the ice for because he'll be better rested and more engaged in the play. If he's trying to take pucks from the opposition and forcing turnovers then he will get more opportunities offensively. It would also help make him a more complete player. Ovechkin posted the third-worst plus-minus rating in the league last year at minus-35, but he led the league with 51 goals and finished eighth with 79 points in 78 games. Aug 22 - 11:52 AM

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FedEx Field has reportedly been ruled out as a possible destination for the 2015 Winter Classic, as the Washington Redskins will host the Dallas Cowboys there on Dec. 28 and officials will not have enough time to flip the field into an ice rink.

That leaves Nationals Park, the city's baseball field, as the leading candidate to host the event on Jan 1, 2015. RFK Stadium, home of the D.C. United MLS team is also in the mix, as well as a few far-fetched ideas of holding the game at the National Mall, Camden Yards or M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens. The Caps will host the Blackhawks in the annual spectacle, wherever it may be held.
Aug 17 - 12:26 PM

Alex Ovechkin is upbeat after the Capitals were able to sign defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen.

"That our team signed such guys [as Niskanen and Orpik] – that's a very strong move," Ovechkin said. "Orpik, for example, is a very physical defenseman. If he plays on your team – it’s a positive for you. But the results will be at the end of the season, it hasn't even started yet. Who knows what other changes are coming to the team– maybe there will be a trade or something else." Not everything that happened for the Capitals this summer was a positive in Ovechkin's eyes. He had a close relationship with Mikhail Grabovski and he's said to see him go.
Jul 7 - 10:15 PM

Coach Barry Trotz said that Alex Ovechkin will need less 'glide' in his game next season.

Trotz also said that Ovechkin will start the season on the right wing. "Alex has got a little too much glide maybe in his game," Trotz said. "He's trying to score too much, so he's getting not as much space actually. You remember Alex when he would get that speed and he's moving and he can do things with the puck. He can beat you with his skill, he can beat you with his size and speed and hold you off. When you’re standing still you’re really easy to cover. I was just talking to Alex and said we gotta get a little more space for you. Sometimes that's coming back [into the defensive zone] and getting the puck in a good position. Sometimes when you're standing still you think you’re in a position where if I get the puck I'll score. But you're easier to cover and we talked about that. That's a process." Ovechkin seems to be interested in improving so look out for him next season.
Jun 29 - 11:41 AM

New Washington coach Barry Trotz wants to develop a trusting relationship with Alex Ovechkin.

"It starts with the relationship," Trotz said. "I know I'm going to work at that, but it can't happen until I have a relationship with him, because there's no trust. To me, Alex has to trust that I'm giving him the best advice for the team, for him to grow his game. I don't know Alex as well. I know going against him, what he does well. But I need to know Alex the person." He wants to sit down with Ovechkin soon to go over how he wants the Capitals' captain to play and what role he'll have in the system. Trotz never had a 40-goal scorer in Nashville and former bench boss Adam Oates helped Ovechkin register an NHL-best 51 goals last season after he switched him to a right winger.
May 29 - 1:32 PM

The Washington Capitals said on Sunday that Alex Ovechkin (knee) only needs rest and should be healthy for the start of training camp.

Ovechkin was injured eight days ago at the World Championships in Belarus and while he missed one game and wore a brace during the playoffs, he will not require surgery. Ovechkin captained the Russians to victory as they won the Worlds for the second time in the last three seasons.
May 26 - 7:18 AM

Alex Ovechkin's knee still isn't 100 percent healthy, but he's got one game left to play in at the World Hockey Championship.

"I had a new knee brace and felt much better," Ovechkin said after Saturday's semifinal win over Sweden. "I can't say I'm 100 percent fit but the situation is that one must be ready for anything. We have one game left and we must do everything to make sure we win." He earned an assist in Russia's 3-1 victory in his second game back after a one-game absence. Russia will play Finland in the gold medal game on Sunday.
May 24 - 6:24 PM

Alex Ovechkin skated with a brace on his knee during the quarterfinals of the World Hockey Championship.

"Of course it was a bit awkward to skate in the brace," said Ovechkin. "But I think I'll play without it the next game and everything will be okay. I wasn't risking anything, I knew the brace would protect me in case of a collision. That's what happened in the first period and I immediately knew that the leg is reacting well. I was about 90 percent ready. And I didn't take any pain killers at all." He didn't record a point in Russia's 3-0 win against France and was rested during the third period.
May 22 - 1:42 PM

Alex Ovechkin (knee) is in the lineup for Russia's quarterfinal contest against France.

He sat out one game at the World Hockey Championship with a knee injury, which evidently looked much worse than it was. Ovechkin is wearing the "C" as the team's captain in the contest. He has three goals and six assists in six games at the tournament.
May 22 - 10:18 AM

Alex Ovechkin (knee) is hoping to return to Team Russia's lineup.

Ovechkin was hospitalized with what was initially feared to be a serious injury, but he's already rejoined the team for practices. "If I did not feel that I am ready to help the team, I wouldn't be trying," Ovechkin said. "I would end my season. As long as I am able to help, I will act." He has three goals and nine points in six games at the 2014 World Championship.
May 21 - 4:41 PM

According to a report on the IIHF's website, Alex Ovechkin's MRI revealed that his injured knee did not suffer any torn ligaments.

His right knee is swollen and sore, but it may not keep him on the shelf for very long. Team Russia GM Andrei Safronov said that Ovechkin "will definitely stay with the team. Even if he couldn't play he'd still be here. He's not just part of this team, he's a leader. He's okay at the moment. There's some pain, but he's working with doctors." He hasn't been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament even though it's believed that he suffered a sprained knee. The Capitals would probably prefer that Ovechkin sit rather than risk further injury, but there's a chance that he'll play after sitting the team's last preliminary round contest.
May 20 - 9:39 AM

Alex Ovechkin will not play against Belarus on Tuesday due to a leg injury.

That's the bad news. The good news so far is that the Russians have not ruled Alex the Great out for the rest of the World Championships. Ovechkin was injured on Sunday when Marcus Kink of Germany clipped him on the right knee while making an open ice hit. Ovechkin was helped off the ice after staying on the ice for a couple of minutes. Stay tuned.
May 19 - 7:31 AM

Former Winnipeg Jets forward Alex Burmistrov said the leg injury Alex Ovechkin suffered in Minsk Sunday is scary.

"Of course it's scary. We hope he's healthy and can play," said Burmistrov, a teammate of Ovechkin with Team Russia at the 2014 World Hockey Championship. Ovechkin received an open-ice hit from Marcus Kink of Team Germany. The hit appeared to make contact with the superstar's right knee. Ovechkin flipped over after the hit and remained on the ice for two minutes before needing to be helped off by teammates. He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Ovechkin was injured in the third period of Russia's 3-0 victory and did not return. "I hope nothing is wrong with him. I hope he is fine. You never want to see that," said German goaltender Philipp Grubauer, who is also a teammate of Ovechkin with the Washington Capitals in the NHL. "We need him. He had 51 goals this year, he is one of the best players in the world so we need him up in Washington."
May 18 - 7:38 PM

Alex Ovechkin tweeted a thumbs-up photo from his hospital bed in Minsk Sunday to indicate that he is all right.

Check out his Instagram here: The Washington Capitals' superstar injured his knee and was taken to hospital Sunday. He suffered the injury at the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championship, where he is playing for Team Russia. The Capitals released a statement saying that their medical staff is working with the Russian national team to stay up to date on Ovechkin’s status.
May 18 - 7:00 PM

The bad news: Alex Ovechkin was taken to a hospital after suffering a knee/leg injury at the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championship. The good news is that he was reportedly at the team hospital soon after.

He's reportedly walking on his own without the need of crutches. It sounds like Ovechkin dodged a major injury bullet, although we'll have to wait and see. It might be best to consider him day-to-day for the tournament.
May 18 - 5:53 PM

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2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Jay Beagle
5Kris Newbury
LW1Marcus Johansson
2Joel Ward
3Jason Chimera
4Aaron Volpatti
RW1Alex Ovechkin
2Troy Brouwer
3Eric Fehr
4Ryan Stoa
5Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Karl Alzner
5Dmitry Orlov
6Brooks Orpik
7John Erskine
8Jack Hillen
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters