Breaking: Dale Hunter hockey wasn’t Alex Ovechkin’s kind of hockey.
In Chicago for union meetings, Washington’s captain expressed optimism that the Capitals will return to their old, up-tempo ways with one of the most prolific playmakers in league history, Adam Oates, as head coach.
“It’s not blocking the shots and it’s not dump and chase,” Ovechkin said, as per the Canadian Press. “Any system that I play I learn a lot. I’m an offensive guy, it’s not a secret to anybody, and I’m pretty excited and very happy to hear the Caps signed that kind of guy who likes offense.”
We’re not sure if Ovechkin actually watched the Devils with Oates behind the bench as Peter DeBoer’s assistant, since New Jersey dumped and chased all the time to set up its tenacious forecheck.
Perhaps Ovechkin meant dump and don’t chase, as per Hunter hockey.
Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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