Re: Ovechkin is a -31. Repeat -31!
posted at 3/18/2014 9:30 AM EDT
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
So the difference between Ovechkin being a -31 this year and Bergeron being a -28 a few years ago is that Ovechkin should be a better player.
He's a goal scorer. That's his game. That's what he does. He gets paid to light it up. And he does, to the tune of about 30% more goals than #2 on the list. When one of his defensemen takes the puck in a 1 on 2, he's supposed to get going and get a pass across the red line. Sadly for him, his defensemen suck and they turn it back over, making him look like a dope.
Looking at Washington's joke of a defense and their hot or sour goaltending and really, the least of their worries is one of their wingers backchecking.
Last year, Seguin was a +23 with Jordan Staal at -18.
The year before, Team Canada's own Jay Bouwmeester was -20 while free agent to be Mark Streit was -27.
In 2010-11, two Philly defensemen (Meszaros and Carle) posted +30 while two Ottawa defensemen (Phillips and Karlsson) combined to be -65.
You know what this tells you? Nothing.
Already been stated here...that plus/minus isn't everything. That's already been established.
To go further and suggest it means "nothing', is jumping off a cliff. Of course it means something.
In this particular case...it means much more than usual. In fact it's surreal. He's worst on the whole team...despite being "on the ice", when so many Washington goals are scored.
I know Washingtons defense ain't great,... but that's not the issue. They all look like Ray Bourque alongside him. If his defensemen are too incompetent to move the puck...that's an offensive problem, not a defensive one. Few would suggest Green can't play offense.
The "goal" is winning. Superstar athletes understand, and embrace that. They make adjustments in order to increase their odds of winning. Ovi is apparently different. Looks like winning to him, is simply scoring lots of goals.
I know this statement is overly simplistic, but it's fundamenatally sound and warrants some thought. Offensively, if things pace as they have so far this year, Ovechkin nets the Caps about 10 goals.
They miss the playoffs. Their past has been propped up by playing in an inferior division.
The "goal" is winning. Virtually all superstar athletes understand and embrace that. Ovechkin appears to see things differently. Looks like his idea of achievment is merely "scoring". Him scoring.
Isn't working...hasn't worked.
I know this is overly simplistic, but it carries a fundamental truth. Basically... deleting Ovechkin and his salary from Washington, and replacing him with Danny Paille and his salary would be an overall upgrade to the Caps success ratio, if everything remained constant.
Plus...that free's up about 8 million in cap space per year to play with. That would pay for Patrice Bergeron, Carl Soderberg, Torey Krug and Matt Bartowski.
I think those 5 guys would give the Washington Capitals more wins in 13/14 than current.