Capitals owner Ted Leonsis expressed his displeasure with the NHL’s decision to suspend Alex Ovechkin three games for his hit on Pittsburgh’s Zbynek Michalek on his blog Tuesday.
According to a team spokesman, both General Manager George McPhee and Alex Ovechkin will speak with the media about the suspension today. It’s unclear exactly when, though.
An excerpt of Leonsis’ entry follows.
I do not agree in any way with the suspension of Alex Ovechkin for 3 games. I support Alex Ovechkin. He is our bedrock player – our Captain; and he and his family know that we are always here to support him. ...
While there is a lot of emotion and concern today – we have a game to play tonight against perhaps the best team in the league and we then have 2 games on the road against division foes, after the All Star game.
Tonight – we will play without Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and Nick Backstrom. These are our three best players and represent a third of our payroll; there is simply no way short term to make up their productivity unless other players step up – and we must be focused on winning and not on being shorthanded. Our team mentality must and will stay positive.
It is possible that the road trip after the All Star game will also see us play without 3 of our core players as well.
So – it is time for us – truly – to hang together – band together – play as a unit- be supportive; scratch out some wins or points in any way that we can.
Check out the full post on Ted’s Take here.