On the heels of Dale Hunter’s departure, Alex Ovechkin was asked what he thought the Capitals would need moving forward to continue making progress as a team, whether they would need a new coach with a similar playing style or something completely different.
“I don’t know who’s going to be the coach next year but the leaders in this group have to be together and don’t look, you know,” Ovechkin said. “I don’t know how to explain better, but sometimes you don’t have to be jealous….I don’t want to say it was a jealous situation for us, but sometimes you just have to be a group together.”
The second part of his comment was curious, given that over the course of the postseason several Capitals – Brooks Laich, Karl Alzner among them — commented on the team’s unity as a group citing their ability to hash out problems among themselves as the year went on and their knowledge that everyone was on the same page in what to expect from one another. Many players echoed that sentiment on breakdown day Monday as well.
Asked to explain what he meant by “jealous,” Ovechkin hinted at locker room dissention but did not want to be specific.
“I don’t want to say persons, I don’t want to say situations, but sometimes you just know like, some guys, if you didn’t play well they just look at you like, you know,” Ovechkin said, trailing off. “Of course, you can see it, I can see it and somebody else gonna see it and it’s not the way we gonna win the game.”
More on the Capitals:
— Q&A: El-Bashir, Carrera at 11 a.m.
— Feinstein: Caps have issues to settle
— Possible replacements for Dale Hunter
— Ovechkin, Backstrom react to Hunter leaving
— Boswell reaction: UNBELIEVABLE!