Alex Ovechkin an enduring enigma for Caps’ next leaders

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) waits for play to start during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) waits for play to start during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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The challenge for the next coaching staff is to keep that momentum going, earn enough of Ovechkin’s trust to make him at least a passable presence in his own end and hope the new GM finds a way to improve Washington’s blueline depth, which was a glaring weakness in 2013-14.

“The criticism goes unfairly,” Patrick said. “[It is] tilted towards him when we’re not winning because people are saying ‘Well, you’ve got Alex Ovechkin, how come you haven’t won a Cup?’ It does take a team. It takes 20 guys. But how can be unhappy with what Alex Ovechkin’s accomplished and continues to accomplish in the National Hockey League?”

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