Should the Washington Capitals trade Alex Ovechkin? | The Tylt
Another year, another early exit for the Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin. Despite winning the Presidents Cup two years in a row, the Caps have failed to advance past the second round, and Ovechkin is largely getting the blame. The Russian star has been the face of the franchise for over a decade, but has never taken the Capitals to the conference finals. However, hockey is a team sport, and putting the blame entirely on him is unfair. Should the Capitals trade Ovechkin or keep him? 🏒
Should the Washington Capitals trade Alex Ovechkin?
You can't say “Washington Capitals” without thinking of Alex Ovechkin. For the last 12 years, he has been the Caps most recognizable superstar with his uncanny ability to score goals. Without Ovechkin, Washington loses its franchise leader in goals and points.
Ovechkin does deserve some of the blame for the Capitals' failures, but to pin everything on him is unfair—especially since he's the reason the Caps have been in the championship conversation in the first place. Ovechkin is still in his prime, and with the right pieces, he can make it to the conference finals and beyond.
Ovechkin is done.
He’s had 12 years to take a team to the conference finals, but he falls apart when it matters most. Washington needs to start fresh. The Caps have surrounded Ovechkin with quality players in recent years, and he still can’t lead them past the second round of the playoffs.
If Washington trades him, they can get good, young players to build a new team around—a new team that can actually go the Stanley Cup Finals, instead of disappointing fans year after year. Let Ovechkin go so another team can get eliminated in the early rounds of the playoffs.