Saturday’s Washington Post comes with a five-page feature on Alex Ovechkin and his great decline. Former Caps beat writer Tarik El-Bashir and Rick Maese list a gamut of explanations– tactics, work ethic, bad attitude, weight, family, partying, schisms with teammates, and more. It’s what the kids call a “must read.”

Read: Alex Ovechkin: What’s wrong with the Washington Capitals superstar?

There’s a lot of anonymous sourcing in there, but the conclusions line up well with what we’ve been observing here for a long time. What do you think?

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  • JessHughes

    I thought I was the only one who notice all the anonymous sourcing.  Anonymous sourcing has bedeviled the Wash Post; ombudsman has even devoted whole columns to its over-use.  Not sure how you get folks to talk about Ovi though, otherwise.

  • serpent

    It all boils down to the fact that we, the fans, do not have access to the locker room, GMGM’s office, Ted’s office or any player’s home. Any information we get is going to be second hand. Anything we see happening on the ice is the result of what we don’t see or hear before hand.
    No matter how many years of hockey experience we have in the stands, we’re not on the team. Reporters have limited access and make the most of it because they are paid to do that. They’ve been known to fudge it a bit,eh?