The Washington Capitals have not had a great season, they are on the cusp of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and as usual all the blame has been heaped on Alexander Ovechkin.
Ovechkin may not be having his most stellar year, as of 3rd April the Russian was ranked 862nd of 862 in plus/minus metric with a -36.
The ratio measures the productivity of a player on offense and defense. Although Ovechkin still leads the NHL with 48 goals, his productivity on defense has led analysts to call the Russian lazy and even some to label him a 'quitter'.
These claims have led to some to call for the trading of Ovechkin during the offseason and for the Capitals to continue building without the Russian forward.
Trading Ovechkin would be an easy way out for a team that has simply underachieved this season, and there is no guarantee that shopping Ovechkin would lead to a prosperous 2015 for the Caps.
Ovechkin, at the age of 28 is a winger who can continue to be a productive goalscorer in the NHL for a number of years.
The Capitals would be better suited by putting their future in Ovechkin and then build around the Russian wing-wizard.
They gain nothing from devaluing one of the greatest offensive players in the league and then shopping him away to a potential rival.
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