Are Alex Ovechkin's Latest Criticisms Warranted?

Late last week NHL superstar, Alex Ovechkin again took the opportunity to blast the league over the current lockout and again he chose not to mince his words.

When asked about the latest proposal that the league sent the players, Ovechkin pointed the blame squarely at the league and the owners.

“The NHL gave fans and media hope. But in reality it is a deception,” said Ovechkin. “The league is trying to show that it is working to try and save the season, but they are not offering anything new. It’s all the same.” – courtesy of 

The high scoring Caps forward would continue his banter stating that the latest deal that Gary Bettman offered was good for one person, Gary Bettman.

This is the second time we’ve heard Ovechkin blast the NHL and this could further reinforce his earlier comments that some Russian stars could stay in the KHL if the NHL rolls back the current player contracts.

Are all these Ovechkin criticisms warranted?  It’s hard not to agree with him, after all, you would be hard pressed to find any hockey fan that didn’t have an ounce of optimism when the NHL came out and publicly stated they had a new offer ready for the NHLPA and it included a 50-50 split of all hockey generated revenue.

But what we weren’t told were some of the fine print in that offer.  More specifically about how that proposal included the current NHL contracts being rolled back, despite Bettman telling the media that teams would be allowed to surpass $70 million in salary.

Looking back at it all, it was a ploy to get the public on the owners side and it was a great big tease.  The owners and Bettman tried to paint themselves as the heroes, coming to the table with an offer that is fair for both sides because they care about the season and want to save it.  Bologna.

If the owners truly cared about saving this season then why did they reject three different counter offers from the players?  And they did so in ten minutes, which all but says, you’re not even close and it’s our way or the highway.  Nice Gary.

So here we sit and wait for some type of news that the two sides have again agreed to meet and hammer out a new CBA.  They are talking but no face-to-face meetings have been set up, making the November 2nd start date less and less likely.

Suddenly, what was once thought of as Ovechkin’s harsh criticism isn’t so harsh, but rather fitting given the antics of the owners and their fearless leader, Gary Bettman.

Have we seen the last of Alex Ovechkin in the NHL?  Only time will tell and judging by the latest negotiations, or lack there of, it could be a while before we surely know.

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