For the second year in a row, Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin has decided to not go to the All Star Game and instead take some time off to rest his body. Ovie’s getting older - he’s 34 now - and he could probably benefit from the time off. On the other hand, the All Star game is when the league likes to show off their top talent, which is why Ovie will be suspended either the game before or the game after the All Star Break and will forfeit the pay that he would normally receive.
The first of those two punishments means that he’ll get an extra day of rest, and the second of those two punishments is a drop in the bucket to one of the league’s top paid stars. So much for that incentive to attend, NHL.
Blues announcer Darren Pang threw an idea out there as to who should replace Ovechkin. It’s a Cap to Cap replacement, and it’s one that’ll make some Blues fans very happy:
Last thing we need at any All Star games are players that don’t want to be there, for whatever reasons.This may work out perfectly, as @TJOshie77 would be a fine replacement for the game, and fans in St.Louis. @NHL @StLouisBlues https://t.co/ECiak6MXMP https://t.co/BKG59oDyqB— Darren R Pang (@Panger40) December 28, 2019
You may remember Oshie from such incidents as oversleeping for practice, being an unofficial candidate for Mayor of St. Louis, having frosted tips, and being part of the deal that brought Troy Brouwer to the Blues in the name of “locker room shake-up” and “accountability.”
With the Caps, Oshie has proven himself more than accountable. He’s exploded offensively, as anyone would do when playing with Ovechkin. So far this year he has 15 goals and 12 assists, He’s sixth on the team in points but tied for second in goals. He’s a worthy representative for the Capitals, and you know as well as everyone else does that the reception for him will be electric. St. Louis loves its former Blues, and there are few in recent memory who will be welcomed with more open arms than Oshie.