Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin alluded to jealousy as one of the problems in the team’s locker room this season, according to the Washington Times.
“I don't know who's going to be the coach next year but the leaders in this group have to be together and don't look, you know. … I don't know how to explain better, but sometimes you don't have to be jealous,” he said. “I don't want to say it was a jealous situation for us, but sometimes you just have to be a group together.”
“I don't want to say persons, I don't want to say situations, but sometimes you just know like, some guys, if you didn't play well they just look at you like, you know,” he said. “Of course, you can see it, I can see it and somebody else gonna see it and it's not the way we gonna win the game.”
After two straight seasons which saw Washington finish the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference, the Capitals narrowly earned a berth into the 2011-12 NHL Playoffs. Despite defeating the defending Stanley Cup champions in the first round and nearly winning their second round match-up against the East’s top ranked team, Washington’s head coach, Dale Hunter, resigned yesterday. Ovechkin, the team’s captain, had the worst season of his career in 2011-12. The 26-year-old collected 38 goals and 27 assists for a career low 65 points. The Capitals’ star tallied at least 90 points-or-more each season from 2005-2010.