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Posted at 9:38 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Ask the Caps: Karl Alzner answers your questions

By Washington Post Sports Editors

Readers sent in questions for Karl Alzner a few weeks ago, and we tracked him down for some answers.

Here's the Capitals defenseman on how it feels to see kids wear his jersey, when the Wolverine beard might make a comeback and more.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | February 7, 2011; 9:38 AM ET
Categories:  Karl Alzner  
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Matt Hendricks - acquisition of the year.

Posted by: saintex | February 7, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Matt Hendricks - acquisition of the year.
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Agreed, and wasn't it BB who was the prime mover on this one?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 7, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

on an earlier topic: boozing and hockey

hard drinking has always been a part of the hockey culture and, more generally, in all of professional sports. I'd be very surprised if Ovie was getting so hammered all the time that it was affecting his performance, but you never know. His weight, otoh, is a problem.

Still, he does seem to be going through a phase - let's hope it's temporary - where he is not as dynamic as he was. I think the change happened at the Olympics - perhaps there was stuff happening there on the ice that was nasty enough for him to have lost some innocence or something - but his game plummeted after...

One thing about Ovie I don't think has deteriorated, is his great hands and skill. People say he'd be better down low or on the half boards on the PP, but he's the best player we have at keeping the puck in the zone.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | February 7, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

@redlityogi

I think Green is better at keeping the puck in the zone personally.

Ovie looked really good in the TB game...I think he was pretty sore after he blocked taht shot against Pitt...he is not toe dragging all the time now, he is bulldozing people again, and overall has had more chances over the past week in a half...hopefully the great 8 is getting his groove back.

Posted by: capscoach | February 7, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The answer to what is Ovie's problem...NOTHING. If you notice when watching the games, he is playing defense first. Watch & notice how many times you see Ovie near our slot covering his own zone. Ovie is becoming a COMPLETE player, just what we need from the Captain of the team.
It's about time that Ovie buys into the defensive system. I'm guessing a large part of the recent success is seeing #8 down low playing defense first.
Backstrom & Ovie are playing defense, why don't you people watch the games & give them some f-ing credit.
While on the subject of credit, I have to give props to BB & his gameplans. Maybe (just maybe) he can coach a defensive plan & make adjustments. Maybe he is learning to be a complete coach as the team learns to be a complete team. Ovie back to the point for the PP was caused by Green's injury, not another stupid move by BB.

Posted by: chriscaps | February 7, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

@ Chriscaps agree with your post and to add to it, it took Brett Hull going to Dallas and learning the defensive game from Hitchcock to win a cup. Although controversial but his name is on the cup none the less

Posted by: koppleschloss | February 7, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

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