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Boudreau: "Alex is the most valuable player"

After Alex Ovechkin failed to win his third straight MVP award on Wednesday night, Bruce Boudreau openly disagreed with the result. Tarik put some of this in his dead-tree story, but I think the full quote should probably be read. Caps haters will hate it. Caps lovers will love it. Boudreau never fails to defend his players vs. the world, that's for sure.

"I can't figure anything out here," Boudreau said. "It's like figuring out referees. I mean, I know Sedin did a great job, but we had the best team in the regular season, and yet we don't have the guy that wins the Hart or the best defenseman or anything. So I don't get it.

"Alex is the heart and soul of our team, and he missed 10 games. If they're gonna base it just on points - which is what it looked like the way they were doing things in some of the situations - then he should have won anyway, because he played 10 fewer games than those guys. So Alex is the most valuable player in the league, and as long as he's in the league he will be, as far as I'm concerned."

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 24, 2010; 11:19 AM ET
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Once again, Caps haters will jump on Bruce for these comments. The long and short is that, at the end of the day, Bruce will ALWAYS stand by his players, even if the argument is a hard sell. That's just his style and personality. Nothing heavy should be read into these comments.

Posted by: decoy13 | June 24, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Uhh, not a Caps hater, exact opposite, but I'm getting tired of hearing Bodreau try to jam himself up the posterior of his players. His comments when Ovie got the suspension for the Campbell hit where he just wouldn't let it die were much worse, but we all get it - Alex Ovechkin is the best player in the league. It's still tacky and it's getting close to Doug Collins territory when Jordan was playing here. And something else, Bruce - we don't need to be REMINDED that you had the best record in the regular season. We just need to look at the stack of unused playoff tickets from last month. WIN SOMETHING AND PIPE DOWN!

Posted by: edsmit1 | June 24, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

haha exactly, i'm super tired of hearing Bruce mouth off about his players. Its one thing to defend his players. But Bruce takes it way too far. Shut up loudmouth and go win something tangible you big blowhard.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 24, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Exactly. The individual award stuff is getting old and means nothing. WIN A DAMN CUP. Then you can do all the talking you want.

Posted by: poguesmahone | June 24, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Between BB's commercials and these type of comments, yeah, getting real old. Love the Caps, live and breath Caps but defend your player without looking all pouty.

Posted by: flee001 | June 24, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

BB is who he is. It might be a little uncouth of him to say those things, but nothing is gonna change him. He will always stick up for his players, even though we might like him to tone it down.

Posted by: dfe1 | June 24, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The Hart Trophy is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team. That wasn't Ovie this year. The Caps did fine without him. Vancouver would have been in a lot of trouble without Sedin. That's why Sedin won the Hart. Ovie won the award that's voted on by the players to determine who is the most valuable player in the league. Is there anything the Pillsbury Dough Coach won't whine about?

Posted by: LionelMandrake | June 24, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

huh, BB thinks his player is the MVP of the league and somehow that's a bad thing? um, ok. pretty sure he's the first coach to ever do that.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 24, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

huh, BB thinks his player is the MVP of the league and somehow that's a bad thing? um, ok. pretty sure he's the first coach to ever do that

lets not pretend that this is isolated. He's as predictable as the day is old. In his mind, every one of his stars is the best at what they do and its the world against the Caps. He acts indignant when an opposing player hits one of our guys and calls him out. Then when its a pretty questionable hit by one of our players (i.e. Ovy), he pretends that as far as he can tell it was a clean hit.

Coaches don't need to come off as mindless homers and that's how stupid BB comes off. Its embarassing to hear him prattle on like a whiny old woman. He needs to keep a lower profile and quit mouthing off every time one of his players doesn't win something. Just shut yer piehole Bruce and go back to learning how to motivate your (overhyped) group of stars. Oh yeah, and learn the meaning of the word d e f e n s e

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 24, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

cstanton, go back and read comments from every coach who's player committed an egregious foul on another teams player. to a man they defend their player despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. BB is hardly the first or last coach to do so.

remember that BB called Ov "reckless" after one of his hits, which he retracted no doubt after being talked to be GMGM. so he's not a mindless homer as you suggest.

he was asked a question about his thoughts on ov not winning the hart. he didnt send out an unsolictied tweet or write a blog much less "prattle on" about it. he complimented sedin but pointed out correctly that ov was the best player on the best regular season team and that in his mind he should have been mvp. it's his opinion and one that was shared by a lot of the PHWA voters as evidenced by his second place finish.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 24, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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