Alex Ovechkin called Ryan Getzlaf balled. It's true.
Anyway, obviously Ovechkin isn't wrong. Getzlaf is superbald, and it took him an embarassingly long time to realize it was better to shave it all off than to go on living like he was with a quarter head of hair.
But why does Ovechkin care? What does another player's hair have to do with anything?
I think this is a personal issue for Ovechkin.
If you track Ovi's points production season-by-season, while also looking at his hair growth, you see an odd pattern emerging. For the first 4 seasons, his production stayed pretty consistent, even increasing a bit. You can say the same about his hair length.
Then, around the 2009-10 season, Ovechkin cut his hair. His production value began to plummet. And it stayed this way. I made a graph to demonstrate...
Clearly, Ovechkin wasn't trying to taunt Getzlaf, but rather, Ovi was offering some professional advice to improve performance.
Getzlaf might want to invest some of his millions into Rogaine or hair transplants or something.
Ducks @ Flames
Friday, Feb 20, 2015, 6:00 PM PST
More Ducks players get injured. Flames win 9-1.