Ovechkin told ESPN.com on Friday that he thought it was classless of Bradley to speak ill of his former mates.
"Well, I think if you leave a team, you can't say bad things about the players and the team," Ovechkin said. "I think it looks stupid, especially when you say that to media. If you want to say something to the face, you have to say it to the face, but why have to say it to the media?
"Why you have to do this? I don't respect that," Ovechkin said. "I think it was bad. I think the players know that. It has to be in the locker room, and nothing has to go out from the locker room. We're all players. We all respect each other, but I don't want to say bad things about Brads or different guys that left.
"I think it's stupid."
Ovi is right, but you need to remember that Matt was speaking to a local radio station over his cell phone and I believe he thought this would never be heard outside Ottawa. Wrong! Just like Semyon Varlamov talking to Russian newspaper how fat American girls are and it's right on there next moment, at Japer's Rink, at Puck Daddy. As for Steckel, he just talked to Tarik at the practice, basically said, "Yeah", and it was in the news.
The bottom line is Matt and David are gone, and Semin is here, and as a Captain, you protect your teammates...
"I'm the captain of this team and this is my team and I'm going to do my best," Ovechkin said.