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ARLINGTON, Va. -- As if he knew the question was coming, Alex Ovechkin smiled when asked what his new coach wants him to work on. "On back-check?" Ovechkin said. Another season, another chance to find out whether one of the leagues most talented goal-scorers can seriously help out some more on defence. The Washington Capitals opened training camp Friday with new coach Barry Trotz, who says hell work -- as other coaches have before him -- to make the three-time league MVP into a more complete player. If Day 1 is any indication, Ovechkin sounds ready to be a co-operative student. "If you want to be good," he said, "you have to work on everything." Step No. 1, as Trotz had indicated previously, is moving Ovechkin back to left wing, reversing a seismic shift under previous coach Adam Oates. Ovechkin led the NHL with 51 goals last season playing mostly on the right, but his plus-minus was minus-35, and the Capitals missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007. "Hes better on the right side a little bit defensively, but his talent is on the left side," Trotz said. "And so if Im going to maximize his talent, I need to get him on the left side. Now if he doesnt want to adjust defensively playing the left side, then well talk about maybe moving him back to the right. "The stuff that he does on the left side, theres no coach on the planet who can teach (it). If hes willing to learn, I can teach him the other stuff." Trotz has more cachet than his predecessors for making such a move. He is Washingtons fifth coach since Ovechkin entered the league in 2005, but hes the first to have head coaching experience in the NHL. Those 15 seasons with the Nashville Predators give him that extra bit of authority. "Its pretty evident he has a lot of experience," goaltender Braden Holtby said. "You can just tell the communication is very clear with what they expect out of us." Trotz made a statement right away, putting the players through a demanding series of conditioning drills that had everyone gassed. "That was one of the harder, if not the hardest, Day 1 Ive had," said 12-year veteran defenceman Brooks Orpik. Trotz said the line pairings for the first three preseason games might appear somewhat random because he wants to establish a "Capitals culture" that has everyone on the same page. Hes also created a leadership group of a half-dozen or so players to keep a close pulse on the locker room. He has said he felt, watching from afar with the Nashville Predators, that Washington was a place where "the inmates were running the asylum," and hes seeking to change that. Forward Troy Brouwer said he understands what Trotz meant. "We have to do what were told to do," Brouwer said. "And whether thats changing a role on the ice, whether thats changing a role off the ice, thats part of what we do. 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