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A Q & A from Russian Hockey Digest with Alex Ovechkin.
Why didn’t they make you a captain of Washington? A. Ovechkin: No, no, no! There is nothing to discuss about, I’m a new player in the team. The captain should be a leader of the team. And, actually, my English is still not that great…read on
from the Ap via the Centre Daily Times,
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Joni Pitkanen will undergo surgery on Wednesday to have a torn abdominal muscle repaired. Pitkanen, who stands fourth in scoring among NHL defensemen, is expected to be sidelined from four to six weeks, according to the Flyers.
from the Washington Capitals,
The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., today decided not to grant the Washington Capitals’ motion for a preliminary injunction against agent Mark Gandler, his firm International Sports Advisors Company and Alexander Semin as part of the team’s ongoing efforts to have the forward to report to the Capitals. Washington Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee made the following statement: “We're well aware that the standard to achieve a preliminary injunction is very high. Given that, our choice was to sit back and do nothing or to act to enforce our contractual rights. We were hoping for a quick resolution to this matter. Nothing in the court’s decision changes the fact that we have a valid NHL contract with our player. We will not cease in our efforts to have the contract honored and Alex Semin in our lineup.”
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
GM Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have acquired center Patrick Sharp and right winger Eric Meloche from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Matt Ellison and a 3rd round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
"It's like the National League and the American League. It really is," said Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky. The debate over the unbalanced schedule introduced by the National Hockey League this season will rage on long into the offseason. Many think eight games against each division opponent are too many. And when schedule-makers see fit to have Vancouver and Colorado play each other four times in 20 days, there's no question the schedule can mean overkill for both players and fans.continued...and around the rink from the ESPN experts...
from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,
Put the Ducks on that list. They are routinely dropping four men between the blue lines, with one man passively funneling the puck carrier to one side -- typically the Ducks' left wing side. Even when the opposition has the puck in full possession behind their net, the Ducks are using just one man deep in the zone, with the wingers positioned on the boards nearer the blue line than the goal line. They are firmly entrenched in trying to capitalize on failed forays through the neutral zone, working solely on turnovers to generate offense. Not that there is anything wrong with that. But if you're looking for games with flow and offensive creativity, the Pond isn't the place to partake. During their recent run of five wins, two were by 3-1 counts and two were 2-1.more
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues must hurry up and improve. Playing at their present pace of 5-15-3, they won’t lure many fans back into Savvis Center. Continuing along their current trail, their proud playoff streak will die by Valentine’s Day. So how can the Blues salvage their season? Here is a 10-step plan... 1. Sell the franchise to local businessmen. The lingering ownership limbo has taken a toll on everybody around the organization. By holding out for a higher price, Bill and Nancy Laurie will lose big cash this season and forestall the needed rebuilding. Enough is enough. The franchise needs new owners, a new management team and a new start.continued
There are rumblings in Pittsburgh that owner/forward Mario Lemeiux (sp) might be planning yet another retirement. Nothing definite yet and the decision may well be put on hold depending on whether or not Lemieux is named to the Canadian Olympic team, but sources tell Sportsnet.ca that Lemieux's unproductive play of late is not totally the result of his battling a stomach virus and that he simply isn't able to keep up in the now fast-paced NHL.more NHL tidbits...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL trading game, which has been far more active than two months ago when they dropped the puck to start the new season, could get even more interesting as December moves along. Just about every team in the league has passed the one-third mark of its schedule and the halfway point comes for most teams in early January. At that stage, some players that were virtually untradeable at the start of the season should start to come into play on the open market: Namely, the established veteran that was overpriced in October, but suddenly looks a lot less expensive as the games click off the schedule.read on
San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau, who led all scorers with six points (one goal, five assists) in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, December 4. Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who backstopped the Predators to three consecutive victories, one by shootout, and recorded a 1.30 goals-against average and .952 save percentage, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.
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