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via the Edmonton Journal,
Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was arrested last week for driving under the influence and speeding, an Arizona blog is reporting.
The Scottsdale Arizona News says Khabibulin was charged with three misdemeanours, two related to driving while under the influence and one for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 miles per hour.
But to be honest our Red Outs and our crowds at Caps games are louder and more passionate than this game at the Olympics. I mean that.
-Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals. More from Ted at his blog, Ted’s Take.
from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,
NBC analyst Mike Milbury obviously knows that Caps fans regularly accuse him of anti-Ovechkin propaganda. From the Crapitals incident, to calling Ovechkin “a dog,” to the more recent “Hey Ovi, I’m still your daddy right now” comment about Crosby, Milbury is building up quite a resume.
Does this make him second-guess his comments about Ovechkin, keeping everything drab and vanilla, offering generic praise and moving on, staying away from controversy? It does not. During the first intermission of the Canada-Norway game Tuesday evening, NBC ran a little piece about Ovechkin, then came out of it by asking Milbury to whom he compares Ovechkin.
The question was asked in the “history of hockey” sense, or maybe the “compare him to a great athlete in another sport” sense. The gist was that NBC’s analyst should help viewers understand the nature of Ovechkin’s game. Milbury’s answer?
“Well, if I compared him to the other great player in the game it’d be Sidney Crosby,” Milbury replied.
All the best hits, goals and saves from the past week in the NHL.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers have been monitoring the situation in Edmonton with Sheldon Souray all year. Now that the veteran defenseman with the cannon from the power play point has included the Blueshirts on his list of teams for which he will waive his no-trade clause, Sather will be more than tempted—even with Souray likely to be sidelined until the third week of March with the broken hand he suffered in a Jan. 30 fight with Jarome Iginla.
But Souray’s contract carries a $5.4 million cap hit through 2011-12. The only way the Rangers would be able to get him would be by either including Michal Rozsival ($5 million cap hit through 2011-12) in the trade, or by sending No. 33 elsewhere in a separate deal without taking on much of a contract in return.
So, unless Sather is somehow able to pull off cap acrobatics of an unforeseen nature—or is willing to divest the Rangers of Wade Redden’s $6.5 million cap hit by waiving him to the minors, a move there is no indication the GM is considering—trade deadline changes are more likely to be made around the fringes, as they were last Friday when Jody Shelley replaced Donald Brashear on the roster.
more on the Rangers battle to make the playoffs…
from Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times,
Why has Lecavalier backslid? Who knows? One theory is that Lecavalier isn’t playing well because he doesn’t trust the current ownership. If so, that would be disappointing, because most competitors don’t get their fire from the guy in the owner’s box. But if I’m Vinik, I have a heart-to-heart with Lecavalier on the first day I own the team. I tell him I think he is capable of more.
Over time, Vinik has a lot of questions to answer. He has to decide what to do with his general manager, with his head coach, with his marketing plan, with his budget, with his blueprint.
First, there is Vinny.
For a new owner, that’s where hope begins.
They are both the same age, player A is actually five days older than player B.
Let’s look at career stats:
Player A, regular season- 1051 games, 322 goals, 527 assists, 859 points and -95
Player B, regular season- 1179 games, 356 goals, 495 assists, 851 points and +95
How about the playoffs you ask?
NEW YORK (February 15, 2010) – Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton and Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 14.
from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,
We are first in the East up 13 points over NJ. We are first in our division over second place Tampa by 27 points.
We lead the NHL in goals scored with 247. San Jose is second with 204 goals scored.
We lead the NHL in power play efficiency.
We have the best home record at 23-3-3 and have played the least amount of games at home of the best teams. We have sold out every game. We spend at the cap max in payroll. Our ticket prices continue to be in lowest third of the NHL….
The bad: We are a tired team and a team with some injuries.
We know we have to get back to playing better systems oriented hockey.
via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
What did you think of the hit?
Did you like what Troy Brouwer did, stepping up and fighting Stralman and earning 19 minutes in penalties? Hawks coach Joel Quenneville did.
“I thought he did exactly what we’d want him to do,” Quenneville said.
Watch the hit below…
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