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Video- You Watched The Stanley Cup Final

Now watch it in slow motion in just over 4 1/2 minutes.


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Party Time For The Washington Capitals

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

If you can drink all forms of alcohol out of hockey’s Holy Grail, then does it fit to fill it full of water on a Washington Monday morning, and wash down an Advil out of the Stanley Cup?

And if we allow Alex Ovechkin that courtesy, can the metaphor extend to the indignant who have shared their outrage these past few days as Ovechkin and his Capital teammates have taken Big Stanley out on the town like an old college roommate?

So they’re havin’ a few. You try making it through two months of playoff hockey, with the constant, vice-like pressure and its accompanying abstinence, without releasing the steam valve upon its conclusion.

Swimming in the fountain? OK, that had a little bit of “Patrick Kane visits Madison, Wisc.,” to it. But so what? It was harmless, though admittedly a little crass.


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Video- On The Ice For Game 5 Of The Stanley Cup Final

Sights and sounds from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final all under 5 minutes.


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Sunday Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Spotsnet,

- The Golden Knights came close to acquiring Erik Karlsson at the deadline. After seeing how the Capitals locked down the neutral zone and point men in the final, you can see how they might revisit something like this.

Word is one of the biggest hang-ups at the end was Cody Glass, drafted sixth overall last June. Vegas didn’t want to include him.

The Knights have just one pick in the top three rounds (a second), and since they’re still creating a prospect pool, a Karlsson deal could be very tricky. It’s why they’re being linked to John Carlson, because he only costs you money.

- I do think Montreal is a stealth destination for unrestricted free-agent-to-be Jack Johnson.

- Coaching stuff: It’s expected Lindy Ruff will stay with David Quinn in New York.

There are rumblings Dan Bylsma may return somewhere as an assistant coach if he’s not on the Islanders’ radar. A logical spot would be Detroit, since he and Jeff Blashill just worked together at the World Championships.

We’re all wondering about Trotz and the Islanders. Lou Lamoriello is a DJ Smith fan, too.

There’s little doubt Jacques Lemaire will join Lamoriello in New York, and I’m wondering if he suggests Michel Therrien for some kind of role. His teams tend to start well when he arrives.

much more...

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Hockey Can Heal

from Lora Polowczuk of The Good Men Project

Seven other season ticket holders loved me like I was their own daughter. They bought me Dove ice cream bars when we were down a goal. We cheered together and threw popcorn at each other in fun play....

I hid my pain from these seven lovely souls. Deep inside I was a lonely, severely depressed young woman that was on the brink of suicide. I was Daddy’s little girl and felt abandoned by his death.

He was my first male connection. I lost the person that took me on school field trips, hugged me and smothered me with attention. I was only eleven years old when he died; when you are that young, you do not really know what depression is or how to cope with it.

I slowly withdrew from life. I did not want to play and found friendships difficult to maintain, especially as my hormones were also changing. I hid in my bedroom.

I became unfocused in school and my grades quickly plummeted in parallel. I isolated myself which only drew me deeper down into the spiral of depression.

I once took a swig of my mother’s Crown Royal whiskey; that sat on the kitchen counter next to the window. I was knocked out cold with a fast onset drunkenness and only to wake-up in time for dinner with a hangover.

I thought suicide was my way out of this deep pain that I could not describe. I would sit on my bed contemplating whether I should take a bottle of pills.


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Video- Alex Ovechkin Needs To Have More Fun

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Notes On The First Saturday This Year Without Hockey

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Memo to Leaf fans, Oiler fans, just about all hockey fans: It sometimes takes patience to win a Stanley Cup. Alex Ovechkin was drafted 14 years ago. Nicklas Backstrom was drafted 12 years ago. Braden Holtby and John Carlson were drafted 10 years ago. Evgeny Kuznetsov was picked eight years ago. All of them selected — the five most important Capitals — by general manager George McPhee, fired for not being able to win in Washington … The top three scorers in the Stanley Cup playoffs: Kuznetsov, Ovechkin, Backstrom.

- In Toronto, Lamoriello traded for Frederik Andersen, who was caught in a situation in Anaheim with too many goalies. In Jersey, Lamoriello traded for Corey Schneider, who was in similar difficulty in Vancouver. Now on Long Island, look for Lamoriello to make a play for Washington backup goalie Philipp Grubauer, who is a restricted free agent, and if Lamoriello gets him, look for him to sign Grubauer long-term with the Islanders.

- Brian Burke is writing a book, which should be fascinating. It won’t necessarily be the truth but it will be his truth.


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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- --- But though this time Ovechkin was able to survive his nemesis, Sidney Crosby, let’s not rush to rewrite history and airbrush The Great 8’s blemishes out of the picture. After losing last year’s second-round Game 7 to the Penguins, Ovechkin was told that he was fat by a player he respects. He reported this year in condition befitting a 32-year-old.

This time, the winner of the Patrick Ewing Lifetime Achievement Award for most failed postseason guarantees got it right....

- Once the glass skates ultimately proved a bit too tight for Marc-Andre Fleury and his Golden Cinderellas, the final round became a rather routine affair, the more talented squad winning decisively. The final might have been played at a higher level if the league’s best two regular-season teams, Nashville and Winnipeg, hadn’t been bracketed into a second-round matchup, but, hey, the core mission of the NHL is to give lesser teams their best chance at winning....

- So if Ilya Kovalchuk gets around $6 million per on what is expected to be a two- or three-year free agent deal, then didn’t the Devils have it exactly right at pegging his AAV at $6,666,667 on the 15-year contract for which they were prosecuted/persecuted by the NHL?

more on the first three topics plus other topics...

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Now What Washington?

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Trotz trouble: Coach Barry Trotz’s contract is expiring. Throughout the season, it seemed likely he was moving on. The Capitals didn’t extend his contract, but they did extend associate coach Todd Reirden’s deal. It seemed as if the Caps were prepared for Trotz's departure.

Now, the Capitals own the Cup and it is evident that Trotz’s bond with this group is strong. Did you watch how players reacted to Trotz during the celebration? He is well-respected by his players.

It now seems like the Capitals would like to re-sign Trotz. But the cost will be high. Mike Babcock (Maple Leafs) is the NHL’s highest-paid coach at $6.25 million per season. Trotz will have to be paid in that neighborhood....

Carlson’s potential freedom: Defenseman John Carlson is crucial to Washington’s success and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He will be one of the hottest players in the market.

The good news is Carlson wants to re-sign in Washington. The problem: he could be worth $9 million or more on the open market. Will he give the Capitals a hometown discount?

more on each of the above and a few additional issues facing the Caps...

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Don’t Trade Ryan O’Reilly

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres are about to add Rasmus Dahlin to their roster and will almost certainly have Casey Mittelstadt on a full-time basis this season. Why in the world would they trade O'Reilly now? You have to be strong down the middle. A lot of teams out there would be pretty envious of a center group that reads Eichel-Mittelstadt-O'Reilly. If you trade O'Reilly, who is taking up all his minutes -- and who is winning a faceoff?

TSN has O'Reilly as No. 2 on its tradebait board heading into the offseason, behind only Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson. O'Reilly is coming off a 24-goal, 61-point season where he was the NHL's top faceoff man. And he's going to get traded for saying he hated losing and lost his passion for the game because he saw a locker room where too many guys didn't care? That makes no sense.

All O'Reilly is desperate for is a winning situation. Fans and media routinely crush players for speaking in cliches so now we're all going to turn around and demand O'Reilly's walking papers for being honest? The Sabres were a 62-point embarrassment in the season that just ended. How will trading O'Reilly make them better?

more plus other NHL topics...

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