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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
In the end, the veteran center said, the combination of pain, diminished productivity and inability to sleep told him it was time to undergo season-ending surgery this week.
“I was playing with one hand,” Nylander said, making his first public comments about the injury during Saturday’s 5-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. “I had to change my game. I was playing at 70 percent, 80 percent most nights and it just got worse and worse. It was 50 percent, maybe, sometimes.”
The 35-year-old Swede, the Capitals’ top free agent signing during the offseason, said he’ll miss five or six months while rehabilitating, but added that he expects to make a full recovery.
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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
...Hell, Leonsis would have been better as far as his fellow owners were concerned to wait for a team to make an offer to Ovechkin, then match it.
He could then claim he was dragged kicking and screaming into doing such a thing, all the while proclaiming he is delighted to have Alex in the fold. To volunteer this kind of money seems bizarre. And with Ovechkin getting this much money and this much of the cap space, how the hell do you build a team around him?
And if you don’t build a team, how do you bring in fans and stop being a perpetual drain on the other the owners? In short, why are the rich teams putting up with this?
from USA TODAY,
A few years ago, when Ted Leonsis and his wife, Lynn, stumbled onto a designer show house that was on the market just outside Washington, D.C., they fell in love with it.
Well, sort of. Kind of. OK, not really.
But they bought it, gutted it, added on and rearranged. They bought the neighbor’s house, too, then tore it down.
When the sawdust had finally settled, there stood a 22,000-square-foot brick mansion on 5.5 acres, complete with pond, pool, tennis court, guesthouse and five-car garage.
continued with pictures…
from Capitals Insider,
Veteran center Michael Nylander is scheduled to have surgery on his torn left rotator cuff and will miss three to six months, I’m told.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
According to the terms of the agreement, Ovechkin has what is described as a “modified no trade clause.”
Prior to July 1, 2014 the Capitals have the luxury and sole discretion of trading Ovechkin to any team in the league.
However, the language in the contract goes on to read that during the month of June 2014, Ovechkin can provide Washington with a list of up to 10 NHL teams to which he does not want to be traded to during each of the seasons after July 1, 2014, commencing with the 2014-2015 season.
more, and yes, my sources are telling me Ovechkin may still be moved this season…. There, we got it out of the way and if any hockey fans reads it again, don’t believe it.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
The fact is, the NHL would have been far better off had Ovechkin been allowed to bolt Washington as a restricted free agent this summer to join an NHL team in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, or New York – cities where Ovechkin’s talents would have been better used to help raise the NHL’s profile.
“Flagship franchises are the key to any retailer – sports or otherwise. Apple Store and Nike World were created on 5th Avenue in New York,” said Tony Chapman, a Toronto sports marketer. “The NHL needs to populate their flagship franchises with their top players.”
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
“We know him through really bad times. We’ve been through fire together,” Leonsis said. “I couldn’t think of a better face for our franchise.
“Our fans love Alexander Ovechkin. Our fans didn’t love Jaromir Jagr.”
Whether the fact that Ovechkin is a home-grown talent, or the fact he signed on for a 13-year tour of duty with the Caps of his own volition, makes any difference to a hockey market that has distinguished itself with its own indifference, is unknown.
The only thing that is for certain is that Leonsis won’t have to worry about second-guessing himself, even if it cost him $124 million for that satisfaction.
“You can talk to me after we win a Cup,” he said.
Ovechkin and Jordan Staal wore microphones during a recent game against each other…
Watch the video…
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Upon hearing of the enormous contract extension his friendly rival signed on Thursday, you can just see Crosby between periods of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ game at Tampa, screwing up his face, tightening his fists, and letting out with another stammer:
Is Ovechkin worth $124 million over 13 years? Is anyone? He beat Crosby to the Calder, scores buckets of goals, beautiful goals, and comes across as a genuinely engaging, effervescent presence in a sport populated more and more by the bland and the suspicious. Still, even with his deeds of derring-do, the sad sack Capitals are tied for 27th in a 30-team league, and quite probably doomed to miss the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.
via RDS (translated),
Alexander Ovechkin is in Washington to stay. RDS a appris que le jeune attaquant russe vient de signer une prolongation de contrat de six ans d’une valeur de 54 M$ avec les Capitals. RDS has learned that the young Russian striker recently signed a contract extension of six years with a value of $ 54 million with the Capitals.
Earlier today, Alexander Ovechkin, accompanied by family and an attorney, walked into the Washington Capitals’ team offices in Arlington, Va., reviewed with counsel terms for a new contract with the club, and agreed to a six-year pact that will pay him $54 million.
Update: 3:18pm ET: TSN is citing the same reports.
update 3:31pm, TSN added to their link…
Contract negotiations between the Capitals and leading scorer Alexander Ovechkin continue a deal has yet to be reached.
added 4:04pm, from the AOL Fanhouse,
But hold one one second: TSN is now reporting that no deal has been reached and that negotiations are continuing. The bottom line: Stay tuned as we finally learn the fate of the player who has scored more goals in the NHL over the last three years than any other.
UPDATE: Kurt Kehl, the team’s Vice President of Communications is denying the story. Stay tuned for updates.
Update 4:25pm From Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals Insider:
I checked with one of my sources late last night at Verizon Center and was told that “the atmosphere is right” for a deal to come together, but he stopped short of confirming that terms had been reached or that a deal was imminent.
Update 5:32pm More from Capitals Insider,
Update:I can confirm that talks are going on right now at the Caps headquarters. But I’ve been told by my sources to refrain from going with the numbers that are out there right now.
added 5:52pm, via the Washington Capitals,
The Washington Capitals will announce a new contract with left wing Alex Ovechkin at an 8:30 p.m. news conference at Verizon Center, immediately following the team’s Meet the Team Party for season-ticket holders.
added 6:59pm, 13 years, $124M!!!
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