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Ovechkin on the Zamboni in NYC.
Training camps are about to begin and John Grigg of The Hockey News takes a look at the Top 10 battles within the camps…
1. Jose Theodore vs. Semyon Varlamov, Washington
Whoever wins this battle of the netminders will have a great team to play behind and should approach 40 wins. As in Anaheim, you have to give the more expensive Theodore the upper hand to begin, but Varlamov showed talent and mettle in the playoffs. Theodore also has traditionally not done well under pressure and a summer of personal tragedy will surely add another distraction. The safe money is on Theodore to begin the year as the starter and for Varlamov to finish it. But we’d put everything on Varlamov.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
More than four years removed from the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014, the battle lines have already been drawn by one of the NHL’s biggest stars regarding NHL participation.
Two-time Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin told ESPN.com during an interview here Wednesday that he will risk suspension and play for his country regardless of whether the NHL is formally involved or not.
“Nobody can say to me you can’t play for your country in the Olympic Games,” Ovechkin said.
from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,
I was fortunate to know Senator Kennedy for more than 30 years — we shared geography — (Boston — DC and Florida) as mutual touch points — we shared a love of Georgetown and the Jesuits and the Shriver family ,too.
Ted Kennedy was a very funny man. Warm — twinkle in the eye. A hugger.
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Discussions to have the Caps face the Canadiens at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Nov. 28 are dead, a source confirmed this morning.
The teams will instead contest the game at Bell Centre as scheduled.
There had been preliminary discussions about having the Habs host Alex Ovechkin and the Caps indoors at the stadium, which can seat more than 70,000 fans. But those plans were scrapped, I’m told, because of the possibility of the CFL’s Alouettes playing deep into the postseason.
from J.P. of Japers’ Rink,
Every day this week at Japers’ Rink, we’ll be sharing a new excerpt from Bruce Boudreau’s forthcoming autobiography “Gabby - Confessions of a Hockey Lifer” (co-written by Tim Leone). The book, published by the good folks over at Potomac Books, Inc., hits book store shelves in October, 2009…
Today’s excerpt nee
Starting an AHL expansion franchise in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2001–2 was exciting. But that challenge was tempered by a tragic dose of perspective on September 11, 2001.
I was supposed to be on United Airlines flight 175 out of Boston, which flew into the World Trade Center in New York. Los Angeles Kings pro scouting director Ace Bailey and scout Mark Bavis were on the flight and were killed. Ace and I became fast friends when I coached in Lowell.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have hired Arturs Irbe as the organization’s goaltending coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Irbe replaces Dave Prior, who recently resigned after 12 years with the club to spend more time with his family.
Irbe, 42, is a native of Riga, Latvia, and served as the goaltending coach for his hometown Dinamo Riga last season in the Kontinental Hockey League. He has also worked with the Latvian national team, which he represented in the 2002 and 2006 Olympics. Irbe is also a former teammate of Capitals’ assistant coach Dean Evason, as both players were with the San Jose Sharks from 1991-93.
note: quote is translated from Swedish to English…
“He told me he didn’t think I was good enough. That’s pretty straight-forward to me.” [Ed. Note: Ice Warrior translated the same line as “He has told me that I am not good enough. A pretty clear message.”]
-Michael Nylander of the Washington Capitals talking about coach Bruce Boudreau. More from Nylander at Japers’ Rink.
added 7:37pm, via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,
I didn’t speak to Boudreau directly—he’s running his Golden Horseshoe hockey school in St. Catherines, Ont., this week—but he issued a brief statement through a team spokesman.
“I do not have any recollection of saying that to Michael,” Boudreau said. “That is not my style, and not something I would say.”
– The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Milan Jurcina to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Jurcina, 26, appeared in a career-high 79 games for the Capitals in 2008-09 and led defensemen in games played. He had three goals and set career highs in assists (11) and points (14), and the team was 10-3-0 when he recorded a point. Jurcina was first on the club with 131 blocked shots and second with 157 hits. He added two goals in 14 playoff games and was third on the team at +6.
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