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Nylander On Conditioning Stint In Grand Rapids

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned center Michael Nylander to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning stint, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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Mike Green Getting Back In Shape

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washingotn Post,

But getting back to the Mike Green who Boudreau played more than anyone else last season first meant nursing himself back to health. Upon returning to his hometown Calgary, he began rehabilitating his injured shoulder. And instead of working on building muscle like most fourth-year professionals, Green focused on shedding the 29 pounds he’d gained during the season and adhering to a healthier diet. Poor eating habits, Green said, had not only caused his weight gain but also were to blame for the dangerously low iron levels that sapped his energy in the playoffs.

“It was a mistake he made,” Boudreau said of Green’s weight. “He let it get away from him.”

It wasn’t the first time Boudreau had seen Green pack on a significant number of pounds during a season.

“The same thing happened in Hershey,” Boudreau added. “I said, ‘Mike, you have to look after your weight.’ So he starved himself and he was so weak. So I said, ‘Mike, forget about it. Just play the way you’re playing. I don’t want you to kill yourself.’ So when he put on a few pounds last year, I wasn’t really ready to bring it up in the middle of a playoff run because I didn’t want it to affect him.”

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Craig Custance of the Sporting News takes a look at the play of the Washington Capitals too.

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Capitals & Their Season Ticket Holders Taken For A Ride

from Mike Rucki of On Frozen Blog,

For the second year running, the Washington Capitals hosted their annual Season Ticket Holder “Meet the Caps” party at Six Flags America. Once again, the team provided fans with a night of fun for all ages.

The timing of the event was impeccable—a perfect Autumn evening, perhaps our last before a spate of rain and cold arriving tomorrow. The crowd was large and enthusiastic, though the autograph lines were far longer than those for the many rides. It’s easy to forget how exhilarating a good rollercoaster can be when one doesn’t wait in an hour-plus queue, melting on an August afternoon. Waiting two minutes to fly 20 stories high at 75 mph? Sign me up!

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The Capitals sure do an awful lot for their fans.  What other NHL teams go the the extra-mile with their fan group?

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Morning Line

“Even though we have a fairly veteran team, it’s learning how to win again.  When you’ve got it, instead of thinking, ‘Uh-oh, what’s going to happen, what’s going to go wrong? You’re thinking, ‘No problem, we’re going to win it.’ That’s the mindset a little bit right now. So it would be good to eventually win a game again.”

-Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau after losing to New Jersey last night.  More from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post.

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All Ted Leonsis

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum at the LA Times,

Here’s the rest of my chat with Leonsis before the Capitals 3-2 shootout loss to New Jersey on Monday.

Q: You’re so willing to interact with fans. Is that something you did to build a fan base or something that’s just part of your nature?
A: I grew up on the Internet and I don’t think you can use the medium at your convenience. And so what I decided to do from day one is I published my e-mail address. And I do owners’ corners, and then I started my blog and I’m walking around with the fans at games.

Then I turned my blog into Facebook. I’m already at 5,000 fans on Facebook. And I send all my blog posts out automatically as tweets on Twitter, so I try to pride myself on being transparent and honest, both good and bad. And so at least you’ll know that what you’re hearing and seeing from me you can believe. And sometimes people don’t like what I say.

A couple weeks ago I had this big press event at the Washington Times. There was, like, 20 editors and reporters and I showed up and this one managing editor said, ‘Are we waiting for somebody else?’ I said no. He said, ‘It’s just you?’ And I said, ‘What do you mean?’

They said, ‘No PR people, no entourage?’ I said no. Why do I need those?

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Morning Line

That game looked like a game played between grownups and some spoiled teenagers.

-Ted Leonsis, Caps Owner on last night’s loss to the Wings.  More on the game from Ted at Ted’s Take.

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Have Crosby & Ovechkin Peaked?

from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

As much as we think the wizardry of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will be with us for the next 10 to 15 years, chances are their otherworldly scoring exploits are at a peak now and will trend downwards in the coming seasons.

At 22 and 24, Crosby and Ovechkin are sure to be the cream of the league for the next decade. There’s little question of that. But in terms of over-the-top scoring totals, they’re in their prime right now. Thing is, however, their “prime” is such a narrow range, if history is to be a barometer.

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Can The Wings Stop Ovechkin?

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Boudreau expects a big game from Ovechkin tonight. The rare game against the Detroit Red Wings, at Joe Louis Arena, on a Saturday night is an appealing stage for Ovechkin. It certainly beats playing Florida on a Tuesday.

“He’s always very cognizant of the TV, who’s watching, Canada, US, Saturday night against Detroit,” Boudreau said. “He knows where the people are and he puts on shows when that happens.”

more from the Caps morning skate…

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Bad Goal Of The Night

Nicklas Backstrom from center ice scores on Henrik Lundqvist.

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The Best Of AO, Off The Ice

TSN style…

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