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Cherry Takes A Shot At Caps Owner

from Eric McErlain of AOL Fanhouse,

Cherry had already warmed up the viewing audience earlier in the segment when he jokingly referred to Calgary Flames center Oli Jokinen, a Finn, as a Russian—because after all, it’s impossible to tell those European players apart these days!

Next, in a move that will only reinforce Cherry’s reputation as a xenophobe, he mangled the Caps owner’s last name (“Legonsis”), before questioning his hockey judgment in light of the team’s decision to sign Jaromir Jagr to a long-term contract…

read on...

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  Tags: don+cherry, ted+leonsis

AO A ‘Go’ For Sunday Game Against The Penguins

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

• Alex Ovechkin and Tom Poti each completed this morning’s practice, but only Ovechkin said definitively that he’ll suit up tomorrow against the Penguins. Poti said he’ll wait until tomorrow morning before making a decision.

• Michael Nylander suffered an upper body injury on Thursday and will miss tomorrow’s game, Coach Bruce Boudreau said.

• Two young women told me on the way into KCI that they plan on distributing 500 pacifiers to fellow Caps fans on the way into Verizon Center tomorrow. I didn’t ask why, but it’s I’m assuming that dummies are meant to mock Pens captain Sidney Crosby…

more on the Caps…

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No Time To Panic

from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post,

The Caps and their fans are not just shocked by the losses, but by the combined 13-5 score, too. In one loss, they gave up six straight goals; in the next game, five in a row and, on Thursday, they trailed 2-0 entering the final minute. The last time the Caps lost three straight in regulation time at home, they fired the coach—last season.

“You can be told a little too often how good you are. I don’t know if ‘cavalier’ is the word, but you can be too cocky at times, not play as hard as you should, be more pretty than gritty,” General Manager George McPhee told me yesterday. Thursday night, he was so frustrated he went into his suite muttering, “I’m going back into my cave.”

Far better to experience such issues now than in April, when you can be dumped out of the playoffs before you have figured out your problems, much less fixed them.

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Early Success

from Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail,

What has quickly become the NHL’s spiciest rivalry continues Sunday afternoon in Washington, assuming that Sidney Crosby’s sore groin is ready to go.

Alexander Ovechkin won Round One, capturing the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 2006. Crosby won the Art Ross and Hart Trophies in 2007 to claim Round Two. But Ovechkin trumped that last season with an unprecedented sweep of the Ross, Hart and Richard trophies.

These two are such great talents and still so young. So the question just dangles – how good could they be over time?

The answer to this question is in career projections. This exercise is much like trying to forecast the weather over the long term – accuracy is very challenging. But the exercise is awfully interesting.

continued with charts comparing the two to some of the greats of the game…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Ovechkin ‘Probable’ For Next Game

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

“We want to take it easy and make it’s going to be okay,” Ovechkin said, standing rather comfortably. “Me and [head trainer Greg Smith] tried some things this morning but it didn’t work. We decided to see what’s going to happen the next couple of days.”

Asked if he’s going to be able to face the Penguins (Sunday), he said: “We’re going to see. Probably.”

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Insight From An Owner

from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

Trade deadline day in the past has been a fan and media favorite, very exciting with lots to talk about.

Yesterday was different. Why?

To start, we are well into the new CBA and its ramifications have started to take root. There are only 50 contracts that a team can take on. There is a hard cap and as folks have noticed, the cap will be flat to down over the next few years. Hence there was a lot of trading player for player and salary for salary. It reminds me a bit of the NBA trading dollar for dollar and contract for contract.

The economic landscape has changed too. Teams aren’t looking to add to payroll. They want to shed payroll. Many teams that had high-priced veteran players were looking to exchange those contracts for younger players with lower-priced contracts

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  Tags: ted+leonsis

Ovechkin Injures Foot In Practice

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Alex Ovechkin just left practice after taking a slap shot off of his right foot. He went to the bench in obvious pain, removed his skate and then was helped to the dressing room by a trainer.

Update:A team spokesman just told reporters that the injury is not believed to be serious. But judging from Ovechkin’s reaction—he smashed a stick or two on the way to the dressing room—this bears still watching.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Morning Line

“We just made it 5 to 2, and we’re jumping on each other like we just won an overtime game. I’m sure if I were on the Carolina bench I’d be going, ‘Look at these idiots.’”

-Caps coach Bruce Boudreau after the Caps lost to the Hurricanes 5-2.  Watch a post game video at On Frozen Blog.

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau

Here We Go Again

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Tom Poti came out for warmups, but when I looked up a few moments later, the veteran defenseman had been pulled from the ice. I don’t want to speculate here, but it certainly is curious considering tomorrow is the NHL trade deadline.

I’ll update when I know more.

added 8:17pm, Tarik says groin injury.

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  Tags: tom+poti

Leonsis Talks Caps

from Home Ice XM204,

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis joined Scott Laughlin for his monthly appearance and they talked about the upcoming NHL Trade Deadline, playoff expectations, and Don Cherry’s controversial comments regarding Alexander Ovechkin.

Listen here...

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  Tags: ted+leonsis

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