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Ovechkin & Kesler Skate In Vegas

Some great pictures from the Las Vegas Sun of Alexander Ovechkin and Ryan Kesler skating at outdoors at Caesars Palace.  Both players were there to participate in a NHL 2K10 outdoor motion capture session.

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Also some video of AO in action…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, ryan+kesler

AO Cover Boy

from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

The official announcement from 2K Sports is due on Friday, but here it is: Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, your NHL 2K10 cover boy. Will virtual Don Cherry criticize his video game box celebration?

read on for a picture of the cover and some commentary…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Will Brashear Stay In Washington?

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

I’m hearing that enforcer Donald Brashear’s future with the Caps could be determined next week, when he speaks to GM George McPhee.

Brashear, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will represent himself in the discussion with McPhee.

It’s unclear if McPhee plans to ask Brashear, 37, to play for less than the $1.2 million he earned this season. It’s also unclear if Brashear would consider accepting less to come back to Washington, where he’s popular among his teammates and a locker room leader.

a bit more...

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  Tags: donald+brashear

Flyers Or Capitals Will Meet Bruins In Next Winter Classic

via Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It looks like the potential opponents for the Boston Bruins in next New Year’s Day outdoor game at Fenway Park has been narrowed to two teams, the Philadelphia Flyers or Washington Capitals, ESPN.com has learned.

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NHL Investigating Steroid Allegations in Washington

From Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider:

The NHL has interviewed Washington Capitals front office employees as well as members of the team’s medical and training staffs in recent days as it investigates allegations made by a Florida man arrested last week on steroid charges.

“We’re following very closely the developments in Florida as the case progresses,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told me this afternoon. “We think it’s important from the league’s perspective to investigate this because any allegations of this type are concerning.”

The league’s investigation is being conducted by its security and legal departments.

Interviews with Capitals personnel are ongoing, Daly said, but so far investigators have not been able to establish any connection between the team and suspected drug dealer Richard Thomas, who was arrested Tuesday in Lakeland, Fla., and charged with possession and intent to distribute steroids.

continued…

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  Tags: steroids

Reaction to the Steroids Report in Washington

From Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider:

I just got off the phone with Brooks Laich, who is the NHL Players’ Association representative for the Caps. He said he was made aware of the steroids report early this morning and is in the process of calling all of his teammates. Here’s most of what Laich had to say:

Q: Do you have any idea what the suspect in the steroids case is talking about?
A: I have no idea. As far we know it’s just speculation. The guy didn’t say if it was 10 years ago that he sold to the Capitals. Whether it was five ago that he sold. We have no idea. I’ve already been in touch with our players, and there’s nothing on our side to report.

Q: What was your reaction to the sheriff coming out and repeating what a suspect said without offering any additional evidence?
A: I watched the video of it. I was kind of surprised he would say it. But he was also very careful in saying it because of the wake it would cause. As far we’re concerned as players, it’s just accusations of a desperate man trying to get some publicity, I think. But we’ll see how it plays out over the next couple of days.

much more

Update 6:18pm ET: Given that steroids are such a big topic today because of this story, it might interest some people to catch an interview with Sean Hill that Toronto’s AM 640 will be broadcasting at 6:40pm ET. Hill was the first NHLer to ever fail a steroid test, back in 2007, so the topic is likely to come up.

Statements released by the Capitals and the NHL are below:

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: drug+testing, steroids

Drug Bust Brings Claims Of Selling Steroids To Hockey Players

from Samara Sodos at the Tampa Tribune,

Cops say they have plenty of evidence that Richard Thomas and his wife Sandra were big-time steroid dealers. At a Tuesday night press conference announcing the arrest of the pair, Polk County Sheriff’s officials were surrounded by thousands of doses of anabolic steroids.

What investigators aren’t sure of is whether Richard Thomas, 35, is telling the truth when he says he is the biggest steroid provider in Central Florida and that he sold mostly to professional athletes, including those on the Washington Capitals hockey team and Washington Nationals baseball team.

continued

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Report- Caps Lose Kozlov To KHL

via TSN,

RDS is reporting that forward Viktor Kozlov has signed a deal to play with Salavat of the KHL for next season. Details of the contract were not reported.

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  Tags: khl, viktor+kozlov

Report- Fedorov Close To Signing With KHL

via TSN,

It appears Sergei Fedorov is ready to leave the Washington Capitals and play in the Kontinental Hockey League next season.

Citing sources in Russia, RDS.ca is reporting that Fedorov is about to agree to a two-year deal with Russia’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

The report indicates the two-year contract will see Fedorov collect $3.8 million per season.

Fedorov would be joining his younger brother Fedor on the Metallurg Magnitogorsk roster.

added 10:43am, via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

I was just told moments ago by someone in the Fedorov camp that the 39-year-old veteran still has interest in playing for Washington next season. But for Fedorov to return to the Caps, I was told via text message, “a decision has to be made soon by Wash.”

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  Tags: sergei+fedorov

Fedorov Wants To Return

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

“I cannot imagine myself retired; I don’t know why,” the 39-year-old veteran said. “I still have got some legs left and I’m still enjoying the game and I’m certainly enjoying this group of young and very talented players. I didn’t think about retiring. By saying that, I would like to continue to play. With the young legs around me, it’s really helpful.”

Fedorov said his agent, Pat Brisson, spoke briefly to GM George McPhee about an extension back in February. But that discussion was put on hold—at the team’s request—until after the season

more

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  Tags: sergei+fedorov

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