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Alex Ovechkin was modeling for the cover of ESPN Magazine a few days ago. In the aftermath, ESPN came up with a simple equation…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
The Blackhawks are trying to clear salary cap space by getting rid of Khabibulin and insiders say the player they’re targeting now is Washington Capitals center Michael Nylander, who has three years left on his contract with a salary cap hit of $4.875 million.
Sources say the Blackhawks have already made two serious offers to the Capitals for Nylander and believe he would be a good candidate to replace Robert Lang and play with oft-injured Martin Havlat.
more and some Luke Schenn discussion too.
added 12:32pm, as expected, via TSN,
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin cleared waivers on Tuesday as speculation of a trade continues.
“I think he’s a little bit on a mission himself. Here’s a guy who got  points two years ago and then he gets hurt and he misses the last half of the year and the team succeeds without him. He’s come in here and said, ‘I am a good hockey player. I am one of the elite guys in the NHL,’ and he was two years ago when we signed him.”
-Washington coach Bruce Boudreau on Michael Nylander via the Washington Times.
from Eric Adelson of ESPN,
Today I am president, so there is no speed limit!”
The crowd roars with laughter as Alex Ovechkin grins. No, this isn’t a frigid January Inauguration Day on the Capitol steps, just a key-to-the-city event on a steamy June afternoon at the Wilson Building a few blocks away. No, Ovechkin isn’t a politician or an elected official or even an American citizen. He’s just a 23-year-old hockey player from Moscow.
Not that he doesn’t have political cred.
A look inside ESPN The Magazine’s NHL Preview issue photo shoot.
Watch the video below…
from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,
It is only a slight change in the arrangement of bodies inside at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, but Brent Johnson moving from one side of a corner to the other represents a big change for the Washington Capitals.
Gone is Olie Kolzig, who used to set up shop in Johnson’s new digs, and with him went one of the most dynamic forces in the Caps’ dressing room. While the Caps welcome back nearly the same roster as last season, the hierarchy of leadership could be significantly different.
“He’s been the unofficial captain for the past probably eight or nine years,” said Chris Clark, the team’s official captain for the past two seasons. “He just had this presence, and I always went to him when I had questions. Guys would come to me, and I would go to him - that sort of thing.”
from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,
Once the Caps’ season ended, Clark gave up on his short-term rehab plan and started a summer-long one. Every third week he traveled from his New York home to Vancouver to visit groin specialist Rick Celebrini, who helped former Caps forward Brian Sutherby a few years ago.
He began a process that involved lots of stretching and working out with elastic bands. There was no weightlifting and no skating so Celebrini could pinpoint what did and didn’t help the process.
“I learned how to - it is very complicated - but move correctly,” Clark said. “It is all the right muscles - you’ve got to fire the right muscles from [your core] out. You need to learn that because it is not something you do naturally, but if you do it correctly it stabilizes your whole body.”...
“I still have a 45-minute warmup before I even think about getting on the ice,” Clark said. “It is something I’ll probably have to do the rest of my career. It’s not some little thing that will go away. It is something I can control though. It won’t be perfect.
from Corey Masisek of the Washington Times,
Despite their own issues with keeping Russian players on this side of the pond, the Caps are not going to shy away from drafting a player if Moscow or St. Petersburg shows up on his passport.
Keith Smiley / The Washington Times Right wing Dmitry Kugryshev was the Caps’ latest Russian draft pick.
“Some teams like the Detroit Red Wings have a lot of Swedes. Some teams have a lot of Finns,” Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We’re fortunate to have some very good Russians, and we have one that we know is going to be here for a long time.”...
“We have him, and I wouldn’t be afraid to take Russians,” Boudreau said. “If it is good enough for Alex Ovechkin, wouldn’t it be good enough for you?”
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Nicklas Backstrom suffered a sprained ankle yesterday when he collided with the goal, General Manager George McPhee confirmed moments ago. Backstrom stayed down for a few seconds, then skated off the rink gingerly.
Backstrom was seen walking with a pretty pronounced limp later in the day and he didn’t skate this morning.
From Mike Vogel at the Washington Capitals,
Virtually every kid in America has played catch with a baseball and a glove, and tried to hit pitched balls. Almost all have shot a few hoops in their day, and almost all have thrown a football around. But not nearly as many have laced up a pair of hockey skates, taken to the ice shot a few pucks around. That may be why ice hockey is among the least understood of the major sports; some of the people writing about it have never played the sport.
With that in mind, the Washington Capitals hosted the team’s first media fantasy camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday. A large contingent of print and electronic media from both local and national media outlets took to the ice for some instruction in the finer points of the game from several Caps players and coaches.
From Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider:
I also asked Nylander about all of the trade rumors (Vancouver, New York, New Jersey, etc.) that surfaced over the summer. He acknowledged that he heard them, but he said he’s not worried. And for good reason:
“I have a no move clause in my contract,” he said. “So it’s really up to me if I want to move. I want to stay here and I’m looking forward to the season. There’s lots of rumors about lots of players all the time.”
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