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Here Come The Capitals

from Tim Lemke of the Washington Times,

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said he believes he has built a team that will contend for the Stanley Cup for the next decade, and that sooner or later the team will win the first championship in franchise history.

“It’s like a portfolio strategy,” he told editors and reporters of The Washington Times Wednesday. “We’re there enough and we’re good enough, we will get there.”

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Ovechkin Chasing Gretzky

from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

Wayne Gretzky’s career total of 894 goals is supposed to be unreachable, but if Alex Ovechkin were to duplicate what he has accomplished in his first four seasons three more times, he would begin the first year of his new contract within reach of the Great One’s hallowed achievement.

History says not so fast, but is the Great No. 8 the guy who can defy it?

“I don’t think there is anything out of reach for him,” Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee said. “He’s got everything. He’s got ability, he’s got the drive and he’s got the strength. He’s got all the physical attributes, but he’s got all the intangibles as well.”

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The Survey Says

via pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog,

At the Capitals’ media luncheon on Tuesday I was able to survey, in off-the-record fashion, 15 separate media organizations (OFB not included) to determine their respective prognostications for the Caps this season. The results:

• Only two media outlets predicted that the Caps wouldn’t advance out of round 2 of the NHL playoffs

• Eight outlets forecasted the Caps advancing all the way the to Eastern Conference finals

• Fully five outlets predicted that the Caps would reach the Stanley Cup finals

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What Is Going On With Michael Nylander?

from pucksandbooks of On Frozen Blog,

He just doesn’t fit in D.C. in Bruce Boudreau’s system, and he’s terribly expensive at a transitional time in his career (nearing the end). Initially his production slipped precipitously as he struggled to try and fit in Gabby’s get-up-and-go gallop, but more recently he’s been unable even to crack the lineup. And so he’s doubly or triply tough to move—he has a no movement clause in his contract as a bit of an exclamation point in this impasse. 

If Michael Nylander held out any hope of contributing to the Caps this season, Capitals’ management threw seriously cold water on it with the acquisition of Brendan Morrison over the summer, and that just days after suggesting that Brooks Laich would be seriously auditioned at center on the Capitals’ second line. Then Bruce Boudreau quashed the notion of Nyls contributing altogether this preseason. Figuratively and literally Michael Nylander has been divorced from the competitive portion of training camp, failing to dress for a single preseason game. I can’t ever recall such isolation of an individual player in a Capitals’ preseason before.

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Nothing But The Cup Will Satisfy Ovechkin

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Heading into his fifth season in the U.S. capital, Ovechkin believes the time couldn’t be better for his Capitals to go the distance. They have enough playoff experience (and heartache) that they are no longer the happy-go-lucky team out of the Southeast Division that puts a smile on everyone’s face.

Anything short of hoisting the Cup and Ovechkin will consider the season to be a bust, a complete washout.

“It’s time to win some team trophies,” said Ovechkin, the back-to-back Hart Trophy winner.

Ovechkin feels he stands on firm ground in saying the Caps are ready to take home the hardware even though the Pittsburgh Penguins will again be standing in their way.

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Caps Convention

The Washington Capitals held their first Capitals Convention yesterday.  Here is a recap of the event.

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What To Do With Fake Twitter Accounts?

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

...as more people turn to Twitter to keep in touch with friends and follow their favorite celebrities, impostor accounts are becoming a concern for image-conscious athletes and causing confusion for others.

“My buddy Googled my name a while back, and he stumbled across [the fake account],” Schultz said. “He asked, ‘Do you have a Twitter account?’ I was like: ‘No.’ The fans, I’m sure, all know about it. What if someone puts up the wrong thing? People might get the wrong impression of the type of person you are or the things you do in your free time.”

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Blame The Penguins

from pucksandbooks of On Frozen Blog,

A fresh reason to hate Pittsburgh: a Penguins’ shot that Tomas Fleischmann blocked in the 2009 playoffs could well have played a role in his developing the blood clot in his left calf that is delaying the start to his season.

“The doctors [in the Czech Republic] told me is it probably a combination of blocking shots in the playoffs against Pittsburgh and a long flight sitting too long in one spot,” Flash informed this morning. His flight home in May was nine hours long.

About two weeks after he arrived home Fleischmann began feeling pain in his left leg. Rest would alleviate the pain but then it would return after he’d work out. So he went to see a doctor and was shocked by the diagnosis, which included no practicing hockey for three months.

“I never heard about it before,” he said.

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All Michael Nylander

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Q: Bruce Boudreau and George McPhee both said [yesterday] that you are exploring your options in Europe. What’s the situation?

A: “I come here and I want to play in the NHL and I’m looking forward to the season. I feel unbelievable good. I’m in good shape. I’m just looking forward to the season.”

Q: So you don’t have an agent trying to find something for you in Europe?

A: “I’m coming here with the intention of playing for the Capitals. I have two years left on the deal.”

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Caps Trying To Move Nylander To Europe

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Michael Nylander has arrived, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau. But how long the veteran will remain in Washington is unclear. Boudreau acknowledged that Nylander and the Caps are actively seeking a deal to send the 36-year-old center to Europe.

“I hope it doesn’t become a distraction,” Boudreau said.

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