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from the Patriot Ledger,
The second of Hockey Hall of Famer/Bruins icon Ray Bourque’s three kids and the older of two boys, Chris heads to Washington’s camp hoping to jump from the American Hockey League to the NHL. Given the state of the Capitals - 27th in the NHL last year, next-to-last in the East - and the fact that they didn’t make mind-blowing additions via free agency (forwards Michael Nylander and Viktor Kozlov, plus defenseman Tom Poti were added), Bourque seems on the verge of the best opportunity of a career entering its third pro season.
‘‘I’ve had a pretty good meeting with the coach (Glen Hanlon) and I’ve talked to the GM (George McPhee),’’ said Bourque, who spent the summer skating in pro leagues in Bridgewater and Hingham. ‘‘It seems like I’m going to get a pretty good shot this year to earn a spot.’’
“In more detail about everything you now will be able to read on my bloge. To me it will very pleasantly see you here - girls, fellows and all fans of Russian sport. We will associate here as far as possible. I will answer your questions, and you will help me to learn news from Russia; -) I hope that this blog will leave on all a good impression.”
check out On Frozen Blog to find out which NHL player is now blogging!
Two Minutes For Blogging has the scoop and I have put it through a Russian translation program.
added 9:32am, Japers’ Rink says untrue…
added 12:08pm, Capitals Insider chimes in…
I talked to a Russian reporter who would know about this. He said details about the incident are sketchy, but he’s pretty confident that it did happen. He also said it was a “damaged” jaw, not a broken one.
Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir met up with Olie Kolzig this morning and published his chat with him…
Anyway, Kolzig had some very interesting things to say afterward. Here’s the full transcript of the interview:
Q: Do you feel owner Ted Leonsis and GM George McPhee did enough in free agency to make the Caps a playoff team next season?
A: I think they did a great job this summer.
Poti is a guy who will give us someone on the power play and eat up some minutes. He’ll also stabilize our back end.
Kozlov is such a talent. When he plays to the level of his talent consistently, he’s a scary player. He’s also a very nice individual, quiet and unassuming.
And, of course, bringing Michael Nylander back is huge.
from Ted Leonsis via the NHL Fanhouse,
My bet is that the blogosphere built around the Washington Capitals is now much, much bigger in terms of aggregate circulation than the two sports radio stations combined here in the DC area. I will do some research and then we should all convene a meeting to discuss how we form a more formal keiretsu. There will be power in numbers. Out with the old, in with the new!
more on a developing story about D.C. sports radio and… well, read on...
I would hope other NHL teams would take what Ted said to heart and begin to develop relationships with hockey bloggers in their town!
from Capitals Insider,
I received a few emails this morning from concerned fans about an internet report out of Russia which suggests that Alexander Semin suffered a knee injury while training in his homeland.
That’s not true, at least according to his agent, Mark Gandler. I spoke to Gandler this morning, and here’s what he had to say:
“I don’t want to call it an injury,” Gandler said. “He had a certain pain in his knee for the whole year while he was in Washington. It happens when he is running, particularly uphill and downhill. But it did not interfere in any of his on ice activities, whatsoever.”
Interested in the original story from Sport-Express? Read on for the rough translation…
Centre Brooks Laich was awarded a US$725,000, one-year contract from an arbitrator Wednesday.
The Washington Capitals accepted the award and re-signed Laich, whose arbitration hearing was Monday in Toronto. The 24-year-old Wawota, Sask., native had 18 points (8-10), a minus-2 rating and 29 penalty minutes in 73 games last season while earning $606,100.
Alexander Ovechkin, along with Segei Gonchar, Evgeni Malkin and a few other Russian hockey players met in St. Peterburg, Russia and went through a physical fitness camp.
SovSport (not translated) did an interview with them and I am going to highlight the Ovechkin conversation…
A big thanks to a new KK friend named Dmitry who translated the inteview.
Washington Forward Alex Ovechkin: We Live Here Like It’s a Pioneer Camp!
Ovechkin arrived in St Petersburg from Saransk, where he took part in the national “Shumbrat, Finno-Ugria” festival. Alex came to the gym fresh and upbeat even though he was coming straight from the airport.
Alex, what took you to Saransk?
I was invited to go there… My mom also came as did Alexei Nemov [Olympic champion - gymnastics]. We loved it! I gave a “master class” to kids, showed them a few hockey tricks. Two teams battled for a prize - my hockey stick. A new arena was built there, hockey is the republic [of Mordovia] is on the rise.
Do you follow the news from the NHL? Your friend Dainius Zubrus signed a contract with New Jersey not long ago.
Yes, I spoke with Zubie three days ago. It’s a shame that he was traded from Washington. But at the end of the day, Dainius got what he wanted. I am very happy for him.
The Washington Capitals have signed right wing and team captain Chris Clark to a three-year contract extension through the 2010-11 season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Chris is a consummate professional and a terrific leader,” said vice president and general manager George McPhee. “He has been an integral part of our team’s growth in the past two seasons, both on and off the ice. We are excited that he will be a Washington Capital for many years to come.”
more on the signing at the Caps site…
from the Washington Capitals,
The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Steve Eminger and center Brian Sutherby, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
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