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Japers’ Rink let the picture describe the feeling of Capitals fans this morning.
from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,
The last time we were picked this highly and with this much expectation, we didn’t even qualify for the playoffs.
So I think I liked it better when we were underdogs. Now we have the weight of expectations on our shoulders. I am hoping our shoulders are broad enough to carry these heightened expectations. There are so many great teams in the NHL. I would hate to give any team bulletin board fodder as motivation. We must remain hungry and very humble.
“I want to win the Stanley Cup; that’s why we play hockey in the NHL. I’m always that way. I want to do everything for the victory.”
—Alex Ovechkin - via USA Today with more on AO and his role with the Washington Capitals
from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,
His shoulder feels strong. His timing is coming back as evidenced by Nylander, 36, finishing as the team’s second leading scorer in the preseason with seven points (two goals, five assists).
“He’s playing a lot younger and a lot more determined” Boudreau said. “At the end of last year when we were playing pretty good, he was almost an afterthought in people’s minds. Not in my mind, but in other people’s minds. . . . He’s out to prove he’s an elite player again.”
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Asked what he had learned after just about 10 years as an NHL owner, Leonsis said:
“You know, I’ve always worked in public companies, but here’s a private company (in the Capitals).
“So I said, ‘OK, we don’t have shareholders like Wall Street. We have stakeholders – our fans.’ And you always hear businessmen being criticized for not taking the long-term view; that they have to meet the next 90 day’s quarterly results. So they view things for the short term, at the detriment of the long term of the company.
from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,
As the only new member of the organization, (Jose) Theodore will have to endure scrutiny this season. But toss in the position he plays and the great expectations for the franchise, and Theodore could be the linchpin for success or the scapegoat for failure.
Being a goaltender in places like Montreal and Colorado, Theodore knows all about that type of pressure. He also knows what the intense media scrutiny was like with the Canadiens - both on and off the ice - and is looking forward to settling in and being comfortable in the District.
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.
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