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from The Good, The Bad, And The Duthie,
From the opening face-off, it looked like a couple of guys trying to show-off to win the same girl (Natalia maybe?) They were ridiculously dangerous on almost every shift. They went after each other, with Ovechkin trying to flatten Malkin in the Danger Zone (ask Dean McAmmond where that is), and then almost scrapping moments later. It was Anything You Can Do…translated in Russian.
Watch the attempted hit by Ovechkin on Malkin…
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
In the end, the veteran center said, the combination of pain, diminished productivity and inability to sleep told him it was time to undergo season-ending surgery this week.
“I was playing with one hand,” Nylander said, making his first public comments about the injury during Saturday’s 5-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. “I had to change my game. I was playing at 70 percent, 80 percent most nights and it just got worse and worse. It was 50 percent, maybe, sometimes.”
The 35-year-old Swede, the Capitals’ top free agent signing during the offseason, said he’ll miss five or six months while rehabilitating, but added that he expects to make a full recovery.
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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
...Hell, Leonsis would have been better as far as his fellow owners were concerned to wait for a team to make an offer to Ovechkin, then match it.
He could then claim he was dragged kicking and screaming into doing such a thing, all the while proclaiming he is delighted to have Alex in the fold. To volunteer this kind of money seems bizarre. And with Ovechkin getting this much money and this much of the cap space, how the hell do you build a team around him?
And if you don’t build a team, how do you bring in fans and stop being a perpetual drain on the other the owners? In short, why are the rich teams putting up with this?
from USA TODAY,
A few years ago, when Ted Leonsis and his wife, Lynn, stumbled onto a designer show house that was on the market just outside Washington, D.C., they fell in love with it.
Well, sort of. Kind of. OK, not really.
But they bought it, gutted it, added on and rearranged. They bought the neighbor’s house, too, then tore it down.
When the sawdust had finally settled, there stood a 22,000-square-foot brick mansion on 5.5 acres, complete with pond, pool, tennis court, guesthouse and five-car garage.
continued with pictures…
from Capitals Insider,
Veteran center Michael Nylander is scheduled to have surgery on his torn left rotator cuff and will miss three to six months, I’m told.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
According to the terms of the agreement, Ovechkin has what is described as a “modified no trade clause.”
Prior to July 1, 2014 the Capitals have the luxury and sole discretion of trading Ovechkin to any team in the league.
However, the language in the contract goes on to read that during the month of June 2014, Ovechkin can provide Washington with a list of up to 10 NHL teams to which he does not want to be traded to during each of the seasons after July 1, 2014, commencing with the 2014-2015 season.
more, and yes, my sources are telling me Ovechkin may still be moved this season…. There, we got it out of the way and if any hockey fans reads it again, don’t believe it.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
The fact is, the NHL would have been far better off had Ovechkin been allowed to bolt Washington as a restricted free agent this summer to join an NHL team in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, or New York – cities where Ovechkin’s talents would have been better used to help raise the NHL’s profile.
“Flagship franchises are the key to any retailer – sports or otherwise. Apple Store and Nike World were created on 5th Avenue in New York,” said Tony Chapman, a Toronto sports marketer. “The NHL needs to populate their flagship franchises with their top players.”
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
“We know him through really bad times. We’ve been through fire together,” Leonsis said. “I couldn’t think of a better face for our franchise.
“Our fans love Alexander Ovechkin. Our fans didn’t love Jaromir Jagr.”
Whether the fact that Ovechkin is a home-grown talent, or the fact he signed on for a 13-year tour of duty with the Caps of his own volition, makes any difference to a hockey market that has distinguished itself with its own indifference, is unknown.
The only thing that is for certain is that Leonsis won’t have to worry about second-guessing himself, even if it cost him $124 million for that satisfaction.
“You can talk to me after we win a Cup,” he said.
Ovechkin and Jordan Staal wore microphones during a recent game against each other…
Watch the video…
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Upon hearing of the enormous contract extension his friendly rival signed on Thursday, you can just see Crosby between periods of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ game at Tampa, screwing up his face, tightening his fists, and letting out with another stammer:
Is Ovechkin worth $124 million over 13 years? Is anyone? He beat Crosby to the Calder, scores buckets of goals, beautiful goals, and comes across as a genuinely engaging, effervescent presence in a sport populated more and more by the bland and the suspicious. Still, even with his deeds of derring-do, the sad sack Capitals are tied for 27th in a 30-team league, and quite probably doomed to miss the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.
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