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“I was very nervous, almost like during the game” confessed Ovi to “MK”. “Still, these are different emotions. Probably because of the fact that at the games I work out physically, but here it was different, it was brain’s work out! Now I’ve realized that I can succeed not only playing hockey, but in other areas of life… College education will to add to my game, now I’ll try to think more during the game, to use the theory in practice…”
Ovechkin’s diploma thesis was about “Speed training of the top level hockey players”. He defended it with an “A”
more including a photo of Ovechkin receiving his degree
The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Jose Theodore to a two-year contract.
Update 3:25pm ET: TSN reports that Theodore’s deal is for 2 years, $9 million.
From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
It appears both goalie Cristobal Huet and forward Brian Rolston are headed to free agency later today.
“Yes it looks that way right now,” Stephen Bartlett, the agent for both players, told Sportsnet.ca on Tuesday morning.
More on Rolston reported earlier on KK.
via TSN UFA Tracker,
Washington re-signs defenceman Mike Green to a four-year deal worth $5.25-million a season.
added 9:20am, from the Washington Capitals,
“Mike has developed into an impact defenseman in the short time since we drafted him, and he will be a key part of our team moving forward,” McPhee said. “We look forward to his further contributions as we continue to improve the hockey club.”
more on Green…
from Capitals Insider,
Huet and the Caps, in fact, aren’t that far apart, I’m told. But, as you know, a deal isn’t a deal until it’s signed. If a deal is finalized, look for it to be three-years, as previously reported, in the neighborhood of $5 million per. That’s a lot of money, but the Caps are comfortable with Huet and vice versa.
Green, meantime, has been presented with multiple scenarios, including both long and short-term offers, and his camp is mulling them.
more on the Caps…
from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,
Free agent signings will come fast and furious tomorrow, but where do some of the Caps’ key figures stand today? I will try to update this each time I find an agent willing to talk to me. First up this morning was Cristobal Huet’s representation, Stephen Bartlett.
Q: IS THERE ANY KIND OF UPDATE ON THE NEGOTIATIONS WITH HUET AND THE CAPS?
Bartlett: Nothing new really – I haven’t talked to the Caps in a while. I may give them a call today or vice versa. If tomorrow comes, the Capitals are still very much in our thoughts.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF HOW MANY TEAMS MIGHT BE INTERESTED TOMORROW?
Bartlett: You have to wait until Christmas morning to find out what is under the tree.
more on Huet and Brooks Laich too…
The NHL buyout period seems to be heating up.
Three more players have been placed on waivers Monday for the purpose of being bought out if they clear waivers tomorrow at noon, The Washington Capitals Ben Clymer and Carolina Hurricanes’ Jeff Hamilton and David Tanabe.
From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News,
John Anderson just may want to send his old pal Bruce Boudreau a thank-you card.
Given Boudreau’s success this season – he was named NHL coach of the year after a lengthy coaching stint in the minors – it made it easy for the Atlanta Thrashers to sign Anderson as their new coach.
Like Boudreau, Anderson has been a great success story in the minors, winning five championships including the American League crown this year with the Chicago Wolves.
And if you really want to get to know John Anderson, you can check out his recent experience getting a makeover. From spa treatments to new suits, it seems Anderson was getting ‘dressed for success’ even before he got tapped for the Thrashers’ job. Video below:
George McPhee was just on NHL Live and mentioned Mike Green looks like he will be playing the Offer Sheet Game and there isn’t much the Capitals can do about it. They will just wait it out and see where it goes (earlier this week McPhee said he would match an offer sheet in about ten minutes).
He mentioned there is some interest in Sergei Fedorov but it has to be the right fit. Talks with Huet continue but nothing new to report.
George mentioned there are about two or three teams that are trying to make some moves, but it doesn’t seem that active right now.
He was asked if he was concerned about the cap rising and he said yes. He didn’t expect this when the new CBA came about.
from Tariek El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
“I’m sure we’ll have a chance to reconvene and continue our discussions,” Bartlett said in a telephone interview. “The flow back-and-forth has been pretty steady.”
Bartlett declined to divulge specifics, but he did indicate that Huet, 32, is seeking a three-year deal. If the negotiations hit a snag, he said, it likely would be over money, not length of contract.
Bartlett’s comments come a day after Huet said in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe that his first priority is to remain in Washington.
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