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from the Washington Post,
Hanlon said that Backstrom’s comprehension of team meetings conducted in English is better than Ovechkin’s was in his rookie season.
“He understands. He’s way more advanced. In Sweden, there’s a lot more English spoken, a lot more English TV channels and they all seem to watch MTV.
“With him, it’s more getting used to our training, getting used to some of our systems,” he continued. “We’ll spend more time showing him our system play than we would some of the others.”
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Ted Leonsis on Alexander Ovechkin remaining a Capital via Capitals Insider,
“I’m sure that the Ovechkin family and the Washington Capitals will come to a place where both think is fair and right and Alex will be here for a long time,” Leonsis said. “That’s his goal and I’m sure it will work out. He’ll save some money by not having an agent.”
from Ted Leonsis at WashingtonCaps.com,
Thanks to a heads up from George McPhee, I knew who we would be pursuing in free agency before I left for China. It was great to hear that three of those names will be joining us in the fall.
Free agency is a crazy time, as I’m sure many of you found while hitting “refresh” on your favorite hockey website or blog. I know it seemed frantic to me, perhaps even more so since I was so far away. What’s impressive to me is that amid that chaos, George and his team stuck to their plan, got what they felt we needed and did it all with contracts that will not hurt us competitively or financially down the road.
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From the AP via Yahoo! Sports,
The Washington Capitals signed free agent defenseman Jame Pollock and center Kyle Wilson on Thursday.
Pollock, 28, has spent the past three seasons in Europe, where he led the Sunipret Ice Tigers of the German Elite League with 22 goals and 32 assists in 46 games in 2006-07. He tied the league record for goals by a defenseman.
He played nine games for the St. Louis Blues in 2003-04.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Hockey News.com the league is awaiting further details before deciding whether to step in.
“Clubs and players both should have a right to rely on the sanctity of contractual commitments, regardless of how those commitments are memorialized,” Daly said in an emailed statement. “To our knowledge, there has been only one Standard Player’s Contract executed and filed with the League, and under our CBA, that contract should be enforceable.
“But if, after reviewing all of the relevant facts here, there has been a breach of a contractual commitment, we will certainly assist the Oilers in any way we can in seeking an appropriate remedy. We are not in a position to opine what those remedies might be at this point.”
The Washington Capitals have signed free agent center Michael Nylander to a four-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Update 6:18pm ET:
From Tarik El-Bashir at the Washington Post,
Nylander’s deal will pay him $5.5 in each of the first three years and…$3 million [in the 4th year], which means the cap hit will be $4.875 million.
According to TSN SMS updates, the Washington Capitals have signed Viktor Kozlov to a two-year, $5 million deal. More soon.
Update 8:19pm ET
TSN has the same information online here.
Free agent defenceman Tom Poti has signs a four-year deal with the Washington Captials worth $3.5 million per year.
The New RBK Washington Capitals Premier (replica) Home Jersey has appeared on Shop.NHL.com. Looks like a 12-14 week waiting period before it ships.
Read on for more details and the jerseys are available for a few other teams too.
Is Japers’ Rink onto something regarding the Capitals new jersey?
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