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from D.C. Sports Bog,
Brashear’s father had been in real estate, and he always wanted to get involved in that industry, and he’s already thinking about what he’ll do post-hockey. And so he and his buddies formed the company and built two houses-a one-level home and a cottage—this summer in Quebec City. And yes, Brashear was out at the sites, using nail guns and making cuts with electric saws and doing some roofing and lifting trusses and putting in hardwood floors and working on ceramic tiles. You know, the usual offseason stuff.
“It’s my company; I want to show the guys that I can be out there and working,” he told me.
From George Solomon at the Washington Post,
Kolzig might not be Cal Ripken—he missed 13 games last season with a knee injury—but his numbers are impressive. Nine seasons as the Caps’ regular goaltender, 702 games in goal overall. A regular season winning percentage of slightly better than .500, and just as important, two major NHL awards for community service.
“It’s rare an athlete plays his entire career with one team, but Washington gave me my opportunity and stuck with me when I was coming up and not what they call a top-end prospect,” Kolzig said. “Playing with one team my whole career, that’s something I’d like to hang my hat on.”
Alex Ovechkin participated in an NHL teleconference today. Here is the transcript…
Q. Lots of good stats but are you at the point where you want the team to make the playoffs? I can’t imagine it’s much fun if the team doesn’t make the playoffs.
ALEX OVECHKIN: My goal is to make the playoffs and I have to score goals and everybody has to score goals. So my goal is to score goals and try to win games.
Q. How is it going to be playing with Michael Nylander?
ALEX OVECHKIN: Right now I’m playing with Viktor Kozlov.
from Fox Sports,
His Capitals have lost tens of millions of dollars, he acknowledges, but the team is worth more than twice the $85 million he paid for it in 1999. The value will only increase if the team, which Leonsis has slowly rebuilt after initially overspending for players, returns to the playoffs this season for the first time since 2003.
“I have to laugh,” Leonsis said, “because we get slammed by newspapers or frankly even some new media properties, and I go, ‘Our salary cap has grown from $39 million to $50 million in two years.’ Whose shoes would you rather be in?”
more on Ted…
from the Washington Post,
At 6 feet 5, 230 pounds, Viktor Kozlov towers above his new teammates. But an enormous frame isn’t the only reason the Washington Capitals forward has stood out from the crowd during training camp.
Kozlov has shown the rare ability to control the puck in traffic, distribute passes with a marksman’s accuracy and use his rangy reach to disrupt opponents—all while operating at top speed
The most intriguing revelation about Kozlov’s game, though, is how it seems to be meshing with left wing Alex Ovechkin’s.
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There is no other NHL team that has used the web to their advantage like the Washington Capitals.
I started receiving a daily email from the Caps titled “Caps Today” with all types of great links in it. It points to audio, links, video and upcoming events.
I would only hope other NHL teams follow the example the Caps are providing us “new media guys”!
from the Washington Post,
“I’m hungry for hockey,” said Ovechkin, who turns 22 on Monday. “I can’t wait until the season starts. We have a stronger team right now. I can feel it in the locker room. This atmosphere . . . everyone is happier, everyone is hungry.”
Ovechkin says he’s in the best shape of his career, having spent less time vacationing and more time on the ice and lifting weights this summer.
After his production dipped from 52 goals and 106 points as a rookie to 46 goals and 92 points last season, Ovechkin rededicated himself with a rigorous training routine. The Moscow native spent six weeks skating and working out in St. Petersburg with Kozlov, Alexander Radulov, Sergei Gonchar, Alexander Semin and Evgeni Malkin, and three weeks practicing with Dynamo Moscow, his former Russian Super League team.
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from the AP via Yahoo,
Two days before players report for training camp, the owner proclaimed “the rebuild is over” in an interview Tuesday with Associated Press reporters and editors. After consecutive last-place, low-payroll seasons following the 2004-05 lockout, Leonsis feels the strategy of building with young talent is heading toward fruition.
“Every person in the organization’s expectation is that we will make the playoffs,” Leonsis said. “Because we improved a lot ... and a lot of teams around us didn’t.”
The rebuilding project has centered around rising superstar Alex Ovechkin, who already has 98 goals in two NHL seasons and will turn 22 during training camp. Ovechkin was the lone star in his first season with the team—Washington’s worst in decades—but the Capitals have slowly but surely given him a better supporting cast that includes Alexander Semin and 2007-08 arrivals Michael Nylander, Tom Poti, Viktor Kozlov and Nicklas Backstrom.
from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,
Remember when one of the big jokes in the NHL was a division referred to as the “Southleast?”
Well those days are gone, as much because two of the last three Stanley Cup winners have come from the Southeast Division as the concentration of electrifying talents like Alexander Ovechkin, Vincent Lecavalier and Marian Hossa who reside in the neighborhood.
But heading into the new season, there really is not one team here with more than an outside shot at adding something to the division’s trophy case.
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.’’
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