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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Sources familiar with the negotiations say the Blackhawks turned down a deal last week that would have had ex-Bruin Michael Nylander, now with the Capitals, wearing the Indian Head by this weekend. Someone in that Hawks’ lineup would have to be going back to D.C. to even out some of the $8.5 million Nylander is due over the two seasons after this one. The likeliest candidates: Dustin Byfuglien (two more years at $3 million per) or Brent Sopel (two more years at $2.5 million per).
If the Bruins keep the juices flowing, and the Panthers continue to struggle, UFA-to-be Jay Bouwmeester, 25, would be a dream addition to the Boston back line.
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from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Alexander Semin missed the third period with an undisclosed injury. I’m told it’s an upper body issue, perhaps a shoulder, and that he probably will play in Jersey. The NHL’s leading scorer also took a high stick to the mouth in the final minutes of the second period.
more on the Capitals victory over the Devils last night…
from John Gregory of WashingtonCapitals.com,
For many young hockey players, an assignment to the bottom of the minors could be seen as a career death sentence. For Gary Green, it was just the beginning of a long and successful career in hockey – though not the way Green likely envisioned.
The former Capitals head coach went from being “the 17th man on a 17-man roster” in the minors to making NHL history when, at age 26, he was named the bench boss for the Caps – the youngest in NHL history.
Green grew up in Tillsonburg, Ontario where he was friends and played hockey with future NHL defenseman, coach and league executive Colin Campbell. But while Campbell’s path to success was as a player, Green took a decidedly different path.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Ovechkin joined us on an NHL media conference call. I started the proceedings by asking him how much fun he was having playing on a line with Semin and Nicklas Backstrom. Talk about an offensive juggernaut.
“You’re right, we’re having so much fun out there,” Ovechkin said. “We’re just controlling the game, I think. ... It’s very cool.”
Ovechkin was less thrilled with our resident ESPN.com blogger about 10 minutes later when we asked him about the Semin/Crosby controversy.
“I think it’s just the translator and it’s about media guys—about you,” Ovechkin said.
from Lightning Strikes,
It is going to be an interesting evening Monday when the Lightning faces the Capitals at the Verizon Center and Olaf Kolzig faces his former teammates. Kolzig has never been shy about saying how emotional was his breakup with Washington, with which he played 16 seasons. But Kolzig, classy as always, said all the right things about his former employer.
“I still wish it hadn’t ended the way it did,” Kolzig said, but added that “there’s no bitterness. Obviously, going out there tomorrow, I want to beat them as bad as anybody, but there’s no malicious feelings or anything like that.”
from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,
Another option would be to send 475 red carnations to Fedorov, one for each of Fedorov’s goals, care of the Caps. Because that wouldn’t be weird at all. The floral excess arrived yesterday, in all its rocking-the-red glory, although Fedorov went out and got hurt that night. Maybe next time roses would be better. I’m told that Fedorov was very appreciative of the gesture, if a bit taken aback.
Coach Boudreau? No. Owner Ted Leonsis!
We struggle on the power play and with all of our talent, we must be more effective. We pass too much. We don’t shoot the puck and generate enough traffic.
We are not aggressive enough on our forecheck.
We are not making crisp enough outlet passes, D to forwards in transition.
We are not taking the body enough.
from Sam Kasan at PittsburghPenguins.com,
Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin has gotten a lot of attention from the media following his comments about Penguins star Sidney Crosby.
The drama continued today when Pittsburgh head coach Michel Therrien was asked about Semin’s comments. Therrien, who has never shied away from giving his opinion, laughed and then responded:
“Is he talking about the youngest guy to get 100 points in the history of the National Hockey League? Is he talking about the youngest guy to win the Hart Trophy and lead the league in scoring? Is he talking about the youngest captain in the National Hockey League to bring his team to the Stanley Cup Final? That’s all I have to say.”
From Ted’s Take:
I just spoke with Alex Ovechkin after practice and he informed me that his grandfather HAS NOT passed away. This report in a Russian paper and on this blog is incorrect. Alex asked for respect of his privacy and that they will communicate to our fan base in an official capacity if there is any news on this matter.
added 1:16pm (Paul), from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
One day after the Caps were put through a brutal practice, and two days after they suffered their worst loss since March, Ovechkin was at KCI celebrating goals and joking with teammates loudly in the dressing room.
“I feel good and I feel bad,” he said. “I feel good I saw my grandpa, but I feel bad I didn’t play and couldn’t help my teammates win the game.”
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
All morning, Bruce Boudreau stalked around Kettler Capitals Iceplex with a scowl on his face. And when he met with reporters later, he didn’t mince his words.
He was angry. About as angry as he’s been since becoming head coach of the Caps last November.
“If they’re not going to work to our standards during the game, then they’re going to work that hard during practice,” he said. “I’ve been through a lot of those during practice, and they’re not fun. I’m trying to send a message that the coaching staff was displeased with the effort.”
added 6:56pm, The Owner chimes in…
I went to the practice on Sunday. It wasn’t fun and it was motivated by the team NOT working hard or looking prepared on Saturday night.
It is very frustrating to the staff to see us be scored upon eight times in the first minute or last minute of a period.
more from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Takes…
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