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A Talk With Ovechkin

Alexander Ovechkin, along with Segei Gonchar, Evgeni Malkin and a few other Russian hockey players met in St. Peterburg, Russia and went through a physical fitness camp.
SovSport (not translated) did an interview with them and I am going to highlight the Ovechkin conversation…
A big thanks to a new KK friend named Dmitry who translated the inteview.

Washington Forward Alex Ovechkin: We Live Here Like It’s a Pioneer Camp!
Ovechkin arrived in St Petersburg from Saransk, where he took part in the national “Shumbrat, Finno-Ugria” festival. Alex came to the gym fresh and upbeat even though he was coming straight from the airport.

Alex, what took you to Saransk?
I was invited to go there… My mom also came as did Alexei Nemov [Olympic champion - gymnastics]. We loved it! I gave a “master class” to kids, showed them a few hockey tricks. Two teams battled for a prize - my hockey stick. A new arena was built there, hockey is the republic [of Mordovia] is on the rise.

Do you follow the news from the NHL? Your friend Dainius Zubrus signed a contract with New Jersey not long ago.
Yes, I spoke with Zubie three days ago. It’s a shame that he was traded from Washington. But at the end of the day, Dainius got what he wanted. I am very happy for him.

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Washington Signs Clark To 3yr Extension

The Washington Capitals have signed right wing and team captain Chris Clark to a three-year contract extension through the 2010-11 season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Chris is a consummate professional and a terrific leader,” said vice president and general manager George McPhee. “He has been an integral part of our team’s growth in the past two seasons, both on and off the ice. We are excited that he will be a Washington Capital for many years to come.”

more on the signing at the Caps site…

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Caps Sign Pair

from the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Steve Eminger and center Brian Sutherby, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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Caps Honored With Best Music Video

The Washington Capitals won three 2007 Golden Matrix awards from the Information and Display and Entertainment Association (IDEA) at the association’s 25th annual conference hosted July 8-11, 2007. The Caps’ Game Presentation department took home the association’s Best Music Video award for their Alex Ovechkin as Superman in-game video, as well as the 2007 Best Overall Video Display awards for the subdivision of hockey and the overall contest.

The Best Music Video Award recognizes excellence in pre-produced video segments that have been edited to music and where music is central to the creative impact of the piece. Washington’s Ovechkin as Superman video depicted the team’s superstar as the comic book superhero.

Watch the video…

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Backstrom Settling In

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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Leonsis Believes In “The Family”

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.”

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Caps Stick To Game Plan

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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Two Capitals Signings: Pollock and Wilson

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.

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NHL May Get Involved In Nylander Deal

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.”

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Caps Sign Nylander

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.

more from the Caps website…

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.

 

 

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