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A Good Day For A Signing

The Caps picked a pretty good day to sign Nicklas Backstrom, not much hockey news out there today (remember the Canadian Holiday).
D.C. Sports Bog gives us the scoop on Backstrom…

—His favorite NHL player is Henrik Zetterberg.
—A little sketchy on the details here, but apparently he studied carpentry in school. His father suggested that it was really more like masonry. I hope the Caps use this in some sort of promotional campaign about building the foundation of the new core or something like that.

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Washington Signs Backstrom

from the AP/CBC via CBC,

The Washington Capitals agreed to terms with a player they hope will be one of the building blocks of their future — Swedish forward Nicklas Backstrom.
Backstrom, 19, was selected fourth overall in the 2006 NHL entry draft but decided to remain in the Swedish Elite League for another season.

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Plus, from the Washington Capitals,

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host a news conference with center Nicklas Backstrom, the No. 4 overall draft-pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Monday, May 21, at noon at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.

 

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Washington Capitals Go International

imageFrom the Washington Capitals today,

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will send four reporters to Moscow to offer hockey fans unprecedented coverage of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship. The Capitals have partnered with Clearspring Technologies to deliver audio, video and written content to WashingtonCaps.com, Caps fans and local, national and international media outlets.
“I am proud that we are able to bring coverage of this prestigious tournament to our fans on WashingtonCaps.com and others around the world,” Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis said.

You can follow their IIHF coverage here on the Caps’ website

 

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Alexander Semin Kicked off Team Russia

From The Hockey News,

The Hockey News.com has learned Washington Capitals star Alexander Semin has been kicked off the Russian national team, prompting Semin’s agent to refer to the fiasco as, “the most bizarre situation I’ve ever experienced in hockey, ever.”
Mark Gandler, who represents Semin, said the Russian team’s decision to remove Semin from the team because he arrived hours after the team’s first practice was unreasonable and far too harsh.
“I don’t understand it…there is no explanation for it,” Gandler said. “Alexander did nothing wrong, but even if he had, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.”

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Semin A No-Show

from the Capitals Insider,

Alexander Semin has been kicked off the Russian national team for failing to report to training camp on time, according to the Russian Hockey Federation’s website.

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Browse With The Capitals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals have partnered with Brand Thunder, a leader in computer browser branding, to create the first team-branded Internet browser in professional sports.
The customized Firefox theme allows fans to stay informed on the most up-to-date Capitals’ news no matter what website they are visiting. Once the browser theme is downloaded to a fan’s computer, the program transforms the average browser into a Capitals-themed experience. Additionally, there is an interactive toolbar that allows fans to purchase tickets, check out the Caps upcoming schedule and keep tabs on their favorite player by visiting the team roster. There is also a news scroll that keeps fans informed of recent Caps happenings.

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The State Of The Caps

from Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals,

Another season has come to an end long before we would have liked, but we remain committed to improvement and patience in our plans to rebuild our franchise. The final standings show that we amassed the same number of points in 2006-07 as the prior season. And while that is true, this year’s team was better in many areas, and we demonstrated continued growth and improvement.
The power-play and the penalty-killing units both showed slight gains. We scored more goals and gave up fewer. We realize that more improvement is needed, and we will be directing our attention in that area during the summer. In the next several months we will be focused on doing what is necessary to achieve even greater strides for the 2007-08 season.

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Caps Leave It In The Locker Room

from the Washington Post,

Alexander Semin’s peculiar penalty, the tense postgame meeting, Alex Ovechkin’s tantrum—it was all left behind in the visitors’ locker room in Tampa, Washington Capitals veteran Olie Kolzig said yesterday.
“What needed to be said was said on Saturday,” Kolzig said after a spirited practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “That’s it. Everyone came here with a great outlook, and we had a great practice. It’s water under the bridge.”

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Stormy Meeting

After last night’s Caps game…
from the Washington Post,

Afterward the players met for about 15 minutes behind closed doors. Although no one would divulge exactly what was said, when the meeting ended, all-star left wing Alex Ovechkin emerged from the locker room and smashed his stick repeatedly against the wall and a trash can until it broke into four pieces, according to those who witnessed the episode. Ovechkin’s iPod and headphones also were destroyed, crumpled in the hallway.
Ovechkin and Semin, who are close friends and who were linemates on Saturday, left without speaking to the media. Asked why he thought Ovechkin was so angry, Kolzig said: “I’m sure he’s probably frustrated with what happened and in the meeting. And that’s really all I’m going to say. It wasn’t targeted at Ovie. He’s obviously our guy. But it was something he didn’t want to hear.”

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added 4:56pm, You can follow-up on any more news from the meeting at Capitals Insider...

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AO Has Confidence In Caps

from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,

His numbers are down a bit, his team won’t make the playoffs and the rival he’ll likely spend his entire career being compared to has risen to greater heights. So why is it that nothing seems to be bothering Alexander Ovechkin these days?
“You know it’s been tough because we didn’t win, but it happens,” said the young Washington Capitals superstar. “We didn’t have much luck, but I think we’re going to move forward. I’m happy about that.”

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