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from Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington,
Earlier this week McPhee met with the media to discuss this year’s team and the decisions he faces as training camp draws to a close.
On recent trade talk:
It’s just starting to pick up. I had a couple calls already. Things have tightened up in the league under the cap system. It’s been hard to make trades the last few years. We’ll see what happens. I don’t know that we’ll actually make a trade....
On what he would deem a successful season:
Well, I would call winning the Stanley Cup successful. The objective always is to make the playoffs and give yourself a chance. We’d love to go deep and we’d love to win a Cup. I read in the Washington Post where one of the Nats, it might have been [Ryan] Zimmerman, said it’s not easy being good. And he was right. We’ve been a real good team and we’d like to continue to be a real good team and give ourselves a chance to win. I think we have a good team with good people and we’ll battle like crazy to make the playoffs and then hope something good happens. As a manager that’s all you can do, keep putting good teams on the ice and hope you have some good fortune in the playoffs.
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will be the first Russian Torchbearer for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee announced today. Ovechkin will be the first Russian to carry the Olympic Torch once it’s ignited in a ceremony at Olympia, Greece, on Sunday, Sept. 29.
“I’m extremely humbled and honored to be the first Russian to carry the Olympic Torch,” said Ovechkin. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and something I will never forget. I would like to thank the Washington Capitals organization and all of my teammates for their support in enabling me to travel to Greece prior to the regular season.”
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The ever-evolving helmet and visor rule enforcement was in the spotlight Monday night in Boston as players, coaches and management all attempt to figure out how things will be called during the regular season. The NHL now penalizes players two minutes for willingly taking their helmet off prior to a fight in an effort to lessen head injuries associated with hockey fighting.
Aaron Volpatti and Boston defenseman Kevan Miller squared off in Boston’s defensive zone in the first period after the Washington skater came in a bit high on Miller in a physical exchange in the corner. A review of the video showed that Miller unsnapped his helmet as the two were getting ready to throw punches, and then Volpatti removed Miller’s bucket while also tossing off his own at the same time.
Both combatants then tossed a series of punches at each other with Volpatti earning the decision after catching Miller directly in the nose with a heavy right handed blow. Both players were whistled for the customary five-minute major for fighting, and each skater was also whistled for a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct after taking off the other player’s helmet.
continued and you can watch the fight below...
The F Street Faithful at KK reported on this yesterday and now the CP at TSN with this...
Washington has been awarded the NHL's Winter Classic in 2015, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com confirmed.
The Capitals will host the game four years after they visited the Penguins at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is set to make the announcement at the team's fan convention Saturday.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
The NHL released information late last week about several new rule changes for the 2013-14 season, including several stipulations about how uniforms must be worn.
One mandate is that players’ protective equipment and padding – excluding gloves, helmets and goaltenders’ leg guards – must be worn under the uniform. If a referee notices a player in violation of the rule, they’ll be asked to correct the problem and a second violation would result in a minor penalty....
As anyone who has ever watched him play in a game or skate in practice knows, Alex Ovechkin has always tucked his jersey into his pants. While the Capitals winger is prepared to follow the rule, he’s not pleased with it.
“I’m the guy who love that kind of stuff. I’m kind of upset about it, but most important thing, nobody talk to us, the players. They think it can be dangerous for somebody. I think it’s kind of stupid,” Ovechkin said Sunday. “My gear is not stay [near] my body so jersey always goes in. If I’m going to put jersey normally, I’m going to skate and it goes back.”
Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada talks with Ovechkin...
from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,
In the middle of August, as his offseason was winding down, Alex Ovechkin received a phone call. Told he needed to pick up a first-time visitor to Russia, he promptly drove to Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow and came upon a one-time Ontario hayseed whose only concept of that part of eastern Europe was “Rocky IV.”
“Ovi!” Adam Oates called.
“What’s up, Coach?”
Over the next 24 hours or so, the three-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner and coach of the Washington Capitals spent time on the ice, in front of Oates’s computer watching an Ovechkin highlight video of last season and finally at a chic Moscow restaurant watching a World Cup qualifier with Ovi’s boys.
“He came to me,” Ovechkin said on the first day of training camp, sounding genuinely moved that Oates crossed two continents to visit him at home. “He work out with me. He show me some things. He showed me highlights and talk to me.”
Asked what Oates communicated that day, Ovechkin replied, “He told me I had good season, but I could be better.”
That’s about right, Oates confirmed.
from Igor Kleyner of Russian Machine Never Breaks,
With the opening ceremonies just five months out, the next big promotional push is the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic torch. Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee President Dmitry Chernyshenko says he will have Alex Ovechkin there. In Greece. At the end of September.
Right as the NHL season begins.
Chernyshenko spoke to the Russian sports news agency R-Sport about the upcoming event:
On September 29th we will light up the torch in Olympia, and for the next week it will travel through Greece; on October 6th we will deliver it to Moscow – and then promptly to the Red Square. There will be many interesting events. Who will be the first Russian [to carry the torch] in Greece, and who will be the first on Red Square? That is a secret, intrigue, and we will try to keep it until the end. But they will be people who are recognized and loved by everybody.
Will Ovechkin be among them? Nothing can be hidden from you! It is true; Ovechkin will participate in the Greek part of the torch relay, but will he be the first carrier or not – I will not tell you right now.
more including what the Capitals have to say about this...
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Marcus Johansson to a two-year, $4 million contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Johansson will earn $1,825,000 in 2013-14 and $2,175,000 in 2014-15.
Johansson, 22, recorded 22 points (6 goals, 16 assists) in 34 games during the 2012-13 season. He ranked tied for fourth on the Capitals in assists and tied for fifth in power-play goals (3). The 6'1'', 205-pound center posted career marks during the 2011-12 campaign when he collected 46 points (14 goals, 32 assists) in 80 games with Washington. He ranked third on the team in assists, tied for third in points and tied for seventh in goals.
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