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“I’ve been around the game now for a long, long time,” Leonsis said, in response to a question about meddling. “And there are certain things that you do learn and you do see. But if you break the hierarchy — you have a general manager, you have a coach, you have assistant coaches, you have a captain, you have players — the moment you break that hierarchy, I think you inject needless chaos into the system.
“And truthfully, it means you should fire your general manager or your coach. If you’re making the decisions and you think what you know is more than your coach and general manager, then they can’t work for you. Because the general manager and the coach need to be the end-all and be-all, and be in that cocoon, if you will, with the players.
-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals. More from Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.
Dallas did win the game 3-2 over Washington.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Last spring, the NHL had an operational camera embedded in all four goal posts in every arena for 89 Stanley Cup playoff games.
This year, with the addition of the coach’s challenge, the goal post cameras would have required additional wiring and parts to make the feed available for replay with the new Hawkeye system in arenas.
But since the cameras located in the posts provided such little insight to the game, they are not yet functional in all 30 arenas with the Hawkeye system.
Why? Too often, the goaltender was blocking a view of the play or puck, even with the cameras positioned facing the goal line....
Rather than proceeding with cameras in the goal posts, the next course of action for the NHL may be to install cameras in the crossbar, pointing down toward the goal line.
The NHL experimented with crossbar cameras on an off-day during the Stanley Cup final and found them to be more useful for determining goals, but more challenging to install.
more with some talk about the no goal for the Wings last night...
"A world-class talent, a great two-way player. Graceful, great hockey sense, great skill. He could bring you out of your seat when he was coming up the ice in full flight."
"His skating, his puck handling, his shot; he could do anything at an elite level. But certainly his skating ability was his best attribute, not just in straight out speed but in turning and stopping and starting and moving from side to side; to me he's one of the best skaters I've ever come across."
"Sergei said that to me several times, 'I knew I could trust you, that you would do the best things for my career. That's what I tried to do. I brought him into the office often. I talked to him often. He didn't understand everything at the beginning, but as time went on he got pretty good at it. He got to be a real good team guy. He didn't rock the boat. He performed."
"He was strong everywhere. You go back to the old Russian days, when those guys trained year-round with their team … he always won all the awards for conditioning at training camp. He'd go do pullups, rip off 20 at one time, and go, 'OK, what's next?' He was such a great skater and he had that low-center-of-gravity skating stride. He had elite puck skills. He's one of the best players of all-time."
"He could skate like a defenseman, backwards, and he was so fast. He could move, get back and get pucks. He was still thinking as a forward when he was playing defense, but he could play that position well and he did."
"He was the best player I've ever played with."
Dan Rosen of NHL.com has much more on Fedorov.
from Pavel Lysenko of SovSport.ru (translated)
Captain "Washington" Alexander Ovechkin was awarded a medal "For merits in the development of the Olympic movement in Russia" and answered questions from reporters.
Has there been offers to move back to Russia?
- This question does not need to ask me, and leadership "in Washington." But it is to no one spoke. One day, sooner or later, I'll be back. But for now my goal - to win the Stanley Cup with the "Caps". I think only about this. While no one knows what will happen to you in the future. Hockey - it's a business. Maybe tomorrow I will exchange.
Where most feel the support - in Russia or the US?
- And there, and here I was sick, loved, respected. Of course, at home - family and friends. And in the US - the family, the bride, but in Moscow it is much more of their people. In general, I think Washington is their second home. I'm very comfortable here, I live here with my fiancee. I play hockey, what always dreamed of.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Ten years ago, the NHL banked on the star power of Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin to bring hockey back from the brink of a year-long lockout. Hard to believe it’s been that long.
The hype and the shine have worn off the rivalry, but the debate rages on. And after 10 years, it’s appropriate to once again raise the question: Which player is better?
“Are you kidding me right now?” Ovechkin answered on Wednesday, laughing.
It wasn’t clear whether Ovechkin’s rhetorical answer was a dig at the ridiculously nuanced and polarizing question, or whether that was his way of saying he is the answer.
But for the first time in a long time, Ovechkin can be the answer to that question. Three or four years ago, it was one not even worth asking. Crosby was the clear-cut and runaway winner.
More interesting than any hate that exists between the Penguins and Capitals is the ebb-and-flow of the stock prices of Crosby and Ovechkin on the NHL market since they first clashed on Nov. 22, 2005 at the old Igloo.
Barry Trotz was on Sportsnet's Hockey Central today and talked about the Capitals.
If you haven't realized it yet, the Caps are a very good team.
from Lucas Aykroyd at the New York Times,
It is a season of milestones for Alex Ovechkin. He cracked the 900-point barrier against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, and he needs only four more goals to achieve his next mark: becoming the leader in goals among Russian N.H.L. players.
But for that record, he will have to surpass his former teammate and longtime friend Sergei Fedorov.
Ovechkin, a five-time winner of the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal-scorer with the Capitals, has 480 career goals in 766 games. Fedorov left the N.H.L. in 2009 at age 39 with 483 goals in 1,248 games. He will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Nov. 9.
“He was my best teammate I’ve played with, obviously, with his skill and personality,” Ovechkin, 30, said. “I learned a lot from him. I was lucky to play with him. It’s going to be an honor to beat his record.”...
Fedorov, 45, ended his professional career in 2012 after three seasons with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League, and he serves as the general manager of CSKA Moscow.
“I’m glad that it is Alexander Ovechkin who will break my N.H.L. record among Russian players,” Fedorov said in an email. “We are friends for a long time, played shoulder to shoulder in Washington and Team Russia. We discussed playing the game a lot, and I’d like to believe that my advice helped him somewhere.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Since joining the NHL at the start of the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin has scored an astonishing 138 more goals than the next-highest player, the Colorado Avalanche’s Jarome Iginla.
Only four players scored more goals (475) in their first 10 seasons than Ovechkin – Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull – and all played in a high-scoring era.
“I’ve been on his bandwagon since I got here,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz says, “and the perception about him is all false. He is a dynamic player … and he’s a beast, 6 foot 3 and 235 pounds.
“He has a rare combination that some of those great physical players of the past, the Gordie Howes and the Mark Messiers, had. Not only can they score that unbelievably skilled goal, they have that physicality factor that puts a little fear into you.”
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
The only thing missing Tuesday was the Benny Hill Yakety Sax theme music.
“We gave up I don’t know many point-blank chances from in the front of the net,” said a sombre Matt Stajan. “We’re not working the way we need to. We know that. We talk about it, but we’ve got to figure this out.
“We’ve gotta clean it up. This is embarrassing for our hockey club.
“You fall too far back in the West, we know what happens.”
The abysmal start to the 2015-2016 season lengthened, the gathering shadows deepened, as the Calgary Flames were folded, pasted, mutilated and generally slapped silly 6-2 by the Washington Capitals at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
And in doing so, they ventured into uncharted territory.
No edition since the franchise relocated north from Georgia had lost its opening four home games of any season.
View the game highlights below...
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