Monthly Archives: February 2007

Trade-Trauma Tuesday: Wrapup and Perspective

Just my humble opinion, but from 2002 through 2006 there is an exceptionally impressive body of scouting and drafting work accomplished by George McPhee and his team of scouts. Having said that, my sense is that they seldom look back … Continue reading

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Trade-Trauma Tuesday: Wrapup and Perspective

Just my humble opinion, but from 2002 through 2006 there is an exceptionally impressive body of scouting and drafting work accomplished by George McPhee and his team of scouts. Having said that, my sense is that they seldom look back … Continue reading

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Knee-jerks: @ Florida, 2/27/07

So the Caps trade their first-line center, completely sleepwalk through the first eight minutes of the first period, then manage to make the rest of the game worth watching. Strange, strange game. After being complete zombies throughout the first half … Continue reading

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Zubrus is a Sabre

Tarik is on it. An ’07 first rounder and young, former first-round center Jiri Novotny are coming back. Pierre McGuire, on TSN this afternoon: “We have to take the robber’s mask off of George McPhee’s face.” 2:45 update: Mike Vogel … Continue reading

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Assessing Deadline Drama and the Washington Capitals

Historically, how important has the NHL’s March (now late February) trade deadline been to the Washington Capitals? What is the general nature of the typical deal made by the Caps then — major, middling, or minor? Curious to assess the … Continue reading

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Hockey ‘n Heels Round-up

The Washington Capitals hosted the inaugural “Hockey ‘n Heels” event on Monday February 26, 2007. The event was intended to bring more female fans to the game by showcasing skills, rules and behind the scenes looks at the players. Over … Continue reading

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Trade Deadline Hockey Haiku

A fabulous and fitting haiku on the trade deadline from Daily Sports Haiku: welcome to hockey, where “Blockbuster deal!” implies a rental coupon Bravo!

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Zed Heads to Long Island

The Capitals have traded Richard Zednik to the New York Islanders, reportedly for a second round pick in the 2007 draft. Decent return for a rental — Zednik is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season — … Continue reading

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Owner in a Skirt, City in Need of Sacking Up

With the devastating but clean hit Chris Neil put on Chris Drury last week and the responses it has occasioned from seemingly everybody in Buffalo — will the city’s Mayor next send a tear-stained letter to Gary Bettman? — we … Continue reading

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Broadband Delivery of NHL Center Ice

Hockey fans without DirecTV or Digital Cable will soon have access to heaven, NHL Centre Ice. According to an Associated Press report on the Broadcast Newsroom, the NHL is close to delivering its Center Ice package via broadband. The league … Continue reading

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