Monthly Archives: August 2007

Uniform System Update: Fur Helmets

Actually this splendid chapeau is the Most Valuable Player hat, worn by 2007 Capitals draftee Karl Alzner after Game 1 of the Canada-Russia Super Series hockey tournament.

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Caps Ink Erskine

The Caps today announced the re-signing of defenseman John Erskine to a two-year pact. Erskine, 27, missed almost 40 games last season with†a fractured foot and a dislocated thumb, but the 6 ‘4, 216-pound rearguard brings†some much-needed snarl to the … Continue reading

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Per Nate Ewell of the Washington Capitals Media Relations Department, General Manager George McPhee is scheduled to appear on XM’s Home Ice, channel 204, at 4pm today for an hour of Capitals talk. Unfortunately, none of us at OFB is … Continue reading

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Knee-Jerks: Super Series Game 1

The first Juniors Super Summit game was a push-me, pull-you affair: the Russian team got ahead and seemed to be in command early, but Canada’s smart, physical game eventually broke through to the tune of a 4 – 2 win … Continue reading

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Super Series – Game 1

As the calendar pages slowly turn, competitive hockey returns in the form of the Canada/Russia Super Series, a set of 8 games, 4 in Russia and 4 in Canada, contested by some of the best young hockey talent both countries … Continue reading

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The Phone Booth’s Big-Screen Makeover

Here’s the latest on the†Verizon Center’s†new screens:†Mitsubishi Electric is installing the first-ever indoor High Definition LED scoreboard, and it looks to be a doozy. According to LEDs Magazine, the Phone Booth’s four†new screens will be 14′ 5″ high and 25′ … Continue reading

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Jurcina vs. Jagr

OFB is fortunate to have some of the best readers in the blogosphere. Case in point, friend and loyal reader Tomppav sent us a much needed bit of fresh hockey news and video to help us bide our time for … Continue reading

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Knob Hockey – The Mind of a Goaltender

“No five-hole, no five-hole . . . Oops, forgot about glove.”

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The Shooting in the Dark Industry

I greatly appreciate my bloggermate Orderedchaos’ initial survey of preseason prediction silliness. Outside of Entertainment Tonight, there can be little in this world as vacuous and vapid as “experts” engaged in summertime “prognosticating” about the performance of sports teams. I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Milan Jurcina, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Olaf Kolzig, Print | 9 Comments

The Hockey News and McKeen’s Weigh In (Early)

NHL preseason predictions, as with all sports, are generally silly. With summer roster turnover dramatically changing teams and significantly altering team chemistry, picking season-ending positions at this point is like playing fantasy hockey–too much fantasy, not enough reality. Nonetheless, The … Continue reading

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