Monthly Archives: July 2009

“The Goal” with a “Hot Stick” makes for a very cool game trailer

Perhaps you’ve seen this by now. It came to our attention as a tweet by Sean Leahy and a retweet by Japers’ Rink yesterday. It’s too good not to pass along. Here is the game trailer from 2K Sports’ NHL2K10. Continue reading

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Juice Back In The Fold

The Washington Capitals have signed Milan Jurcina. According to Tarik, the big Slovakian blueliner will early $1.375 million next season in a one year deal, as set by the arbitration award. Continue reading

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Spike Is Born

Three years ago we discussed (okay, to be honest, poked some fun at) the owners of a hockey franchise registering a patent on the team name The Fighting Walleye. Well Spike, the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye mascot, debuted recently, adding a foam-bodied exclamation point to the Walleye hockey franchise. Continue reading

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Premised on Pity: A Hockey Blogger’s State of the Redskins Address

(NOT Ashburn, Va., July 30) — How do you like my dateline? Time was, the arrival of Redskins’ training camp, which starts today, was a dress-like-Johnny-Cash-in-black occasion for team OFB. It meant the continuation start of the season of grave … Continue reading

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The Murky Status of Dmitri Orlov

In today’s Examiner, OFB comrade Dmitry Chesnokov offers an update on Capitals’ 2009 second-round pick Dmitri Orlov, one of the most interesting players at last week’s Development Camp. The upshot: he valued greatly his trip overseas to attend the camp, he … Continue reading

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More Hockey in July? You Bet!

Although development camp wrapped up last Saturday and the kids have boarded flights to destinations across the world, there is still hockey in July in DC. Tomorrow marks the third annual Dave Fay Memorial Hockey Game in honour of the long time Caps beat writer for the Washington Times who lost his battle with cancer in July of 2007. Continue reading

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Bob Woods and His Roll into the NHL

At the end of Development Camp we got the opportunity to talk to new Capitals’ Assistant Coach Bob Woods and ask him about his remarkable summer — a title run in Chocolatetown and then, just days later, ‘the call’ from the parent club. Continue reading

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You’re Living Where?

For the uninitiated: Sidney Crosby has been living with Penguins owner Mario Lemieux since he entered the National Hockey League. As an 18-year-old rookie, The Kid’s choice to move in with his boss was a bit odd (why not bunk with teammates?); but to be fair, he idolized Lemieux, so indulge the excited teenager. Now, three years later, the captain of the team that just won the Stanley Cup is still living with the team’s owner?
Sure, Lemieux’s home is a sprawling estate, as evidenced by the photos of his Cup party that recently made the rounds (too painful to link to here, but you can find ’em if you search around). But c’mon, it’s not like Crosby can’t afford his own mansion or three — plenty big enough to accommodate family or friends if he doesn’t want to live alone. Perhaps, just perhaps, it’s time to stop living with his employer. Continue reading

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Farewell, Johnny; Welcome, Mike

Just not too well: he’s a Penguin as of today. Tarik spoke with Johnson about an hour ago:
“I did wait a little while hoping something would pan out with Washington,” Johnson said of waiting three weeks before signing with another team. “But it wasn’t in the cards. It was just one of those odd man out situations again.”
Johnson, who is coming off hip surgery, now joins the Penguins with the expectation of being the No. 2 behind Marc-Andre Fleury.
In happier news, Mike Vogel sat down today with an incoming veteran, Mike Knuble, at Kettler: Continue reading

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A Links Legend Briefly Evokes a Sacred Comparison

Some time Saturday evening I first heard the comparison between Tom Watson’s brush with unimaginable triumph at the British Open and the Miracle on Ice. The enormity of what Watson was embarking upon is perhaps best acknowledged in that no … Continue reading

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