Monthly Archives: May 2010

Hershey, Going Ugly, Earns a Beautiful Finals Date

For the fourth time in the past five years the Hershey Bears advanced to the Calder Cup finals, defeating the Manchester Monarchs 3-2 in game 6 Saturday night at Giant Center. They did so with what has become convention for … Continue reading

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A New Era in DC Sports Deserves a Proper Name

There is a distinctly regal air about Ted Leonsis these days. He possesses what might be called a Midas Touch for troubled sports franchises in these parts. Even as a minority owning, back-bench influencer for the Wizards, he injected a … Continue reading

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Coyotes Avoid Deportation

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Worlds-Weary, and Grumpy

Russia beat Canada at the Worlds in semifinal play yesterday. Ain’t that just swell? Don’t you just feel all warm and fuzzy for our Russians competing over there (wherever they are)? I only know about the result because I accidentally … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Hershey Bears, IIHF, John Walton, Morning cup-a-joe, Olympic hockey, Semyon Varlamov, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, World Championships | 5 Comments

Interview With Bruce Boudreau

Justin Cohn and Ben Smith are sports writers for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, and they have a Blog Talk Radio show, “We’ve Got Game.” On Tuesday, one of their guests was Bruce Boudreau. Continue reading

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Plates Will Be Served

From the Capitals’ web site: The Washington Capitals received confirmation from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that the license plate has been authorized in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The bill in the General Assembly which included the Caps Virginia … Continue reading

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Washington Has Its Forsberg

What if he really turns out to be Foppa II? (But with better feet.) The comparison Nicklas Backstrom has most commonly endured pretty much since he arrived on the acclaimed international prospect scene some five or six years ago has … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, National Hockey League, Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals | 9 Comments

Backstrom Deal: 10 Years, $67 Million

Nicklas Backstrom has reached a deal with the Washington Capitals: 10 years, $67 million. Fellow Swede Marcus Johansson also signed today, a three-year entry-level deal.

Ted Leonsis emphasized the family aspect of the team: “Alex adopted Nick as a younger brother . . .” Building a young core is the way to ensure the team’s “upside.” Per Coach Boudreau, the Capitals now have “two of the top five players in the league” signed to long-term deals. Continue reading

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A Pain Unlike Any Other

Two weeks ago, beginning merely hours after the Habs snuffed us out of the postseason, I noticed a precipitous drop-off in the traffic of colleagues about my office. An appropriate intuition and empathy enveloped them, affording me the imperative buffer I needed from the rest of humanity who follows common, mainstream sports. My colleagues just knew to treat me like a stranger on an elevator. Continue reading

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The New Deal

Per the Washington Capitals, the team “will make a significant player-related announcement on Monday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m.” According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, the team will “announce a contract extension for star center Nicklas Backstrom, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com.” Continue reading

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