Monthly Archives: September 2010

On Centers of Attention, and the Welcomed Return of Old Time Hockey

Remember how about nine months ago Capitals’ fans began realizing that goaltending in the organization — which just a few years ago was a position whose quality was heralded exclusively by Olie Kolzig, without much in the way of promising … Continue reading

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Back on the Air Today, Back in Our Town Saturday

A highpoint of this Saturday’s second Capitals Fan Convention will be the return of Olie Kolzig. This morning #37 appeared on DC-101 with Elliot Segal, and was deeply reflective about his career and especially about how it ended. Key reflections: … Continue reading

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Looks like Nylander is an American

Per Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: The Florida Panthers have found their replacement in Rochester for injured center Mark Cullen, thanks to the Washington Capitals. Center Michael Nylander has been loaned to the Panthers/Amerks. It’s a significant … Continue reading

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After Last Night, King Is Out to Hunt More Bruins

Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau described D.J. King’s presence in Tuesday’s preseason game like having “a big brother out there.” But when a hit from the Bruins’ Gregory Campbell to Alex Ovechkin brought both to a near-fight in the third, King was stuck watching helplessly from the bench, all while Ovechkin got two minutes for slashing and Campbell received two minutes for boarding. Continue reading

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Diary Of A Fight

Newly-minted Capital D.J. King fought Shawn Thornton Tuesday night at the Verizon Center. The heavyweight bout is herewith chronicled in pictures. Continue reading

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Nikita Kashirsky: From Russia with His Pal Ovi

The Hershey Bears begin defense of their two-time Calder Cup champions’ status this morning, and while I am always interested in the roster formation for this championship-or-bust organization, this fall I have a most personal interest in one particular training … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, American Hockey League, Hershey Bears, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Morning cup-a-joe, Washington Capitals | 4 Comments

Breakin’ the Law

ARLnow.com, a news site for all things Arlington, recently wrote an article about local celebrities and their treatment by police. Naturally, a few of the celebrities mentioned were a few of the Capitals. Continue reading

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Notes from a Subdued Friday After Thursday’s High Drama

Friday at camp offered a striking contrast in atmosphere relative to Thursday. No big-news presser, no buzz over a free agent’s hat trick from a game the night before, and when Gabby met the media near 2:00 there was only the Washington Post’s Katie Carrera and yours truly there with questions for the coach. The exchange lasted all of about 5 minutes.

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The NHL’s Biggest Game Just Got Bigger

It was, I would realize only later, a genuinely historic day out at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Thursday. My Washington Capitals — our Washington Capitals — the team that every sports editor in this city has ever back-paged or ignored, are going to be the subject of an HBO documentary this season.

Seriously.

And HBO and documentary go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s a gold standard in the television industry, and that more than anything else is why Capitals’ management is obliterating its Code of Omerta about hockey ops and inviting HBO cameras into the team’s innermost inner sanctum, beginning this December. Continue reading

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Class at Kettler Today: How To Throw Down!

It’s a time-honored, important, and endearing tradition: the veteran professional athlete taking the time to mentor his junior counterpart in preseason, imparting . . . successful business practices. To show him the ropes a bit. This morning in the immediate … Continue reading

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