Author Archives: Alex Perlmutter

THN’s Got It All Wrong

In early June 2009 I made the 10-hour journey north to Toronto to begin an internship at what many regard as the most important hockey publication in the world, the Hockey News. During my time there, I established a good … Continue reading

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Alexander Semin: Should He Stay or Should He Go?

But can you deal Alexander Semin? Practically speaking, is there any semblance of a market for this enigma? Continue reading

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Three Keys to Avoid Capital Punishment

The 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as is every NHL postseason, a treacherous hike. The Capitals would be in the Rockies if this was a race to cross the country, suffocating from lack of oxygen and preparedness. If this team is … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, Eric Fehr, George McPhee, John Carlson, Marco Sturm, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals | 3 Comments

CouchSurfing the Winter Classic Weekend

Driving up to Pittsburgh on Friday afternoon was like driving 75 miles per hour down 7th Street. Mile upon mile of Capital clad cars honking “Let’s Go Caps!” amped the expectations of my brother and me for what we already … Continue reading

Posted in Mike Green, Montreal Canadiens, National Hockey League, NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Winter Classic 2011 | 1 Comment

Who’s the Control Freak Now? The Easton EQ50

But by some miraculous courtesy of the hockey gods, I now have Easton’s new EQ50 Control Freak hockey stick in my possession to evaluate—the same stick used by NHLers like Zach Parise and Mike Cammalleri. I feel a Wayne’s World “I’m not worthy” moment coming on. Continue reading

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A New Season, A New Experience (Rookie Camp Day Two)

The charming characteristic of the media room is comparable to that of the locker room. It is a serious place of work, but the interaction with your co-workers is not mundane as in most business environments. Coach Bruce Boudreau was jovially treating us to his presence at 10:30am as the rookies got on the ice for testing, trying his best to avoid the tasty treats you’ll read about in Lis Meinecke’s post. Continue reading

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An Unexpected Day at Kettler

Yesterday I got a fun assignment: head out to Kettler Capitals Iceplex in the morning to snap some photos of Capitals’ strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, to help out Tim Leone, Hershey Bears’ beat reporter for the Patriot News. … Continue reading

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Willie Mitchell Rocks Kettler With Presence

It was the hit of the season last term, even if it came a little bit early on. You may remember this pretty entertaining hockey clip was distributed over the web at the beginning of last season. If you enjoyed … Continue reading

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Middle-of-the-Night Olympic Hockey Following Overseas

Last night, I finished my three hour-long script writing class at 6 p.m. It took me 15 minutes to cycle through the soaking and traffic-packed streets of London to my cozy flat, where a night of sport was about to … Continue reading

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Contract Banter: One Swedish Superstar Getting a Big Raise

With the NHL’s Olympic roster freeze in effect and the trade market on everyone’s minds, struggling and contract-strapped teams are likely to try and dump salary and expensive contracts off to contending teams chasing the Stanley Cup. The Washington Capitals … Continue reading

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