Category Archives: Mike Vogel

From Thrifty to Opulent in Three Seasons

Here’s how cheap owner Ted Leonsis is right now: He’s got a $60 million hockey team here in town. The salary cap for next season has been set at $56 million, but there’s no penalty for being over the cap … Continue reading

Posted in Brooks Laich, Front Office, Mike Vogel, Sergei Fedorov, Washington Capitals | 15 Comments

Morning Cup-a-Spirit: This Bigotry Against Babes, I Won’t Stand for It!

To read the reactions left only here related to the Caps’ plans, announced over the weekend, to introduce SpiritBabes to the team’s home games next season, you’d think management announced that Verizon Center was hosting 41 brothels next winter. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Mike Vogel, OFB in Russia, Puck Bunnies, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals | 22 Comments

Morning After Draft Reflections

In a draft heavy on talented rearguards, four of the first five selections were on the blueline, and 12 went among the top 30 overall. I’m at pains to identify a real reach anywhere in round one. Certainly there were no … Continue reading

Posted in Bengt Gustafsson, DraftGeek, Entry Draft, Media, Mike Vogel, Morning cup-a-joe, Prospects, Washington Capitals | 7 Comments

Ain’t No Party Like a ‘Vechkin Party

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Alexander Ovechkin is a machine. On the ice and off he constantly gives his all, to the delight of Capitals fans and lovers of hockey everywhere. Yet even Ovechkin looked a bit tired on Friday night at the party … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Vogel, Nate Ewell, Peter Bondra, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals | 19 Comments

Cavalcade of Accolades Continues for Capitals

Awards and nominations keep coming for the Washington Capitals–and not just to those with the parent club. The Capitals’ 2007 first-round draft pick Karl Alzner has just earned some hardware as a member of the WHL Calgary Hitmen, named both … Continue reading

Posted in Karl Alzner, Mike Vogel, Prospects, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

Languishing in the Learning Curve

If you watched Game 4’s broadcast last night likely you saw Comcast illustrate the dramatic discrepancy in playoff experience between the Caps and Flyers: last night 14 Capitals were making their NHL playoff series debuts, just 6 for Philadelphia. The … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Dave Steckel, Eric Fehr, Joe Finley, Karl Alzner, Mike Vogel, Milan Jurcina, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Philadelphia Flyers, Prospects, Washington Capitals | 30 Comments

Savoring the Historic Week That Was

Some time near 8:30 Friday night, Capitals’ fans, having spent weeks residing in a purgatory of indeterminate postseason fate, received an invitation from an seraphim angel named Radek Dvorak to enter an unearthly realm of ecstasy. At that moment in … Continue reading

Posted in Carolina Hurricanes, Corey Masisak, Eastern Conference, Florida Panthers, Jonathan Warner, Media, Mike Vogel, Print, Puck Sodas, Radio, Schadenfreude, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tarik El-Bashir, TV, Washington Capitals | 6 Comments

Washington Capitals Vocabulary Lessons

Mike Vogel asks Capitals players about their favorite hockey terms, including gems like Grocery Stick, Gitch, and Schmelt. Get a few chuckles and learn some new words while you’re at it.

Posted in Brooks Laich, Eric Fehr, John Erskine, Mike Vogel, Olaf Kolzig | Leave a comment

Buzz Trades, a Big Game, a Big-Buzz Atmosphere Stream of Consciousness

Was in the then MCI Center the night of March 13, 2001 — also deadline day — when earlier in the day GMGM dealt Zednik and Bulis and a pick to Montreal for Zubrus and Linden, and the mood in … Continue reading

Posted in Brooks Laich, Corey Masisak, Dainius Zubrus, Gary Bettman, Lindsay Czarniak, Mike Vogel, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL Trades, Olaf Kolzig, Peter Bondra, Print, Tarik El-Bashir, Washington Post, Washington Times | 8 Comments

Knee-Jerks & Notes: Caps-Habs, 1/31

The Caps met Montreal for the second time in three nights. Given that the early headline on NHL.com was “Habs Go for Home-and-Home Sweep,” the Caps had something to prove Thursday night. They also were seeking to avoid consecutive losses … Continue reading

Posted in Hershey Bears, Knee-Jerk, Lisa Hillary, Mike Vogel, Olaf Kolzig | 11 Comments