Tag Archives: Nicklas Backstrom

Young Guns II, By the Numbers

Hockey is a fluid and complicated game. Sabermetrics’ VORP and OPS and WAR seem to fit baseball well, if a bit coldly. Hockey doesn’t lend itself to discrete analysis the same way baseball does — for baseball, at its core, is a very individual sport when compared to hockey’s constant interaction between players on the ice (not to mention 18 players on each team changing lines on the fly).

Still, observational and emotional analysis can benefit from a reexamination; stats aren’t the end-all of analysis, but sometimes delving into the numbers can shed a different light on a debate. I will try to avoid, as Andrew Lang once wrote, using statistics “as a drunken man uses lampposts — for support rather than for illumination.” Continue reading

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Capitals Promo Schedule — Scarves, Swedish Bobbleheads, and Clocks Turned Back

The Washington Capitals have announced their promotional schedule for the upcoming season. For those seeking freebies to accompany their game experiences, here are the giveaway dates: Continue reading

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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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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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Hockey For Haiti, Crazy For Caps Loot

Craving gear from your favorite Capitals, but just can’t bring yourself to buy anything in the aftermath of their first-round loss? Well the National Hockey League Players’ Association has a terrific opportunity for you to expand your sweater collection with unique, game-worn offerings while contributing to a terrific cause. Continue reading

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So Does Your Boyfriend . . .

Terrific photo courtesy of Puck Daddy . . . and those willing to drop 40 bucks can get their very own shirt right here. Continue reading

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Cars and Capitals on a Friday Night

The Washington Capitals’ players boast quite an array of high-end vehicles — from Alex Ovechkin’s uber-Mercedes to Donald Brashear’s low-slung jet-black Lamborghini. So it makes sense that a few of the Caps were at the annual Washington Auto Show last night, signing autographs for an impressively long queue of red-clad Capitals fans… here are a few photos from Friday night: Continue reading

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