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Capitals Insider: April 15, 2007 - April 21, 2007

Ratings Suffering

Despite the NHL's strong attendance during the regular season, the league's television ratings for the playoffs are not good, at least according to a couple of articles I stumbled across this morning. From an article in The Dallas Morning News: The national Stanley Cup ratings on Versus are down six...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 21, 2007; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Islanders Defenseman Hill Suspended

Just received an email from the leauge saying Sean Hill has been suspended 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA performance enhancing substances program. The suspension begins with tonight's Game 5 against the Sabres. Here's a link....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 20, 2007; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Tix and Merchandise to Cost More at VC

A 10-percent tax on tickets and mechandise sold at Verizon Center -- up from 5.7 percent -- received final approval from the DC council on Thursday. The tax hike is part of a plan to pay for $50 million in renovations to the arena, including a $5 million video screen...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 20, 2007; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Another Take on the Semin Situation

Just found this story from the Associated Press in Moscow. Not much new, but I thought it was worth passing along....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 19, 2007; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Semin's Agent Talks

Alexander Semin's agent, Mark Gandler, discusses his client being booted from Russia's world championship team for arriving late to training camp on Monday in this story. Gandler is quoted as saying there was a misunderstanding and that the punishment does not fit the crime. My take? Kicking a guy off...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 18, 2007; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Thrashers Getting Thrashed

So who else is shocked by the Thrashers' meltdown against the Rangers? Please tell me I'm not alone. A week ago, I picked this series to be the most competitive in the Eastern Conference. Well, I blew it. It's been anything but. Jaromir Jagr and the Rangers are up three...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 18, 2007; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Russians Won't Reconsider

According to an interview I just translated (thanks to google), Russian national team coach Vyacheslav Bykov won't reconsider his decision to dump Caps winger Alexander Semin from the team for arriving late for training camp yesterday. "Due to the fact that he did not come in time ... the coaching...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 17, 2007; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Nice Story About Duchesne

Mike Vogel, senior writer for www.washingtoncaps.com, has a nice appreciation piece on former Capitals left wing Gaetan Duchesne, who died suddenly Monday. And to think he was in Washington less than two weeks ago to play in the team's alumni game at KCI. So sad. Here's the link....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 17, 2007; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Semin Kicked Off Russian Team

Alexander Semin has been kicked off the Russian national team for failing to report to training camp on time, according to the Russian Hockey Federation's website. The Capitals winger was supposed to play with Alex Ovechkin in the world championships in Moscow later this month. I've confirmed the report. Stay...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 16, 2007; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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New Prices for Season Ticket Holders

The Caps are going to announce price adjustments for season ticket holders (STH) later today. A wide range of seats have been affected, with some going up and others going down. I'm still in the process of analyzing the price changes and will update when I've got a better grasp...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 16, 2007; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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