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Capitals Insider: May 20, 2007 - May 26, 2007

Few U.S. Newspapers to Cover NHL Finals

I spoke to William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail about this subject on Tuesday. Here's what he wrote. Cutbacks in the newsrooms, slashed budgets and layoffs are certainly a big part of the problem. Hockey ranks low on the pecking order. And, if it's between spending money on...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 25, 2007; 8:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Off To Indy

As I mentioned in a previous post, over the next few days my attention will be on the fastest cars on Earth rather than the fastest game on Earth. In other words, I'll be covering the Indy 500 through Monday. So I might not be able to blog very much....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 24, 2007; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Zubrus Wants To 'Stick Around'

According to this story in yesterday's Buffalo News, former Capital Dainius Zubrus wants to stay in Buffalo. And despite the fact he didn't score in 15 playoff games, Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff says he likes the big forward, too. "I enjoy it here," Zubrus said while taking a break from...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 23, 2007; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Backstrom On WPL Today

I was just informed by the Caps media dept. that Nicklas Backstrom is scheduled to appear on Washington Post Live today around 5:15. So for you hockey fans who haven't tuned into our new show yet, here's your chance. It's on Comcast SportsNet. Also, Backstrom has informed team officials that...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 22, 2007; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Hershey In Sweet Position

The AHL champion Bears are doing what they do best this time of year. Sunday's 4-1 victory over Manchester (N.H.) put the Caps' top minor league affiliate halfway to the Calder Cup finals. Read Tim Leone's gamer in The Patriot News here. Game 3 is tomorrow in Manchester. Top prospects...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 22, 2007; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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DC Sports Bog: Nicklas Backstrom Likes Swedish Meatballs

The Post's Dan Steinberg also attended the press conference to introduce Nicklas Backstrom. While I was tracking down contract info, Steinberg was asking the tough questions. It's a good read. Check it out here....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 21, 2007; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Backstrom Contract Details

This entry is for all of the contract nerds out there. I can call 'em that because I'm one of 'em. I previously reported that Nicklas Backstrom's bonus-laden three year entry level contract was similar to Alex Ovechkin's and could be worth as much as $4 million. That is not...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 21, 2007; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Horses Vs. Hockey

Here's a little more about NBC's decision to switch from the Sabres-Senators elimination game to the Preakness Stakes on Saturday -- just before overtime. NBC certainly didn't win over any hockey fans, but the ratings explain why the decision was made. From Michael Hiestand's column in USA Today: It's up...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 21, 2007; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Backstrom On Mark

Disclaimer: I didn't attend yesterday's O's-Nats game at RFK. But I'm told Nicklas Backstrom, attending his first baseball game, tossed a strike when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Could it be a sign of things to come in Washington for the 19-year-old center? We'll see. Later today, Backstrom,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 21, 2007; 6:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sabres 'Underachieved', Fans 'Crushed'

Ouch. Buffalo News columnist Bucky Gleason calls it like he sees it. Good Sunday morning reading -- unless you're a Sabres fan. The crowd's reaction was predictable after the Senators won, 3-2, in overtime and reached the Stanley Cup finals. At first [Buffalo] fans were confused. Within seconds, they were...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 20, 2007; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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