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Capitals Insider: May 27, 2007 - June 2, 2007

Updates on Fehr, Boumedienne

While I was in Hershey for last night's blowout loss, I asked around about prospect Eric Fehr, who hasn't played or practiced at full speed since going down with what was thought to be an injured back in February. Well, turns out it's not his back. It's his hip and...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 2, 2007; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Caps Sign Goalie Neuvirth

The Caps have signed goaltending prospect Michal Neuvirth to a three-year entry-level contract beginning next season. The 19-year-old was a second-round selection of the Capitals, 34th overall, last June. A native of the Czech Republic, Neuvirth just wrapped an impressive season with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. He was...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 1, 2007; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Bears Seek Repeat

Perhaps someday we'll be talking about the Caps after Memorial Day, rather than their minor league affiliate. But until then, there's the Hershey Bears, who open defense of their Calder Cup tonight against Hamilton at Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. From Mike Vogel of www.washingtoncaps.com: No AHL team has ever...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 1, 2007; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Where Have the Fans Gone?

I'm serious, folks. This is getting pathetic. From the AP: The Stanley Cup finals lost nearly a quarter of what already was a small television audience. Anaheim's 1-0 victory over Ottawa in Game 2 on Wednesday night got a 0.6 cable rating on Versus and was watched in 446,000 homes...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 31, 2007; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Caps Sign Lepisto

Sami Lepisto, a 2004 Caps draft pick, signed a two-year entry level contract today. The 23-year-old defenseman will attend July's development camp and training camp in September. He'll have the opportunity to make the Caps' roster, but is most likely destined for Hershey next season, I'm told. Lepisto is a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 31, 2007; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sens Prematurely Plan Parade Route

I've been bragging all month about how I had picked the Senators back in early March to win the Cup. Is it too late to change my mind? Because through the first two games of the SCF they certainly don't look like the Sens who banished Briere and the top...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 31, 2007; 6:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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They Don't Know What They're Missing

I've read several articles about the lack of support the Ducks receive in SoCal. Most folks, it seems, don't even know the local team is in the Stanley Cup finals. Which is a shame, because the Ducks are an entertaining, star-studded squad. From the Canadian Press: The Stanley Cup final...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 30, 2007; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bears Open Title Defense on Friday

Here's the schedule: Fri., June 1 Game 1: Hamilton at Hershey Hershey, Pa. 7 p.m. Sat., June 2 Game 2: Hamilton at Hershey Hershey, Pa. 7 p.m. Mon., June 4 Game 3: Hershey at Hamilton Hamilton, Ont. 7:30 p.m. Wed., June 6 Game 4: Hershey at Hamilton Hamilton, Ont. 7:30...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 29, 2007; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wash Times' Fay to be Honored

After spending all morning and afternoon at Congressional Country Club covering Tiger Woods's press conference, I returned to the office and discovered some great news about a colleague of mine. Dave Fay of the Washington Times, who has been covering the Caps almost as long as I've been alive (as...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 29, 2007; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bettman: Returning to Winnipeg, Quebec City 'Intriguing'

Could one, perhaps two troubled U.S.-based NHL franchises relocate to Canada, the birthplace of hockey? It's something commissioner Gary Bettman says he's thought about. From the Canadian Press via TSN.ca: "When we had the chance to go back to Minnesota, we did. Because it made sense, the right ownership, the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 29, 2007; 6:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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On My Way Back From Indy

What a race! Even a three hour rain delay couldn't wipe the smile off my face. Whenever I cover Indy -- I think that was my sixth time -- I am reminded of what makes this place so special. The history, the speed, the sounds, the smells. Nothing else compares....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 28, 2007; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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