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Capitals Insider: June 3, 2007 - June 9, 2007

Hockey's Roots in SoCal Run Deep

Here's some good Saturday morning reading from Terry Frei over at ESPN.com. In the wake of the Anaheim Ducks' triumphant raising of the Stanley Cup, and even Stanley's latest television guest-starring role on "The Tonight Show" on Thursday night, some of the talk about the sport's niche in Southern California...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 9, 2007; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hershey's Repeat Bid Ends

The Hamilton Bulldogs knocked off the reigning AHL champion Bears, 2-1, to claim the franchise's first Calder Cup last night. The Montreal Canadiens' farm club took the series, four games to one, in front of 14,205 at Copps Coliseum. A disappointing end, for sure. But, in the grand scheme of...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 8, 2007; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Selanne Lifts Cup, and a Reporter Smiles

Even as an impartial observer, I couldn't stop smiling when the "Finnish Flash" hoisted the Stanley Cup over his head last night. I've always appreciated Teemu Selanne's speed and skill. And, being a car guy myself, I've always appreciated his collection of sports cars, which in the past included a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 7, 2007; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Out With the Old, In With the New

One more indication that a completely new look is on the way. Sounds like there's lots more than usual for sale. The Washington Capitals annual equipment sale will be held June 16 on the mezzanine level of Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington , Va. The sale, which includes more than...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 6, 2007; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Hockey in Vegas? What are the Odds?

According to this story in the SportsBusiness Daily, they are pretty good. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed that the league has been in discussions with powerful film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer about owning a franchise in Las Vegas, amid growing speculation that the NHL is on the verge...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 6, 2007; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Newsday: Yashin Can't Talk To Other Teams Yet

By now you've probably heard that the Islanders have bought out the remaining four years on Alexei Yashin's contract, thus making the Russian center a free agent. But his agent, Mark Gandler, can't talk to other teams yet, according to Jim Baumbach of Newsday.com. Gandler wouldn't say whether any team...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 6, 2007; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Free Agent Shopping List

Although the Caps' first option is to improve the roster through trades and the development of its young players, it's pretty much a given that management will have to go out a sign a few free agents this summer. Here's the list of potentially available players, according to TSN. This...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 6, 2007; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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TV Ratings Reach Record Low

So much for the theory that the sinking ratings are only about the network. The Stanley Cup finals have brought record low ratings to NBC for a prime-time program, sports or otherwise. Ottawa's 5-3 victory over Anaheim in Game 3 Saturday night received a 1.1 national rating and a 2...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 5, 2007; 8:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Boudreau: 'We were horrible'

I didn't see the game, but based on what I read here, I'm not really in a position to argue with Bruce's assessment. Hamilton now has a 2 games to 1 lead on Hershey in the Calder Cup Finals. Unfortunately for the Bears, Games 4 and 5 are also in...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 5, 2007; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Did Alfredsson Aim For Niedermayer?

It sure looks like he did. And if the NHL can prove it (the video appears to show him change body position as he winds up) expect the Ottawa captain to face a suspension. There's no room in the game for that. Decide for yourself:...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 5, 2007; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Cherry Tells It Like It Is

And I love it! I'm still laughing. Don Cherry and Brett Hull are great together. Just in case you missed it: Finally, a hockey intermission show on U.S. television you don't want to miss. Too bad it may never happen again....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 5, 2007; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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McAmmond Will Be A Game-Time Decision

That's some very good news. Apparently, Dean McAmmond isn't hurt too seriously. Read the whole story here....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 4, 2007; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Cherry to Make U.S. Debut Tonight

It was only a matter of time. Don Cherry, arguably Canada's most famous and controversial figure, will join NBC's Game 4 coverage of the SCF during the second intermission tonight. Those of you who don't have a dish and can't watch CBC's broadcasts, now you'll get to see and hear...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 4, 2007; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Pronger Suspended for Game 4

Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger has been suspended for one game after leveling Ottawa's Dean McAmmond with an forearm to the head Saturday night. One of the game's most dominant players, Pronger was also suspended for a game last round after nailing Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom from behind. Thoughts?...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 3, 2007; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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