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Capitals Insider: September 9, 2007 - September 15, 2007

Day 2 Report

Viktor Kozlov, who was struck under the left eye with a puck yesterday, has some swelling and is sore, I'm told, but he's on the ice. He's also got a visor on -- perhaps a day too late. Kozlov, though, isn't expected to make the trip to Carolina for the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 15, 2007; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Training Camp Is Here

It's a little after 10 a.m. and the stands are filling up here at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. A handful of players received a warm welcome back from the fans as they skated out for warm-ups. Last September, the seats at Ashburn Ice House were filled on weekends. But I've got...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 14, 2007; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Opening Comments From Media Day

Media Day just began at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. So far, there have been a few notable comments, the first of which came from GM George McPhee. "I think we are good enough," he said, asked whether this year's team has a legitimate shot at making the playoffs for the first...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 13, 2007; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Standing Room Only in Voorhees

I just arrived at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees, N.J., for the rookie game. There's a standing room only crowd of about 500 here. And it's growing quickly. The Caps' first line is Dan Kronick-Nicklas Backstrom-Francois Bouchard, and it's looking good right now. The Flyers' socks, by the way,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 12, 2007; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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The Whole Crew Is Here

Yes, that includes Alexander Semin, who joined more than 30 roster players and prospects for a skate this morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. I'm told Semin arrived at the same time as Viktor Kozlov and had a big smile on his face. I also interviewed Alex Ovechkin, who is going...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 12, 2007; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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New Ticket Plans Promotes Home Ice Advantage

Remember last season when the Capitals-Penguins games at Verizon Center looked and sounded like they were being played at the Igloo because of the huge number of Crosby-jersey-wearing-folks from Pittsburgh? Well, the Caps are trying to take back their building with an interesting ticket sales strategy. From the Caps' release:...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 11, 2007; 11:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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McPhee on Fehr: "We'll be patient and take our time"

Earlier today, I reported that right wing Eric Fehr didn't look ready to participate in training camp when it begins Friday. I asked GM George McPhee about Fehr's condition later, and here's what he had to say: "It's hard to say at this point. This is not unlike what Brian...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 11, 2007; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Rookie Camp Update

I just arrived at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, and to my surprise Karl Alzner and Josh Godfrey have returned from junior national team duty and are on the ice for a scrimmage, as is enforcer Donald Brashear. I also got a look at right wing Eric Fehr (mysterious back/hip injury). Though...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 11, 2007; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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