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Capitals Insider: January 6, 2008 - January 12, 2008

Semin Tries New Look

Alexander Semin is wearing a bright pink helmet in practice -- and Alex Ovechkin is laughing at him. No kidding. I'm told that since Semin was the last player to score during a shooting drill/game in practice last week, and that's his punishment. It's a Bruce Boudreau tradition. Also, goaltender...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 12, 2008; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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Ovechkin An All-Star; Green Not; Injury Update

There are a few developments out here this morning, the biggest being that Chris Clark is skating on the second line. That might mean the captain will be back in the lineup for Sunday's matinee against Philadelpia after missing six weeks with a strained groin muscle. Here are the forward...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 11, 2008; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (610)
 
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Ovechkin's Extension Figures

Alex Ovechkin's new deal is worth $124 million over 13 years and will keep the star winger in Washington through 2020-21. It's believed to be the wealthiest deal in NHL history. The first six years are $9 million per, the last seven years are $10 per. "I want to say...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 10, 2008; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (213)
 
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Ovechkin Contract Completed

I just watched from outside of an office at Kettler Capitals Iceplex as Alex Ovechkin, Ted Leonsis, Dick Patrick and the Ovechkin family all shook hands, completing a new long-term contract extension for the star winger. Yes, I was standing in the rain. Anyway, I also just spoke to Ted,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 10, 2008; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Ovechkin Extension Close?

I checked with one of my sources late last night at Verizon Center and was told that "the atmosphere is right" for a deal to come together, but he stopped short of confirming that terms had been reached or that a deal was imminent. I hope to have more details...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 10, 2008; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fehr-ly Impressive Return

Caps prospect Eric Fehr made up for lost time in Hershey last night, scoring on his first shift in more than 10 months, just 40 seconds into the Bears' 2-1 win over Norfolk, according to this report in The Patriot News. The goal was later given to Chris Bourque, but...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 10, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
 
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Tonight's Lineup vs. Colorado

Here are the forward combos: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov Fleischmann-Nylander-Semin Laing-Steckel-Gordon Brashear-Laich-Bradley The 'D' pairings Morrisonn-Green Jurcina-Schultz Erskine-Eminger Kolzig will start in net and will oppose Theodore. Pettinger and Pothier are listed as scratches. So that means Poti, Clark and Johnson are on IR....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 9, 2008; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
 
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Big Stretch Begins Tonight

There's a turning point in almost every season. Last year around this time, the Caps' season took a turn for the worse. Injuries decimated an already thin lineup, then a flu bug finished them off. This season, they buried themselves with a horrendous start. Now, in order to make the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 9, 2008; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
 
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Clymer Clears

Bears winger Ben Clymer cleared waivers today, according to my sources....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 8, 2008; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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A.O. Not Starting ASG; Hanlon to Scout

Here's the injury report (based on who's on the ice): *Michael Nylander (shoulder) has returned after missing practice yesterday, which was his second absence from a non-game day practice in a week. *Matt Pettinger is back, too, but he's on a line with four players, so his status would appear...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 8, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
 
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Clymer on Re-Entry and P.M. Injury Update

Winger Ben Clymer has been placed on re-entry waivers, according to an Eastern Conference team official I just spoke to. Earlier this season, Clymer told me that he had been given assurances that the Caps would continue to place him on re-entry waivers (he cleared at least once already) so...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 7, 2008; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
 
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Injury Situation Worsens

Practice just started, and there are a few surprises to report: *RW Chris Clark, who has been out since the end of November with a groin muscle injury, is practicing with the team for the first time since going down (though he's not assigned to a line.) *G Brent Johnson...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 7, 2008; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
 
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Leftovers From Montreal

The Caps are off today, so I'm not writing a story for tomorrow's paper. But I wanted to pass along a few notes that didn't make today's edition. Eminger Glad to Get In, Still Frustrated I caught up with Steve Eminger after yesterday's 5-4 OT win over the Canadiens, his...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 6, 2008; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
 
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