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Capitals Insider: January 20, 2008 - January 26, 2008

Backstrom Misses A.M. Practice

Nicklas Backstrom missed the Eastern Conference's practice this morning with what is being called a "skate issue". The rookie center is, however, expected to play in the YoungStars event tonight. Interestingly, fellow Swede and Backstrom buddy, Atlanta defenseman Tobias Enstrom, also missed the 9:30 practice. Just as interesting, all the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 26, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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'It's Good to be Ovie'

After a tough day of travel I needed a good laugh. Alex Ovechkin, as usual, delivered. I had arranged to meet the all-star winger at his downtown Atlanta hotel for an interview. But before we could head to lunch, Ovechkin was asked to sign a couple dozen items, from jerseys...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 25, 2008; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Brashear Re-Signs

Enforcer Donald Brashear signed a one-year contract extension today that will pay him $1.2 million next season. I'm told negotations lasted only a few minutes and were handled directly between Brashaer and General Manager George McPhee. "It's pretty nice to have the biggest dog on the block on your team,"...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 24, 2008; 9:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (762)
 
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Tonight's Lineup vs. Toronto

Defenseman Jeff Schultz will return to the lineup tonight against the Leafs. He'll replace Shaone Morrisonn, who tweaked his bruised right foot during Wednesday's 3-2 loss in Toronto, Coach Bruce Boudreau said. Morrisonn missed the Pittsburgh game with the same injury, and Boudreau acknowledged that he didn't look 100-percent healthy...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 24, 2008; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
 
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Caps Get Some Love

I'm sure the Caps would rather have earned two points given their precarious position in the standings. But they aren't returning home completely empty-handed: with their recent run, the team appears to have earned some respect from the notoriously harsh Toronto media. From this morning's Toronto Sun: When [Toronto GM...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 24, 2008; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
 
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Beech Claimed and A.M. Skate Notes

The Caps have claimed center Kris Beech off waivers from the Canucks, I'm told, with the intention of sending him back through waivers and then to Hershey. From what I can tell, this move is meant to bolster the Bears' lineup. Washington's first round draft pick in 1999, Beech was...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 23, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (306)
 
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Backstrom had a Headache; Mo Might Play; Olie to Start

I'm supposed to be watching the Caps practice right now at ACC. Instead, I'm blogging from the back seat of a cab. Snow in Pittsburgh and Toronto delayed my flight by a few hours, but I'm still hoping to catch some players at the team hotel and scratch out a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 22, 2008; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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'I don't care if he's Russian or Canadian'

I wasn't able to squeeze the whole Alex Ovechkin vs. Evgeni Malkin angle into my gamer (that's what happens when you combine a late start with 10 goals, a Plexiglass problem and a shootout). But Ovechkin had some interesting things to say about trying to crush his friend and fellow...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 21, 2008; 11:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Crosby to IR; Olie In; Mo Out

The Caps will look to win their fourth straight game - and for the sixth time in seven contests - tonight at Mellon Arena, where they'll face a significantly shorthanded Pens team. Washington is also hoping to snap a six-game losing streak against Pittsburgh, which is already without captain Sidney...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 21, 2008; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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