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Capitals Insider: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 2009

Morning Reading List: Boudreau Is 'Adorable'

(Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post) Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau was a guest on TSN's Off The Record yesterday, and it's definitely worth transcribing for the can't-watch-videos-at-work folk. Here it is: Host Michael Landsberg: Bruce Boudreau -- this is the truth. He is just so...adorable! We all know "The...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 29, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (353)
 
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Bond for Steroid Dealer Set at $425,000 (Updated)

The latest from Amy Shipley: Richard Thomas, the steroid dealer who claimed to police he had clients on the Washington Capitals and Nationals, remained in custody Thursday after his bond was set at $425,000. Thomas has been charged with 21 counts of illegal possession of steroids and firearms and maintaining...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 28, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Leonsis: 'I Was Horrified'

Ted Leonsis took some time at the beginning of his live video discussion to address the Capitals' entanglement in Tuesday night's steroids bust. Here's some of what he had to say: "I was horrified. It's about the worst thing you could hear about your team. ... We're doing everything we...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 28, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Morning Reading List: Confusion Surrounds Report

Police found $200,000 worth of steroids in the home of Richard and Sandra Thomas, along with shotguns, handguns and one automatic weapon. (Photo Courtesy Polk County Sheriff Via Associated Press) A Florida man was busted for possession of roughly $200,000 worth of steroids and other drugs in his home on...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 28, 2009; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
 
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NHLPA Releases Statement

Here's a statement from the NHL Players' Association on today's steroid allegations: "The NHLPA and the NHL have a program in place that subjects all NHL players to up to three no-notice tests for performance-enhancing substances. In addition, our members are tested during international hockey competitions. These are unspecific and...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 27, 2009; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Kozlov Likely Headed to Russia

Forward Viktor Kozlov was quoted in yesterday's editions of Moscow's Sport-Express as saying he has decided to play next season in his native Russia after spending the past two seasons playing for the Capitals. "I have definitely decided on coming back to Russia," he said, adding that he is negotiating...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 27, 2009; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Caps, NHL React to Steroids Report (Updated)

Last update: 3:24 p.m. The NHL and Capitals just released statements in response to the report that a man arrested yesterday for steroid possession claims he sold performance-enhancing drugs to Capitals and Nationals players. NHL's Statement "The Washington Capitals have no knowledge of any aspect of this allegation. Capitals players...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 27, 2009; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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Brashear on Steroids Report: 'I Would Really Doubt It'

Donald Brashear just called into WJFK's Big O and Dukes Show to talk about the report that a man arrested yesterday for steroid possession claims he sold performance-enhancing drugs to the Capitals. Here's a partial transcript: Brashear's reaction to the report: "All I can say is that we get tested...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 27, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Busted Steroids Dealer Says He Sold to Caps, Nats

Update: Click here for reactions from the NHL, Caps and players. A man arrested in Florida yesterday for possession of anabolic steroids bragged to law enforcement officials that he has sold the performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes, including those on the Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals, according to a report...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 27, 2009; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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Morning Reading List: Everyone's Going to the KHL

Is Viktor Kozlov heading to the KHL? (John McDonnell -- The Washington Post) [Post on steriods bust coming up...] Caps GM George McPhee says he can't confirm a report that veteran Viktor Kozlov, above, has signed with Salavat of the KHL. Kozlov, however, told Russian newspaper Sport-Express last night...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 27, 2009; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Kozlov's Status Uncertain, Alzner Update

A few other items of note from Tarik El-Bashir this afternoon: Capitals GM George McPhee said he couldn't confirm a report on French-language TV network RDS that Viktor Kozlov has signed with Salavat of the KHL. Kozlov will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and has received several...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 26, 2009; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Assistant Coach Leach Won't Return; Hauswirth Signs

Assistant Coach Jay Leach will not return to the Caps after five seasons with the team, GM George McPhee confirmed this afternoon. Leach coached the defensemen. "It was a mutual decision," McPhee said. "He's a good man and a good coach and he helped us get to where we are."...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 26, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Fedorov's Agent: We're Still Talking to Caps

I just spoke to Sergei Fedorov's Los Angeles-based agent, Pat Brisson, who confirmed that he's still pursuing a deal with the Caps for his client. Brisson stopped short of discrediting the Sport-Express report, but said he's been assured by Fedorov that no deal has been completed with any team in...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 26, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Report: Kozlov to KHL?

From TSN.ca: RDS is reporting that forward Viktor Kozlov has signed a deal to play with Salavat of the KHL for next season. Details of the contract were not reported. Last season Kozlov scored 13 goals, with 28 assists and a minus-9 rating over 67 games. Tarik is making some...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 26, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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(Late) Morning Reading List: Fedorov to KHL?

(John McDonnell -- The Washington Post) As Tarik wrote earlier this morning, Caps forward Sergei Fedorov has been offered a two-year deal from Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL and is waiting for a counteroffer from Washington. The contract is reportedly for $3.8 million per season over two seasons. Update:...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 26, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Fedorov to Russia Not a Done Deal

Hello everyone. I'm just back from covering the Indy 500 and getting back up to speed on all things Caps today. TSN.ca and Sport-Express are reporting that Sergei Fedorov is close to signing a two-year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. The deal, according to the reports, is for...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 26, 2009; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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