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Capitals Insider: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

Bears 3, Moose 0

Just watched the Bears beat the Moose, 3-0, at Giant Center to take a two-games-to-one series lead in the Calder Cup final, and all I can say is I'm glad I made the drive up. Good hockey, good atmosphere, and more important, I got a good look at some of...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 6, 2009; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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Another Coaching Staff Change For Caps

The Caps have made another change on the coaching staff, cutting loose video coach Jonas Plumb. He spent one year in the position. The move comes two weeks after the team parted ways with assistant coach Jay Leach, who had spent five years with Washington. Both coaching positions remain open....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 6, 2009; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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Bears' Alzner Expects to Return Tonight

Hershey defenseman Karl Alzner said this morning that he expects to return to the lineup tonight after missing the past four weeks with a concussion. "As far as I know, I'm playing tonight," Alzner said following the morning skate here at Giant Center, where the Bears are set to host...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 6, 2009; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Will Brashear Be Back?

I'm hearing that enforcer Donald Brashear's future with the Caps could be determined next week, when he speaks to GM George McPhee. Brashear, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will represent himself in the discussion with McPhee. It's unclear if McPhee plans to ask...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 5, 2009; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Poll: Who Do You Have Winning the Cup?

Considering the dramatic momentum shift in Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup final, who do you think is going to win, the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Detroit Red Wings? (Tarik, by the way, thinks the Pens are going to pull off a stunning comeback.)...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 5, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Suspected Steroid Dealer Released on Bond

From The Tampa Tribune: Richard Thomas, 35, will be allowed to live with his mother in Lakeland after they sign paperwork agreeing to forfeit $25,000 if he flees prosecution or fails to appear for a court hearing. U.S. Magistrate Thomas Wilson agreed to the recommendation by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelley...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 5, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Morning Reading List: Will Ovie Win Back-to-Backs?

Caps superstar and reigning MVP Alex Ovechkin is on the verge of becoming the sixth player in NHL history to win back-to-back Lester B. Pearson Awards. Below is a nice fluffy feature story from the NHL Players' Association on what the feat would mean for Ovechkin and his teammates. Give...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 5, 2009; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Afternoon Reading List: Meet the Backstroms

[Technical difficulties and a busy morning make this a lunchtime affair...] Update: The Colorado Avalanche announced they have hired the AHL's Joe Sacco as head coach, a day after firing Tony Granato. Plucking coaches from the minors has worked well for NHL teams recently (see Caps, Pens). Nicklas Backstrom's father,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 4, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Leonsis on Ice, Playoffs, Draft and More

Caps majority owner Ted Leonsis was online today to answer reader questions. Here's an excerpt: Washington, D.C.: Ted: I have to tell you that the way Detroit is manhandling Pittsburgh so far (even with Datsyuk out) depresses me. Not because I like Pittsburgh, far from it. But because I realize...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 3, 2009; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Fehr Has Shoulder Surgery

There's a chance that Eric Fehr won't be ready for the start of training camp, I'm hearing. The right wing had surgery on both of his shoulders two weeks ago -- the result of separate injuries he suffered during the regular season and playoffs -- and is expected to miss...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 3, 2009; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Boudreau: 'We've Got Great People'

Coach Bruce Boudreau sat down with Russ Thaler and Mike Wise on Washington Post Live yesterday to talk about the Caps' successful season, among other things. Good stuff; check it out below: And don't forget that majority owner Ted Leonsis will be answering questions on all things Caps hockey live...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 3, 2009; 5:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Morning Reading List: Bears at Their Best

Hershey goalie Michal Neuvirth is 13-4 in the playoffs after going 9-5-2 in the regular season. (Paul Chaplin, The Patriot-News/2009) The Hershey Bears could be playing their best hockey all year, having won five games in a row and seven of eight. Even so, Coach Bob Woods is quick...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 2, 2009; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (261)
 
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Feds Take Over Fla. Steroids Case

From The Tampa Tribune: A suspected steroids dealer who claims professional athletes are his clients is expected in federal court this afternoon. Richard Thomas, 35, of Lakeland is charged in both state and federal courts. Nothing new regarding Thomas's claim that he sold steroids to the Caps and Nats. But...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 1, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Morning Reading List: Detroit Goes Up 2-0

New year, same result: Just as they did last season, the Red Wings swept the first two games in Detroit and will head to Pittsburgh armed with a dangerous lead over the Penguins. From the AP: "Game 3 is Tuesday night, and the odds favor the Red Wings' quest to...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 1, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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NHL Opens Investigation

The NHL has interviewed Washington Capitals front office employees as well as members of the team's medical and training staffs in recent days as it investigates allegations made by a Florida man arrested last week on steroid charges. "We're following very closely the developments in Florida as the case progresses,"...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 31, 2009; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
 
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