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Capitals Insider: June 14, 2009 - June 20, 2009

Photos: Ovechkin & Co. in Vegas

No, nothing scandalous. Check 'em out, courtesy of Alex Ovechkin's business manager, Konstantin Salinevich. Mike Green, Sergei Fedorov and Alex Ovechkin at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas. (More after the jump.)...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 20, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Avs Hire Konowalchuk as Assistant

The Colorado Avalanche just announced that they've hired former longtime Capital Steve Konowalchuk as an assistant. Konowalchuk was Washington's fifth selection (third round, 58th overall) in the 1991 Entry Draft and spent parts of 13 seasons with the team. He was named captain in 2002-03 and held the position until...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 19, 2009; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Ovechkin Wins Second Straight Hart Trophy

(Mike Blake - Reuters) For the second straight season, the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin was awarded with the Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's most valuable player. He's the first player to win back-to-backs since Dominik Hasek in 1997 and 1998, and the first forward since Wayne Gretzky, who won...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 18, 2009; 9:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
 
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Ovechkin Wins Pearson Award

Caps winger Alex Ovechkin just won the Lester B. Pearson Award, awarded to the NHL's most outstanding player as voted by his peers. "Whoa, I'm nervous again," Ovechkin began, drawing laughs from the crowd at the Palms Casino Resort. "First, I wanna say congrats to the Penguins for winning the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 18, 2009; 7:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Caps Re-Sign Collins, Sloan

The Caps have inked two more depth players, re-signing free agent defensemen Sean Collins and Tyler Sloan. Collins got a two-year contract and Sloan signed a one year deal....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 18, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Video: GMGM on Washington Post Live

From the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas, Caps GM George McPhee talked to Comcast SportsNet's Ivan Carter about Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and some other stuff. Check it out:...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 18, 2009; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Fedorov's Status Still Undetermined

I managed to catch up with Sergei Fedorov for a moment this afternoon as he headed to a rehearsal for tonight's NHL Awards Show, where the veteran center will present the Hart Trophy. Fedorov didn't want to go into details about his negotiations with the Caps, but he did say...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 18, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Updates on Winter Classic, Steroids

I got a chance to ask Gary Bettman a few questions during an impromptu media scrum here in Vegas last night. The NHL commissioner didn't go into a lot of detail in his answers about the steroid case or the Winter Classic, but I figured I would share his responses...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 18, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Morning Reading List: Another MVP?

We've mentioned this, but it bears repeating: Hart Trophy nominee Alex Ovechkin can become the NHL's first back-to-back MVP since Dominik Hasek in 1997 and 1998, and the first forward to accomplish the feat since Wayne Gretzky, who won every year straight from 1980 to '87. The awards show...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 18, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Ovechkin Hoping for Some Hardware

(Ethan Miller - Getty Images) From Tarik: It's a good thing Alex Ovechkin is better at scoring goals than he is at playing Texas hold 'em. The Washington Capitals star finished sixth in the NHL's charity shootout tonight at the Rio, competing on a table fashioned to look like...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 17, 2009; 9:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Update on Nylander and Other Items of Interest

Before I went to watch Alex Ovechkin play poker this afternoon (more on that later) I caught up with GM George McPhee and asked him about Michael Nylander's status with the Caps for next season. McPhee stopped short of dismissing recent reports that the veteran center is attempting to negotiate...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 17, 2009; 9:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Caps Re-Sign Laing to One-Year Deal

From the Caps: The Washington Capitals have re-signed left wing Quintin Laing to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Laing, 30, played one game for Washington last season. He was recalled by...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 17, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Morning Reading List: Vegas, Baby

Alex Ovechkin (see video above for why he's "Got Hart" -- NHL's words, not mine), Mike Green, Sergei Fedorov (presenter) and co. are in Las Vegas, "relaxing" and getting ready for this year's awards show. Tarik is en route as we speak, on a plane packed with Caps folk....

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 17, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Catching Up With Mike Green

In preparation for my trip to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards Show, I spoke to Mike Green by phone for a few minutes this afternoon. Green, of course, is up for the Norris Trophy and said he's already "relaxing" in Sin City. The 23-year-old blueliner has spent most of...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 16, 2009; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Morning Reading List: What If?

(John McDonnell - The Washington Post) From the Caps' PR blog: With Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green up for major awards at Thursday's NHL Awards Show on VERSUS, we got a little ahead of ourselves and wondered, what would it mean if they won? - The Capitals would be...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 16, 2009; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (154)
 
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Morning Reading List: Bears Celebrate No. 10

(Chris Knight - The Patriot-News) In case you hadn't heard, the Hershey Bears won an AHL-record 10th Calder Cup Friday against the Manitoba Moose, closing out an exciting series. "You look at the buildings, the media, the atmosphere," Bears Coach Bob Woods told the Patriot-News' Tim Leone. "It had...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 15, 2009; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (158)
 
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