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Capitals Insider: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009

Steckel: 'Everything Feels Stronger'

(Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post) David Steckel played all of last season with a finger that was damaged so badly he couldn't bend it. Not even a little bit. That finger, however, is now fully functional after a pair of surgeries this summer, the big center told me...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 27, 2009; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
 
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Catching Up With Erskine, Bradley and Gustafsson

With training camp fast approaching, more players are returning from their offseason homes and settling back into their Washington digs. They're also coming to KCI for informal practices each morning. Today, new arrivals John Erskine, Matt Bradley and prospect Anton Gustafsson joined Boyd Gordon and former Caps Jeff Halpern and...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 26, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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Dates for Rookie and Training Camp Announced

The Caps have just released dates for camp, to be held next month at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. From the team: Rookie camp will begin Monday, Sept. 7, and will conclude with a road game against the Philadelphia Flyers rookies at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at Virtua Center Flyers...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  August 26, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Chef Ovie to Hit New York

"Try my Borscht!" (John McDonnell -- The Washington Post) Alex Ovechkin: hockey player, clothing designer, rock god, chef? According to the New York Times -- ignore the cheesy headline, "Cooking Is His Goal," -- the Caps superstar will make his culinary debut in Manhattan's newest Russian restaurant, Mari Vanna,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  August 26, 2009; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Olympic Stadium Plan Put on Ice

Discussions to have the Caps face the Canadiens at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Nov. 28 are dead, a source confirmed this morning. The teams will instead contest the game at Bell Centre as scheduled. There had been preliminary discussions about having the Habs host Alex Ovechkin and the Caps...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 24, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Olympic Stadium Game Is Off

The Caps will not be playing the Canadiens at Olympic Stadium on Nov. 28th, a source has confirmed to me. More in a bit....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 24, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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