Morning roundup: Caps downgrade Ovechkin
One day after suffering an upper-body injury, Alex Ovechkin had his status downgraded from day to day to week to week:
"Ovechkin suffered an upper-body strain in Sunday evening's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and his status is week-to-week," the team announced in a news release late Monday afternoon.
Ovechkin, the league leader in goals and points with 14 and 23, respectively, is not expected to play Wednesday in New Jersey. The 24-year-old all-star is, however, going to travel with the Capitals on their upcoming road trip while he receives medical treatment. The team has not yet ruled him out of this weekend's back-to-back games against Florida.
Click here to read the whole story, and then check out some morning links:
* In case you missed it, here's Tracee Hamilton's column on the Catch-22 situation Olympic hockey is facing.
* ESPN's Scott Burnside on the return of Jose Theodore (hey, finally, a feel-good story!):
You've heard the jokes in recent years ("Theodore or Three or Four"). But Theodore has quietly silenced many of his critics with one of his strongest starts in recent years in a 5-4 overtime loss against Columbus on Sunday, a game in which a freak bounce and two power-play goals, including the overtime winner, eluded him.
[Ed. note: I always thought it was "Three-or-more," but aaanyway...]
The former Hart and Vezina Trophy winner, whose career seemed to be in a slow decline, dropped 10 pounds during the offseason and credits that with making him faster and stronger.
"It just felt like I had more power in my legs," an upbeat Theodore told ESPN.com this week. "I've just felt the best I've felt for at least the last four or five years."* Ted Leonsis agrees that "really good isn't good enough" for the Caps:
It basically says "really good isn't good enough." I agree. Our best October ever in terms of points, who cares? Second in the East is NOT good enough. Fourth best record in the NHL, so what? We only have two regulation losses, second least in NHL. But it seems like we are always losing, doesn't it? I got no problems with this one. I agree with it for the most part. Our expectations are really high.
* Ted chats with NHL Home Ice about H1N1 and the like.
* More from Ted, who wants to make sure No. 8 gets ample recovery time.
* Mike Green podcast via Versus (On Frozen Blog)
* Ovechkin is clutch. (USA Today)
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