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Morning roundup: Caps downgrade Ovechkin


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Morning Roundup

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)

* And he's also a "global icon." (D.C. Sports Bog and Puck Daddy)


By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 3, 2009; 9:57 AM ET
 
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Comments

Good chance for the team to prove to the haters that the Caps are not all Ovie. Let's Go Caps!!

Posted by: CapsChick | November 3, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Who thinks like me in that when we play Columbus again later this year, OV will be a man on a mission? I have a feeling he will be a one man wrecking crew. Can't wait to see it.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | November 3, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Ted needs to chill the eff out.

Posted by: irockthered | November 3, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Why should Ted chill? He wants to be better, good for him.

Posted by: superpaqman | November 3, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

This is a great opportunity for everyone to work hard for a full 60 minutes and to know that 8 is not going to be there to save the day. This could be very good for us in the long term.

Posted by: Searchingforstanley | November 3, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

After watching Steve Reinprecht's natural hat trick in the first period on Friday night against Dallas, I do not feel so bad about the Capital's defense anymore. The North Stars were basically letting the Panther players camp out in front of the goalie all first period! WOW! Go Caps!

Here is that "eye opening" link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjjeedtKQFc&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: JohnWWW | November 3, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I don't think think Ted was out of line. I think his words were said with a healthy dose of concern and encouragement. So chilling the eff out is not necessary. And unless HE HAD ALL HIS WORDS IN CAPS, then I don't think he needed to chill out. Good job though for looking out.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | November 3, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

But it seems a bit pointless for an owner to blog about the improvements his team needs to make. How about stepping away from the computer and effecting change in a more direct manner?

Posted by: CapsChick | November 3, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

It's been a couple of weeks since my last post. Just wanted to give an update on our 1st round draft pick Marcus Johansson. He is playing in the Swedish Elite League as a 20 year old and is having a great season thus far. He is a 5'11" 190 lbs center that totaled 5 goals and 5 assists in 45 games last season. This season he already has 6 goals and 4 assists after 15 games. He leads his second place team in scoring even though he is one of the youngest players on the team. To draw a comparison, Backstrom's last season in the SEL he had 12 goals and 28 assists in 45 games, it is a good league. If Johansson can come close to Backstrom's numbers we know we have a great addition. Johannson, and experts, have compared him to Zetterberg. He is not flashy, but he is an effective two-way player. He is the virutally the same height and weight as Zetterberg as well.

If things continue to go well for Johansson it looks like we'll have another good center come next season.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 3, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I am in a rotten mood today, and Ted's wording hit me the wrong way. That's all. If you read my earlier post, you'll know why I'm not in the best of moods. Ted can rant all he wants; if he wants his team to be better, he needs to stop ranting and start doing something about it.

Posted by: irockthered | November 3, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

To win the Stanley Cup you have have to fire your coach, and be in the 10 seed in February.

Thats the recipe for championships.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 3, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

IRTR - It's all good.

CapsChick - I agree, but at least he's not trying to pull a dan snyder and blow up the team.

Posted by: superpaqman | November 3, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Did Theo look a bit stiff on Sunday, or am I just one of those worriers that Ted worries about?

Posted by: Hendo1 | November 3, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Fanohock1, welcome back!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | November 3, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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