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New Visor for Ovechkin

The most talked about piece of equipment in the NHL got some more attention this morning at Scotiabank Place.

Alex Ovechkin tried out a new visor, much like the mirrored one he wore to much fanfare as a rookie. It was tinted, but had an blue iridium coating. (Think Oakley sunglasses.) Unfortunately, I'm reporter and not a photographer, but take my word for it, this visor was way cool.

It's unclear whether he'll be permitted to wear it tonight against the Senators - the league's general managers voted 29-1 against the flashy visor last spring, but no rule was ever passed officially outlawing them. So, technically, he could wear it anyway.

If he doesn't wear it tonight, however, the star winger will debut it in the All-Star Game later this month.

Eric Derepentigny, the hockey program manager for Oakley, brought about a half dozen variations of mirrored visors for Ovechkin try. The 21-year-old Russian immediately reached for the blue iridium one.

"It's me," Ovechkin said after the skate.

So keep any eye out for that.

In hockey-related news, Coach Glen Hanlon made another change to his lineup for tonight's crucial contest.

Center Kris Beech will be in street clothes, replaced by Jakub Klepis, who will center a newly constructed second line with Donald Brashear on the left and Alexander Semin on the right. But Brashear won't skate 20 minutes, Hanlon said, meaning Matt Pettinger and Ovechkin will also see some time on the left side of that line.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 16, 2007; 12:48 PM ET
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