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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
 
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That sure is some pretty hardware, but it won't quiet my people from Pittsburgh because they have the piece that counts the most. As they reminded me just this AM.

Posted by: uncatim | June 20, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

@uncatim

I'm with you. Penguin fans have been getting entirely too obnoxious as of late. Okay Caps, time to win the Stanley Cup next year just to shut up all the Pens fans.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 20, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Where were Steve Konowalchuk's ancestors from? Poland or the Ukraine? His particular last name has been known to occur in Russia (and is transcribed as Konovalchuk).

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 20, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Will the Caps be giving away an Ovi bobble head this year with the suit he wore on Thursday and carrying his 3 pieces of hardware?

Oddly enough, Ovi had longer hair for most of the regular season of 2007-2008 and shorter hair for the NHL awards while this year it's the opposite. (The red dye in his hair is hard to see except in close up shots.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 20, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Holy fashion catastrpohes, Batman! That silver suit is horrible! I'd suggest a personal shopper, but then I remember he has a clothing line, and shudder. Even Mafia guys must be looking at the suit and wondering what the hell he was thinking.

Posted by: oo7 | June 20, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I liked the silver suit. I thought it was very classy and looked good on him. To each his own, I suppose.

I have to agree that all of these awards don't mean diddly without a Cup, and that the Pens fans are just going to be insufferable this summer, not that they're not obnoxious lowlifes most of the time anyhow.

These are all well and good, but I'm looking for a Cup next year.

Posted by: kittypawz | June 20, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"It's important for me. What I'm doing on the ice, it's working and I don't want to stop," Ovechkin said. "Right now, I'm the best, but next year everyone will be better."

http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/story/11868428

I wish Ovi would show a little more humility sometimes. "Right now, I'm the best..." just seems too arrogant even if it's true.

Posted by: tmac2yao | June 20, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

goodness, kittypawz, look at the pants!

Posted by: oo7 | June 20, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

All these comparisons between Ovi's individual honours and the Stanley Cup are like comparing apples and oranges.

The Cup is a team award. No one man wins the Cup - unless it's a goalie, and even then a goalie doesn't do it alone. Not winning the Cup means your team couldn't do it.

Pittsburgh winning the Cup doesn't make Crosby - or more to the point, Malkin - a better player than Ovi. It does, unfortunately, mean that Pittsburgh played better than we did.

As for Ovi acknowledging that this year he's the best - although next year he may not be: I don't see that as arrogance. He works very hard to be the best. And I think he sees being the best as a result of hard work. He knows that next year, if someone outworks him, they will be the best. He will try his darndest not to let that happen - but he knows its possible. That's a very unarrogant view of being "the best".

As for the clothes - he always looks sloppy and seems to have zero fashion sense, but who cares? We're not talking about him because of the clothes he wears. A lot of people can look good in suits. There is only one Ovi.

Posted by: RedRocker1 | June 20, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

RedRocker, agree with your response to tmac regarding Ovi seeming arrogant, so thanks for saving me from having to type the same thing. And remember people, English is not Ovi's first language anyway, so he tends to just state things as general as they can be.

And I liked Ovi's gray suit--it's very European, but that's what he is.

Posted by: dfe1 | June 20, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Ovie's suit is very Brad Pitt in Ocean's 11, as was pointed out elsewhere.

(Feds' looking hottt in the black, though!)

Posted by: RedBirdie | June 20, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I think Ovie's comments are easily misconstrued sometimes because you have to remember while he's fearless in speaking his English it's still not his first language. When I read that quote I see it more as him saying that, yes sure he was voted MVP this year, but it won't matter come next season when he has to go out and be even better since the other players will be as well.

You have to give the quotes some context given the language barriers. All his other quotes point to the fact that he is honored to win these trophies but his #1 concern is helping the Caps win the Cup.

Pens fans can talk all they want this summer, they won the Cup. They had some good fortune and bounces along the way but that's going to be true of any team who comes through such a difficult playoffs as the NHL has. All credit to them just don't forget how close our series was. I really hope if we do meet again next year it won't be until the ECF.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | June 20, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

It's true that Malkin and Crosby winning the Cup doesn't mean they're better than OV since it is a team sport and they are the better team right now.

This is only second year in the playoffs and the team has made some progress since last year. The team is still young and learning how to play "playoff hockey". What this team needs more than anything for next year is toughness. When I say toughness, I don't necessarily mean dropping gloves. We saw time and time again last year that this team just loses defensive focus and gives up too many easy chances. Coach Budreau has talked and complained about that many times, "why do I always have to be the one to yell and scream?".

They need someone to step up and take that leadership role, someone who can yell and scream at his teamates when they lose focus. Not publically of course but in the locker room and at the practice, the way Michael Jordan used to. Most people who covered the Bulls daily say that Phil Jackson was never the coach of that team, it was Jordan. We need OV or whoever else on the team to take that kind of leadership role.

Many people, especially many Pens haters on here screamed bloody murder when Malkin wasn't suspended for what he did at the end of Game 2 in the finals. You can say he was being a sore loser for going after Zetterberg but he showed me something and earned my respect. He showed me that he hated to lose. If you're going to be an elite player in any sport, skills alone don't get you to the top. You must HATRED for losing.

Posted by: joek443 | June 20, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I would also add, in regards to his being "the best" quote, that English is still his second language. He's come a long way in developing his English and it's at the point where it's pretty good, but I'm sure there are times where he doesn't have the right words to express himself in English like he would in Russian.

Posted by: nhcaps | June 20, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I think ovie's comments show a lot of humility and respect for his opponents. He's saying he realizes he needs to work hard and that other players can be better then he is if they work harder then he does. If he had said, I'm the best there ever was, and ever will be and no one else can touch me, then I'd be worried. As was stated, English is not his first language so it's easy for him to say things that we could misinterpret. Makes me think of a famous saying when De Gaulle was retiring, the English prime minister asked De Gaulle's wife what she looked forward to the most and she replied, "a penis", what she really meant to say was happiness. So it's easy to misinterpret a non native speaker.

Posted by: jonsnoek | June 20, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

joek443 said: "Many people, especially many Pens haters on here screamed bloody murder when Malkin wasn't suspended for what he did at the end of Game 2 in the finals. You can say he was being a sore loser for going after Zetterberg but he showed me something and earned my respect. He showed me that he hated to lose. If you're going to be an elite player in any sport, skills alone don't get you to the top. You must HATRED for losing."

Uh, yeah, right. Malkin showed me something with that too. He hates losing and doesn't mind being a thug to boot. I lost respect for Malkin then and during Game 5.

I don't know how you measure "hating losing", but I seriously doubt that any of the players don't hate to lose. And I think that people who "screamed bloody murder" about Malkin's behavior weren't necessarily Pens haters. Just people who want fairness in officiating and better sportsmanship, win or lose.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | June 20, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Fedorov looks really hot. Ovie could look great with a good stylist--just a good haircut and a little less gap between the front teeth. He has this dangerous, bad-boy look that could conceivably look Brad-Pitty with the right touch. I guess one hits rock bottom for things to comment on during the summer.

Posted by: caraveli | June 20, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Sergei is lookin' nice in that suit. Greenie is lookin' cute with that bow. =)

Posted by: rachel216 | June 20, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

The silver suit is okay, however, a fabric slightly less "I'm going biking after dark" reflective, less prone to wrinkling and a better fitting pant would have made it better. Feds's suit is very classic, but I wish he'd take his hands out of his coat pockets. And we need to find Iginla's cell number for Green, stat. I know bowties are the "so out it's in" suit choice, but a better fitting suit and skinny tie a la Jarome would have been a much better choice. As Curl said, "Dudes, take notes, when in doubt on a suit, dress like a Mad Men character."

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | June 20, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

My initial reaction as a former suit wearer, before they relaxed the dress code, is that the silver suit was very nice. I didn't notice the frumpled pants until the picture. I'm guessing the material was some ultra-light weight (Vegas in summer) gabardine or some other funky 100% cotton, which tend to wrinkle. Cotton looks good and feels good but wrinkles like crazy.

I'm with the camp who say the Pens fans who come here and complain about Caps fans complaining about Crosby need to get lost. This blog is ground zero for Crosby complaining. I've been following hockey and other sports since the mid-60s. Crosby is a great player but he comes across as a spoiled brat who got everything his way since he was about five years old and now feels entitled to "everything." Perfect example is the way he raised his upturned palms every single time he sees the ref. If Crosby were your neighbor, he'd be the one leaving the barking dog out all night; if he were your co-worker, he'd be the one to call in sick wherever the big assignment was due. He'd bad-mouth you behind your back, then kiss the bosses behind to get a bigger raise. Someone mentioned Messier above. I despised Messier when he was a Ranger but I never realized how much I actually respected him until I started comparing him to Crosby. Crosby isn't fit to clean Messier's jockstrap.

Posted by: tominfl1 | June 20, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

FINAL: ORIOLES THREE RUNS IN 9TH TO BEAT THE PHILLIES 6-5.

Any time Philadelphia loses, in any sport, it's cause for celebration, especially if it's the Orioles, Ravens or Caps doing the whipping.

Let's go Baby Birds!

Posted by: tominfl1 | June 20, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1, I also feel that although Crosby is a great player, he seems like a spoiled brat and I wondered where that came from. But look at this quote from a Montreal Gazette reporter: " At his worst moments, Crosby is still the son of Troy Crosby, the man who sent me a couple of abusive, quasi-literate emails after I dared to suggest it was possible Sid the Kid might not win the Calder Trophy his rookie season. The elder Crosby slagged the other candidates, especially Philadelphia's Jeff Carter and Washington's Alexander Ovechkin - the eventual winner - in a manner that suggested a man with a chip on his shoulder the size of Nova Scotia."

So I guess that's where Crosby gets his "never admitting that he did anything wrong attitude and spoiled brat attitude" from.

And way to go Orioles!!!!!

Posted by: dfe1 | June 20, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Malkin showed me something: you can get a 40-second minor for instigating/'message-sending'/melting down/skating unstrapped. And he showed me something else: next year, if any goon in the league slew-foots Malkin as he glides to the bench, it's NOT that they're a cheating lowlife dirtball: they just "hatred for losing".
Good to know!

Posted by: redlineblue | June 21, 2009 1:02 AM | Report abuse

@joek443: You definitely should look into public relations or politics. You sure know how to spin bullsh*t into fragrant roses. When a player goes after another player when they're not in play, it's not something admirable. A proper way to show a "hatred for losing" is to learn from your mistakes and don't do it again and/or making up for those mistakes. The Capitals were down a few times in their series against the Rangers and we went up. We got lazy a bit with the Penguins but made up for it. Both instances of showing a "hatred for losing".

What Malkin did, wasn't admirable. For you to even draw anything respectable from it, shows a definite problem. Get help. You seriously need it.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | June 21, 2009 1:40 AM | Report abuse

I've always found Ovie's acceptance speeches humble and honest without sacrificing any of his personality. Sometimes he'll say something abrupt or awkward, but that stems more from him still learning English as others have pointed out. Seeing and hearing him say something is better than reading his quotes because his expressions and tone add context.

As for the suit, I think it looks good and the tie brings out his eyes. Ovie still needs to learn how to wear a suit, but he's gotten better at it; however, his bulk makes it is more difficult to wear one well. Feds' leaner form makes it easier to drape fabric thus suits look more natural on him.

All three of out guys looked great!

For the other females on this board, does Greenie's hair remind you of a fluffy duckling?

Posted by: pstenigma | June 21, 2009 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and thank you for the photos Alex and Co.

Posted by: pstenigma | June 21, 2009 2:08 AM | Report abuse

I love Ovechkin's interviews and speeches. He is funny and doesn't seem to take himself too seriously. Whatever that "it" is he has it in spades.

Posted by: capsfan01 | June 21, 2009 4:54 AM | Report abuse

@pstenigma
re mikey's hair- yep =D
all the boys look terrific!
thanks for the great pix, mr. salinevich!

Posted by: spinner-33 | June 21, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Funny how Michael Jordan always seemed arrogant too. It ain't arrogance if it is true. BTW, there is no one as arrogant as Crosby, who is not nearly as good as advertised. Plus he's a punk

Posted by: dcsportsdude | June 21, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

I'm not as negative about Philadelphia teams as you. The only Phillie team I dislike is the Flyers.

Still, it was a great day on the baseball front. The Nats, O's, and Cardinals all won their games and both New York teams were dumped.

(Until the Nats moved to DC, my husband was a Braves and Phillies fan in the National League. In the AL, he was and still is an O's fan.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 21, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Draft Day...

Posted by: richmondphil | June 21, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

@ dccitizen1:

I'm more angry about the lack of suspension dolled out to Malkin for initiating contact with Chellios during Game 2 warmups, and then slashing him the next time Chellios came near him. Since Donald got a 1 game suspension for lightly shoving Colton Orr before the game, shouldn't Malkin as well? Would Pitt have won game three without Malkin?

All this proves is that the league does what it wants and follows no standards. Thus, the NHL will continue to be a rinky-dink league.

Posted by: Dave28 | June 21, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

It's really bad when we're resorting to talking baseball and the cut of men's suits on a hockey blog!

Green was absolutely ADORABLE in that suit he was in, bow-tie and all! <3

As for Malkin and his fight with Zetterberg, I lost serious respect not only for Malkin but for the league in general and Bill McCreary in specific over that one.

Malkin not only had one suspension lifted for the instigator, he should have had not one, but TWO game misconducts over that incident, which would have resulted in a second game suspension under the playoff rules. (One should have been for the instigator, one for losing his jersey, which, to be fair, Zetterberg should also have had - and which we know the League isn't afraid to issue to people like Alexander Semin...)

True, the Penguins had only 19 seconds to score two goals and tie the game up, so it "didn't matter" that Malkin only got a 10-minute misconduct for his actions... I mean, nobody can score that fast, right?

Riiiiight... didn't we watch Ovechkin score twice in under five seconds off the faceoff this season?

With the goalie out of the crease for the man advantage, it's easily possible for a star player to do something like that.

If a miracle had happened and the Penguins had managed to score twice in those remaining 19 seconds, then nine minutes and 41 seconds into OT, they would have gotten Malkin back. The game - the whole series - could have taken on a whole different complexion right then and there!

McCreary gave the Penguins a 7-1 playoff record this year, including the last game against the Capitals where he called us for 4 penalties and the Penguins for 0. Never mind the three that I personally witnessed that should have been called on the Pens! He turned a blind eye to their infractions.

Posted by: irockthered | June 21, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Start again from 0.

Posted by: Section117 | June 21, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

@joek443:
"It's true that Malkin and Crosby winning..."

and...

"Many people, especially many Pens haters on here screamed bloody murder when Malkin wasn't suspended for what he did at the end of Game 2 in the finals. You can say he was being a sore loser for going after Zetterberg but he showed me something and earned my respect. He showed me that he hated to lose."

Why do you say you are a Caps fan? Every time I read what you post its is praising the Pens and defending questionable incidents involving their players. I hate to be the one who breaks the news to you, joek443, but you're a Penguins fan.

(Waiting for it to sink in...)

It's ok. Everyone has their faults. The most important thing is to admit it and move on. Don't you feel so much better now? Take care.

Posted by: jmurray019 | June 21, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

@Dave28:

I agree with you completely. Same punishment Brash got for the pre-game contact should have been meted out to Malkin. Boy, the Penguins sure got emboldened after the refs let them get away with several penalties while at the same time handing penalties out without hesitation to the Pens' opponents. So I guess Malkin just wanted to join the punk party.

And you're right when you imply that it reflects poorly on the league.

(I hope you realize that my original post included Pen's fan joek443's remark about how Malkin earned his "respect" after Malkin's poor sportsmanship and that "respect for Malkin" certainly wasn't my sentiment.)

Posted by: dccitizen1 | June 21, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Mike Green looks like he should be in a James Bond flick in that suit! :-)

Posted by: irockthered | June 21, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

@irockthered

Well, you forgot to mention us discussing guys' hairstyles on a hockey blog (besides baseball and cuts of mens suits).

Semin did not get a suspension for his fight (that included the 10 minute misconduct for no fighting straps). He was back for the next Caps game which was against Philthy that they won in a shootout. Semin chipped in an assist on a Backstrom goal. (The fighting straps penalty is dumb one, in my personal opinion. All right, it was instituted because the goons of the past would take off their jerseys during fights. Nowadays, it catches the Semins, Malkins, and Hossas of the world who don't normally get in fights.) Even so, Malkin got off easy for punishment.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 21, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

@jmurray019

Agree with you on joek443 who claims to be a Caps fan but generally defends the Penguins on this board. (He's more negative on the Caps than cstanton.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 21, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75 - Sorry if you misconstrued my remarks. In the playoffs, if you receive two game misconducts, you receive a one-game suspension. It would have been for the second (deserved) game misconduct that Malkin should have received a second suspension, not because of the penalty itself.

Reference:

Rule #47.13: A player or goalkeeper who engages in a fight and whose jersey is not properly “tied-down” (jersey properly fastened to pants), and who loses his jersey (completely off his torso) in that altercation, shall receive a game misconduct penalty.


47.12 Instigator in Final Five Minutes of Regulation Time (or Anytime in Overtime) - A player or goalkeeper who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the final five (5) minutes of regulation time or at any time in overtime shall be assessed an instigator minor penalty, a major penalty for fighting, and a game misconduct penalty(see 47.22).

23.3 In Playoff games, any player or goalkeeper who incurs a total of
two game misconduct penalties in the “General Category” shall be
suspended automatically for the next Playoff game of his team. For
each subsequent game misconduct penalty during the Playoffs, the
automatic suspension shall be increased by one game. For each
suspension of a player or goalkeeper during Playoffs, his club shall be
fined one thousand dollars ($1,000).

Posted by: irockthered | June 21, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

In retrospect, I'm not sure "Instigator" falls under "General Category" game misconduct penalties, but STILL...! Instigator in the last five minutes warrants a game misconduct right there...

Posted by: irockthered | June 21, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

@irockthered

You did great research on the game misconduct issue.

It does sound like Malkin got away with an awful lot of stuff in the playoffs and for that one incident. dave28 pointed out that Malkin did a similar thing to Chellios that Brash had done to Orr of the Rangers. We know that Brash got suspended 6 games (more than a bit excessive) and no punishment for Malkin. Is it because he's a superstar or because he's a Pen?

BTW, Malkin reminds me of my younger daughter's main middle school rival. (He's got so much going for him, why does he have to resort to dirty tricks?)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 21, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Look...I would like to have seen Pitt lose as much as anyone. But to claim that Malkin should have been suspended for that is a little over the top in my opinion. He didn't deserve an instigator for that scrum...stuff like that went on all during the regular season and no instigator was given. The ref probably made that call at the time to prevent any more BS on the ensuing faceoff with under a minute to go.

If any team got one of their guys off easy it was Carolina with Walker. I'm sorry but when you compare those incidents it's not even close. The NHL did it wrong in that case, but correctly in the case of Malkin.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | June 22, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Given the unprecedented and breakneck speed at which Obama got his congratulatory phone call in to Bylsma, it's hard to imagine that the president himself wasn't in on the fix.

Obviously, it all started with Bettman, but to ignore the role played by Campbell on the disciplinary issue, by the refs, by NBC, by Versus and yes, by the President of the United States himself, would simply be delusional. They were all in on it. Every last one of them.

In fact, you can bet that in a smoky back room somewhere, they're already working on some fiendish scheme for next year.

Oliver Stone

Posted by: PensFan98 | June 22, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

PensFan98, thats actually pretty funny, made my morning a little easier. But seriously, now that everyone is done talking about who's wearing what in Las Vegas, how's about we talk about what the Caps will do in the draft. Anyone got any thoughts on how that first round pick is going to be spent?

Posted by: superpaqman | June 22, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Here is the new cap chart for next year, and it assumes $55M cap. It has 9 forwards, 4 d-men and 1 goalie (players under contract) and says the Caps have $10.7M in space. However, if you do the math, you will notice that doesn't include Backstrom's sure-to-be-paid bonus. So, unless you want to overrun, and be docked the following year, you have $9M to spend and you need 4 forwards, 3 d-men and the other goalie. Pick 4 from among Fehr, Gordon, Beagle, Aucoin, Bourque and Osala and you use about $3.5M; add Alzner w/bonus (to be conservative) and Jurcina at $1.25M and either Sloan or Kronwall as #7 d-man and you use there also about $3.5M. Add Varly at $850K and your total spend on those 8 players is just below $8M.

Therefore you only have just over $1M to play with, if the cap (when is cap announced?) really is $55M. Say good-bye to Feds and Mo and say goodbye to free agency. Even say if you replaced Jurcina, and took his projected salary out, the free agent you get could only make around $2M. Also, these calculations are for the minimum number of players, and you will need to save some for minor injury call-ups.

http://www.nhlnumbers.com/overview.php?team=WAS&season=0910

Posted by: tominfl1 | June 22, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Which explains why Sloan didn't wait to test the UFA market - because there isn't one.

I've said this before, I'll say it again. It's supply and demand. There are a lot of high priced UFA's out there and a very small pot of available money. The only thing that can happen (assuming they don't leave to KHL) is their prices decrease. There may be a lot of unhappy UFA's looking at smaller paychecks.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 22, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

On the fashion front, I doubt seriously if Ovie's suit is cotton. I could see a brushed wool and silk combination, which is the only way to get that shine. The pants are fine, it's just the way light reflects off of the natural folding of them as he leans forward or down. I'm pretty sure next time he'll smooth them out.

My issue is the tie he selected. Silver suits naturally have a lot of blue in them. Adding a blue tie just brings that out too much. He should have chosen a different color, a dark blue with red, or a hot purple with a bright blue pattern or something.

Feds looks like he's going to a funeral afterwards. Again with the tie to mitigate that. Needs some color.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 22, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Any news on Caps negotiations with Brash??????

Posted by: doughless | June 22, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget- CSN is replaying Caps @ Rangers (down 4-0 game) tonight at 7pm. Might want to skip the first hour though if you don't want to see the Rangers goals.

Posted by: rachel216 | June 22, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Greg S: I think you are right on the suit. As soon as I typed that, I realized gabardine was wool, not cotton. Cotton does wrinkle a lot. And silk would explain the shine, because wool isn't shiny. There is also rayon, don't know if it shines. Anyway, when did they abandon black tie and go to regula suits for the Awards? I seem to recall the tuxedos maybe even as recently as 2008 or 2007. You are right also on Sloan if, in fact, the cap goes down. Sad UFA's you will see indeed. Many might prefer one-year deal and hope for rebound next year.

Posted by: tominfl1 | June 22, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I think many of you are also not factoring in the fact that it's in Las Vegas this year. That place makes wearing anything but shirts and shorts a hellish nightmare, so I can see how Ovi and some of the others would have opted for something that didn't make them feel like they were wearing their own personal sauna.

I actually don't mind Ovi's tie. It's actually more purple in these pictures, which isn't so bad with his grey suit.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | June 22, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

OMG it SO must be the off-season ... :-X

Posted by: Boo- | June 22, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

ALL HAIL OVIE!!!

Posted by: AmyS1 | June 22, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Just got back from Vegas. It was a pretty awesome time. There is not a bad seat @ the Pearl. My guess is the NHL is very pleased with how everything went over the few days they were out there.

Following the awards show we went to grab food at the food court. All the sudden Jarome Iginla comes up and gets food at Nathan's hot dog stand. Went up to him and got him to sign the award show program. I later ran into Lindstrom and Chara and got them to do the same.

On Friday night before I went to Luc Robitaille's charity event, me and my buddy played blackjack with Ovie for about 15 minutes. Ovie was playing with one of his Russian friend's before we sat down and joined them. But he was just doing it right there on the main floor, wasn't in the high roller room or anything. After the 15 minutes or so he got a phone call and was up and out of there pretty fast.

At Robitaille's charity event, which was held at the Sky Villa in the Palms, we were two of the first people there. We started wandering around and ran into Robitaille, he introduced himself to us. Showed us the top floor where there was a sauna and the bed that spins around. Met Jeremy Roenick a few minutes after that. Then a ton of the players started to show up. Brooksie and Nate the Caps PR guy were there. Pettinger, Patrick Kane, VerSteeg, George Parros, Parise and others were there. Pretty much every where we turned there was a player, some I didn't even recognize.

Concluded the weekend by going to the UFC Ultimate Fighter Finale. If you enjoy UFC, the events are that much better in person. We had sick seats. If ever out in Vegas, never buy tickets for full price, you can scalp tickets for half of the face value without a problem. We did it for both the award show and the UFC. If you are able to I definitely recommend going out there one of the next 2 years when it is held out there.

Posted by: ThePat | June 22, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Wow, sounds like a heck of a time. Was Chaka as bad in person as she was on TV?

Posted by: superpaqman | June 22, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Yeah she was, when she was on stage that's when most went to get a drink.

Posted by: ThePat | June 22, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Well, seems that the caps have found their new asst. coach in Bob Woods! Congrats to him! I think that could be a great combo for the big team! Here is to hoping they find a great coach for the Bears, so systems can remain the same between both teams!

Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | June 22, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan75

Must names that end with "chuk" are from the Ukraine. Of course, his ancestors might have originated from anywhere in the region, but it's a Ukrainian name, I'm pretty sure. As is Hawerchuk, also.

Posted by: WritingLight | June 22, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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