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Pimp My Skate

Were you losing sleep trying to find a place that sells those custom (some would say gaudy) red skates like the ones Alex Ovechkin is wearing at worlds? Well, now you can rest easy. I just saw this ad on the official message boards.

Want green skates to match your green uni? How about blue? Or yellow? They are all available.

Who knew A.O. was a trendsetter? Although I doubt colored skates are going to catch on in the NHL, it's going to be interesting to see if he tries to wear them next season when the Caps switch to red, white and blue.

I know, I know. But it's a slow news day. And there aren't any playoff games tonight.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 9, 2007; 7:55 AM ET
 
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I'm all for it; small change like that is ok in moderation. The thing is, if Alex wears them for a few years, not all nhl players will catch on, only a handful will; but younger kids will pick it up. So you might not see this catching on in the NHL for at least a few years. Unless the Evil Bettman decides that it 'not for the NHL'; which you'd think he'd love this idea since he's a basketball guy.

just a thought.

Posted by: Go Skins Go | May 9, 2007 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Brodeur will complain to the league that he can't see the puck because of the flashy skates.

Posted by: Blueline | May 9, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I second the Brodeur comment.

Posted by: Tarik | May 9, 2007 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice that Ovechkin isn't wearing the tinted visor in the games? We say pics from preliminary games where he wore it but it appears he has stopped. Wonder if he was told not to wear it?

Posted by: Jay | May 9, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Considering yellow laces are considered somewhat radical in the NHL, I can't imagine what the reaction would be if Ovie wore those red skates here.

Posted by: tallbear | May 9, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Red skates or not.. As long as Russia wins this World Championship

Posted by: SovSport | May 9, 2007 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Just read this on CNNSI.

Gomez narrows list of potential teams
Posted: Wednesday May 09, 2007 07:53AM ET
Scott Gomez made it clear he will only go to a team that he considers has championship potential - which may rule out rumored suitors Los Angeles, Phoenix and Toronto. Nashville, Philadelphia and that team across the river will likely make serious pitches. It might be coincidence, but Gomez was wearing a polo shirt yesterday that could best be described as Ranger blue.

Doesn't look like we have much of a shot to sign any center this offseason, as Fat Teddy isn't making it known to anyone that they are looking to sign. Seriously, has anybody seen the Capitals on any rumor boards.

Posted by: Gomez status | May 9, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Reminds me of the flashy white skates the Oakland Seals had in the early 70s. Ugh.

Posted by: Hockey Amor | May 9, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, GMGM ---- get active on those rumor boards! That'll surely improve our chances of getting a top FA center. It might even make Gomez change his mind about wanting to go to a team with "championship potential."

Posted by: sarcastic response | May 9, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I hope he does try to get the red skates in next year. I think they would look awesome.

Posted by: EricS | May 9, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

so the flyers have more championship potential than the caps? dont think so

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I just posted something today about Gomez's free agency and I was really excited that he was open to any team.

I was also really hoping that the fact that he is relatively young and has already won the Cup twice would mean he would be interested in being the cornerstone of a rebuilding team (not to mention getting to play with Ovie).

www.capitaladdiction.blogspot.com

Posted by: LB | May 9, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Oops, erased the top of my post where I said I was responding to "Gomez status"

Posted by: LB | May 9, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

At some point in the off-season, the small, diminutive GM will hold a press conference announcing why the Caps didn't sign any big name free agents. There will be lots of spin and reminder of the youngsters on the team, and of course the new uniforms!

The Caps masses and newly employed bloggers will eat it up and continue to buy crows nest tickets and eat their $12 chicken baskets happily.

Later in August, the Caps will offer Joe Sacco an invitation to skate with the team, and Cassidy a scouting job.

When Ron Wilson is let go in a month, the Caps lemmings will also suggest we bring back Mr. 3-D to town.

If it distracts people from the real issues the Caps have, I could see Leonsis picking up the tab to outfit the entire team in Red White and Blue skates.

Posted by: Kaopectate | May 9, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Kaopectate | May 9, 2007 03:15 PM

My worry is this -- they wont fill the holes with top people, they will just find middle of the road players who are relatively cheap to do it and maybe sign one moderately big name.

Posted by: LB | May 9, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

How many "top people" can anybody reasonably expect the Caps to be able to sign? I agree that it would be great for the Caps to get a top FA center and two top defensemen, but people act as if the only deciding factor is going to be whether or not Ted is willing to open his wallet. All of these guys are going to have many other teams competing for their services, and believe it or not, some of those teams may be more attractive to free agents than the Capitals. And the Capitals might be better off in not paying more than market price to lure top free agents to fill ALL of their holes.

Posted by: blanket | May 9, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

GMGM needs to make it clear to FA that this can be a championship team and a hockeytown.

Posted by: mac | May 9, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I've stand by my belief that the Caps will get the players they are looking for through trades not FA. The Caps will not end up with Drury, Briere, or Gomez, but will accomplish there talent acquisition through trades. This does not mean it will be an unsuccessful offseason.

I'll throw Patrick Marleau's name into the mix for the Caps. He has one year left on his contract and his disappointing performance in the playoffs for the Sharks and the money already dedicated to Thornton and others in the Sharks franchise make him an ideal target with the abundance of youthful prospects the Caps have.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | May 9, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Ted will make the excuse that he didn't sign any major free agents because he spent all his money on the new uniforms and red skates.

Posted by: gvp | May 9, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

On a bit of a tangent..

It has been pretty disappointing to watch Ovy's play in the Worlds. It is as if with subpar teammates, he becomes just ineffective, at least by his standards.

Its interesting that Kovalchuk, in contrast seems to have fully come around as far as playing a team game - I don't remember the last time he made a dumb 1-on-3 play in these Worlds, unlike #8. Kovalchuk is doing it all at this point, playing great without the puck, to the utter amazement of his critics, which included almost all of Russia :)
Sure would be nice to see Ovy play this way more..

Anyway, I do think Ovy will eventually get it, but in the meantime the Caps better pair him up with a legitimate center. There has been talk (well, among fans at least) of pairing Backstrom up with Semin on the 2nd line to ease the pressure on the rookie and balance the scoring. But, unless a good FA comes this way, I think the Caps will be better off putting Backstrom with Ovechkin, so that Ovy will have an incentive to learn to play without the puck.

Posted by: Vlad | May 9, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys..

FYI hockeysfuture.com just added its assessment of the Caps top 20 prospects.

Or to be more accurate, assessments of the players they believe to be the Caps top 20 prospects.

Not too many big surprises, but they've got Varlamov and Bouchard ahead of Fleischman. Not really all that surprising because Fleishman hasn't been the same kind of player with the Caps that he's been in Hershey.

Also as you get further down on the list there are some low-round picks who now appear to have a shot.

Interesting stuff!

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | May 9, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Dude...Ovechkin has nothing on Gretzky and the blue holders he rocked with Edmonton in the 80's.

Posted by: P-Boy | May 9, 2007 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Yawn to the tired 'Fat, cheap Ted' whinefest.

The NY media rumor that could be an interesting fit is Nylander testing the market.

It'd be great to have him back for a few years in a veteran role. Excellent playoff experience and great mentor for fellow center from Sweden, Backstrom.

Posted by: slappy | May 10, 2007 12:29 AM | Report abuse

If the Caps do not make a splashy trade on draft day, they will have an even lower chance of attracting some one like Gomez. I'm not saying trade the #5 pick, but maybe Buffalo's pick as part of a package.

Kolzig is apparently good friends with Gomez, so who knows? Maybe he wants to go out west to be closer to home. Maybe he wants to play in Canada. Maybe Florida. So if we knock Gomez off the list and sign a cheaper center like Nylander or Comrie (but for the love of god please not Stumpel) then the Caps will have more money to throw at defense.

Posted by: Graham | May 10, 2007 9:43 AM | Report abuse

And as for the original topic (thanks guys for taking a skate post and turning into your whiney agenda) I'd buy a pair of skates, but my school's colors are purple and white. I'll be damned if I show up in purple skates lol

Posted by: Graham | May 10, 2007 9:45 AM | Report abuse

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