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Video of Ovechkin skating, shooting

As promised, here's a short video I took of Alex Ovechkin this morning at KCI. The two-time MVP did not skate with his teammates, but came out toward the end of practice. I'm told he might be coming back out in a bit for a conditioning skate.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 9, 2009; 12:26 PM ET
 
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I hope OV is back for the NJ game this weekend.....

Posted by: OVIHtrick8 | November 9, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Which one is Ovie?

Posted by: MrObliviousCapsFan | November 9, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

overkill

Posted by: doughless | November 9, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Someone correct this if it is wrong. If a player were claimed off waivers-the original team can reclaim the player without letting the player go through waivers.

I think the above is correct. If Nyls, cleared waivers there is no interest in signing him at his contract by a NHL team. Unless a team wants to claim Nyls on re-entry waivers at half price, I think he is either gone by default or off to Europe. Tough way to end an almost point a game career in the NHL.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | November 9, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

with all the pucks that sounded like they were hitting the glass - i would have guessed that fehr was actually juice

at what point does ovi have to relinquish the 'yellow' jersey?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 9, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

The way he’s still taking shots, sadly looks like he won’t be ready until about 2-3 weeks.

Posted by: guer_j | November 9, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Nylander is the hot talk around the NHL. There are fans on messageboards who want him people. Leaf fans want him, but they want anything at this point.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 9, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Capschick: Just like your assessment that Semin is uncoachable, you are WRONG about the sellouts. Every home game has been a sellout. As far as picking up tickets in front of the stadium, especially against teams from the other conference, that can be done everywhere in the NHL. When a team becomes a hot ticket, like the Caps have, non-fans buy season tickets as an investment and turn a profit when they sell them.

The proof...there are hundreds more tickets available on the ticketexchange this season, which means many season ticket holders are skipping their games. I'm sure there are some season ticket holders that planned on selling some of their tickets but if you look at the ticketexchange closely you will see the same seats available for every game.

Scalpers are not as easy to find either, there is a police presence and they monitor ticket exchanges outside the stadium. I even got approached when I simply handed a friend one of my tickets when we met up in front of the stadium. It has been against the law for a long time, it is being enforced strictly now in my opinion.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 9, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

No one wants Nylander at his price. We don't want to not have him at his re-entry price. My guess is they are trying to work a way around the rules. Send him to Hershey, failure to report, terminate contract type of deal. Makes him a FA. Not sure if it can work like that or not. But I expect the NHLPA to step in at some point in the process if he is just left sitting in limbo.

Posted by: ThePat | November 9, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I get the feeling it's gonna be AT LEAST another month before Ovie is playing NHL games again.

Posted by: UngaBunga | November 9, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Maybe GMGM will shed some light on Nylander- looks like we are stuck with him? Sucks, especially with all that money he takes up.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 9, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

If a player were claimed off waivers-the original team can reclaim the player without letting the player go through waivers.

Posted by: cadlecreek1

i don't believe this is true - or we could have reclaim bourque when the pens snatched him up. i think once a player is placed on waivers - there is no 'undoing' of the waiver

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 9, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

There is no reclaiming on waivers if someone else had claimed him. This isn't baseball. He cleared waivers now my guess would have to waive his NMC again before his next destination.

Posted by: ThePat | November 9, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Scalpers are not as easy to find either, there is a police presence and they monitor ticket exchanges outside the stadium. I even got approached when I simply handed a friend one of my tickets when we met up in front of the stadium. It has been against the law for a long time, it is being enforced strictly now in my opinion.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 9, 2009 12:47 PM |
I don't know about that, there are still 23423523582345823453458 scalpers outside the Booth. At least the games I went too this season.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 9, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

if I were a free agent, I would think twice about signing with the Caps unless I had no better options... because if things don't work out, are they gonna treat me like they treated Nyls??

Posted by: joek443 | November 9, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

joek, i gotta disagree that this will have an impact on future free agents. playesr are generally motivated by the chance to be successful (i.e. win championships) and money, in some order. you think if the terms of the deal were otherwise equal a player would sign with a team w/less opportunity for success just because of nyls deal? i'm sure knuble had other options, but signed here. i dont think players think that they would even be in a situation like nylander, so any concern about being treated like that is probably not in their minds.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 9, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

My guess is they are trying to work a way around the rules. Send him to Hershey, failure to report, terminate contract type of deal. Makes him a FA. Not sure if it can work like that or not. But I expect the NHLPA to step in at some point in the process if he is just left sitting in limbo.

Posted by: ThePat | November 9, 2009 12:49 PM

And the NHLPA would come down swifter than Thor's hammer....

Posted by: richmondphil | November 9, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil - "I don't know about that, there are still 23423523582345823453458 scalpers outside the Booth."

Yeap, sounds about right to me.

Posted by: guer_j | November 9, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Googled news on Nylander in Russian and the only info I found is that back in Oct several KHL teams showed some interest as well as Lugano of the Swiss League. However, his salary is still a problem even in that scenario.

Sergei Gimayev, who's the main hockey analyst on Russian TV, said that he doesn't think that any KHL team will be willing to pay Nylander's current salary as he's not really considered to be a marquee name.

Tough situation. It seems to me that the only way Nylander will be able to play in Europe is if the Caps work out some kind of a split salary deal with his new club.

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BTW, finally got a chance to watch the last Caps game. Who thought there would be 11 goals in that one? Gotta say most of it was due to some pretty suspect goaltending on both sides. Great to see Perreault get his first NHL goal and it was a big one. Started our comeback. I also love how he got it. It took him 3 tries to get the puck out from behind the net. Very persistent kid to go along with great skills. I've already sang him praises after his debut. The more I see him the more I like him. Too bad he's gonna have to back down when Gordon comes back. He's a heck of a player.

Semin is really struggling, but I liked his feistiness. He delivered 2 huge hits, which for some reason were ignored by the Caps announcers and never shown replays of. The 2nd one resulted in the altercation with Ballard a few seconds after Sasha creamed him in the corner. As someone mentioned he does seem to hesitate to shoot more than usual, so I'm also starting to wonder if he's carrying either a wrist or a shoulder injury.

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God decided that he really hates the Hurricanes this year. If there was anything more that could possibly go wrong for them this season it was for their #1 goalie to suffer a freak injury. Leighton is not a very good backup, IMO. They're really screwed now.

Posted by: ranndino | November 9, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

God decided that he really hates the Hurricanes this year. If there was anything more that could possibly go wrong for them this season it was for their #1 goalie to suffer a freak injury. Leighton is not a very good backup, IMO. They're really screwed now.

Posted by: ranndino | November 9, 2009 12:56 PM |

Tom has suggested that God demoted the Hurricanes to Tropical Depressions.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 9, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, forget to mention that they just signed Legace to 500K.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 9, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I think they can assign him to Hershey and pay him but tell him he doesn't have to play. He gets the money, we get cap relief, and maybe he accepted to get next year's money.

Kirk/The Pat: Yes, I think cadlecreek is thinking of baseball. You can put a player on "recall waivers" once, and pull back if claimed. If you put that same player on waivers a second time in a season - it is "irrevocable waivers" and you cannot pull him back.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 9, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

@ dcsportsfan1

I'm not saying it will affect EVERY free agent out ther but you can bet that there will be some who will hesitate to sign with the Caps

I know we like to think this is a team every player wants to play for but the last time I checked the team really hasn't done anything in the playoffs for a decade. and whoever Nyls' agent is, I'm sure he has other clients in the NHL

Posted by: joek443 | November 9, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The NHLPA is a royal mess, at the moment. I think they'd have trouble cracking down on anything. First they need to sort out their own organizational disaster after that wee hours coup some players staged to sack Kelly. Also, this whole debacle resulted in a lot of friction between the players who supported Kelly's dismissal and those who thought the whole thing was a travesty.

If anything, right now would be the perfect time to dump Nylander's contract, if a loophole is found.

Posted by: ranndino | November 9, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Selling tickets is not against the law...I think it is against the law to sell above face value...You are also not supposed to be on the same block as Verizon Center...

I am not 100% sure though...

Posted by: SA-Town | November 9, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Phil: Yes, the Hurricanes have been downgraded to the Tropical Depression.

According to Gary Bettman, the league stopped issuing advisories as of 5 pm yesterday.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 9, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Richmondphil: You've been to 1 game brother. I have been to 12 including the preseason games. Scalpers are not hanging around like roaches. They will quietly hit you as you walk by with a "buying or selling tickets." They aren't yelling it anymore, and at the main entrance the Cops have cars parked right in front of the stadium. I'm not saying you can't find a scalper, it is just no where near as easy to buy or sell a ticket in front of the stadium as it used to be.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 9, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

SA-Town: Selling and scalping aren't the same thing. Scalping implies tickets are being sold for more than their face value.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 9, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@ richmondphil

Haha! Nice one.

Yeah, I heard about the Legace signing on NHL Live. IMO, that doesn't make them any less screwed.

BTW, in P.S. of the Russian version of Chesnokov's interview with Ovie they made a good point. Ovie should really not rush this injury as it could permanently affect how hard he shoots if it doesn't heal properly making him a much less effective player.

Posted by: ranndino | November 9, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock1

If you are having trouble finding scalpers, just take the Chinatown exit from Metro and walk from there to the back entrance of the Verizon Center.

Posted by: cainoo7x | November 9, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

McPhee wouldn't talk about Nylander, instead saying hopefully he will have something to say tomorrow. Didn't we hear that from BB prior to the season. Weird situation keeps getting weirder.

Posted by: ThePat | November 9, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Selling tickets is not against the law...I think it is against the law to sell above face value...You are also not supposed to be on the same block as Verizon Center...

I am not 100% sure though...

Posted by: SA-Town | November 9, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse


Actually, in DC any resale of tickets is prohibited. So even if you sell your seats to a guy for $1, you could still get in trouble.

Posted by: cainoo7x | November 9, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Regarding tickets. Craigslist works very well for that and there's no danger of anyone getting arrested.

Posted by: ranndino | November 9, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The attached paper identifies the scalper laws. http://www.cato.org/pubs/journal/cj15n1-4.html

I am bored with the subject though. I used to get hounded by people selling tickets as soon as I approached Verizon, but that's not the case any more. Either I have found a perfect route to the stadium or there are less scalpers. I don't care either way because I have my tickets in hand when I head down.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 9, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

sorry but anyone who walks down F Street before a Caps game can tell you that scalpers are out "advertizing" tickets for sale. they are by no means quiet about what is going down.

Posted by: doughless | November 9, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Richmondphil: You've been to 1 game brother. I have been to 12 including the preseason games. Scalpers are not hanging around like roaches. They will quietly hit you as you walk by with a "buying or selling tickets." They aren't yelling it anymore, and at the main entrance the Cops have cars parked right in front of the stadium. I'm not saying you can't find a scalper, it is just no where near as easy to buy or sell a ticket in front of the stadium as it used to be.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 9, 2009 1:06 PM |

I've been to three, and the fourth coming up on Friday, but okay. When I had ST, there were still 124234523425 people selling tickets.

The problem is that I view anyone selling tickets as scalpers, but I guess the term only applies to people asking for higher than face value. There are 258923452345234785247835 people selling tickets at the Booth, not sure on how many of em are scalpers.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 9, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

So, haven't been to a game since early last year and my travel hockey team that I coach is finally going up to Ashburn on a weekend with a caps home game. Any idea what tickets are going for outside the rink? Didn't mean to have a complete side bar conversation started by my earlier question.

Been looking on craigslist, but really it seems more attractive to get a couple tickets and a parking pass to a skins game for less then one ticket to the Caps... man how the times have changed

Posted by: UMWHockey | November 9, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Is this Nylander situation setting something up for Forsberg? just thinking out loud

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 9, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how you are getting to the VC and avoiding the scalpers. I have routinely been almost tackeled coming out the F Street exit of the metro. Yes I have been to all but two games including pre-season.
There are more police cars and police on-hand but I do think there are at least as many if not more scalpers than last season.
JMHO

Posted by: juicefan | November 9, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Capschick: Just like your assessment that Semin is uncoachable, you are WRONG about the sellouts. Every home game has been a sellout.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 9, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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It wasn't an "assessment," it was an opinion and I stated it as such. All anyone posts here is their opinions. I don't care who disagrees with me.

As for the "sellouts," I acknowledged I wasn't sure about it. But thanks for pointing out (after several others already had) that I was "WRONG." As I previously stated, I am happy to be wrong about that one. As I am happy to have attended every single one of those "sellouts."

P.S. RELAX. Geez.

Posted by: CapsChick | November 9, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Ovie's wearing a yellow jersey to go with his yellow laces. Is it Wednesday yet?

Posted by: dccitizen1 | November 9, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

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