21 April, 2014

Monthly Archives: September 2009

No Wednesday Dinner with Dad for Bourque

Both Corey and Tarik have reported via Twitter that Chris Bourque has been claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Corey is reporting that Boyd Kane has been recalled to take Bourque’s place and that Michael Nylander will not play tomorrow night in Boston.

On the Media Front, This Morning Seems Like Christmas for Caps' Fans

An OFB colleague directed email my way for my perusal in the pre-coffee hour of Wednesday. I rubbed my eyes thrice at its contents: Today’s Washington Post, he informed, contained a free-standing section on the NHL and the Capitals. Before morning coffee, I am most susceptible to a wide array of pranks, so I went to my usual newsstand on K St. on my way into town today, and sure enough, Section J of today’s WaPost, titled ‘NHL ’09, greets its perusers with a large, above-the-fold color shot of Ovi, and contains nothing in its copy but puck. Wow. So I reached for my wallet and delightedly handed over 79 cents to the newsstand cashier. You should, too.

Line Up Your Bobbleheads

Do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of the Washington Post today where you can find a pull out section previewing the 2009-10 season. Included in that section is the following graphic setting the lines with bobbleheads.

Capitals Keeping it G-Rated

All the players seemed to be in good spirits, and looking forward to the season with great anticipation. The media luncheon, always a fun gathering, just provided further evidence that Capitals fans can rest assured: the team’s chemistry off the ice is just as good as it is when the puck drops.

Lunch with One Hundred of Our Hockey Friends

At the Capitals’ media luncheon on Tuesday I was able to survey, in off-the-record fashion, 15 separate media organizations (OFB not included) to determine their respective prognostications for the Caps this season. The results:
* Only two media outlets predicted that the Caps wouldn’t advance out of round 2 of the NHL playoffs
* Eight outlets forecasted the Caps advancing all the way the to Eastern Conference finals
* Fully five outlets predicted that the Caps would reach the Stanley Cup finals

Ted Leonsis: Russia, Rockets, and The Cup

The Washington Capitals’ always-engaging owner, Ted Leonsis, chatted with OFB over the weekend at the Caps Convention. Topics in this four-minute video range from the old Patrick Division, to a good-will tour of Russia with the team, to whether winning a Stanley Cup is indeed rocket science.

Exit Stage Left (Maybe) (Eventually): The Michael Nylander Impasse

This impasse with Michael Nylander has a similar feeling — a welcome well worn out, no possible future together, a coach and player who just can’t co-exist.

Print Press Subtlety

I gotta chat with Examiner Caps’ beat reporter Brian McNally — I think he had something to do with the art for his paper’s front page today:    

Final Cuts Have Come

Corey Masisak of the Washington Times got the scoop on the Caps’ cuts this morning. Gone are Karl Alzner, Alexandre Giroux, Keith Aucoin, and Brandon Sugden. Giroux and Aucoin will have to clear waivers to get back to Hershey.

Convention Snapshots

Here are some images from the first Capitals Convention this past Saturday. There was too much happening to capture on just one camera, so consider this a small taste.