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NHL Lockout: Your Questions Answered Part Two

October 18th, 2012 at 7:52 PM
By Mack Lester

A couple days ago, we talked about the reasons and the effects of this NHL Lockout, but in Part Two, we will answer the question that every hockey fan is trying to figure out… What are the NHL players doing now?

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With the NHL lockout entering its second month, a lot of dedicated fans are wondering where their idols and stars are taking their talents. Many are heading to European leagues, while eligible players are being assigned to minor leagues.

Some players aren’t really doing anything; just praying a deal is made so they can go back to work. An interesting event last month was when players in certain Canadian teams filed grievances against their team owners for the lockout, citing that under local provincial law a lockout is illegal and have pled their case to their respective labor boards in Quebec and Alberta. As of today the Quebec labor board denied the sixteen players from the Montreal Canadians their request for an injunction, while the labor board in Alberta has a hearing pending.

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NHL Lockout: Your Questions Answered Part One

October 15th, 2012 at 11:13 PM
By Mack Lester

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Once again, for the third time in less than 20 years, the NHL owners have locked out the players. Millions of fans are asking “Why? Why would you deprive us of this great sport?” There are many different reasons, more than most think of at first, so let's shed some light on the subject:

Why is the lockout happening now?

September 15th marked the expiration of the last Collective Bargaining Agreement between NHL owners and the players union. It was a 7 year contract between the two sides that was finally agreed upon and ratified after the last lockout in 2004-05, which sadly lasted the entire season. Following the expiration of a deal that created many new restrictions on player salaries, but still providing them with 57% of the shared NHL revenue. Now the owners want to cut the players share substantially in the new CBA they’ve proposed. In the proposal the player’s share would drop to approximately 46% giving the owners significantly more money. What’s interesting about this is the fact that the NHL has been growing and receiving more revenue as a whole each year. In the end, the owners really want a bigger piece of the pie.

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Lockout Hockey: Watch Dynamo Moscow’s Alex Ovechkin on ESPN2

October 5th, 2012 at 12:46 PM
By Michael Stancik

While it's not the Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils, Caps fans will get to watch their superstar Alex Ovechkin perform two days before the already cancelled season-opener. 

Small victories, friends.

Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy gets a stick-tap for alerting us of ESPN's announcement to televise Dynamo Moscow (Ovechkin's team) vs. Lev on ESPN2 on Tuesday at 1 P.M. According to the release, ESPN anchor Steve Levy and analyst Barry Melrose will broadcast the game, which will also be re-aired in primetime at 8 P.M. 

It appears to be a trial run for the network, which hasn't scheduled any further telecasts yet. Simply put, if we want to watch the NHL stars overseas during the lockout, Caps Nation will have to establish a solid viewership of Ovechkin's contest.

The Washington captain has two goals and four assists in six games thus far.

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Unlike the Madden Curse, Being Chosen for NHL Cover is a Blessing

August 30th, 2012 at 4:27 PM
By Michael Stancik

At the end of each summer, EA Sports releases two of its most prolific video game franchises in terms of popularity and award-winning staffs: Madden NFL and NHL

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Surely you've heard of the "Madden Curse", the distinct title given to the NFL player that is showcased on the front of the Madden cover for a given year. While disaster seems to fall upon those NFL stars, it appears that the NHL cover creates the opposite result: even more success.

This year, Calvin Johnson is featured on the cover of Madden NFL '13; pundits have been quick to call for Megatron's demise this season. Meanwhile, Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux, NHL '13's coverboy, could reach new heights.

Prior to the 1996 release of NHL '97, there was never a single player that had the honor of being featured on the NHL cover. That changed when Florida Panthers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck was featured and he went on to record his career-best numbers in GAA (2.29) and save percentage (.919%). Those numbers were never bested again.

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Hershey Bears Sign Goalie Prospect Sergey Kostenko

July 27th, 2012 at 2:55 PM
By Michael Stancik

The Hershey Bears have announced that the Capitals seventh-round draft pick, goaltender Sergey Kostenko, has agreed to an AHL contract for this upcoming season.

The Russian netminder was signed through this season by his former team, Kuznetskie Medvedi, but elected to choose American hockey without much controversy. (@IgorKleyner) The 19-year-old played three seasons with Kuznetskie, posting two seasons with a GAA under 3.00 (2.90 and 2.98) and a save percentage that constantly hovered around .900.

Kostenko was a part of Caps development camp, and Capitals 101 was very impressed with his athletic abilities and fancy glovework. Standing at 5-11, 187 pounds, Kostenko plays much larger while in between the pipes.

He'll likely begin the season with the Reading Royals, the Caps new ECHL affiliate.

While it will surely be a long progression, Kostenko certainly has the abilities and potential to make it to the NHL level.

 

 

 

 

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