Ovechkin, Capitals Unveil Winter Classic Uniforms – Chambersburg Public Opinion

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23, 2014, during an unveiling at Nationals Park in Washington. The Capitals will Play the Chicago Blackhawks in the game that will be played New Years Day. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) 3 WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis’ lobbying for a Winter Classic in his NHL team’s home city began with an email sent to Commissioner Gary Bettman the moment the league’s first New Year’s Day game was played in 2008. “The first emails I see any morning, on any typical day, are from Ted on any of a variety of subjects but he has been both persistent and passionate in pursuit of this event,” Bettman said at Nationals Park on Tuesday, when the Capitals unveiled the uniforms they’ll wear when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 1. “We’re thrilled to be fulfilling his wish.” On a sunny, start-of-autumn day with the temperature at about 70, Alex Ovechkin wore flip-flops and a borrowed pair of baseball pants, Nicklas Backstrom donned shorts, and Braden Holtby sported sunglasses while modeling the deep red jerseys with a blue “W,” three white stars and the word “Capitals” across the chest. Hockey nets and boards showing the outline of a rink were set up across the back of the dirt diamond and the shallow outfield grass at the baseball stadium where the NL East champion Nationals play their home games. So this is pretty cool to see,” said Mark Lerner, son of the Nationals’ principal owner and a part-owner of the Capitals, as he looked at the setup. “Every time I saw him, I said, ‘What about it?’ Ted and I were both on a mission since Jan. 1, 2008, that we wanted to have it in D.C.” Leonsis called landing the game “a big moment” for hockey in Washington. source: http://www.publicopiniononline.com/datacenter/ci_26591053/ovechkin-capitals-unveil-winter-classic-uniforms

Blackhawks vs. Rangers preview: A new preseason opponent on Friday – Yahoo Sports

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LeBlanc, 25 will be back in Rockford for his second season. The 6-foot center, along with McNeill, were the only two IceHogs to play in all 76 games last season. LeBlanc chipped in 22 points during his rookie season. McNeill, the Blackhawks first round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, is entering his third season in Rockford. The Edmonton, Alberta native had 18g-19a-37pts last season. Brisebois, 22 is entering his second season with the IceHogs. He was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes along with David Rundblad in exchange for a 2nd pick on 3/4/14. Brisebois, had seven points (2g-5a) in 13 games for Rockford. Svedberg, 22 is back for his second season in Rockford. The 6-foot 9-inch defensemen scored a pair of goals last season with the IceHogs and tallied seven assist in 35 games. The IceHogs training camp roster stands at nine forwards, 11 defensemen and two goaltenders. Next Home Game: The IceHogs open the 2014-15 season on Saturday, Oct. source: http://www.wrex.com/story/26640049/2014/09/26/blackhawks-send-six-players-down-to-rockford

Over the last five seasons, Iginla has scored tallied35,32,43,14 and 30 goals in a season. The 14-goal season automatically sticks out, but that was during the lockout-shortened season, and it was also a time in which Iginla was adjusting to life post Calgary Flames . This isn’t an excuse for Iginla, but going from Calgary to Pittsburgh is a big change, especially when he was originally Boston bound. While the situation in Colorado is different than Boston, don’t expect Iginla’s game to completely drop off. He may not score 30 goals, but putting him down for at least 20 is not a prognostication out of left field. Ultimately Iginla is 37, and his best days are behind him. However, he can transition into life in the Rockies by being a veteran mentor and leader, and a complimentary winger. If anything you can look for him to reignite some past chemistry with Alex Tanguaya player whom Iginla lined up with during his best seasonsand for the Avs front office to inquire with the Flames about Craig Conroy’s availability for the upcoming season. That last bit was a joke, but the long story short is that Iginla should be able to pick up where he left off with Tanguay. Email The Avalanche are widely expected to regress to the mean this season according to the advanced stats community, but they should still be a playoff team this season.The Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars will be two primary foes for Colorado this year, but they should be able to hang on for a third place spot in the Central Division. Both the St. Louis Blues and Wild remain wildcards with their goaltending, and while the same could be said of the Avalanche, it is fair to believe that Semyon Varlamov wil be able to provide adequate goaltending this season. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2196351-colorado-avalanche-complete-season-preview

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While injuries or an upcoming salary-cap move could shake up the picture a bit, it looks as if there are very few open spots in the lineup heading into the preseason. You look at our roster, most guys are in place, coach Joel Quenneville said. But there are still some things to be sorted out. As you go along, competition for quality ice time internally will be in place as well. We dont have our lines set in stone game in and game out. I guess well call that competition. As far as spots, well see how that plays out. After four days of testing, practice and scrimmages at Notre Dame, the competition for those final few roster spots shifted to the United Center on Monday night for the teams sold-out training camp festival. Fans began lining up to watch another intrasquad scrimmage hours before the scheduled start. It was the Blackhawks first public appearance at their longtime home since they were eliminated by the Kings on Alec Martinezs overtime goal in Game 7. Martinezs shot went off Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy and fluttered over goaltender Corey Crawford, a nightmare for the Blackhawks that ended their bid for a repeat title. You dont want to say its one situation. source: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20140923/SPORTS2004/309239962/-1/SPORTS12

Blackhawks cut roster to 36 players with late-night moves – Yahoo Sports

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Coming off a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday, Chicago looks to rebound with another home win to continue the exhibition schedule. When and where? The game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT from the UC. How to watch: The game is being broadcast on CSN Chicago, a welcomed return after last night’s game missed the airwaves. We missed out on (or at least didn’t read tweets about) many of the big names on Thursday as they sat out, and it’s unclear for now how the lineup will roll out tonight. It appears that Teuvo Teravainen , Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom will have to wait until Sunday in Saskatoon to make their respective preseason debuts, which wouldn’t be so disappointing if the game wasn’t a radio-only broadcast. It appears that several bigger names will be playing tonight, however. Here’s the initial game rosters for both teams: #blackhawks lineup tonight against the Rangers. More of the regulars will play, but no Teuvo. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-vs-rangers-preview-preseason-180002751.html

Loaded Blackhawks’ roster settled; ice time up for grabs | The Journal Gazette

Three players were assigned to Rockford and Cam Barker was released after last night’s preseason loss to New York. The Chicago Blackhawks made a number of moves after last night’s loss to the New York Rangers , trimming their active roster to 36 players entering the weekend. Forwards Matt Carey and Phillip Danault and defenseman Stephen Johns were assigned to the Rockford IceHogs, while defenseman Cam Barker was released. The team’s active roster now includes 21 forwards, 11 defensemen and four goaltenders with just a couple weeks before the beginning of the regular season. Like the moves that the Blackhawks made earlier on Friday, none of these are particularly surprising. Carey, Danault and Johns are some of the better young players in the organization, but they were all considered long shots to actually make the team out of training camp. More likely, these guys will get early reps with Rockford this year and potentially lend a hand down the road. As for Barker, his brief return to the Blackhawks went about as well as the first go-around. A big blow to Teuvo Teravainen during camp knocked the top prospect out of the first three preseason contests, and for the most part, that’s all people will remember from the former No. 3 overall pick’s second stint in Chicago. Teravainen is expected to make his preseason debut, along with Joakim Nordstrom and Kris Versteeg , on Sunday against Edmonton. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-cut-roster-36-players-170457720.html

 

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