“I can’t be fat,” said Alex Ovechkin on Tuesday in response to accusations that he’s out of shape with only a week left before training camp begins. Ovechkin claims he’s on a new workout regimen that he’s unwilling to share because it’s his secret and nobody else’s. That’s fine for him, but the fact that he’s expected to be a leader to his Washington Capitals teammates means that there shouldn’t even be a question about his physical health.
The Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2006. Since then, it’s been almost exclusive misery for the fans and team in Raleigh. The Hurricanes have failed to make the playoffs in four of the past five seasons. In that fifth season, they finished sixth and won two seven-game series before bowing out of the Conference Final in four games. This season, Carolina hopes that a few roster tweaks will mean the difference between a playoff berth and early tee times on the golf courses.
In recent seasons, we’ve seen Stanley Cup rosters disband (if not explode) during the summer months. The Pittsburgh Penguins lost a good handful of players after their run, while seemingly half of the Chicago Blackhawks roster was spread out among the league after they won. The Boston Bruins are looking to try the opposite, as most of the members of the 2011 Stanley Cup winners are back, which many think will give them the upper hand in their road to repeat.
With the invites of Owen Nolan and Todd Fedoruk to training camp, the Vancouver Canucks are trying to address some issues that stopped them from completing a successful road to the Stanley Cup last season. They fell one game short of the coveted prize, but many believe they were lucky to be anywhere close to that with the way their postseason was so up and down.
This week's "In Your Face" goes to the lovely rioting people of Vancouver who played ultimate sore loser when the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins. Nice job, eh? We also call out the NBA and the NBA Players Association who will likely strike after a great NBA postseason. Get it together! LISTEN UP!
In the aftermath of the city of Vancouver tearing itself apart, it’s easy to forget that the Boston Bruins are the newly-crowned Stanley Cup Champions. Tim Thomas performed admirably in net in securing his team the championship trophy as well as locking up the Conn Smythe Trophy himself as playoff MVP. By shutting out the opposition in the biggest game of his life, Thomas has secured himself as a fixture as both a Bruin and an American.
Winning the Stanley Cup can make a lot of good things happen for you. Your name gets inscribed on the championship trophy, you get to take that NHL hardware home with you to show off to family and friends, and you even get to travel to the White House to shake hands with the President. On Friday, the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks made their honorary visit to Washington, D.C. to do just that.
They say a coach is only as good as the players he leads, but can the coach be worse than them? Does Bruce Boudreau fall into this category? The Washington Capitals are currently tied for first in the league in points, but we’ve seen them do this before, including winning the President’s Trophy last season. However, it has led to nothing other than early exits from the playoffs and a disappointing finish for Capitals fans.
With Tuesday’s penultimate Game 6 sending the NBA Finals to a climactic one game, winner-take-all finale, Major League Baseball came one step closer to owning fan dollars and television sets indefinitely for the foreseeable future. As the only major North American sports league to operate during the summer months, baseball takes center stage in a sports world that is ruthless when it comes to competing for attention. But due to baseball’s “every day” nature, every other league’s attempts to land lasting headlines often come up short.
The city of Chicago has a long sports tradition. When the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last week and ended the NHL’s longest championship drought, a new chapter began in the history book of the Windy City. That story continued on Sunday night as the champs brought Lord Stanley’s prized hardware into Wrigley Field to show off to the fans - and perhaps inspire either of Chicago’s two baseball teams to follow in their footsteps.
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