The tug-of-war surrounding Alexander Ovechkin’s playing future is expected to go to court before the end of the month.
Ovechkin’s former Russian team, Dynamo Moscow, wants the U.S. courts to enforce an earlier ruling by a Russian arbitrator who agreed the club still own the rights to the former number one draft pick.
The Washington Capitals say Ovechkin exercised his right to opt out of his Russian contract over the summer and they have been assured by legal counsel that Dynamo’s claims and their plans to enforce it in the United States are “without merit”.
Anaheim’s Todd Fedoruk is facing a suspension for his hit last night on Phoenix’s Petr Nedved. Sources say the NHL has scheduled a disciplinary hearing today for the Ducks’ tough guy, who publicly stated after the game that he was exacting revenge for an earlier hit by Phoenix’s Denis Gauthier on the Ducks’ Joffrey Lupul and Todd Marchant.
They have a term in hockey for teams that lose the puck along the boards. It’s called being “light” on the puck.
The Flyers offered a good example of being light on the puck last night at the Wachovia Center during yet another loss to Tampa Bay.
The Lightning won, 4-2, outcompeting the Flyers for pucks, forcing turnovers, and scoring off them. The loss was the Flyers’ third straight at home, and their second to the defending Stanley Cup champions in eight days.
Last night was the first time that Crosby, 18, and Ovechkin, 20, the No. 1 overall draft picks of the last two years, faced each other in the NHL.
Crosby scored a goal and assisted on what would turn out to be the game winner. Ovechkin, who had 15 goals going into the game and twice lifted his stick in the air in premature goal celebrations, was held to just one assist.