Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals’ star left wing, was benched for more than 14 minutes in Monday’s 4-2 loss to Montreal for repeatedly refusing to adhere to team policy regarding length of shifts and defensive zone coverage.
Multiple league sources speaking on the condition of anonymity said the rookie had been warned several times about paying more attention to defense in his own zone and keeping his shifts within limits laid down by the coaching staff unless specifically directed to do otherwise.
The Los Angeles Kings axed head coach Andy Murray late Tuesday and replaced him with John Torchetti on an interim basis.
When the Flyers traded for Petr Nedved, it was never imagined that he would replace Keith Primeau as a defensive center.
While coach Ken Hitchcock says having a defensive center is not necessarily a luxury in the “new” NHL, it appears that Hitchcock has stumbled on something he did not expect when Nedved joined the team in a deal that sent Dennis Seidenberg to Phoenix in January.
Back in the pre-season noted egomaniac Jeremy Roenick says pay attention to me as he gets down to the Bee Gees.
The New Jersey Devils signed a letter of intent Wednesday to purchase a controlling interest of the American Hockey League franchise in Lowell, Mass. It will be the first time since 1993 that the Devils will own their own AHL team. The Albany River Rats have served as New Jersey’s top AHL affiliate since 1993-94.