NHL Rumors: Alex Ovechkin

Links from around the rink - December 29 

December, 29, 2014
Changing head coaches is nothing new to Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello. Over the past 15 seasons, New Jersey has shuffled the deck 13 times, four more than any other NHL club.

NHL Morning Links - Nov. 5 

November, 5, 2013
As if the Ducks didn't have enough strong options in the crease, here comes Fredrik Andersen. Granted, the Rangers aren't leading the league in goal-scoring, but 32 saves on 33 shots to pick up win No. 4 isn't too shabby. On the season, Andersen now has a 1.36 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and four wins in four appearances. With Jonas Hiller, Viktor Fasth and prospect John Gibson also in team control, one wonders if Anaheim will be looking to deal one of the vets to a goalie-needy club in the future. Let's continue onward with our league-wide links.

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NHL Morning Links - Nov. 1 

November, 1, 2013
Forward Steve Downie is a member of the Philadelphia Flyers once more. Traded from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Maxime Talbot, Downie wasn’t all that surprised at being moved, in light of his expiring contract. Expected to draw into the Flyers’ lineup Friday versus the Washington Capitals, Downie may skate on the top line with Vincent Lecavalier and Claude Giroux, replacing Michael Raffl. There’s also a chance the 26-year-old winger, who’s adept at playing on both sides, could slide in on a line with center Sean Couturier.

Talbot was apparently more shocked than Downie at hearing news of the deal. Avalanche coach Patrick Roy reveals Philadelphia "wanted Steve Downie back, and we felt it was the price to pay to get Talbot”. The 29-year-old forward is roundly admired as a top-notch penalty-killer and proven playoff performer. Talbot is pegged to slide in on the wing– on the Avs’ third line, maybe – to start.

As for Thursday’s Insider content, Craig Custance assembles an “All-Underrated” NHL starting six; the cream of the under-appreciated crop, if you will. And Corey Pronman ranks top prospects in the AHL.

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NHL Morning Links - Oct. 31 

October, 31, 2013
ESPN.com's NHL game of the week was played on Wednesday night, with the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins -- two teams that have a pretty strong chance of competing against one another for the right to go to the Stanley Cup Finals this spring -- skated a hard-fought 60 minutes, with Pittsburgh taking this round, 3-2. As the Penguins try and figure out who's going to stick on the line with Evgeni Malkin during James Neal's absence, one option may well be sliding Brandon Sutter out to a wing slot. The former first-rounder netted his first goal of the season in Wednesday's contest. Let's continue our tour around the NHL with the morning links...

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Fantasy Grapevine - Week 5 

October, 30, 2013
Nazem Kadri #43 of the Toronto Maple Leafs Claus Andersen/Getty ImagesNazem Kadri was recently promoted to the Maple Leafs' top scoring line.
The next couple of weeks will be huge for two young centermen, as the NHL world looks to be their oyster. Subbing into more prominent roles for injured teammates, Brandon Pirri and Nazem Kadri, of the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs, respectively, are already taking advantage of recent promotions within their own lineups. But while one is universally available in ESPN.com leagues, the approach to the other is more complicated for fantasy owners.

Competing in place of Michal Handzus (minor upper-body injury) on a Blackhawks' second scoring line with Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane, Pirri has two assists in two games. More importantly, Chicago's head coach is open to permanently awarding the promising young center the top-six gig.

"We're still looking for who's going to be that guy," Joel Quenneville said this week. "It's an opportunity for [Pirri] to hopefully grab that. We certain feel he can play there. At what point are you comfortable giving him that chance? We're comfortable giving him that chance here, and I think he'll do fine."

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NHL Morning Links - Oct. 22 

October, 22, 2013
As is the case with every Monday during the NHL season, our Craig Custance explored the hot topics from the weekend and what's coming next in the Next Question blog post. This week, he pondered whether the Rangers have already buried themselves with a rough start to the 2013-14 season, offered his thoughts on which of the California teams has the best chance of winning the Pacific Division and whether Seth Jones has a chance to play for Team USA in Sochi. With that rundown out of the way, let's do our typical morning lap around the league in the Morning Links.

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NHL Morning Links - Sept. 16 

September, 16, 2013
Last week, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma made it clear that Marc-Andre Fleury still is the franchise's No. 1 goalie and will start the majority of the games in 2013-14. Mike Bales, the Pens' new goaltending coach, says Fleury can again be an elite netminder.

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NHL Morning Links - Sept. 3 

September, 3, 2013
A Dynamo Moscow official wants to bring Alex Ovechkin to the KHL. In case you’re wondering, Ovechkin still has eight years and $79 million remaining on his contract with the Capitals.

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New division a challenge for the Caps? 

July, 31, 2013
Washington hasn't missed the playoffs since the 2006-07 season. And, fresh off a year in which Alex Ovechkin took home the Hart Trophy and the Capitals won the Southeast Division, they would appear poised to make a nice run in 2013-14.

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Calder, Norris, Hart winners 

June, 15, 2013
Don't expect any big surprises when the NHL doles out it's major awards ahead of Game 2 in Chicago on Saturday. Monitoring the travel arrangements made (or not made, in some cases) by certain players, TSN's "Insider Trading" panel rationally predicts who will be selected as rookie of the year, most outstanding defenseman, and league MVP, respectively.

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Is Ovechkin this year's MVP? 

April, 22, 2013
It's tough to argue with the impact Alex Ovechkin has had on the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Washington Capitals seemed all but done in February, and Ovi appeared to be heading for another relatively disappointing season. He has absolutely erupted in the second half, however, taking his teammates with him on a ride to a likely playoff berth.

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Why Ovi is surging again 

April, 8, 2013
It wasn't all that long ago when the debate over the greatest hockey player in the world centered firmly on the rivalry between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. Crosby has taken that title in fairly convincing fashion, but Ovechkin is still an offensive force when he's on his game. And he's been absolutely on fire of late.

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Ovechkin ends hat-trick drought 

February, 24, 2013
Alex Ovechkin failed to reach the 100-point mark the past two seasons. And after netting at least 46 goals in each of his first five campaigns, he failed to even reach the 40-goal mark the past two years. He continued his shaky play early this season, tallying two goals and three points in his first eight games. However, Ovechkin showed some signs of life this month, as he had seven points during a five-game stretch before tallying zero points in three games leading into Saturday's skate with the New Jersey Devils when he finally secured a hat trick.

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Ovechkin's shift to the right 

January, 24, 2013
UPDATE: The trial may be over -- for the immediate future, anyway.

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