• Senators owner blasts Sidney Crosby as ‘whiner,’ wants long suspension
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    Senators owner blasts Sidney Crosby as ‘whiner,’ wants long suspension

    Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby slashed Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot on the hands during their game on Thursday night. It was a play that happens hourly on any busy NHL game night: Lumber across the hands, in an attempt to separate player from puck or player from stick or just to mess him up a bit as he enters the attacking zone. Well, messed up, Methot was: The tip of his finger appeared severed by the Crosby slash, which was not penalized.

  • Panthers didn’t want to trade Crouse, but Bolland contract was ‘strangling’ them
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    Panthers didn’t want to trade Crouse, but Bolland contract was ‘strangling’ them

    Interesting note here from Florida head coach Tom Rowe who, last night, watched former Panther prospect Lawson Crouse play in Florida for the first time since being traded to Arizona. Crouse was the price the Panthers had to pay to unload Dave Bolland‘s contract on the Coyotes last summer. Rowe wasn’t involved with the Bolland signing, but was involved in dumping the contract — he was Florida’s assistant GM at the time the deal went down. His take, from the Miami Herald: Florida traded Crouse to the Coyotes last summer as part of a salary cap dump; Arizona took on the final three years and $16.5-million of Dave Bolland’s contract in exchange for a top prospect — in this case, Crouse. “We got

  • On cutting edge of custom skates, is Ovechkin a trendsetter?
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    On cutting edge of custom skates, is Ovechkin a trendsetter?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is the first NHL player to lace up custom-painted skates, though in a sport that discourages freedom of expression he may not turn out to be much of a trendsetter. The Washington Capitals superstar celebrated the team’s Russian Heritage Night Thursday with skates bearing Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral, the U.S. Capitol and Russian and American flags. He could only wear them for pregame warmups after receiving special permission from the NHL. “Obviously I want to play with them, but the league said no,” Ovechkin said. “I think they’re sick. They’re pretty cool. It’s something new. Nobody done it before. It’s nice to be first guy.” Ovechkin is following football