Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday Musings

Well another hockey-filled weekend is over and the Caps wait until Tuesday, when they host the always fun and friendly Flyers at Verizon Center. Speaking of the visitors in the Halloween sweaters, their fearless leader Mike Richards was the subject of controversy this weekend for a brutal hit on Florida Panthers player David Booth. Richards did not receive a fine or suspension (unlike Ovie who as you know by now, received a $2,500 fine for slewfooting Rich Peverley) but the subject of hits to the head once again has the hockey community buzzing. There was a plethora of very ugly hits across the league this weekend including one from Carolina Hurricanes' Tuomo Ruutu on the Avs' Darcy Tucker that earned Ruutu a three-game suspension. Here's the video of the hit on Booth and I assure you it is not for the faint of heart:

So needless to say, David Booth is out with a concussion and we wish him a speedy recovery. As Caps fans know all too well, the Flyers are no strangers to the sin bin and are sure to hand the Caps plenty of power play opportunities tomorrow night on a silver plate. Let's just hope that the boys can put their power play woes behind them and get the win! We should have more firepower in the line up as Alex Semin is expected to play.

In other hockey happenings:

  • Check out this mid-semester report card on the Caps from On Frozen Blog

  • Please to be welcoming another fabulous female writer to the hockey blogosphere: The Sassy Sharks Fan

  • Sour Grapes Don Cherry is back to his old tricks (and I do mean old) making xenophobic comments about Swedish players on the Canucks and ranting and raving about Ovie and how "he's gonna going to be very, very sorry one day because someone is going to cut you in half." blah blah blah....

  • The Capitals launched a new live web podcast called Caps on the Fly that will be taped at the Hilton Garden Inn each month - it made its debut tonight with guests George McPhee and Brian Pothier hosted by Mike Vogel

  • And finally, Coach Boudreau will be in the house at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Saturday to sign copies of his new book, Gabby: Confessions of a Hockey Lifer, starting at 12:45 p.m. A must-read for any Caps fan!
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