You've probably heard some of the rumblings coming from former Capitals' forward Eric Belanger (AKA The Dentist) concerning his "deal" with the team that never came to fruition. Despite widespread rumors that he had a done deal with the Caps pending a trade, he signed a one-year $750,000 contract with the Phoenix Coyotes this week and his agent has gone on the warpath against the Capitals, claiming they backed out of a "verbal" agreement. As of this morning, his agent Joe Tacopina has even threatened legal action against the team. As HM tells her boys when a subject has been broached to the point of exhaustion, "drop it already - you don't have a leg to stand on." Mike Vogel over at Dump'n'Chase has more on the Belanger brouhaha as does Ted Leonsis. It is unfortunate that this situation came to this point and I can understand how frustrating it must be for Belanger to have to uproot his family once again, but hey, this is professional hockey. My advice would be to get a new agent straightaway...
On a more upbeat subject, Matt Bradley and Semyon Varlamov had a blast with the kids yesterday at Kenmoor Elementary School. The kids showed their team spirit by donning red and had a blast learning how to shoot and stop pucks during the Capitals Hockey School session. Looks like some of the kids could have given Slapshot a goalie lesson or two - check it out:
On another note, many thanks to Storming the Crease for including Hockey Mom among the many other great writers in the Inside the Blogosphere series.
Finally, your wait for on-ice action ends today as the Capitals rookies take on those mcnasty youngsters from Philadelpia at 3 p.m. If you can't get down to Kettler Capitals Iceplex for all the fun, the game will be streamed live at WashingtonCaps.com. HM has no doubt that we'll see several dust ups between these two young clubs as there is never any love lost when these teams meet. Go Caps!