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05-21-2007, 12:28 PM
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It's official now

http://www.washingtoncaps.com/news/n...?story_id=4846

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05-21-2007, 01:06 PM
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Backstrom at the press conference.

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05-21-2007, 01:09 PM
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"Here Nick, hold up this jersey. You'll never wear it, but hold it anyways"

contract details: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/capit...t_details.html

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05-21-2007, 01:17 PM
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05-21-2007, 01:30 PM
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nice to learn that Olie was there today - funny to see the description with the comment that Kolzig is from South Africa - yeah, I know he was born there, but talk about taking a bio point and typing something misleading

for the other pictures in that series

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05-21-2007, 02:19 PM
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I guess Steinberg wasn't too scared away by the Caps.

'Nicklas Backstrom Likes Swedish Meatballs.'

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05-21-2007, 03:00 PM
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semin + backstrom + picks > staal
concise & correct.

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05-21-2007, 03:50 PM
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05-21-2007, 04:23 PM
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thx for posting that. I see that superswede Backstrom video is on that site as well. Was that ever debunked? heh.

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05-21-2007, 04:38 PM
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thx for posting that. I see that superswede Backstrom video is on that site as well. Was that ever debunked? heh.
As in how many takes it took?
Nope, noone knows, they could have been at for a week

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05-21-2007, 07:08 PM
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"He stood out right away," Pothier said. "You hate to compare guys, but he reminded me of Peter Forsberg."

Pothier specifically recalled Backstrom standing up for himself when things got rough. The teenager threw a punch at an American player after getting hit with a high elbow.

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from the various articles and pictures, it sounds like the two current Caps that were there were Kolzig and Pothier

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05-21-2007, 08:04 PM
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Yep, it was Pothier and Kolzig. Reekie was there, as well as Kolbe.

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Backstrom will indeed be on Washington Post Live tomorrow for a sit-down interview.

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05-21-2007, 08:47 PM
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05-22-2007, 01:55 AM
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Even though my team is busy preparing for the finals, i can't help getting excited over next season. Hopefully he will work on his speed and explosiveness during the summer, and he should be fine, IMO.

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05-22-2007, 05:59 AM
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Hey IJ,
As I recall...what got the discussion moving was the fact that Barry Melrose brought it up in one of his commentaries. Just did a quick Google search, and here's a piece that's pretty much like the ESPN discussion and the take we had on it at the time:

http://westerncollegehockey.blogspot.com/2006/04/nhl-draft-lottery.html
That makes things very interesting for the Penguins at the second pick. Assuming Johnson goes first overall, that just leaves a lot of talented forwards. The Penguins are pretty set in terms of young forwards though with Sidney Crosby, Colby Armstrong, and Evgeni Malkin coming in next season. They may try to trade down and hope they can pick up some solid players or a lot of picks.


Again, as I recall...the most common scenario proposed (and I think it was C. Stanton who first proposed this) was Semin and a couple of picks. What gave this "legs" was a couple of things.

One: Semin wasn't exactly in favor with the team at that point, and we had plenty of picks available.
Secondly: Things were just rocky enough financially with the Pens to envision them looking to make a deal like this.

Often times, teams will just be looking to move up by exchanging picks. That, at the time, was (IMO) the most likely happening, should it have occurred...which, as we all know, it didn't.
Frankly, I wish we would've grabbed him, despite Semin's great year. Jordan's a solid, 2-way player with tremendus potential. Semin, as talented as he is, is a one-way player.

Oh well...spilled milk.
According to Washington Caps: Under Construction, 2006 Entry Draft (see youtube).

Pittsburgh was offered Jack Johnson straight up for the #2 pick. They turned it down. This in my mind was the greatest offer, and Ray Schero turned it down.

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05-22-2007, 06:29 AM
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Nicklas appear to have stated the following to Swedish media (you never know, some journalist quote others without giving the source).

- I'll probably workout with Brynäs. Then it's the rookie camp during the summer and the ordinary camp later on.

So it seems that the rookie camp is in his summer plans.

His parents said they'll stay with him for a while when the season starts to sort out whatever non-hockey stuff that needs to be fixed.

Looks like they'll leave when he turns 20.

It doesn't happen to be the legal age for bars in Washington?

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05-22-2007, 08:40 AM
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Looks like they'll leave when he turns 20.

It doesn't happen to be the legal age for bars in Washington?
That would be unfortunately - 21.

He also was on a local morning radio station this morning. He said he'll be back in July for camp.

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05-22-2007, 05:08 PM
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That would be unfortunately - 21.

He also was on a local morning radio station this morning. He said he'll be back in July for camp.
Aw schucks

I was looking forward to Nicklas going on a bar rampage as soon as mum left the country

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05-22-2007, 05:57 PM
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Aw schucks

I was looking forward to Nicklas going on a bar rampage as soon as mum left the country
does age really matter? as long as you don't look 14 I don't think anyone would have a problem finding a place to drink.

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05-22-2007, 06:12 PM
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does age really matter? as long as you don't look 14 I don't think anyone would have a problem finding a place to drink.
I'm sure Ovechkin will have some vodka ready for him whenever he feels like dropping by.

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