The NHLPA ratified the new collective bargaining agreement today. Tomorrow, the owners should do the same. After that, we get hockey back.
According to various accounts, the Washington Capitals look poised to sign 2004’s entry draft overall superstar-to-be, Alexander Ovechkin, after his last-minute opt-out of his contract with some Russian team that doesn’t even bear mention. He’s been described thusly:
The multi-tooled left winger, the consensus top player in the 2004 draft, has been compared to countryman Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers, except he is considered a much better two-way player.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch…
The Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning ranch, that is. (Yes: Over one year after the Bolts won The Cup, I am still gloating. Deal with it, fuckers.)
I have a feeling that Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning netminder, Nikolai Khabibulin, won’t be wearing black and blue come October. He’s proven himself a money-grubbin’ motherfucker in the past (think Phoenix)… but maybe I’m underestimating his loyalty to the one club that placed their faith in him, and ultimately The Cup at his feet.
I doubt it, though.
Lecavalier, Richards, St. Louis, Boyle, Fedotenko? Bolts bound, I figure. Fuck it, John Grahame can stop some pucks.