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Capitals bench Alexander Ovechkin
There is little doubt that the Washington Capitals have a potential superstar in the making with Alexander Ovechkin. At the beginning of the season, not that many people picked Ovechkin to win the Calder Trophy with Sidney Crosby
the odds on favourite. So it comes as a bit of a shock to see that Ovechkin has scored 44 goals and 42 assists for 86 points in 67 games and is by far the favourite to win rookie of the year. Now along comes news that the Washington Capitals may not be all that happy with his play and sent a mesage to their leading scorer earlier this week by benching the rookie phenom for more than 14 minutes in a 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
All is not well with the Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks began this season as a team that could make some noise in the post season. But they have been hit hard by injuries (Dan Cloutier, Ed Jovonovski, Sami Salo, etc) and the team did not make any big trades at the deadline. The end result is that the Canucks currently have 78 points and sit in seventh spot in the Western Conference, only 2 points ahead of the ninth place Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Rumours are running rampant that the team's chemistry has been detereorating to the point where the once Stanley Cup contenders could implode. Talk radio stations on the west coast are full of rumours that Todd Bertuzzi and Marcus Naslund are alienating themselves from the team.
2006 NHL Trade Deadline
Unlike past years, the NHL trade deadline has not only been moved up, but general managers have to take player salaries into account thanks to the salary cap. Does this mean we will see fewer deals this year? It is a possibility, especially with this being the first trade deadline day in the salary cap NHL and with a lot of teams still fealing that they are in the playoff race. This year the trades started last night with a couple of medium-big names already dealt.The next hour or so could end up being frenetic as teams try to jockey for the playoff run.