Ovechkin, O'Neill, OTR — Latest News

Some more news from the NHL has come out, concerning a phenom, a producer, and a talk show. Here is the latest news:

Ovechkin Cleared

The first pick of the 2004 entry draft will play in the NHL this season. Alexander Ovechkin exercised the option in his contract with Russian SuperLeague squad Omsk to void the contract, allowing him to join Washington.

Currently, Washington has only 4 players signed for just over $7 million. Ovechkin is eligible receive more than every other pick in the draft, but he won;t earn as much as he would have had the lockout been averted. Still, you can be sure he will make quite a bit.

Jeff O’Neill’s Brother Dies

Jeff O’Neill lost his brother, Donny, on Thursday, in a car crash on a ramp linking two major highways. He wasn’t wearing a setbelt and the car simply crushed him.

A tragic loss for Jeff and his family. Our thoughts are with them. RIP Donny.

OTR Has All-Hockey Show

On Off The Record on TSN yesterday, Jeremy Roenick verbally criticised NHLPA head Bob Goodenow, saying that if the players accept the salary cap by ratifying the deal (something Goodenow has not wanted all along), which they are expected to do, he will just walk away from the player’s association.

Roenick was at it again later on the show, this time talking about 2005 #1 draft pick (or soon to be) Sidney Crosby. The Flyers forward said the league should forget about the lottery balls, and let the New York Rangers have the first pick. JR stated that New York hasn’t made the playoffs in seven years, are the biggest media market, and are in danger of losing fans during their rebuilding process. Crosby would surely give the Rangers a lot of hype (not that they need much more) and help them make the playoffs (something the outspoken forward said was important to the NHL).

Newly appointed Devils coach Larry Robinson was also on OTR Wednesday, speaking out on the Todd Bertuzzi issue. He wondered why Bertuzzi had been suspended in the first place, saying that he was sent out on the ice to do the job, and that ‘Nucks head coach Mark Crawford should’ve been the one suspended, as well as the rest of Vancouver’s coaching staff.


24 Responses to Ovechkin, O'Neill, OTR — Latest News

  1. wingerxxx says:

    Speaking for all Washington-based hockey fans (I’m a Rangers fan, but oh well), it’s great news that Ovechkin is coming here to play. Even so, no one is talking about the Caps here right now. Ovechkin really needs to have a good season to put people in the MCI Center again. At the 03-04 season opener against the Islanders, the MCI Center was less than half-full, I know because I was there. I almost shudder to think of how many people will be at this years season opener…here’s hoping to the success of another young player.

  2. brewstar03 says:

    Sad to hear about Jeff O’Neill’s brother. Everybody- Wear your seatbelts!!!!!! His brother is going to have to be cremated or for sure a closed casket funeral!!!!!

  3. simplyhabby says:

    Ovechkin will be good no doubt about that but he will be tested and probably hit with a wake up call in the NHL to knock down his ego. The World Champoinships and Juniors do not allow for such a physical game that is played in the NHL.

    Roenick is always a great quote of the obvious. Don’t worry NYR, you will get Crosby.

    Nice to see Big Bird defending the honour of the troops and explain the chain of command. It is relative hersay but Crawford did make mention of the revenge factor publicly. Bert did too but is it not the Coach who is the “ranking” officer?

  4. Aetherial says:

    Agreed on only one thing about Bertuzzi…

    Crawford should have been suspended also. Brad My should have joined them.

    However to say Bertuzzi should have gone unpunished is ridiculous.

  5. brewstar03 says:

    It’s official…….

    The CBA has ben ratified by the players!

  6. dudemar says:

    I agree. Whether or not Bertuzzi was “ordered” to do it should only be an issue when looking at suspending his superiors, not a way of defending him. Bertuzzi should’ve known that it was the wrong thing to do and most definitely deserved punishment.

  7. wingerxxx says:

    It’s good that they did! They would have looked like absolute villains if they hadn’t have ratified it.

  8. titans says:

    Everybody forgets about Ovechkin being the 1st pick for a season that didn’t happen but man o man is he gonna be a star. All the hype about Crosby also overshadows Ovechkin, he could easily end up being the better of the two.

  9. flyersfan10897 says:

    was the last part of that comment really necessary? or were you just trying to look like a jackass?

  10. CBA says:

    I know, I think Bertuzzi should still be suspended(which he is of course) for what he did.

  11. Scoot says:

    Don’t be an insensitive a$$. During your lifetime somebody you know may die tragically, and you’ll probably regret making such boneheaded comments. Have some respect.

  12. leafstopgun says:

    Ovechkin is a wimp no balls, rember the juniors when the gold was on the line he was on the bench ***** typical russain

  13. rojoke says:

    The Rangers may be in danger of losing fans, but they still averaged about 99% capacity over the last two seasons. And they haven’t made the playoffs in seven years. If they can’t lose fans after doing that, then they probably can’t lose fans at all.

  14. CechmanekForVezina says:

    Does anyone else realize this is going to be the most insane Calder Trophy race of all time?

  15. beefer says:

    I went to about 15 games in each of those 2 seasons. And they may have sold 99% capacity, but the attendance certainly wasn’t 99%.

  16. NemiNA says:

    Ovechkin Crosby Carter Malkin Richards Thelen, THE LIST GoES ON! Do you think Marek Schwarz will play for st. louis?

  17. GretzNYR99 says:

    I went to 4 Ranger/Islander games in 03-04… 2 of them at the Garden… and those 2 games WEREN’T JAM PACKED.

    They may sell out every game because of season tickets… but everyone’s not coming like they used to.

  18. GretzNYR99 says:

    He most definitely could be the back up to Lalime… Sanford and Divis just don’t cut it, and personally I think Schwarz can do better in his rookie year than either of those 2 can do at their best.

  19. adambuffalo says:

    Just a quick comment, not really related to the article.

    I just was watching the news and heard Brendan Shannahan say “The deal we have now is much better than the deal we would have had in February.”

    I thought it was a mutual agreement that the deal in February was much better than this one?

  20. PayUpSucka says:

    Funny story and true story, Sidney walks by me everyday, and I never have a pen, he’s always with his trainer decked out in the reebok gear, the guy has legs like tree trunks it’s scary. Anyway heard him say just a few seconds ago on his cell saying something about him taking penecillin, hope it’s nothing serious but thought I would pass it on.

  21. Aetherial says:

    Also Titans, seems to me that in the world juniors, the most impressive player I saw was Malkin.

    Honestly, I think he is another forgotten rookie this year who could be right up there with the other two.

  22. PayUpSucka says:

    He may even superseed Lalime.

  23. CechmanekForVezina says:

    And Lehtonen. It’s going to be insane.

  24. atleastihavegolf says:

    while i’d be more than happy to see carter carry that off with the Cup, don’t forget about Phaneuf.

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