Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is proud the Washington Capitals have been able to build from within and now have stars Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
“I would much rather commit to young players that we have grown to know and trust than players on other teams that come to us as free agents,” Leonsis wrote on his blog Tuesday.
“That is our commitment. That is our plan. We want players who want to be here and want to help us to win a championship in D.C.”
Ovechkin in under contract until 2021 and Backstrom’s deal, signed Monday, lasts until 2020. Defenceman Mike Green still has two years left on his five-year contract.
“Nick and Alex are certainly two of the 10 best players in the entire league and form the basis of our core,” Leonsis wrote. “And they like and respect and trust one another.”
Tallon brings draft smarts to Panthers
One of the reasons the Florida Panthers hired Dale Tallon as their new general manager Monday is because of his reputation at the draft table. In Chicago, Tallon assembled the core of the Blackhawks, including Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, through the draft.
Heading into the 2010 entry draft the Panthers have nine picks.
“Over the years, there have been maybe not the best calls on some of that. I’m going back through the last decade,” Panthers co-owner Stu Siegel told reporters during a conference call Tuesday. “Not that Dale is going to always make the right decisions, but it’s all about batting averages.”
The Panthers will pick third overall in Los Angeles behind the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins.
“It’s a great pick to have,” Tallon told reporters. “Shopping it either for another prospect from another team or getting other picks. I remember when we had the third pick in Chicago, it was interesting the night before, days before, and even the day of the draft seeing the offers that were coming in for that pick.”
Hurricanes want to bring Babchuk back
The Carolina Hurricanes hope to entice defenceman Anton Babchuk to return to the NHL after spending last season with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Babchuk, a first-round draft pick by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2002, had career highs with the Hurricanes in 2008-09 with 16 goals and 19 assists in 72 games. He had nine goals and 13 assists in 49 games in Omsk last season.
“We want to sign him and bring him back,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told the Raleigh News & Observer. “We are moving along in the process.”
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