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Chris Bourque: “Got sick of waiting for my chance in Washington and then being used to plug holes in roster”

Chris Bourque: “Got sick of waiting for my chance in Washington and then being used to plug holes in roster”

KHL News and Interviews
Chris Bourque: "Got sick of waiting for my chance in Washington and then being used to plug holes in roster" (Photo © SportsDaily) The former Washington Capitals forward Chris Bourque, who moved this summer to Atlant Mytischi of the KHL, gave an interview to SportsDaily.ru. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation. The story of your signing with Atlant was pretty long. Were you hesitating? Bourque: "I just wanted to see how it'd turn out with the Capitals. When the situation wasn't clear I had to told Atlant that they'd have to wait." But then finally the Capitals offered you a contract. Why did you decide to move to Russia? Bourque: "Things were going the way that I'd not get a spot with the Capitals. I have won everything in the AHL - like the Calder Cup and the pla...
Alexander Semin on being playoff choker, contract with Caps

Alexander Semin on being playoff choker, contract with Caps

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Alexander Semin on being playoff choker, contract with Caps (Photo © Luis M. Alvarez/Associated Press) Alexander Semin talked with Slava Malamud of Sport-Express about being a playoff choker and his contract with the Capitals. Here is a quick translation. Semin: "I can't get into the Caps bosses' heads. I don't know what they are thinking. Even if they trade me, so what? I'd finish the season somewhere else, then become a free agent. But I have been here for five years and I like it. It's comfortable here." Some say that you are a playoff choker. What do you think? Semin: "They can say whatever they want. I think that a player must be a player everywhere - in the regular season and in the playoffs. You know, it happens when you have no luck and it just doesn't click. And what, should I th...
Evgeny Kuznetsov drafted by Washington Capitals

Evgeny Kuznetsov drafted by Washington Capitals

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Evgeny Kuznetsov drafted by Washington Capitals (Photo © Getty Images) With the 26th overall pick, the Washington Capitals picked wing . He's the third player to get picked in the first round after Alexander Burmistrov and Vladimir Tarasenko. Kuznetsov, 18, has recently signed a new 2 years deal with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL, but most likely the Caps are willing to wait a bit so that he can develop at home. Evgeny Kuznetsov had a very good rookie season with Traktor, with nine points in 35 games. He also scored once in the playoffs. He skated at both U20 and U18 WJC.
Dmitry Orlov: “I still don’t know if I’ll go to the NHL this summer”

Dmitry Orlov: “I still don’t know if I’ll go to the NHL this summer”

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Dmitry Orlov: "I still don't know if I'll go to the NHL this summer" (Photo © mhl.khl.ru) During an interview with portal Sport Novokuznetsk, Washington Capitals' prospect Dmitry Orlov stated that he still doesn't know where he will spend the 2010-11 season. Dmitry Orlov: "I still don't know if I'll go to the NHL this summer. I still have two more years of contract with Metallurg Novokuznetsk. I don't really know, we'll see what will happen." The blue liner, who did skate in last year's rookie camp with the Capitals, has just been in the roster of the MHL runners-up. The Kuznetsk Bears lost the Russian Junior League finals 3-1 to the Steel Foxes from Magnitogorsk. Playoffs' top scorer was 2010 eligible Maxim Kitsyn with 20 points in 17 games, while Dmitry Orlov was third in the standings ...
Washington Capitals sign Dmitry Kugryshev

Washington Capitals sign Dmitry Kugryshev

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Washington Capitals sign Dmitry Kugryshev (Photo © Steve Deschênes, Le Soleil) The Washington Capitals of the NHL signed Russian winger Dmitry Kugryshev to an entry level rookie contract. He has been drafted by the Capitals during the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, with the 58th overall pick. Kugryshev, who turned 20 in January, has spent the latest two seasons with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, scoring respectively 74 and 81 points. The Moscow, Russia, native won a gold medal with Team Russia U18 back in 2007, with a silver and bronze medal at the WJC stage. He has been included in this year's WJC long roster, but he has been cut during the preparation camp. Kugryshev also skated with the Capitals in the training camp on September and during other rookie camps.
Alexander Semin: “Why pay attention when someone provokes you?”

Alexander Semin: “Why pay attention when someone provokes you?”

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Alexander Semin: "Why pay attention when someone provokes you?" (Photo © capitals.nhl.com) NHL star Alexander Semin gave an interview to Russian newspaper Sovsport.ru which was translated on the popular Washington Capitals' blog Japers' Rink. In this interview he talked about the upcoming Olympic Games in Vancouver, about 2008 WC final match and about his composed personality. Special guest of the interview: Ovechkin's dad. RussianHockeyFans.com collected the most interesting parts of the interview. The Olympics are approaching. Are you nervous? Semin: "There's no need to get butterflies. That might even hamper you a little bit. You just need to go out on the ice and play, like any other game. If you remember Quebec, well yeah, the finale is the finale. There was seething passion and exci...
Ovechkin drops the gloves, Bradley fights instead

Ovechkin drops the gloves, Bradley fights instead

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Ovechkin drops the gloves, Bradley fights instead (Photo © AP Photo) Russian superstar Alexander Ovechkin was really close to battle in another NHL fight, but Matt Bradley stole him the scene and fought instead of him during the third period of the Tuesday's match between the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The first brawl was started by Stewe Downie after a clean hit by Ovechkin, but it was quickly stopped by the refs, who gave the two players a minor penalty. When they got out of the penalty box Ovechkin was ready to go as he dropped the gloves and the helmet too, but when he and Downie were approaching each other, Matt Bradley intervened and started fighting Downie himself, not allowing his captain to fight. "I didn't see him actually," said Ovechkin after the match to...
Alexander Semin: “In a year I’ll be a free agent, have more opportunities”

Alexander Semin: “In a year I’ll be a free agent, have more opportunities”

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Alexander Semin: "In a year I'll be a free agent, have more opportunities" (Photo © Bill Wippert/Getty Images) Right on Christmas time the Washington Capitals extended Alexander Semin's contract for one more year, with sources from TSN claiming that it was worth around six million dollars. Semin's contract will now run out in June 2011. This was the main topic of an interview that Alexander gave to Slava Malamud of Sport Express. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation. Semin: "For now I'm satisfied with the conditions of my contract. My agent and I considered other variants but we decided that 1 year is an optimal variant." Why? Semin: "Just because. I'm going to play in Washington for this last year and then think things over. I will have more opportunities as I will be a free ag...
Captain Ovechkin: “It’s a big honor for me but I’m going to play the same”

Captain Ovechkin: “It’s a big honor for me but I’m going to play the same”

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Captain Ovechkin: "It's a big honor for me but I'm going to play the same" (Photo © Greg Fiume/Getty Images) Russian NHL superstar Alexander Ovechkin was named Washington Capitals' captain on Tuesday. The position was vacant after the former captain Chris Clark has been traded with defenseman Milan Jurcina for Columbus Blue Jackets' Jason Chimera. "If I need to say something, I will say something," Ovechkin told the Washington Post. "But I will show what I can do on the ice. It's a big honor for me. I'm going to do my best, but I don't want to concentrate on having a 'C' on my heart. I'm just going to play the same." The Capitals won the match 4-2, but Ovechkin has been left out of the score sheet. Alexander Semin scored two goals, including the game winning one. "I had talked to a lot of...