Found February 22, 2014 on Pro Sports Daily:
Despite numerous indications in recent weeks that Evgeny Kuznetsov may finally join the Capitals this spring, General Manager George McPhee isn’t making that assumption. McPhee said Thursday it is “not my expectation” to have Kuznetsov, the 2010 first-round draft pick, in the lineup before the end of the year. “We’re proceeding as if he’s not going to be here,” McPhee said. “And until he’s no longer playing in the KHL there’s probably not a lot that I can comment on there. He’s under contract and playing over there.” Kuznetsov, 21, is playing out the final year of his current contract in the KHL with Traktor Chelyabinsk. Until Traktor’s season ends, a date that can stretch into late March or even April should they perform well in the KHL playoffs, the Capitals aren’t able to sign their highly touted prospect. Whenever he does arrive, Kuznetsov’s first NHL contract would be a two-year entry level contract with a maximum annual salary of $900,000 before signing and performance

Report: Nicklas Backstrom failed drug test over allergy medicine

Team Sweden forward Nicklas Backstrom was held out of the Olympic gold medal final after testing positive for a banned substance. Yahoo Sports’ Greg Wyshynski reports that an NHLPA source has revealed that Backstrom was pulled from the locker room prior to the beginning of the gold medal game after it was revealed he had tested positive for a banned substance believed to...

Mike Green heads list of Caps' players returning from injury; nothing further on Ovechkin

Adam Oates will have his moving target back on the ice when the Washington Capitals return from the Olympic break.Defenseman Mike Green, he of immense offensive skill and glass jaw, and therefore a much sought-after target by the opposition, has been cleared for contact after passing his neuropsychological test - the last step on the concussion protocol.  Green has been sidelined...

Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom fails Olympic doping test

AP Image It is being reported that Washington Capitals’ and Sweden forward Nicklas Backstrom has failed an Olympic doping test.  Backstrom is currently competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia with the Swedish hockey team. A member of Sweden’s Olympic Committee revealed the news on Sunday afternoon, saying that Backstrom had tested positive for a substance found...

UPDATE: Nicklas Backstrom misses gold medal game due to use of banned substance

It was originally reported that Backstrom missed the game due to migraines, but it's now being reported that he missed the game due to usage of a banned substance.According to Yahoo Sports, an NHLPA source told them Backstrom violated the anti-doping rules in the IOC due to a banned substance contained in allergy medication. The source said he was tested on Friday.Backstom was...

Backstrom pulled from gold medal game after testing positive for banned substance

When Sweden faced Canada in the gold medal game on Sunday, they were forced to do so without top center Nicklas Backstrom. While Swedish reports suggested that Backstrom was dealing with migraines, there may be something else going on. According to a report from Yahoo! Sports' Greg Wyhysnski, Backstrom tested positive for a banned substance after using an allergy medication...

Sweden goes for gold without Nicklas Backstrom

Sweden is even more short-handed in the Olympic hockey gold-medal game. Nicklas Backstrom wasn't in uniform when the Swedes played Canada on Sunday. They dressed an extra defenseman, Henrik Tallinder, to take his place against the Canadians. It was not announced why the standout forward didn't play. He was listed on the lineups handed out before the game. Sweden started...

Caps' Nicklas Backstrom banned from gold medal match; Swedes lose to Canada

“It sucks. It’s like kindergarten, I can not ice the best team today. We should have the right conditions to compete with Canada and we didn’t have that today.” - Swedish Coach Par MartsKindergarten?  If Marts thinks that losing his best playmaker to a positive test for a banned substance is childish - particularly from a medication that he has used for seven years ...

Olympic Report: Backstom tests posiive for banned substance

Washington Capitals centre Nicklas Backstrom missed the gold medal game at the Sochi games for what Swedish team officials said was a migraine headache.Sources within the NHLPA, in Sochi have told reporters that Backstrom had in fact tested positive for a banned substance, that is usually found in allergy medication. This left the Swedes without three of their top centres, with Henrik...

Swedish reports say Nicklas Backstrom will miss gold medal game versus Canada due to migraines

Some Swedish Reports are reporting that Sweden center Nicklas Backstrom will miss the gold medal game this morning due to migraines. Swedish reports are Nicklas Backstrom won't play due to migraine headaches. Huge loss if true.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) February 23, 2014Backstrom was slated to center a line between Daniel Sedin and Loui Eriksson, but players like Marcus Kruger...

Sweden’s Nicklas Backstrom a late scratch for gold medal game

Sweden’s offense has been dealt another major blow. Nicklas Backstrom was initially included on the team’s lineup for the gold medal game against Canada, but he didn’t participate in the pregame warmups and has now officially been scratched, per the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus. Defenseman Henrik Tallinder has been selected to fill the vacant roster spot. If Sweden wins...

Statement regarding Nicklas Backstrom

National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly today released the following statement regarding Nicklas Backstrom: "We understand that Nicklas Backstrom tested positive for a substance banned 'in competition' by the International Olympic Committee. It is our further understanding that the positive test was the result of a common allergy medication taken by the...

Sweden's Niklas Bäckström Banned from the Gold Medal Game for Using Banned substance

This has to be one of the most asinine things that I have ever seen. Nicklas Backstrom of Sweden was banned from the gold medal game against the Canadians for failing a drug test. Must have been performance enhancing right? Nope! According to Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy, the banned substance in question was Zyrtec-D. In my humble opinion, that has to be one of the most moronic...

No, but Ovechkin Joins Instagram

Alex Ovechkin's website,, is down for the count. He did, however, join Instagram.

Alex Ovechkin's father recovering from surgery

Alex Ovechkin's father is recovering from heart surgery in Russia after falling ill during the Olympics. Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee said Thursday that Mikhail Ovechkin became sick following Russia's game against Slovakia on Sunday. McPhee said Mikhail Ovechkin is now stable and out of intensive care. McPhee said Alex Ovechkin was not told about his...
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