Alex Ovechkin of Washington Capitals becomes father for first time

Alex Ovechkin has a reason to keep celebrating, as the Washington Capitals captain became a father for the first time Saturday. Ovechkin’s wife, Nastya Ovechkina, gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son named Sergei Aleksandrovich Ovechkin. The elder Ovechkin shared a glimpse of young Sergei on Instagram, captioning it in Russian: “Thank you my girl for the very best day of my life.” Ovechkin named his son after his elder brother, who died following a car accident when Alex was 10 years old. When Ovechkin had his day…

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Fantasy NHL – Previewing the Western Conference for fantasy hockey, team by team

It’s been a long summer. Need a quick overview of what you need to know about every Western Conference team as the NHL season comes into view? We got you covered. Central Division Chicago Blackhawks As we enter fantasy hockey draft season, here’s a 30,000-foot outlook on each team in the East, including themes and fantasy-relevant concerns. Our top-300 fantasy hockey rankings, from Connor McDavid right on down to your bench players and future waiver-wire streamers. Gearing up for another season in your fantasy hockey dynasty league? Sean Allen has…

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NHL – Ranking long shot Hart Trophy candidates for 2018-19

10:40 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Bovada, the online sportsbook and generator of sports talk debate fodder, released its latest Hart Trophy odds for the 2018-19 NHL season. Here are the Bovada MVP odds for the NHL 2018-19 season. Gimme Stamkos at 25-to-1 all day. pic.twitter.com/fsCTcgDo7F – Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 16, 2018 Connor McDavid leads at 10-3, with the assumption being he’ll win another scoring title and the Edmonton Oilers actually make the playoffs again. Sidney Crosby is second (13-2) and both Auston Matthews and John Tavares are at 10-1,…

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NHL – Mount Puckmore – Four franchise-defining players for each Pacific Division team

7:00 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN When you look at Mount Rushmore, the four American presidents staring back were selected by sculptor Gutzon Borglum to define the first 130 years of American history. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson shared an era, Abraham Lincoln defined his, and Theodore Roosevelt was a symbol of expansion and development of the nation that the others had built. Lingering in the shadows of that mountain is context. The battle scars, the sins, the regretful parts of our history. That is represented in those craggy faces, too,…

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Fantasy NHL – Previewing the Eastern Conference for fantasy hockey, team by team

The NHL season is rapidly approaching. To get you back in the right frame of mind and get you back up to speed, here’s a quick look at every team in the Eastern Conference through a fantasy lens. Atlantic Division Boston Bruins Our top-300 fantasy hockey rankings, from Connor McDavid right on down to your bench players and future waiver-wire streamers. Gearing up for another season in your fantasy hockey dynasty league? Sean Allen has a brand new set of rankings entering the 2018-19 NHL campaign. 1 Related Motley crew…

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NHL – Mount Puckmore – Four franchise-defining players for each Central Division team

Aug 15, 2018 Greg WyshynskiESPN When you look at Mount Rushmore, the four American presidents staring back were selected by sculptor Gutzon Borglum to define the first 130 years of American history. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson shared an era, Abraham Lincoln defined his, and Theodore Roosevelt was a symbol of expansion and development of the nation that the others had built. Lingering in the shadows of that mountain is context. The battle scars, the sins, the regretful parts of our history. That is represented in those craggy faces, too,…

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Anaheim Ducks sign Ondrej Kase to three-year deal

The Anaheim Ducks have signed right winger Ondrej Kase to a three-year deal, the team announced Wednesday. The new deal is worth $7.8 million with an average annual value of $2.6 million, according to multiple media reports. The 22-year-old Kase set career highs in goals (20), assists (18), points (38) and plus-minus (plus-18) last season. He also had five game-winning goals. “Ondrej is a skilled player that has a bright future in this league,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. “He can skate and score and will continue to improve…

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NHL – Mount Puckmore – Four franchise-defining players for each Metropolitan Division team

7:00 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN When you look at Mount Rushmore, the four American presidents staring back were selected by sculptor Gutzon Borglum in order to define the first 130 years of American history. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson shared an era, Abraham Lincoln defined his, and Theodore Roosevelt was a symbol of expansion and development of the nation that the others had built. Lingering in the shadows of that mountain is context. The battle scars, the sins, the regretful parts of our history. That is represented in those craggy…

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Nashville Predators D Ryan Ellis signs 8-year, $50M extension

12:46 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Ryan Ellis was already being coveted as a potential unrestricted free agent in July 2019, as the kind of defenseman a team could build a blue line around. Which is why Nashville Predators general manager David Poile didn’t allow him to get within sniffing distance of the open market, signing the 27-year-old defenseman to an 8-year, $50 million contract extension that kicks in for the 2019-20 season. The final year of Ellis’s contract in 2018-19 carries a $2.5 million hit. His $6.25 million cap hit…

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NHL – Winners, losers from NBC TV schedule release

6:50 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN There’s going to be a lot of hockey on the air in the U.S. during the 2018-19 season. ESPN+ has a game a day throughout the regular season, to go along with our nightly In The Crease show. NHL Network will have its annual slate of games. Then there’s NBC, which released its 2018-19 schedule on Monday with some significant tinkering from last season. And copious amounts of the Blackhawks. More on that in a bit. NBC and NBCSN will air 109 NHL games this…

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