Alex Ovechkin said he suffered a groin pull in Game 4 of the series against the New York Rangers. He also said he was suffering from a wrist injury in the playoffs.
Both ailments needed required injections before games, he said.
Ovechkin also said he does not need surgery on either his groin or wrist, adding, "Thank God." Makes you wonder what he might have done had not been playing hurt, considering he led all scorers in the Pittsburgh series with 14 points and eight goals.
Mike Green (shoulder)
Alexander Semin (thumb)
Tom Poti (broken foot)
John Erskine (broken foot)
Alex Ovechkin (groin pull, wrist)
Shaone Morrisonn (groin, ankle)
McPhee also said that he will speak to his pro scouting staff and the players before deciding whether to bring back pending FAs Sergei Fedorov, Donald Brashear, Brent Johnson and Viktor Kozlov.
Corey Masisak, TWT, May 15, 2009:
- Sergei Fedorov said he not only is not retiring, he wants to play again next year in the NHL and with the Caps. He said his agent, Pat Brisson, approached Caps management about an extension in January and they said to wait until after the playoffs.
- Viktor Kozlov said teams from Russia are interested in him but he wants to stay here and specifically with the Caps. He said he's going to talk everything over with his family before deciding on his future.
- Alex Ovechkin played with both groin and wrist injuries during the playoffs. He said it isn't his job to lobby McPhee about retaining guys like Fedorov or Brashear, but he did the team "100 percent needs a guy like Fedorov" and Brashear is "like everyon's bodyguard" and the team needs him or someone like him.
- Bruce Boudreau expects there to be "a good battle" in training camp next year for the No. 1 goalie spot. Simeon Varlamov is not likely to join the Hershey Bears for their playoff run. Jose Theodore said he expects to be back and ready to compete for the No. 1 job.
- Mike Green injured the AC joint of his shoulder in Game 1 against the Penguins. When asked about surgery, he said, "We'll see." GM George McPhee said he didn't think any of his players would need surgery.
McPhee said he doesn't intend to buy out Michael Nylander's contract. Nylander did not talk today. Boudreau said he will sit down with Nylander and talk to him and talk to McPhee before the team makes any decisions about Nylander's potential role next year.
- Alexander Semin was playing with an injured thumb.
- Shaone Morrisonn had a pulled groin.
- John Erskine and Tom Poti each had a cracked foot bone.
On Victor Kozlov talks with the team in St. Petersburg, Russia:
His wife is from St. Petersburg and they still have condo out there. His wife really wants Victor to sign there.
Peter Lockley / The Washington Times Fans at Verizon Center applauded the Capitals in the final minutes of Wednesday's Game 7 loss to the Penguins.
I wanted to thank you all again for your support and for the genuine respect and love you have all shown for our team even in defeat in Game 7 of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The two minute standing ovation to our team at game’s end is the talk of the league and several executives from other teams and the league itself have called me to mention it. Thank you again. That was very classy and elegant and nice. Our team’s salute to you on the ice was heartfelt. Our fans are special and one of a kind.
~ Ted Leonsis
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