“Is party now!” (Photo credit: Vklybe.tv)

How do we know the hockey season’s officially over? Ovechkin’s in a speedo and partying on a boat in Turkey! We’re debating if Ovechkin is or isn’t fat. The first photos of Alex Ovechkin out on the town in Russia have surfaced!

This past Saturday night, Ovechkin and girlfriend Maria Kirilenko — fresh off their time together in Paris for the French Open — attended the premiere of a music video by Russian artists DJ Gold Sky and Vselennaya at the Premier Lounge in Moscow.

We would post the music video here, but unfortunately it has not been uploaded anywhere*. Thankfully, Vklybe.tv published some fantastic photos of Ovechkin and Kirilenko interacting with the crowd, a crowd which appears to consist mainly of ladies wearing Russian hockey jerseys and nothing else. Oh yes, they have props too.

Follow us below the jump for pictures of Ovi’s night in da club.

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Caps General Manger George McPhee Joins Twitter

“How do you follow someone again?” (Photo credit: Bridget Samuels)

For those who keep asking who next coach of Washington Capitals is going to be, you can now direct your questions straight to the man making the decision: @GMMcPhee – better known as Capitals General Manager George McPhee. The Twitter account was recently created and Caps PR confirmed to us it is indeed his.

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2011-12 Year-End Review: Michal Neuvirth

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Michal Neuvirth is the most patient goaltender in the world.

He had every reason to believe that he would be the starting goalie this year, and there was a slight hiccup in that plan when the team brought in veteran goalie Tomas Vokoun. Disappointing, of course, but Neuvirth didn’t pitch a fit about it, he just put his head down and tried to work harder. Neuvirth struggled this year, but when Vokoun struggled as well, Neuvirth was always there to step in.

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Last week, highly touted Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov finally put pen to paper, signing a two-year deal with Traktor Chelyabinsk to stay in Russia through the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. While the news was a total bummer for Caps fans, it also put a merciful end to the period of time at RMNB I’m referring to as KUZNETMANIA! What’s Kuznetmania!?, you ask? An epoch in which every day brings a new Kuzya interview or an editorial from some famous hockey analyst who feels compelled to comment on if Kuznetsov’s should stay or go to the NHL.

At one point the mania spurred to words the normally tight-lipped George McPhee. On December 30th, before the Capitals took on Buffalo, McPhee weighed in on the issue, telling the Washington Post,”[Evgeny] needs to play in a better league. Sometimes when you’re not playing at the highest level you can develop bad habits. We don’t want that stuff to become engrained — so get him to the best league you can and get working with him.”

Totally. And we’re not quite done with the opining yet. In a wide-ranging interview with Sportsbox.ru, Hockey Hall of Famer and father of total babes Igor Larionov spoke about corruption in the Russian government, the Eurocup soccer tournament, the World Championships, and — of course — Evgeny Kuznetsov’s new deal to stay in the KHL.

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