Death of the Spin-o-Rama: Rules Changes for 2014-15!

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The NHL has announced a bunch of changes to the rulebook for the new season. The rules address stuff like the overtime, diving, and the trapezoid.

And, oh yeah, the spin-o-rama is dead.

Per internet tradition, we must now file the changes under the following headings: Worst Ever or Best Ever. There can be no in between.

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Caps Season Ticket Holders Upset by Change in Ticket Policy

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UPDATED BELOW.

Scandalized by a late-breaking change in policy, Washington Capitals season ticket holders took to social media on Wednesday night.

The Capitals detailed their new policy at the bottom of an email to STHers:

PRINT-AT-HOME – 72 HOURS PRIOR TO EVENT

Effective starting with the 2014-15 season, tickets will only be available to print-at-home within 72 hours of the event. The time limit is an added security measure for our fans and customers as it helps to eliminate occurrences of counterfeited and duplicated PDFs. All other features of Account Manager, including Transfer and the ability to distribute tickets to friends/family/clients in advance, do remain available outside of 72 hours to the event.

The reason stated in the message is security– that the potential for counterfeit printed tickets endangers fans, players, and staff at the arena.

Another effect, as told to RMNB by season ticket holders, is the destruction of the secondary sales market.

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Photo: Allison Stancil

On Saturday, a bunch of you came out to Ft. Dupont Ice Arena, and helped raise more than $2,800 for charity in just two short hours. Because you guys were so frigging cool, I had to get even cooler at the end of the party.

With “help” from Troy Brouwer, the Brouwer Rangers, Connor Carrick, and Wes Johnson, I completed the Ice Bucket Challenge in front of 100 crazed lunatics at center ice. I’m told it was a balmy 25 degrees at ice level.

Check it out yourself below.

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Editor’s note: This is another short piece about Ukraine and Ovechkin. Unlike last time, it’s light on political opinion and condensed history, but if you don’t want any politics in your sports, feel free to skip over this one. All opinions in here are my own.

NHL media day went a bit off-topic today as the press asked Alex Ovechkin about the controversial photo he shared late last month. Speaking with Craig Custance of ESPN, Ovechkin said, “I don’t try to make a statement.” He was speaking about the photo of him literally holding a statement in front of his chest.

“I just don’t want a war,” Alex Ovechkin said, just two weeks after holding up the Kremlin-coordinated slogan used to justify its war in Ukraine, while wearing a “no war” shirt.

It’s only the latest convolution of this nearly incomprehensible story.

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After another eventful summer, Alex Ovechkin has returned to the USA. To mark the occasion, I’ve been revisiting something we looked a few times last season: why Ovi’s linemates couldn’t score during even strength.

During 5v5 last season, Ovechkin was on the ice for 33 Caps goals, 20 of them came from Ovi himself. Either Ovi was making his teammates worse (no), or the Caps weren’t doing enough to supplement their captain’s scoring. They were one-dimensional, and that one dimension was Ovi.

When on the ice with Ovechkin during 5v5, center Nick Backstrom scored 4 goals. Two were scored by Eric Fehr, who shared under 100 minutes with Ovechkin, and another two by Casey Wellman, which I can’t even. A bunch of other guys scored single goals, though Marcus Johansson, who shared 600 minutes with Ovi, scored not a one.

I’m gonna try– and fail– to figure out what’s going on here.

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The Winter Classic Will Be Held at Nats Park, Duh

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At long last we know what the venue will be for the Winter Classic on January 1st, 2015, and it’s exactly where we thought it’d be: Nationals Park! Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post broke the news on the Twitter machine.

The news ends months of uncertainty around the big game. Despite rumors of quibbling over the details, Nats Park was always the obvious choice. It’s inside the district, it’s beautiful (inspired by Baltimore’s Camden Yards!), it’s not completely falling apart, and its baseball team isn’t owned by a jerk.

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Capitals Announce Rookie Camp and Training Camp Dates

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Ah, autumn. The air is cooling. The leaves are changing. The kids are back at school, getting yolo with their baes, lest they feel fomo, or so I’m told.

And the Capitals are gearing up for actual hockey! On Wednesday the Caps shared their schedule for rookie camp. For five days, promising young players will have their mettle tested by saturnine men in red jackets. Andre Burakovsky and Jakub Vrana will be there.  Many will enter, few will win.

The best of the best from rookie camp will stick around for training camp, which will begin on Friday, September 19.

All practices are open to the public, so get yourself to Kettler Capitals Iceplex and save Chris Gordon a seat.

Schedule and deets below.

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Led by Corey Masisak, a team of NHL.com writers have published their ranking of the league’s top 14 centers. Washington Capitals center Nick Backstrom is not on that list.

Nathan MacKinnon, Claude Giroux, Joe Thornton, and Henrik Sedin all ranked above Backstrom. Only one writer, Dan Rosen, included Backstrom in the top 14.

I’m not outraged. I can kind of see why they did it, and it all depends on how we define our terms.

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Here’s Your Comcast Sportsnet 2014-15 TV Schedule

The Capitals and Comcast Sportsnet have announced their TV schedule for the season. We’ve got the full list below, but here’s what you need to know now:

  • CSN and CSN+ will air 70 games, with NBCSN picking up the remainder.
  • I count 9 games on CSN+. If you don’t get CSN+, start dating someone who does.
  • Your boys Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin, and Al Koken are all back.
  • Alan May is back as well, though it’d be better if he were between the benches for every home game.
  • Rob Carlin and Brent Johnson’s gigantic wristwatch will be doing post-game stuff as per usual.
  • The press release threatens, I mean promises, more programming from Brian Mitchell.
  • Five out of eight preseason games will be broadcast. I will recap zero of them!

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Editor’s note: There is news and reporting in here, but it’s also an opinion piece. My opinions are my own. I won’t speak for anyone else at RMNB. I also encourage everyone to do their own research on this and not just take me- or anyone else– at face value. Frankly, I’d rather not write about this at all, but it seems inappropriate for a site named “Russian Machine Never Breaks” not to address this somehow.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin shared the above photo on Instagram this morning.

In the photo, Ovechkin, wearing a t-shirt that reads “No War,” holds up a sheet of paper pasted to posterboard, reading  “#SAVE CHILDREN FROM FASCISM” [sic].

It sounds like an implicit message of support for the rebels of Ukrainian. Those rebels, allegedly been funded and armed by the Kremlin, have been fighting against the Ukranian government in an ever-escalating war. As of this morning, there are reports that as many as a thousand Russian soldiers have now joined that war. That, it seems, is how Russia intends to save children from fascism.

In short, this is chauvinistic Russian propaganda.

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