Sports Illustrated has published Alex Prewitt’s special, behind-the-scenes story on the Capitals. Though, I have to warn you, the article sounds more like it’s describing life at a science lab or a hospital than a hockey team.
We learn about Caps trainers giving players dissolvable tablets of magnesium to improve their brain function and packs of powdered Pedialyte to replenish their electrolytes. There’s mentions of Jay Beagle drinking coconut water, Nate Schmidt eating pears, and Braden Holtby drinking 17 liters of fluid before a game, which includes salt water and a pink electrolyte concoction. Then there’s future Hall of Famer Alex Ovechkin, whose winning formula involves drinking three cans of Coke by game time. Perhaps he was inspired by Dale Hunter’s preferred sports drink?
It’s finally over!
If you’ve stood by your computer constantly hitting refresh like I did, then you know I am talking about the Kovalchuk Sweepstakes, which is reportedly a 17-year deal with the New Jersey Devils. Yes, seventeen YEARS. Yeah, that is a loooooong time.
How long, Neil?
Well, seventeen years ago Ace of Base ruled the airwaves, and The New Mickey Mouse Club got some new members: Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. So yeah, 17 years is a long time.
Time will tell if he’s worth it, but Kovalchuk has put up some serious regular season numbers in his career before his 28th birthday: 642 career points in 621 career games at the NHL level. Not bad for the the first overall pick in the 2001 NHL entry draft.
I will leave others to debate whether or not the contract is worth it or how it just laughs in the face of the current CBA, but you have to believe that at least one Russian in the DC area was intently watching these talks unfold: Alexander Semin.
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