On the eve of the NHL's roster cut-down deadline, don't be surprised if the Capitals make some of their decisions and re-assignment moves today. Of the forwards still fighting for those open positions, Andrew Gordon and Matt Hendricks would need to clear waivers if they were assigned to Hershey.
"It's tough," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Especially at the forward position, where we've got guys who can play in the NHL. It's unfortunate that some of them are going to go to Hershey, but sometimes it just doesn't fit."
Here are some links to start the day before practice and this afternoon's media luncheon:
If you haven't seen it already, be sure to check out the Sports Business Journal's story on the NHL's pursuit of a new broadcasting rights agreement after and how the league's success since the lockout gives it much more leverage in these discussions than it had when it signed this agreement with NBC and Versus.
Early signs suggest that a bidding war is developing. The league is expected to enter an exclusive negotiating period with Versus later this year, and Versus has made no secret of its desire to renew with the NHL, which consistently brings the highest ratings to the Comcast-owned sports channel. NBC also has said that it would like to keep its rights package.
But others are lurking. ESPN said it wants to be involved. And sources said Fox Sports is considering whether to bid on a package.
You can read the full story here.
IN THE MINORS
Hershey's preparation begins in earnest for its regular-season opener while awaiting the arrival of the final players to be cut from the Capitals' camp roster. (LDNews)
Michael Nylander arrives in Rochester.
AROUND THE WEB
After being released from his tryout contract with Vancouver, Brendan Morrison signed a one-year, $725,000 contract with the Calgary Flames.
Eric Fehr looks to build upon his breakout season from 2009-10.
It's the season preview time of year and Japers' Rink breaks down the Capitals strengths and weaknesses, new additions and offers a few early predictions.
The Canadian Press previews the NHL's Eastern Conference and says the Capitals should dominate that half of the league once again.
ESPN's slate of analysts make their picks for this year's divisional winners and individual awards.