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Granato gets bounced

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The Avalanche announced in a press release Wednesday morning that Granato, assistant coaches Jacques Cloutier and Dave Barr, goaltending coach Jeff Hackett, Assistant to the General Manager Michel Goulet and video coordinator P.J. DeLuca will not return in those roles.

Ted Leonsis Live Chat on washingtonpost.com

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Ted Leonsis will be doing the live chat thing on the WaPo's website tomorrow at noon. Submit your questions at the link above, or don't complain when it's an hour's worth of SnagFilm recommendations.

"I think it is great that he came back here from overseas and he's got a taste of [North American]...

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"I think it is great that he came back here from overseas and he's got a taste of [North American] pro hockey and what it is all about. He knows what he's got to do, and he got a little taste up there in Washington. He's got all the tools. He's got to get the mindset that [Washington] is where he wants to be, and if he has a good summer and a good camp and he comes in with the conditioning he had last year, I think they will have to take a serious look at him."

- Hershey bench boss Bob Woods on Oskar Osala

NCAA Ruling Lacks Common Sense

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This just screams exemption required to me..... but that may be common sense.

New Media Internship - Washington Capitals (Arlington, VA)

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Thought I'd post this public service announcement for those who might be interested. Just be sure to do better than this guy.

"No matter how you slice it, the Hershey Bears are the gold standard when it comes to American...

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"No matter how you slice it, the Hershey Bears are the gold standard when it comes to American Hockey League franchises. "With more than 70 seasons of experience and nine championship banners hanging from the rafters, the Bears are the model most other teams, including the Manitoba Moose aspire to emulate."

- Sun Media

Malkin's fight with Zetterberg at the end of game 2.

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Malkin's fight with Zetterberg at the end of game 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFfdXlbV7n0 I don't really have an issue with the rescinding of the game suspension based upon the instigator rule. This kind of situation is exactly what they wrote the out for. It wasn't premeditated, and it wasn't sending a message (although that could be a little debateable). What I do have an issue with is no suspension for Malkin's actions in the 2 seconds from 10-12 in the video. That is 2 high sticks to the back of Zetterberg's head. That should be a multiple game suspension.

"It's hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them," he said. "I'm a winner....

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"It's hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them," he said. "I'm a winner. It's not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you're not going to congratulate them. That doesn't make sense to me. I'm a competitor. That's what I do. It doesn't make sense for me to go over and shake somebody's hand."

LeBron James, in essence summing up the difference between the NBA and NHL.

"Strengths: Even with the Capitals recent on-ice success, the prospect depth remains very good as a...

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"Strengths: Even with the Capitals recent on-ice success, the prospect depth remains very good as a whole. Karl Alzner and Simeon Varlamov are well on their way to becoming fixtures in the talented Washington lineup. Varlamov heads up a very talented group of goalies that includes Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth. The Caps have a myriad of offensively capable blueliners. Two-way defenseman John Carlson, slick Sami Lepisto, and creative playmaker Keith Seabrook will help to keep Washington’s power play churning on all cylinders for years to come. "Weaknesses: Many of the top-tier forward prospects have graduated. Outside of Alzner, there are not enough defensively responsible defensemen. "Top 5 prospects: 1. Karl Alzner, D, 2. Anton Gustafsson, C, 3. Simeon Varlamov, G, 4. John Carlson, D, 5. Oskar Osala, LW. Key loss to graduation: Eric Fehr."

- Hockey's Futurerates the Caps #6 in its annual Spring Organizational Rankings