Capitals

Quick Links

Don Cherry defends Ovechkin in knock out of Svechnikov

Don Cherry defends Ovechkin in knock out of Svechnikov

For once, Don Cherry is on the Capitals' side.

The sportscaster defended Alex Ovechkin's decision to agree to a fight 19-year-old Hurricanes rookie, Andrei Svechnikov, which resulted in Svechnikov missing most of Game 3 and Game 4.

“When you stick a guy, and you go after a guy, you better be prepared,” Cherry said in his Coach's Corner segment on Sportsnet.

Co-host, Ron MacLean disagreed. “I say he shouldn’t have picked on a kid."

"He never picked on a kid!" Cherry exclaimed.

Hurricanes fans were outraged by the fight and the team's head coach, Rod Brind'Amour, disputed that Svechnikov started the fight.

"I don’t know if there’s words exchanged, but one guy’s gloves comes off way first and that’s Ovi’s, it’s not our guy’s," Brind'Amour told reporters on Monday.

“That guy was looking for trouble," Cherry argued. “You play with the bull, you get the horns.”

MORE CAPITALS NEWS:

Quick Links

John Carlson seen on his phone in the stands during Capitals-Lightning matchup

John Carlson seen on his phone in the stands during Capitals-Lightning matchup

While Capitals defenseman John Carlson couldn’t be on the ice for Monday’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he was spotted in the stands at Scotiabank Area, supporting his team –– even though he was caught taking a little break from the action to check his phone.

During the Caps’ first game back from the coronavirus break, Carlson was seen on the game’s broadcast as one of the lucky few allowed in the stands to watch the Capitals return. 

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE CAPITALS TALK PODCAST

After an awkward fall during the exhibition matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes last Wednesday, Carlson left the game in the third period with an injury. While GM Brian MacLellan believed it was minor and would not have an effect on his ability to play in games, especially after he returned to the ice for practice on Saturday, Carlson did not play in Monday’s matchup. 

Instead, he got to sit back and watch his team begin their road to the Stanley Cup. He was spotted with his phone in hand, and of course, fans took to Twitter to respond to the meme-worthy moment.

Even if Carlson couldn’t be helping his team on the ice today, he still deserves some praise for helping the country by wearing his mask throughout the game. 

Stay connected to the Capitals with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.

MORE CAPITALS NEWS:

Quick Links

Capitals won't discuss contract extension with Alex Ovechkin until after playoffs

Capitals won't discuss contract extension with Alex Ovechkin until after playoffs

Alex Ovechkin was always going to be eligible for a contract extension on July 13, but current circumstances have created an unprecedented situation. 

The Capitals will begin Round Robin play Monday and if everything goes well, will play into late September. Until the playoffs conclude, the team won't be discussing an extension with their franchise player. 

"We're waiting until after the playoffs to see how everything pans out here," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said, per NHL.com's Tracey Myers. "I think it's constantly been changing the whole year. I don't think anybody could have predicted. We're going to wait and assess where we're at at the end of the year and make decisions then."

This echoes Ovechkin's sentiments on the day he became eligible for a new deal, where he said was "not even thinking" about it. 

RELATED: PLAYING IN EMPTY ARENA WON'T BE A PROBLEM FOR HOLTBY

It doesn't appear Ovechkin's future with the team is in jeopardy, as neither side has shown any intentions of not coming together on a deal. It just seems like a timing issue during a year where everything was thrown off completely by a global pandemic. 

There's also an issue fo the salary cap. If Ovechkin wants a long-term deal for big money, the flat cap will make it difficult for the Caps to realistically make that happen. Of course, you make things work for a player of Ovechkin's caliber, but the challenges still remain. 

For now though, Ovechkin and the Caps as a whole can focus on winning another Stanley Cup. They can talk money later. 

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE CAPITALS TALK PODCAST

Stay connected to the Capitals with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.

MORE CAPITALS NEWS: