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Halpern 'disappointed' by cattle reference

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Halpern 'disappointed' by cattle reference

Jim Devellano is a hockey legend.

The guy has seven Stanley Cup rings three with the Islanders and four with the Red Wings and three Calder Cup rings, all with the Adirondack Red Wings.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame two years ago and even has an American League Championship ring with the Detroit Red Wings.

But that didnt prevent the 69-year-old senior vice president of the Red Wings from stepping in a pile of cow dung that reportedly cost the Red Wings a 250,000 fine.

In a wide-ranging interview with Island Sports News, Devellano accused the Flyers of breaking an unwritten rule by signing Nashvilles Shea Weber to a 14-year, 110 million offer sheet.

But when he compared NHL players to cattle, well, that got him in hot water with the NHL.

Its very complicated and way too much for the average Joe to understand, Devellano said in the interview. But having said that, I will tell you this: The owners can basically be viewed as the Ranch, and the players, and me included, are the cattle. The owners own the Ranch and allow the players to eat there. Thats the way its always been and thats the way it will be forever. And the owners simply arent going to let a union push them around. Its not going to happen.

We caught up with former Capitals captain and current New York Rangers center Jeff
Halpern Monday and asked him to respond to Devellanos comments.

I think its disappointing when a former player makes comments like that, Halpern said. I think everyones entitled to their own opinion. People are angry all over the board, from fans to players to management and owners. Hes got the right to speak his mind.

If nothing else, by fining the Red Wings the NHL sent a clear message to other NHL executives: Leave the talking to us.

The Detroit Red Wings organization and the League agree that thecomments made by Mr. Devellano are neither appropriate, nor authorized, norpermissible under the Leagues
By-Laws,NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. Such comments are neither constructive nor helpful to thenegotiations.

Those NHL bylaws state that only Daly and commissioner Gary Bettman are permitted to speak to the public on labor matters involving the expired Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players and owner.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!

After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.

Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.

But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.

Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

[D.C. sports and Second Rounds, I know right?]

Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.

While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.

In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020. 

Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short. 

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