Alex Ovechkin on Monday had the line of the day. Perhaps even the season, it was that good.
“Right now I’m scoring goals and I’m the king of the world,” Ovechkin said Monday. “A couple weeks ago I was almost in the toilet. You just forgot to flush me.”
It wouldn’t be outlandish to suggest – based on recent events – that Ovechkin, once in the hotly contested debate with Sidney Crosby as the best hockey player in the world, is back.
There was talk early on in the season that the Washington Capitals 27-year-old super star was perhaps washed up – in his late 20s.
He started the season with one goal in the first five games and two goals in the first 10 games. Not flattering numbers for a man who has once in his NHL career reached the 60-goal plateau and done so with incredible flare and determination.
His numbers of late are much more Ovechkin.
He’s scored in six of his last seven games. He has nine points in his last five games. His surge earned him the NHL’s first star of the week. The Capitals have won four of their last five games and are now just two points back of the New York Rangers for the eighth and final playoff spot.
The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.
It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.
Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.
Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.
This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.
"I’m looking forward to being in the same organization as my brother now and seeing what happens." – Dougie Hamilton on the trade