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NHL Odds and Ends: Ovechkin, Coyotes

PITTSBURGH - MAY 08:  Defenseman Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is attended to by a trainer after he was injured in a collision with Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Mellon Arena on May 8, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ovechkin was given a two-minute minor penalty for tripping.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Ken YongContributor IMay 9, 2009

Ovechkin's Knee on Knee Hit

The controversial contact between Ovechkin and Gonchar is considered by many to have been an accident, therefore not deserving of a suspension from the league. I think Matt Cooke put it best: "If I had done that, I wouldn't have been back on the ice."

Ovechkin is certainly no choir boy, and he is known to take runs at opponents on a regular basis. While it was an accident, I wonder if there wouldn't be a different reaction if he wasn't the best goal scorer in the game.


The State of the Coyotes

Mark it down, there is absolutely no way the Coyotes are moving to Southern Ontario.

No amount of public support will trump the fact that Jim Balsillie is publicly embarrassing to the NHL brass, and they will most likely block any move to sell him a team.

Besides that, what do we need with another Eastern team anyways? If anybody deserves a franchise, it's Winnipeg.

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