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THE WASHINGTON POST: Neil Greenberg explains why Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin is a franchise player.

Loui Eriksson hopes for a bounce-back season with the Bruins.

Loui Eriksson hopes for a bounce-back season with the Bruins.

CSNNE.COM: Loui Eriksson hopes to be a bigger contributor in his season season with the Boston Bruins. His first season was hampered by injuries.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings will retire Rob Blake’s number 4 jersey during a pregame schedule on January 17.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Ryan Malone’s court case is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks. Malone is facing charges of DUI & cocaine possession.

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders owner Charles Wang is being sued by a Pennsylvania investment group for backing out of a deal to sell the club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sweet jeebus, will the Islanders soap opera never end? 

NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard, who is all but retired after his career was ended by concussion symptoms, is reportedly set to join the Ottawa 67s as a scout. The NHL, meanwhile, is set to meet with its on-ice officials today in Toronto to negotiate a new collective bargainin agreement.