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The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - September 27th, 2013

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Ovie, will in fact, carry the Olympic torch next week.

The 2014 Winter Olympics are Alex Ovechkin’s showcase, and he’ll be the first Russian to carry the torch toward Sochi.

Ovechkin will travel to Greece this weekend and take the torch after it’s ignited in Olympia. He’s set to return to Washington on Sunday and then practise with the Capitals on Monday.

They travel to Chicago later Monday and open the season Tuesday against the Blackhawks.

Bettman isn't worried about the ice melting while playing outside in California.

Dodger Stadium was bathed in warm sunlight Thursday when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stood on the top deck, looking up at the San Gabriel Mountains and down at the palm trees ringing the iconic baseball field.

Game on, Bettman thought.

The NHL is confident the ice won’t melt on its plan to play outdoor hockey in sunny Southern California this winter. The Los Angeles Kings will take on the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 25 at the famed stadium in a city known for year-round sun, surf and sand.

The Toronto Sun already has the Top Trade targets for the season up.  Once again, Stastny is listed. It also lists a little blurb about each team.