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The Russians In Washington

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Russians are welcome in Washington, a fact unrelated to the White House’s degree of hospitality.

Alex Ovechkin has made the District of Columbia his playground for a dozen seasons. He has had plenty of company.

Current Russian teammates are Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov. Like Ovechkin, they are among the better players at their respective positions of playmaking center and two-way defenseman. Other Russians who performed well alongside Ovechkin for the Capitals include Alexander Semin, Semyon Varlamov, Sergei Fedorov, and Viktor Kozlov.

Other franchises have been wary of investing in Russian players because of the KHL’s appeal. There is risk in using draft capital on Russian prospects who would prefer to stay home.

But Washington’s decision to invest in Russians, started by former general manager George McPhee and extended by Brian MacLellan, has served the organization well. It is a similar story in Tampa Bay, where Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy, and Vladislav Namestnikov are three of the Lightning’s chain-pullers.

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Andre Burakovsky Re-Signs With The Washington Capitals For Two Years

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed right wing Andre Burakovsky to a two-year, $6 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Burakovsky, 22, registered 35 points (12g, 23a) in 64 games with the Capitals during the 2016-17 season, recording career highs in assists and plus/minus (+13). In addition, Burakovsky tallied a career-high eight multi-point games last season, including a career-high three-assist performance against Carolina on Jan. 23. The 6’3”, 205-pound right wing recorded a point in six consecutive games from Jan. 13 to Jan. 23 (4g, 6a), tied for the fourth-longest point streak on the team last season. Burakovsky also scored the Capitals first goal of the 2016-17 season 0:59 into the first period on Oct. 13 at Pittsburgh, marking the third-fastest goal to start a season in franchise history.

During the 2015-16 season, Burakovsky recorded 38 points (17g, 21a) in 79 games, setting career highs in goals, points and games played. He earned a point in eight consecutive games from Jan. 17, 2016 to Feb.  9. 2016 (6g, 4a), marking the longest point streak by a Capitals player since Nicklas Backstrom recorded a nine-game point streak during the 2012-13 season (3/30/13-4/13/13: 1g, 14a). In addition, Burakovsky scored a goal in five straight games (1/19-2/6: 6g, 1a) and was one of 11 players in the NHL during the 2015-16 season to score a goal in five or more consecutive games. He also played in his 100th NHL/Capitals game on Feb. 6, 2016 at New Jersey, becoming the eighth player in franchise history to reach 100 games before their 21st birthday (Bob Carpenter, Scott Stevens, Kevin Hatcher, Gaetan Duchesne, Tom Wilson, Mike Marson, Nicklas Backstrom). The Malmo, Sweden, native was selected by the Capitals in the first round, 23rd overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft and has recorded 95 points (38g, 57a) in 196 career NHL games with Washington.

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Morning Line- Brian MacLellan

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The Washington Capitals Sign Devante Smith-Pelly And John Albert

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed right wing Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000/$300,000), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Smith-Pelly, 25, registered nine points (4g, 5a) in 53 games with the New Jersey Devils last season. During the 2015-16 season, the 6’0”, 215-pound right wing recorded 25 points (14g, 11a) in 64 games with Montreal and New Jersey, earning career highs in goals, points and game-winning goals (5). In addition, Smith-Pelly earned a career-high three points (2g, 1a) on March 17, 2016 against Minnesota and recorded a career-long four-game point streak from March 10 to March 17, 2016 (4g, 2a). During the 2014-15 season, he recorded 20 points (6g, 14a) in 74 games with Anaheim and Montreal, marking career highs in games played and assists. Smith-Pelly has recorded 77 points (33g, 44a) in 266 career NHL games with Anaheim, Montreal and New Jersey. The Scarborough, Ont., native was drafted by Anaheim in the second round, 42nd overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft. In 124 career AHL games with Norfolk and Syracuse, Smith-Pelly has earned 76 points (41g, 35a) in 124 career AHL games with Norfolk and Syracuse.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward John Albert to a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000/$220,000), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Albert, 28, has registered 155 points (68g, 87a) in 283 career AHL games with St. John's and Manitoba. During the 2013-14 season, the Cleveland, Ohio, native recorded 45 points (28g, 17a) and led St. John’s in goals. Albert collected seven points with St. John's during the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs, leading the IceCaps to the Calder Cup Finals. He served as an alternate captain with the IceCaps for two seasons, and was named team captain of the Manitoba Moose for the 2015-16 campaign. 

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A Busy Sunday For The Washington Capitals

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

In a summer when the Washington Capitals have shown little restraint in spending, the organization made its biggest deal yet Sunday evening by signing restricted free agent center Evgeny Kuznetsov to an eight-year, $62.4 million contract extension.

But because they were already facing salary cap constraints with more than $70 million of a $75 million salary cap committed to just 15 players, the Capitals were forced into a situation where they had to shed salary. That move came an hour after Kuznetsov’s new deal was announced when the team traded winger Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils for second- and third-round picks in next season’s NHL draft.

With teams almost certainly aware of Washington’s bleak salary cap picture, the Capitals had little leverage in dealing a skilled 26-year-old top-six forward within the Metropolitan Division. Johansson is coming off a career year with 24 goals and 34 assists, but trading him for draft picks clears his $4.583 million salary cap hit and gives the team more wiggle room to re-sign restricted free agents Andre Burakovsky and Philipp Grubauer.

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Washington Trades Marcus Johansson To New Jersey

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired a second round (previously owned by Florida) and third round (previously owned by Toronto) picks from the New Jersey Devils in the 2018 NHL Draft in exchange for forward Marcus Johansson, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. 

Johansson, 26, registered 58 points (24 goals, 34 assists) in 82 games with the Capitals last season. The 6’1”, 209-pound forward has earned 290 points (102 goals, 188 assists) in 501 career NHL games with the Capitals. He was drafted by Washington in the first round, 24th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft.
 

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An Eight-Year Deal For Evgeny Kuznetsov And The Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Evgeny Kuznetsov to an eight-year, $62.4 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“Evgeny is a premier center in the NHL and we are pleased that he will remain in Washington for at least the next eight years,” said MacLellan. “It is difficult to find a player of his caliber, who is in his prime and makes his teammates better. Evgeny plays with a tremendous skill, speed and tenacity needed to win in the NHL.”  

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The Window Is Closing On The Washington Capitals

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

Other teams around the NHL were spending millions of dollars in contracts after the free agent market opened at noon ET on Saturday, but the Washington Capitals were mostly idle.

This was not unexpected.

The Capitals are tight against the NHL salary cap with a little more than $12.4 million in remaining space, according to CapFriendly.com, and still have to re-sign restricted free agents Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky and Philipp Grubauer. They need to fill out the rest of a roster that has 14 signed players. That's why general manager Brian MacLellan said "we're done" as far as re-signing the Capitals' potential unrestricted free agents after re-signing right wing T.J. Oshie to an eight-year, $46 million contract on June 23.

Still, it was jarring to see three key players -- defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk (New York Rangers) and Karl Alzner (Montreal Canadiens), and right wing Justin Williams (Carolina Hurricanes) -- sign with Eastern Conference opponents. Those are teams the Capitals might have to beat out to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season.

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A Six-Year Deal For Dmitry Orlov In Washington

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a six-year, $30.6 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Orlov, 25, registered 33 points (6g, 27a) in 82 games with the Capitals during the 2016-17 season, recording career highs in assists (27), points (33) and plus/minus (+30). In addition, Orlov played in all 82 games for the second straight season and second time in his career (2015-16). The 5’11”, 212-pound defenseman ranked second among Capitals defensemen in goals (6) and plus/minus last season and ranked sixth in the NHL in plus/minus. 

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T.J. Oshie On His New Deal

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Wasnington Post,

The 33-goal scorer was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. This deal will run until Oshie is 38. According to CapFriendly.com, Oshie’s deal includes a modified no-trade clause in all eight years. In the first four years, Oshie has a 15-team list of places he can’t be traded to, and in the final four years, it’s a 10-team list. Oshie said “there’s a very slim chance” he’ll be going through this free agency process again, indicating he could finish his career with the Capitals.

“Term was something we were very interested in,” Oshie said. “… Security is one thing. I’ve played on a couple one-year deals before this, and just the certainty of having the security and not having to worry about it, just play your game and working on winning games instead of getting points or getting goals. It’s nice to just approach the game to win.”...

“I feel like my game almost got freed up,” Oshie said. “It was a new opportunity for me to kind of take back a little bit more of that offensive side of the game. Luckily, I’m a right shot, so I fit in pretty well on the power play. I feel like we’ve had a lot of chemistry going with Ovi and Nick. I mean, you can almost put anyone out there with those two guys and they’re going to put points on the board.

“Just all around, I felt so comfortable and so welcomed in Washington. Honestly, I felt freed up to go out there and play the game that I wanted to play, and I think it fit in well with the team structure.”

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