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Washington Capitals Sign Justin Schultz

via Washington Capitals press release,

The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Justin Schultz to a two-year, $8 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Schultz's contract will carry an average annual value of $4 million.

Schultz, 30, recorded 12 points (3g, 9a) in 46 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. The 6'2", 193-pound defenseman ranked second among Penguins defensemen in power play time on ice per game (2:45) and ranked second in power play assists (6a). Additionally, the Kelowna, B.C., native recorded the second fewest on-ice goals against at five-on-five among Penguins defensemen with at least 40 games last season (33).

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Henrik Lundqvist Headed To Washington

added 2:00pm, Press release is below.

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The New Head Coach For The Washington Capitals is Peter Laviolette

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have named Peter Laviolette the team’s head coach, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“Peter is a successful NHL head coach who has won a Stanley Cup and brings a wealth of experience to our team,” said MacLellan. “We feel he is a great communicator who will motivate our players to play with passion, structure and discipline, while helping our young players reach their potential. In addition, he is a high-character individual who is highly respected for his coaching pedigree, all of which make him the ideal person to lead our team to compete for the Stanley Cup.”

“I’m thankful and excited for the opportunity to lead this hockey club,” said Laviolette. “This is a winning organization with high expectations. I look forward to coaching this tremendous group of players and bringing my experience and vision to the team.”

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Video- They Used To Call Him Alex

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

In 2005, Alex Ovechkin arrived from Russia as one of the most highly-touted prospects in hockey history. He wasn't a blast from the sport's storied past.  He was the future, and transformed what a hockey player could be. In Episode 1 of the three-part series From Alex to Ovi we discover who Alex was prior to his arrival in North America. This is a closer look at Alex before he would become Ovi and change the face of hockey forever.

 

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Mike Green Plans To Retire

from Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic,

It’s over and out for Mike “Game Over” Green, the high-scoring defenseman who set records and electrified crowds in Washington during the Capitals’ “Rock the Red” rise.

Green told The Athletic, in an exclusive interview via phone from his home in suburban Calgary this week, that he intends to retire after a 15-year career that also made stops in Detroit and, briefly, Edmonton.

At 34 years old, Green is healthy and still has some hockey left in him. But he gained a new perspective on life during the NHL’s COVID-19 stoppage.

“Being an athlete isn’t the only part of who I am,” Green said. “I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle. I’ve been very fortunate to turn my passion into my profession, but at this point in my life, I’m considering other things that I feel called to do.”

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Todd Reirden Relieved Of His Duties In Washington

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have relieved head coach Todd Reirden of his coaching duties, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“We have higher expectations for our team, and we felt a fresh approach in leadership was necessary,” said MacLellan. “We would like to thank Todd for all of his hard work and efforts with our organization. Todd has been a big part of our team for more than half a decade, including our Stanley Cup run in 2018, and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”

Reirden, 49, was the 18th head coach in franchise history and led the club to a 89-46-16 record from 2018-20.

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The Window Appears To Have Closed On The Washington Capitals

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

The 2017-18 Washington Capitals were big, strong, mean, talented and hungry.

The 2019-20 Washington Capitals, in their season-ending Game 5 loss to the New York Islanders, looked slow, sluggish and, well, disinterested. In Thursday’s defeat, the Caps iced 10 players from the 2017-18 Stanley Cup team, but the group barely resembled the champions of two years ago. The Caps mustered 21 shots in a do-or-die game. They couldn’t get to the net all series, either. In 5-on-5 play, the Isles, not known for their offense, doubled Washington in high-danger shot attempts, 48-24.

“The league is too good – If you’re not physically engaged and mentally on top of your game going against any team in this league, you’re going to come up short,” said Capitals coach Todd Reirden in a Zoom call after the game.

As Reirden also pointed out, however, the Capitals won their fifth straight Metropolitan Division title this season. Maybe they just got discombobulated by the season’s strange circumstances. They just lost to a team that had dropped seven straight games before the March-12 shutdown, after all. Not every team emerged from the layoff with the same identity.

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Video- The New York Islanders Advance To The 2nd Round

The islanders won the series 4-1 with a 4-0 win tonight.

 

 

Handshakes below.

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Morning Line- Todd Reirden

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Afternoon Line- Radko Gudas

“I think we shouldn’t play when the whole world is canceling season, hockey would be the only team sport trying to power through it like this. They won’t let us go to the Olympics so we won’t get injured, but they want to keep the NHL season running in these times. If we kept playing, our sport would be swimming against the current a bit.

“Money is money, it’s what currently makes the world go round. It’s a bit sad that they are willing to risk the health of so many players for money.”

-Radko Gudas of the Washington Capitals.  Ian Oland of Russian Machine Never Breaks has more from Gudas.

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