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Ambassador Ovechkin

from NHL.com,

The National Hockey League announced today that Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin will visit China the week of August 4th serving as an international ambassador for the League. Ovechkin's trip to Beijing will include youth hockey clinics, a media tour and business development meetings.

"It is a huge honor for me to be an ambassador for the entire Washington Capitals organization and the National Hockey League for this special trip to China," Ovechkin said. "I think it is very important to spend time to help make people all over the world see how great a game hockey is. I can't wait to spend time with all the hockey fans there and I hope to meet young kids who will be future NHL players. I can't wait for this trip!"...

"We are very excited that Alex Ovechkin will be joining us in China this summer," David Proper, NHL Executive Vice President of Media and International Strategy said. "Alex represents the best in sports, as he epitomizes that combination of great talent, great personality and great sportsmanship. He is the perfect person to represent the NHL's efforts to grow hockey in China."

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Richard Panik Signing Is Official In Washington

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed right wing Richard Panik to a four-year, $11 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Panik’s contract will carry an average annual value of $2.75 million.

Panik, 28, recorded 33 points (14g, 19a) in 75 games with the Arizona Coyotes last season, ranking sixth on the team in points. The 6’1”, 208-pound forward ranked first on Arizona in shot attempt percentage (50.96 percent), on-ice shot attempts per 60 minutes played (60.84), on-ice goals for (44) and goals for per 60 minutes of play (2.71) at five-on-five among Coyotes with at least 50 games played. Additionally, the Martin, Slovakia, native ranked first in goals percentage relative to his teammates (0.99 percent) and second in shot attempt percentage relative to his teammates (2.80 percent).

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Washington Capitals Trade Andre Burakovsky To The Colorado Avalanche

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired a second and third round pick (previously acquired from the Arizona Coyotes) in the 2020 NHL Draft and pending unrestricted free agent forward Scott Kosmachuk from the Colorado Avalanche for forward Andre Burakovsky, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Burakovsky, 24, registered 25 points (12g, 13a) in 76 games with the Capitals last season. The 6’3”, 201-pound forward has recorded 145 points (62g, 83a) in 328 games with the Capitals. He was drafted by Washington with the Capitals’ first round pick, 23rd overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Brooks Orpik Announces His Retirement

from the Washington Capitals,

Brooks Orpik has announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL) after 15 seasons.

Born in San Francisco, California, but raised in Amherst, New York, the steady defenceman was a well-respected teammate and leader with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals over the course of his career - a journey that saw him total 194 points over his 1,035 regular-season games.

"I've been extremely lucky to have the best job in the world for many years, but my body is telling me it is time to move on to something new," said Orpik. "I'm excited for more family time and to experience a lot of the things that being a professional athlete forces you to miss out on. Thank you to the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins for giving me the opportunity to play against the best athletes in the world. I'll be forever grateful for the memories and relationships that hockey has given me."

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Carl Hagelin Re-signs With The Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Carl Hagelin to a four-year, $11 million contract extension, with an average annual value of $2.75 million, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“We are pleased to have signed Carl to a new four year contract,” said MacLellan. “Carl is a versatile player who can play on any line and is an excellent penalty killer. He is a proven winner and provides great leadership to our team.”

Hagelin, 30, a native of Sodertalje, Sweden, recorded 11 points (3g, 8a) in 20 games with the Capitals last season. Hagelin’s 2:21 minutes per game on the penalty kill ranked first among Capitals forwards since his debut with Washington on Feb. 23. The Capitals acquired Hagelin on Feb. 21 from the Los Angeles Kings for a third round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional sixth round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Hagelin recorded five points (1g, 4a) in 22 games with Los Angeles, who acquired him from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 14, 2018. With Pittsburgh, Hagelin recorded three points (1g, 2a) in 16 games, finishing his season with 19 points (5g, 14a) in 58 games. The 5’11”, 186-pound forward’s 54.24 shot attempt percentage (704 shot attempts for, 594 against) ranked 15th in the NHL among left wings with at least 50 games played last season.

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Radko Gudas Traded To The Washington Capitals For Matt Niskanen

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Radko Gudas from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Matt Niskanen, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“We would like to thank Matt for all of his contributions to our organization for the past five seasons,” MacLellan said. “Matt is a consummate professional and was a big part of our success. We wish him and his family all the best moving forward. 

“We feel this move provides us with financial flexibility as we look for additional ways to strengthen our team. In addition, we are pleased to welcome Radko to our organization. Radko is a good defensive defenseman that plays a competitive, physical game.” 

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Bill Daly Statement On Evgeny Kuznetsov

NEW YORK (May 31, 2019) – NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly released the following statement today regarding Washington Capitals’ Player Evgeny Kuznetsov:

"We have thoroughly reviewed the situation surrounding the video circulated on the internet this past Monday, May 27, and involving Capitals’ Player Evgeny Kuznetsov. Our review included, among other fact-finding steps, an in-person interview with Mr. Kuznetsov. While we certainly do not condone or endorse some of the decisions he made on the night in question, Mr. Kuznetsov’s account of the events that transpired aligns with other information we have been able to gather, and we have found no basis to question his representations with respect to what did -- and what did not -- occur. We consider the matter formally closed.”

added 10:35am,

ARLINGTON, Va. –  The Washington Capitals have released the following statement on Evgeny Kuznetsov:

“In addition to doing our own due diligence, we met with Evgeny to discuss the video circulated on social media. While we are disappointed by his presence in the video, we accept his explanation and apology for putting himself in an unfortunate situation. Evgeny has been a terrific player and an active member of our community, and we expect him to learn from this experience and uphold both the standards the organization has for him as well as his own.”

Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has released the following statement:

“I would like to address the video of me that appeared online on Monday. While I have never taken illegal drugs in my life and career, I would like to publicly apologize to the Capitals, my teammates, our fans and everyone else, for putting myself in a bad situation. This was a hard lesson for me to learn.”

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Evgeny Kuznetsov Addresses Video Showing A White Powder On A Nearby Table

from Adam Zielonka of the Washington Times,

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov issued a statement to a Russian news outlet denying that he used cocaine after a video of him was posted to Twitter Monday.

A Twitter user with the handle @Thesavspb tweeted a video featuring Kuznetsov sitting next to a table with lines of white powder and American dollar bills. He does not use the powder in the video in question.

The user has since deleted the tweet, but the Capitals blog Russian Machine Never Breaks saved the video.

In his statement, translated via Google, Kuznetsov said the video was taken last summer in Las Vegas after the Capitals won the Stanley Cup.

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Morning Line- Ted Leonsis

To our fans, we are nothing without you

Game 7. Win and advance or lose and go home. It’s a feeling we know all too well. It never gets easier, especially after knowing what it feels like to be on top. The feeling of being world champions. Exiting the playoffs after Game 7 last night was difficult, as losing is never easy. Despite it all, I couldn’t be prouder of our team! This was an incredible, hard-fought series and a memorable season as the defending Champs.

-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals.  Continue reading at Ted's Take.

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Ah, Memories

from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post,

Washington always will have Alex Ovechkin, loopy with happiness, diving into that fountain in his droopy drawers.

D.C. will always keep its memories of the Save by Braden Holtby in the Stanley Cup finals against Vegas, and T.J. Oshie chugging a brew through his jersey.

Most of all, every Capitals fan, from the newest to the “Suffering Since 1974” crowd, will have those massive, citywide bonding moments, gazing last June at a mall jammed into the distance with rejoicing fans, with the Stanley Cup shining.

What Washington will not have is back-to-back titles. That dream is dead after a crushing — and far too Old Caps — 4-3, double-overtime loss in Game 7 to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the playoffs Wednesday night at roaring, then utterly despondent Capital One Arena. The season-slaughtering goal was scored by Brock McGinn at 11:05 of the second overtime period.

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