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Do You Consider the Washington Capitals A Cup Contender?

from Tal Pinchevsky at ESPN,

"The expectations aren't as big from outside our locker room, but they're still the exact same inside," said Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. "We have some young guys coming up who can bring some new energy and life and change the dynamic a bit. It will be nice to kind of just bear down and get to work right from the start with a good camp, a competitive camp. Zone everything out and just play."

That could prove challenging for a team that has established something of a regular-season reputation over the past 10 seasons, over which the Caps have seven first-place finishes and three Presidents' Trophies -- awarded to the team with the NHL's best regular-season record -- but not a single conference final appearance to show for it. During that span, Washington has a 3-7 record in Game 7s and has been eliminated three times by Pittsburgh, with the Penguins going on to hoist the Stanley Cup each time.

"We get a lot of grief because we haven't gotten by Pittsburgh, but I do know for a 100 percent fact that no one has gotten by Pittsburgh in the last two years in the playoffs. We're not the only ones," said Capitals coach Barry Trotz. "We have to put last year behind us. I look back at us and Pittsburgh in that seven-game series. That might have been the two best teams [in the league]."


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Video- Tom Wilson Suspended For The Next Two Preseason Games

Here is the explanation.


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Video- Tom Wilson Will Have A Hearing Today With Department Of Player Safety

First hearing for George Parros.



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Sad News Today, Bryan Murray Has Passed Away



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Alex Ovechkin Hoping To Be Allowed To Play In The Olympics

from  Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

While the NHL has been firm on its position to not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is still hopeful he can represent his native Russia in PyeongChang, South Korea.

“We’ll hope I’ll be allowed to participate,” he said in Russian to Sport-Express. “There’s always a chance.”

Ovechkin added that there hasn’t been any change in his status, and he also hasn’t contacted players from other NHL teams about their intentions for the Olympics.


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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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