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Capitals Sign Brendan Morrison

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed unrestricted free agent center Brendan Morrison to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Obama Pleased To Have Ovechkin In His City

via Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times,

We knew he was into basketball, but apparently President Obama keeps an eye on Washington Capitals hockey as well namely NHL MVP Alexander Ovechkin.

The Caps left wing made Mr. Obama’s list of great Russian contributors to the world, along with scientists, cosmonauts and pioneers of literature such as Pushkin.

“As a resident of Washington, D.C., I continue to benefit from the contributions of Russians—specifically, from Alexander Ovechkin. I’m very pleased to have him in Washington, D.C.” Mr. Obama said, drawing a laugh from the graduating class at the New Economic School in Moscow on Tuesday.

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Knuble Feels He Is A Fit In Washington

from Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids Press at Mlive,

“I didn’t want to leave Philly. I thought they were still a good team that could contend in the East,” Knuble said. “But I didn’t want to leave a team that had a chance to contend for a team that didn’t have a chance.”

Washington won 50 games last season and finished first in the Southeast Division. The Capitals then lost an exciting seven-game series to the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Knuble hopes he can help Washington take the next step.

“I knew they needed a guy like me,” Knuble said. “A guy that go out in front of the net and score goals, get goals off my skate, my stick, my rear end, whatever.”

more

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Boudreau Enjoys Canada Day

from Randy O’Halloran of the Washington Times,

Bruce Boudreau’s day began with meeting Tiger Woods and ended with the Washington Capitals’ signing of winger Mike Knuble on the opening day of NHL free agency.

The middle part wasn’t bad either.

Playing in the AT&T National pro-am Wednesday at Congressional Country Club, the Caps’ coach was in a group headed by fellow Canadian left-hander Mike Weir.

continued

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Capitals Sign Knuble, 2 Years

via TSN,

Forward Mike Knuble is heading to his fifth NHL team.

The 36-year-old has signed an two-year contract with the Washington Capitals worth $2.8 million a season.

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Your 2009-10 SC Champs- The Washington Capitals

from Bill Clement of NBC Sports,

There’s a lot still to play out in free agency, but my early-line pick to win it all is the Capitals. Let’s look at them, and some other teams that should challenge the Penguins for NHL supremacy.

Capitals
The track the Capitals are on is similar to the one taken by the Stanley Cup champion Penguins. Washington, however, is maybe a year behind the Penguins’ progression so next season could be something very special for the Capitals. Washington took a big step last season in learning how to win in the playoffs. That puts the Capitals in terrific position to capture the Stanley Cup next season.

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Reports Indicate Fedorov Signs With KHL Team

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

According to three reports out of Russia this morning, Sergei Fedorov’s NHL career is officially over. The 39-year-old has ended more than a month of speculation about his future and reportedly signed a two-year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL….

The deal is reportedly for two years at $3.8 million per season.

Magnitogorsk has also announced the signing on their website.

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Fedorov Wants To Sign With Capitals

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

“Yeah, I [want] to re-sign with Caps,” Fedorov added. “But if not, there are other possibilities. I don’t have a strict plan. I had a good time in Washington. But there’s not much I want to say anymore because it’s part of the negotiations.”

GM George McPhee confirmed to me yesterday that talks with Fedorov are ongoing and that he’ll be able to say more on the matter as July 1 approaches.

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Capitals Talk

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

Before I went to watch Alex Ovechkin play poker this afternoon (more on that later) I caught up with GM George McPhee and asked him about Michael Nylander’s status with the Caps for next season.

McPhee stopped short of dismissing recent reports that the veteran center is attempting to negotiate a deal to join a KHL team, but he did say that he believes it’s unlikely Nylander will end up in Russia next season.

“If he wants to go he can, if it’s a mutual arrangement,” McPhee said of Nylander, who fell out of favor with Coach Bruce Boudreau last season and hardly played in the postseason. “There’s nothing to stop a player if he’s agreeable and the club is agreeable. What’s going to stop him? If he agrees and they agree, we assign him” to the KHL….

Asked if he expects Nylander to play in Russia, McPhee said: “Probably not.”

I also asked McPhee about a few other issues facing the Caps, namely the status of pending UFAs Sergei Fedorov, Donald Brashear and the assistant coaching vacancy. Here’s what he told me:

read on

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Caps Coach Not A Pens Fan

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I couldn’t resist asking Boudreau about watching the rival Pittsburgh Penguins raise Lord Stanley’s mug. Let’s just say he wasn’t cheering for Pittsburgh.

“The rivalry is pretty heated between the two teams, so normally you always want the team that beats you to win the Cup so you can say, ‘Hey, we did great. The only team that beat us was the team that won it all,’” Boudreau told ESPN.com. “But it was really a hard time cheering for them. Now that they’ve won, it’s definitely a motivating factor for me with the team. But I was still hoping for Detroit. I couldn’t bring myself to cheer for Pittsburgh. But since they won, I may as well use it.”

more plus a video of Ovechkin talking about being on the cover of NHL 2K10, the playoffs and the rivalry with the Penguins.

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