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Video- Alex Ovechkin Needs To Have More Fun

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Now What Washington?

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Trotz trouble: Coach Barry Trotz’s contract is expiring. Throughout the season, it seemed likely he was moving on. The Capitals didn’t extend his contract, but they did extend associate coach Todd Reirden’s deal. It seemed as if the Caps were prepared for Trotz's departure.

Now, the Capitals own the Cup and it is evident that Trotz’s bond with this group is strong. Did you watch how players reacted to Trotz during the celebration? He is well-respected by his players.

It now seems like the Capitals would like to re-sign Trotz. But the cost will be high. Mike Babcock (Maple Leafs) is the NHL’s highest-paid coach at $6.25 million per season. Trotz will have to be paid in that neighborhood....

Carlson’s potential freedom: Defenseman John Carlson is crucial to Washington’s success and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He will be one of the hottest players in the market.

The good news is Carlson wants to re-sign in Washington. The problem: he could be worth $9 million or more on the open market. Will he give the Capitals a hometown discount?

more on each of the above and a few additional issues facing the Caps...

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Video- The Party Is Officially On In Washington

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Watching The Stanley Cup Final

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 8, 2018 – Last night’s series-clinching Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 6.714 million viewers on NBC, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app, making it the most-watched Stanley Cup Final Game 5 in 16 years and up 51% vs. last year, according to Fast National Data by the Nielsen Company and Adobe Analytics. Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals won the first Stanley Cup in team history last night with a 4-3 victory over the expansion Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

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Video- Top Plays From The Stanley Cup Final

Six minutes long.

 

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Video- Ted Leonsis Has A Goal For The Stanley Cup Parade, He Wants To Elevate & Unite The Community

In the very early years of Kukla's Korner, I talked with Ted Leonsis.

Not knowing what I was really doing, feeling my way through establishing KK, I decided to email Ted Leonsis and ask for any interview.

Within 15 minutes I received an email from him, with a contact phone number.

I called, we talked for about 15 minutes and I just wanted to say it is a moment I will never forget.

Happy for him, he waited a long time for this.

Below, watch an interview with him after last night's Stanley Cup win.

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Media Recap Of The Washington Capitals Winning The Stanley Cup

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

When Alex Ovechkin finally got his hands on the Stanley Cup, he refused to let go.

The Washington Capitals captain had more than a decade of disappointment to think about this night and when it actually arrived he made it count. He joined longtime teammate and friend Nicklas Backstrom for his Cup twirl after taking one of his own. He delivered the trophy to owner Ted Leonsis and skated it to the spot where they took the team photo.

More than an hour after the horn sounded on a 4-3 victory that gave the Capitals their first ever championship, he was still on the ice at T-Mobile Arena cradling it like a baby.

"I think this moment, we waiting a long, long time," said Ovechkin. "It just was joy."

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Just before Gary Bettman handed him the Stanley Cup,  put his hands on his head in disbelief.

It was a face, one of the many faces, for the face of the franchise than will forever be frozen in time.

He then let out a roar, one that bellowed equal parts ecstasy and relief, as he reached the silver finish line of a chase 13 years long.

“It meant everything,” Ovechkin said. “This is even better. I think it’s just like a dream.”

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from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

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Videos- The Night The Washington Capitals Won The Stanley Cup

Let the videos tell the story.

 

 

Four more videos below.

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Post-Game Transcript- Barry Trotz And Alex Ovechkin

via the NHL PR department,

COACH BARRY TROTZ

Q. We talked earlier in the playoffs about having a kinship with some of these players that have gone through a lot, haven't been able to get over the hump. When Ovi handed you the Cup, what was that moment like?
BARRY TROTZ: It was sort of a real special moment because we've sort of lived the same life a little bit. We had a conversation. Obviously we were down 2-0 against Columbus. We said, we're winning tomorrow, and we're going to go win a Cup together.

We got a good bond. I think we have a good relationship. I was really happy for him. I'm so happy for that group, for all the stuff that they had to endure, all the things that were said about them, Ovi in particular, Backie, that whole group.

To me, they changed all the narratives. They checked off every box. Look at every series, we were down in every series, come back in every one. It was probably fitting we were down in this game and had to come back and win.

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Video- Highlights Game 5 Of The Stanley Cup Final

The Stanley Cup belongs to the Washington Capitals.

 

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