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T.J. Oshie On His New Deal

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Wasnington Post,

The 33-goal scorer was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. This deal will run until Oshie is 38. According to CapFriendly.com, Oshie’s deal includes a modified no-trade clause in all eight years. In the first four years, Oshie has a 15-team list of places he can’t be traded to, and in the final four years, it’s a 10-team list. Oshie said “there’s a very slim chance” he’ll be going through this free agency process again, indicating he could finish his career with the Capitals.

“Term was something we were very interested in,” Oshie said. “… Security is one thing. I’ve played on a couple one-year deals before this, and just the certainty of having the security and not having to worry about it, just play your game and working on winning games instead of getting points or getting goals. It’s nice to just approach the game to win.”...

“I feel like my game almost got freed up,” Oshie said. “It was a new opportunity for me to kind of take back a little bit more of that offensive side of the game. Luckily, I’m a right shot, so I fit in pretty well on the power play. I feel like we’ve had a lot of chemistry going with Ovi and Nick. I mean, you can almost put anyone out there with those two guys and they’re going to put points on the board.

“Just all around, I felt so comfortable and so welcomed in Washington. Honestly, I felt freed up to go out there and play the game that I wanted to play, and I think it fit in well with the team structure.”


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T.J. Oshie Re-Signs With The Washington Capital For 8 Years

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed right wing T.J. Oshie to an eight-year, $46 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. 

“T.J. is an invaluable member of our team and we felt it was imperative for us to re-sign him in a competitive free agent market,” said MacLellan. “T.J. is a highly competitive player with a tremendous skill set; he epitomizes the kind of player our team must have in order for us to continue to put ourselves in a position to compete in this League.” 

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Washington GM Brian MacLellan On Alex Ovechkin

via Stephen Whyno tweets,

Mac on Ovechkin: "The game’s getting faster. He’s going to have to train in a different way - a more speed way instead of a power way."

MacLellan on Ovechkin: "He’s going to have to think of ways he can evolve into a player that still has a major impact on the game."

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Trade Alex Ovechkin Or Not?

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

To date, there is no indication the franchise has, is or will consider trading the player that has helped turn Verizon Center from a sparsely-attended rink into a raucous (and profitable), sold-out arena, brimming to the rafters with red-clad Capitals fans for the past 364 home games. But the question raised by Melrose and Milbury, among others, begs a closer look at the mechanics of such a maneuver. While it’s easy to talk about trading Ovechkin, dealing a franchise’s most popular player with a $9.5 million salary cap hit for the next four years is a nearly impossible transaction in practice, even if the Capitals were interested in such a move.

Washington will almost certainly not deal Ovechkin this summer, but if the organization ever did reach a point where that was a consideration, the process for carrying out such a trade starts with a blessing from the owner and ends with the question of whether the Capitals would truly benefit from dealing one of the greatest goal-scorers in league history.

“I think they should consider it, and I think it’s a really tough deal to make,” said Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean, a former general manager for the Columbus Blue Jackets. “I wouldn’t want to be the guy making the deal. It’s easy for me when I’m in the media to talk about it now, but as a GM, I wouldn’t be talking about it so easily.”


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Evening Line- Larry Brooks On Alex Ovechkin And The Washington Capitals

The Capitals fans likely would buy into an Ovechkin deal at this point. But there is surely no guarantee that owner Ted Leonsis would be amenable to moving on from the individual who almost singularly transformed the Caps into a power brand in the league and a vibrant product in D.C. and for whom he always demonstrated the utmost support. If Ovechkin is traded, it will be an ownership decision.

Twelve years of Ovechkin. Seven division titles. Four first-seeds without a conference title. Never once more than seven playoff wins in any year to show for it.

The Caps am what they am.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on the Caps and other toics like this...

If the Chicago-Los Angeles Western power axis shifts to Edmonton-Nashville, as seems quite possible, what exactly does that mean on a national scale to and for an NHL that has a soft spot for its small markets, but thrives when big-market powers dominate?

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Exit Day In Washington

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog at The Washington Post,

Had I been running the Capitals late Wednesday night, I would have fired every staffer from the head coach to the head cook, told half the players they’d be traded, and informed the other half that winning another Presidents Trophy would be a fireable offense.

You would have done the same thing. You might even have fired the assistant cook. There was anger everywhere, enough that my single page of random snippets overheard on the Verizon Center concourse included five profanities in eight lines. One of the lines consisted of just four letters. All caps.

So I did the rational thing, and I waited 24 hours, and then things started coming into focus. The Capitals were the NHL’s best regular-season team two years in a row. Both times, thanks to an obscene NHL playoff format, they wound up playing the East’s second-best team in the second round. Both series were tight; over 13 games, the Penguins outscored Washington by three goals, 36-33. Over the last two playoff seasons, Washington has, by a massive margin, the NHL’s biggest advantage in 5-on-5 shot attempts. (The Caps are plus-202, more than twice as much as anyone else.) Making a panicked overhaul might satisfy disgruntled fans out for scalps. But turning the league’s best team into a less-good team is like trading a free spin of a dollar slot machine for a free spin of a penny slot machine, just because your last four spins on the dollar machine were all losers. Superstitions are fun, but they aren’t a strategy.

Then I attended Friday’s breakdown interviews, an annual Washington ritual of regret. There was very little talk of we’ll-get-em-next-year. There was very little talk of trusting the process. It sounded like the players would consider firing themselves.


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Hurting In Washington

from Ted Leonsis of Ted's Take,

This loss hurts. I thought we had the pieces in place to win the Cup. We didn’t make enough plays at critical times. Congratulations to the Penguins – they overcame adversity and made more plays when it counted most.

I feel awful – almost numb, yet frustrated. I know many of our fans – locally and around the world – feel the same way. Sports teams impact the psyche of a city, and I feel terrible that we have let you down.

Our fans are incredible, and they certainly make Verizon Center a special place. It’s red. It’s loud. It’s respectful. It’s fun. They demonstrate such affection for our team and players and are extremely supportive of what we are attempting to accomplish on and off the ice. Thank you. We feel your love, and we share your pain.


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Mike Sullivan Works His Magic Again

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Most observers (columnist sheepishly raises his hand) thought the Penguins were cooked after the Monday Night Massacre. The Capitals seemed to be progressively outplaying them, to the point where Game 6 was not competitive.

The Capitals were finally going to have their day. They weren’t going to be the Buffalo Bills anymore (although at least the Bills made it to the Super Bowl).

But that was before Sullivan put his team through a rigorous, 45-minute workout/tutorial Tuesday, before he made a series of tactical changes, reworked all his lines, changed two of his defense pairs and inserted Carter Rowney and Scott Wilson into the lineup.

If the Penguins were going to go down, it wouldn’t be because the coach was stubborn.

“His ability to stay calm and refocus us is something our team feeds off of,” said defenseman Ian Cole. “His message was, ‘Nothing that happened before matters; it only matters what you’re going to do tonight to help this team win.’ “


Below, watch the game highlights and handshake line...

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Same Result For The Washington Capitals

from Thomas Bosewell of the Washington Post,

The boos started in Verizon Center with 33.5 seconds left to play and all hope gone — again. The wave of disappointment from Washington fans, to give them credit, was not terribly loud, a kind of ritual admonition administered annually with only middling conviction to the incorrigible child of American pro sports: the Washington Capitals.

The punishment perfectly fit the crime because the Caps played with merely middling conviction themselves in their season-ending 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 7 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series, the exact postseason juncture at which this pupil with “A” talent almost always hands in a “D” paper on the final exam.

Some of the red-clad Caps fans trickled out of Verizon during a last desperate, pathetically pointless Washington timeout. But the huge majority stayed seated. Who has the bad manners to stand up and walk out before the funeral is finished?

This was, indeed, a funeral for hockey hope. The Caps, who claimed publicly long ago that they would win multiple Stanley Cups in the Alex Ovechkin Era, and who were predicted to win the Cup often, including this year, may never be so strong again. Or face a central foe so wounded as the Penguins, who were without their best goalie, their best defenseman, Kris Letang, and, in Game 7, useful veterans defenseman Trevor Daley and winger Carl Hagelin, too.


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The Pittsburgh Penguins Advance To The Eastern Conference Final

By defeating the Washington Capitals 2-0, they earn the right to face the Ottawa Senators.

Game-winning goal from Bryan Rust.



Second goal by Patric Hornqvist is below...

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