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Report Of Washington/Carolina Trade

 

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added 12:01pm, Washington release is below... added 12:06pm, Carolina release added below too...

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Video- Battle At The Bench, Pittsburgh And Washington

Resulted in four roughing penalties, two to each side.

 

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Nicklas Backstrom The ‘Under the Radar’ NHL Super Star

from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,

Watch the little plays, defenseman Karl Alzner explained, the kind that get swallowed by the larger context of games, but still stick out to those awestruck Washington Capitals watching from the bench. Watch how center Nicklas Backstorm breaks out on the power play. Or squeezes through traffic along the wall and continues forward, in full stride. Remember the one from Pittsburgh? No, not the game-winning assist to Joel Ward. Something far less memorable.

“See, that’s the thing,” Alzner said. “No one realizes it. He picked up the puck, quick dangled through someone, held the puck off, then just sauced right through the middle of the ice. It’s just plays like that, that, as players, you understand how hard they are. I can’t do it in practice, and he does it in games.”

The admiration inside the Capitals’ locker room for their alternate captain holds no limits, and Thursday night offered another chance for the respect to flow. On one end stood Backstrom, now tied for the NHL’s lead with 63 points, apologizing to reporters for taking too long to remove his shin guards and claiming such scoring was merely essential to the gig. After all, Backstrom said, he receives “a lot of ice time too, so I should produce for the team. Just doing my job.”

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Video- The Slash From Alex Ovechkin

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

... early in the third period, he found another way to add to the rivalry between the two Metropolitan Division teams: by taking a two-handed swing – either at Pens star defenseman Kris Letang’s ankle, or at the puck, depending on your perspective – that has led to strong feelings among both fan bases.

Letang had to leave the game for a brief stretch, when, during a chase for a loose puck, Ovechkin’s slash crumpled him and sent him smashing into the end boards.

From the perspective of many Capitals fans, Ovechkin was merely swinging his stick in desperation at the puck, and there was no penalty called on the play. From the point of view of irate Pens fans, the slash made direct contact with Letang’s ankle, and that’s all that counts.

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Morning Line- Ryan Getzlaf On Alex Ovechkin

“I didn’t know he was going to dive tonight the way he did, all over the (expletive) ice. That part of it’s a little embarrassing, pardon my language. He’s a great player. He’s going to score goals and make plays. That other stuff’s embarrassing.”

-Ryan Getzlaf on Alex Ovechkin.  More post-game talk from the Ducks after a 5-3 loss to the Capitals from Eric Stephens of the OC Register.

Perhaps Getzlaf was upset about this hit from Ovechkin which you can watch below...

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Video- Can You Call Interference On A Linesman?

You have to think the linesman feels pretty bad after this...

 

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Afternoon Line- Chuck Gormley On Mike Green

Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington when asked if Mike Green would take a discount to stay in Washington...

I have seen veteran players agree to take “hometown discounts” over the years and there is no question Green wants to stay in Washington. But how much of a discount are we talking? Green is making $6.1 million this season and there is no doubt in my mind someone will pay him very close to that, if not more, on the open market. Orpik [$5.5 million] and Niskanen [$5.75 million] take up a big chunk of the Caps’ spending on the blue line and I’m guessing the Caps would like to keep Green in the $4.5 million range to have enough to spend in other areas.

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Keep Or Trade Mike Green

from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,

Over the coming month, if he has not already, Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan will field calls from suitors courting the services of defenseman Mike Green. At that moment, MacLellan, his scouts and the coaching staff will judge whether the proposed haul outweighs, at worst, the potential for keeping Green until season’s end then watching him walk, unable to reconcile a contract extension given his demands and their salary cap room. And if the value of Green is being discussed, games like Tuesday night might come to the fore.

MacLellan hasn’t shied away from expressing his opinion on Green, all but proclaiming that only a win-now haul would entice the Capitals into parting with the blue-liner they raised as a 2004 first-rounder. Draft picks and prospects would send the wrong message to the locker room, MacLellan said. Upgrading the defensive corps, rejuvenated under assistant Todd Reirden and bolstered with the offseason signings of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, seems beyond the radar. But if an offer comes in that addresses an area of need in the forwards, MacLellan hasn’t ruled out considering that.

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David Backes With Five For Boarding And A Game Misconduct

 

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Washington Capitals Losing Streak Hits Four

from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,

If Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, their fourth straight defeat bridging the all-star break, had not sobered the Washington Capitals enough, context delivered from Coach Barry Trotz inside Nationwide Arena’s visiting locker room certainly hammered it home.

“Trotz came in here after the game, we’ve given up 17 goals in our last four games, and a lot of them five-on-five,” forward Troy Brouwer said. “Those are issues we need to address as far as being better in our D-zone, having more communication, making sure that we know our assignments. We can’t keep giving up four or five goals a night and expecting to win. Coming off a break isn’t an excuse. The guys should be fresh, lively, heads clear, ready to play hockey and ready to have a good push here.”...

The Capitals will now return home to host the Pittsburgh Penguins, one of three teams ahead of them in the Metropolitan Division standings, without the benefit of practice to correct their mistakes.

“I’d like to [practice], yeah,” Trotz said. “But it’s not the case. Guys are professional. They should know it. We’ve gone over it many, many times. It’s got to start in the dressing room. It starts with me telling them what they need to do, and I have been. Now they’ve got to take ownership of it. They’ve got to own that shift that they’re out there. Too many guys are getting on the wrong side of pucks and some lines are good with the puck and without it they’re not good. There’s too much cheat in their game.”

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