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ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have acquired right wing T.J. Oshie from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for right wing Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
“T.J. is an outstanding skater with a tremendous skill set,” said MacLellan. “He is a powerful player and has consistent track record of production throughout his career in the NHL. We feel that he complements our core group nicely and can help us get to the next level in achieving our ultimate goal. We also want to thank Troy for his contributions to our organization on and off the ice and wish him well in St. Louis.”
added 4:58pm, St. Louis release is below...
from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
With six days remaining before the July 1 start of unrestricted free agency, Craig Oster, Green’s advisor since the time he was 15, said Thursday that Green will be leaving the Capitals and marketing himself to other NHL teams beginning today.
Green, who is at the end of a three-year contract that carried an estimated $6.1 million cap hit, was never given a concrete offer by the Capitals, Oster said.
“They haven’t really come out and said there’s no way they’re signing Mike Green, but they haven’t attempted to do so, either,” Oster said. “I think the understanding is that it doesn’t work. Based on everything right now, we’re proceeding with the full expectation that Mike will be a free agent on July 1.”
With 10 goals and 35 assists, Green is coming off his best offensive season in five years despite averaging his lowest ice time [19:08] since his first full season in Washington in 2006-07.
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
It looks increasingly likely that forward Joel Ward will reach unrestricted free agency on July 1. Both his camp and the Capitals have interest in staying together, but the 34-year-old is looking for a four-year contract, which MacLellan has already identified as an issue. The sides haven’t discussed much beyond expressing their disparate desires and, at least between now and July 1, it’s unlikely the Capitals would change their intent to re-sign Ward for one or two years rather than agreeing to a contract that will take the winger into his late 30s.
Unrestricted free agents – or at least their representation — and potential suitors are eligible to begin meeting at noon on Thursday, down along the beachside row of hotels in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to Ward, forward Jay Beagle, forward Eric Fehr, defenseman Mike Green, defenseman Tim Gleason and forward Curtis Glencross will all hit unrestricted free agency on July 1. After taking care of their restricted free agents, the Capitals are expected to focus on bringing back Beagle and Fehr.
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from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
If the Capitals decide to spend some of their remaining cash to re-sign Joel Ward, who will otherwise enter unrestricted free agency for the third time in his career, the versatile forward would welcome returning with open arms. According to his agent, speaking via telephone Tuesday, the proverbial puck sits in Washington’s end.
“Washington is his first choice over going to unrestricted free agency,” Peter Cooney said. “We would like to re-sign with Washington and come back. Our door is open for the Capitals, absolutely first and foremost.”
Coming off a starring postseason role in which he tied for the team lead with nine points, facing the end of a four-year deal annually worth $3 million, Ward figures to receive a raise, regardless of his destination. At 34 years old, this could be Ward’s last deal structured longer than two years, and MacLellan already predicted that term length would “be an issue,” provided Ward for asks for a three- or four-year contract, which seems all but certain.
With forwards Jay Beagle and Eric Fehr also entering unrestricted free agency, the Capitals likely won’t bring back both of them and Ward, while still satisfying MacLellan’s stated offseason desire to acquire a top-six winger.
from Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post,
The white banner hung outside the team entrance to their facility read, “THANKS FOR A GREAT SEASON,” and deep down the Washington Capitals believed it had been as much. They gathered in Arlington one last time Friday afternoon before scattering for vacation, another second-round elimination behind them, the hurt of another early summer still fresh. They conducted physicals, held exit interviews, revealed injuries and, for some pending free agents, said goodbye.
It was the standard closing act, performed every year, speaking with freshly shaved beards before the curtain dropped for good on their 2014-15 season. Had the New York Rangers not bounced them in seven games, had they not squandered a 3-1 series lead for the fifth time in franchise history, they would have packed for a flight to Tampa Bay, bound for the Eastern Conference finals, the first many of them would have experienced. Instead, they cleaned out their lockers.
“We’re still sitting here today, so it doesn’t feel any differently,” forward Jason Chimera said. “It still feels pretty bad. It still feels like you lost someone in your family, for sure. It’s not a good feeling to be out here, but I’d be lying [if I didn’t say], as you get further down, you really start to believe.”
via the the NHL's YouTube channel,
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
- Boyle placed himself in a vulnerable position.
- The Rangers player materially change his body and head position immediately prior to the hit delivered by Orpik.
- Orpik attempted to hit squarely through his opponent's body and did not "pick" Boyle's head.
These circumstances as listed in rule 48.1 subsections (i) (ii) and (iii) qualifies this hit as unavoidable and therefore "legal."
Watch the hit below....
from Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog,
“Guys are a little bit shocked, don’t know what to think,” Matt Niskanen said after the loss. “We’re hurt, for sure. We were obviously in a great position. We believed that we could — we believed we had a good shot of moving on and doing something. And it didn’t happen.”
“I don’t know either,” Karl Alzner said, when asked for help interpreting the result. “Just don’t think about it for a day or two. I don’t really know how you can determine [who was the better team]. Well, I guess they are. They’re the team that’s moving on.”
Most team sports are capricious, but playoff hockey often seems especially so. New York’s Game 5 goals — both of which hit obstacles on their way past Braden Holtby — might easily have bounced in more favorable directions. A potential Washington goal was disallowed. Overtime is so often a coinflip, which Washington lost twice. Which helps explain why some Caps were left thinking they had played well enough to advance.
“We’re a great team, and I think we deserve a better result,” captain Alex Ovechkin said.
“I thought we deserved this series,” agreed Eric Fehr, who watched most of it as a spectator while he nursed an injury. “I thought we worked hard, and I thought that this was going to be the year we were going to break through.”
They didn’t. And because of that, the Caps must grapple with the same confusing questions the rest of us are facing.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Stephane Matteau was in the house because, well, of course he was for a Game 7 on Broadway, and of course this winner-take-all between the Rangers and Caps would go to overtime.
Twenty-one years later, 21 years after the last time the Rangers played an OT Game 7, a new hero etched his name in franchise lore, and it was No. 21, Derek Stepan who put an end to this second round by burying a rebound at 11:24 to propel his team to a 2-1 victory Wednesday.
“Individually, it’s a really cool moment for me,” Stepan told The Post minutes after his shot was heard ’round the hockey world. “But it’s also really cool just to be part of this group.”
This group — these Rangers — are now the first team in NHL history to overcome 3-1 series deficits in back-to-back-years, duplicating their Round 2 feat against Pittsburgh a year ago with this charge out of that hole that germinated with last Friday’s Game 5 victory in which Stepan first set up Chris Kreider’s tying goal with 101 seconds remaining in regulation and then spoon fed Ryan McDonagh for the winner in OT.
Those were big moments for No. 21, who hadn’t been able to elevate his game and put the same kind of offensive-zone stamp on the game in the playoffs that he had for so much of his five-year career.
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
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