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  • Joel Ward’s fourth head coach in four seasons happens to be an old friend, so when the forward arrived at the team’s practice facility for its annual offseason blood drive on Saturday afternoon, he came as the unofficial liaison for Barry Trotz, the player who best knows what makes the new bench boss tick. “I […]... read more...
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  • Free agent forward Paul Bissonnette, he of the mountaintop ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, remains in discussions with “a few teams,” among them the Washington Capitals, his agent said Wednesday. On Tuesday night, ESPN anchor John Buccigross reported that Bissonnette was nearing a deal with the Capitals. Reached via text and asked to comment, Bissonnette’s ag... read more...
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  • SAN JOSE – The original decision to push Drew Remenda out the door back in June may not have made much sense – and won’t unless the Sharks decide to explain their reasons — but the team made the sensible (and safe) follow-up moves Wednesday. Jamie Baker replaces Remenda in the TV booth, Bret Hedican slides into Baker’s seat for the radio call. Curtis Br... read more...
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  • SAN JOSE — Never say the NHL lacks drama when it comes to releasing its schedule. That’s supposed to happen Sunday or Monday, but the league just now released the home openers for all 30 teams so this is what we know. Sharks are the opponent when the Los Angeles Kings open their defense of the Stanley Cup at Staples Center on Oct. 8. Three nights... read more...
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  • Garrett Haar attended his first Capitals development camp, some three years back, feeling like a kindergartner amid a sea of high-schoolers. “I felt like a little 5-year-old walking around,” he said. “I felt like such a young kid, looking up to all the older guys.” In the time since, Haar had left his USHL team, […]... read more...
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  • Three Capitals prospects, including the organization’s first two draft picks of 2014, have been selected to development camps for the 2015 World Junior Championships, one step closer to playing in the event to be held next winter in Toronto and Montreal. First-round selection Jakub Vrana, who dazzled and impressed at Washington’s development camp in early Jul... read more...
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  • Forward Matt Watkins, one of 10 “Group 3″ unrestricted free agents for the Capitals, is headed to Austria after signing a one-year deal with, fittingly enough, the Vienna Capitals. “Exactly the type of player we have been looking for,” first-year coach Tom Pokel said, according to a Google translation of the team’s release. In North America,... read more...
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  • The gap between the end of a disappointing fourth season with the Washington Capitals and the resulting turnover that soon followed felt like it had whipped past, so Braden Holtby had little time to dwell. First, he was stomaching the aftermath of the lowest save percentage and goals-against average of his brief NHL career, reconciling […]... read more...
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  • The contract of Brooks Orpik has become this offseason’s hot-button issue around the Washington Capitals, the item asked whenever some new, relevant official, coach and player faces the media. Internally, the Capitals – everyone from assistant coach Todd Reirden to Coach Barry Trotz to general manager Brian MacLellan – have lauded Orpik’s leadership, his ability to [R... read more...
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  •   The in-house option for second-line center became the only option after the Capitals let Mikhail Grabovski leave during free agency and exited July 1 with roughly $1.1 million in available cap space, so general manager Brian MacLellan and Coach Barry Trotz looked harder within. They had already given cursory glances to fill the spot, frequent in both […]... read more...
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  • Among the winnowing pool of unrestricted free agents still seeking deals, former Arizona winger Paul Bissonnette has been fielding interest of varying levels from roughly “five to six teams,” his agent said, including the Washington Capitals. “Right now he’s just looking for a good organization where he can contribute more than he’s been able to, […]... read more...
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  • In addition to their coveted spot as hosts of the annual Winter Classic on New Years’ Day, the Washington Capitals will appear on NBC network affiliates 12 times next season, the league announced Tuesday. Six of those will be home games, scheduled as part of NBC Sports Network’s “Wednesday Night Rivalry” series: Oct. 29 vs. Detroit […]... read more...
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