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  • They gathered behind a tall, red curtain on the balcony level of the practice facility, partitioning the new Washington Capitals coaching staff from the public during three developmental camp scrimmages last week. Barry Trotz next to Lane Lambert next to Todd Reirden next to Blaine Forsythe, all hanging over the rails to watch the action […]... read more...
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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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  • In his first meeting with reporters since committing nearly $70 million to three free agents this month, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said the new regime under General Manager Brian MacLellan and Coach Barry Trotz addressed exactly what they targeted this offseason. “As an owner, you set strategy and vision and budget,” he said. “Then […]... 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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  • First-rounder Jakub Vrana, drafted No. 13 overall last month, has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Washington Capitals. His NHL cap hit would be $832,500 for all three seasons and $70,000 per season in the AHL, according to the Capitals. The Czech Republic native joins his fellow countryman Vitek Vanecek, a goalie and second-round pick […]... 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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  • With Capitals development camp wrapped up Saturday, before everything shuts down for the upcoming vacation months, here are some leftover tidbits from the past week: Barry Trotz met Caps first-rounder Jakub Vrana in the NHL draft bathroom At the 2014 NHL draft in Philadelphia, the Capitals selected Czech winger Jakub Vrana with the 13th overall pick. […]... read more...
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  • The Washington Capitals deployed 14 defensemen during their 2013-14 season, most in the NHL, which triggered a cash-heavy offseason plunge to shore up the blue-line depth and generate better results. It’s why they signed Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, former teammates with the Penguins, to deals worth a combined $67.75 million. It’s why in Washington […]... read more...
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  • Defenseman Nate Schmidt, signed last season as a free agent from the University of Minnesota, has re-upped with the Capitals for a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Sunday. Passed over years ago during the NHL draft, the 22-year-old grew while with the Gophers before joining the Hershey Bears in 2013 and ultimately being promoted […]... read more...
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  • The moment Capitals development camp broke, Coach Barry Trotz boarded a northbound plane to attend a reunion celebrating the two-decade anniversary of the AHL’s Portland Pirates winning the Calder Cup. He was an up-and-comer then, in his early 30s and following the team on its migration from Baltimore to Maine, a vital cog in the […]... 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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