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  • As he continues to heal from offseason wrist surgery, Dmitry Orlov returned to the ice at the team’s practice facility Monday, skating with the veterans and warming up before departing into the locker room as they moved onto a more intense workout. The defenseman broke his left wrist while playing with Team Russia during its […]... read more...
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  • After previewing the forwards and defensemen, here’s a quick training camp primer on Washington’s goaltenders, with Braden Holtby clearly atop the depth chart and two hip injuries muddling the situation below him. RETURNING CAPS Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer. OFFSEASON ADDITIONS Justin Peters (Carolina Hurricanes), Edward Pasquale (St. John’s IceCaps). ROOKIE CAMP PART... read more...
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  • Alex Ovechkin smiled, because by now the question had become commonplace, and he knew how to deadpan the answer. Entering another season under another new coach, what has Barry Trotz asked of the Capitals star? “He wants me to play hockey,” Ovechkin said. He paused for effect, then continued, more sincere now. “That’s the most […]... read more...
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  • The thunderous roar had crumbled into a raspy whisper by Saturday afternoon, so Troy Mann swapped speaking behind the podium for a more intimate gathering with two reporters. “Too much barking,” the new head coach of the Hershey Bears said, by way of explanation. “For sure. I couldn’t bark very much today because, well, listen […]... read more...
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  • Mike Green came back to Washington married, honeymooning in the south of France, and arrived at Kettler Capitals Iceplex to find the rink buzzing with bodies. “It was a definitely a long summer,” said Green, one of the later returnees during an offseason in which everyone seemed to report earlier than usual. “We’re raring to […]... read more...
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  • As the joke around Kettler Capitals Iceplex goes, goaltending coach Steve Shields created someone in his own image, so out popped Pheonix Copley. One of the many pupils spread across the nation who learned from Mitch Korn, Shields had taught Copley at Michigan Tech, and before long Copley was passed down to the tree’s root, […]... read more...
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  • Wrapping up a third day of Capitals rookie camp, here are some leftover notes from earlier conversations with Coach Barry Trotz. As a herd of new staff members marched through Kettler Capitals Iceplex this week, Coach Barry Trotz up front and the assistants behind, Olie Kolzig walked among them, still very much in the picture. […]... read more...
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  • Up and back they skated, five times in all, and by the end they were all gassed and sweaty and bent over clutching their knees with their gloves. “I’m still catching my breath right now,” forward Caleb Herbert said later, “so I apologize.” Late Friday morning, the prospects attending rookie camp Kettler Capitals Iceplex participated […]... read more...
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  • The Washington Capitals have unveiled their 2014 training camp roster, a group of 66 total players that begins preseason practices on Friday, as well as the full schedule for the upcoming weeks heading toward the Oct. 9 season opener versus Montreal. General Manager Brian MacLellan and Coach Barry Trotz, each entering their first seasons with the Capitals in their curren... read more...
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  • Kind of. At least, that was the drill when colleague and video journalist McKenna Ewen came to Capitals rookie camp, tasked with filming goaltending coach Mitch Korn for the story that ran in Tuesday’s print edition. The next day, Korn brought out a low-shot screen board, where pucks go underneath an easel-type structure. Braden Holtby […]... read more...
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  • Brian MacLellan watched from his standard perch at Kettler Capitals Iceplex as the players wheezed through the skating test, some doubled over to catch their breath, others so tired they needed pushing from teammates. There were some days when MacLellan, a former Stanley Cup winner with the Calgary Flames, thought about how fun it would […]... read more...
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  • Back on July 1, after Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan signed defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen to lucrative deals worth a combined $67.75 million, a residual question arose, impacted by the two former Penguins hired to shore up Washington’s blue line: What does this mean for Mike Green? At the time, MacLellan answered with […]... read more...
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  • Training camp is around the bend, officially starting Thursday with off-ice testing but kicking off in public with practice on Friday, so here’s a look at the 35 forwards invited to Kettler Capitals Iceplex and three stories to watch as hockey stomps on the gas pedal and goes full-throttle toward the first season under Coach Barry Trotz. RETURNING CAPS (15) […... read more...
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  • His voice already turned onto gravel by the second day of Capitals training camp, so Coach Barry Trotz resorted to swinging his stick as if waving a base runner home. Up above the rink, Troy Mann watched with sympathy. Too much yelling during rookie camp had posed a similar problem for Hershey’s coach. His solution? […]... read more...
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  • The NHL has finalized plans to team with premium cable network Epix to film and broadcast an all-access television show preceding the annual Winter Classic, an individual with knowledge of the situation confirmed Monday. The news of the partnership, which will be formally announced at a news conference at Nationals Park on Sept. 23, was […]... read more...
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  • Defenseman Jack Hillen’s NHL career had been marked by an unfortunate string of injuries, some even falling under the category of “freak accident,” and over the offseason came the latest setback. He exited another shortened hockey season because of lingering knee pain, and when the issue remained after several weeks of rest, doctors started performing […]... read more...
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  • Amid the tattooed sleeve of a snorting bull, an eagle, the birthdays of his grandparents and two terrifying skulls awaiting the addition of hockey helmets, the defenseman known as “Big Mike” had inscribed the following words: It’s a long way to the top. “My AC/DC song,” said Michal Cajkovsky, though everyone at Capitals Kettler Iceplex […]... read more...
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  • The training camp previews chug along with the defensemen, revamped after signing two former Penguins for a combined $67.75 million and hiring their positional coach in Pittsburgh, Todd Reirden. The pairings are still undecided, as are the final three roster spots. Here’s how everything looks now for the 23 skaters invited to camp, with the […]... read more...
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  • The fifth and final practice day of Capitals rookie camp, which might have been one day too many given how eager each prospect seemed for an actual game, was coming to an end, so the skaters clumped together in a semi-circle around the crease. They inched closer toward goaltender Vitek Vanecek, like an ominous storm […]... read more...
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  • Tom Wilson finished his work early Friday morning, so after the weight lifting and the bike riding and the physical therapy, he watched his Capitals teammates wheeze through their conditioning tests and thought about returning beside them. “You want to be out there with them,” Wilson said in his first meeting with the media since […]... read more...
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