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  •   General Manager Brian MacLellan arrived for his chat with reporters, his first public comments since mid-November, in a jovial mood, cracking jokes and one-liners while his Washington Capitals faced the All-Star break with 32 standings points in their past 21 games. We’ll have plenty from MacLellan’s 18-minute conversation spaced out over the next several […... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite his persistent hopes and accompanying signage begging to be the final pick in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game draft, Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was instead chosen by Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno’s squad, third to last. The Honda Accord, awarded to the Mr. Irrelevant of the player-led draft at Nationwide Arena on Saturday ... read more...
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  • The Washington Capitals saw Tuesday night as a springboard into the All-Star break, extra fuel to jet them away toward Florida, the Dominican Republic, or whatever sun-splashed beach their tickets said. They would welcome the rest: five full days before reconvening and flying to Columbus next Monday. They would embrace the chance to shut down, […]... read more...
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  • And so we’ve come to the precipice of the 2015 NHL All-Star break, when everyone on the Washington Capitals (24-13-8, 56 points) except forward Alex Ovechkin are free to jet where they please and rest however they prefer. Even general manager Brian MacLellan, who spoke with reporters Tuesday afternoon following his team’s home matchup with the Edmonton Oilers... read more...
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  • For a moment, Jay Beagle stayed silent while pondering the question, or at least while considering the ramifications of answering right now. There were certain politics to be considered, best left to agents and front office officials and whomever else would handle his contract negotiations once the season ended and the Washington Capitals’ forward became […]... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – The lone Washington Capitals’ representative at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game had already taken a selfie with a camera pole made from a hockey stick and joined the live studio television set here at Nationwide Arena, so now it was time to move through the final gantlet at media day. For 11 […]... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – Addressing reporters Saturday afternoon at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, commissioner Gary Bettman zipped through a wide range of newsworthy items, spanning outdoor games, the upcoming salary cap and the much-ballyhooed 2016 World Cup in Toronto. In the interest of dumping as much news into one blog post as possible, here’s what […]... read more...
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  • OXFORD, Ohio – The tattoos sprawl up Riley Barber’s right arm, each offering a reminder of home. His grandmother. His brothers. A ribbon for his mother, Stacy, a figure skating coach and survivor of breast cancer. The skyline of Pittsburgh. “Personal stuff,” Barber said. “Stuff like that.” He was standing inside his new home now, […]... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS – Filip Forsberg was sitting on his couch, watching television, when the telephone rang. The Nashville Predators rookie and former Washington Capitals’ first-round pick had already been scheduled to attend the 2015 NHL All-Star Game and, alongside the league’s other bright young stars, participate in Saturday’s skills competition. But now, General Manager ... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio — Three-time breakaway challenge champion Alex Ovechkin was unable to add a fourth title to his trophy case, succumbing Saturday night to the lethal combination of Ohio State, children and the Flying V. The victory instead went to local hero Ryan Johansen who, in succession during his three attempts, revealed a No. 5 Buckeyes football jersey, pulled ... read more...
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  • Last weekend, as the Washington Capitals arrived in Dallas long after midnight — an emotional Nashville homecoming for several members behind them, another game less than 24 hours away — General Manager Brian MacLellan marveled at the mental fortitude of his employees. After all those years spent scouting and overseeing player personnel inside the Capitals’ [... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – Earlier this week, when Alex Ovechkin and his confidants gathered to discuss the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, they aimed their crosshairs on the idea of winning a car. Honda, a title sponsor for the weekend, had planned to award Accord EX-Ls both to the final two picks of Friday night’s fantasy draft […]... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio — By now, for Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, the 2015 NHL All-Star Game has become all about winning the car. For reasons still unclear, Ovechkin has lobbied throughout the weekend for some sort of motorized hardware, first losing out during Friday night’s fantasy draft and now, at Nationwide Arena, gunning for the MVP […]... read more...
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  • Before his inaugural season atop the Washington Capitals’ front office, General Manager Brian MacLellan envisioned a deep defensive corps bolstered through the free agent acquisitions of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik. He saw the two former Pittsburgh Penguins anchoring the top two pairs and mentoring younger blue-liners such as John Carlson and Karl Alzner. He […]... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was billed as a joint news conference between NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA president Don Fehr, without much else hinted inside the announcement e-mail, but the three banners inside the Nationwide Arena concourse detonated any mystery from the start. “World Cup of Hockey 2016 Toronto,” they said, well before a promotional […]... read more...
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  • Several years ago, defenseman John Carlson began fully noticing the focus of goaltender Braden Holtby. The Washington Capitals started pregame warm-ups with a three-on-zero drill, overmatching netminders and often rendering them targets for shooting practice. Accordingly, Carlson saw many give up, check out and stand still. “Everyone else I’ve ever seen here was always s... read more...
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  • Inside their first losing home locker room in seven weeks, after inarguably reaching their lowest mark since late-November, the Washington Capitals searched for answers and settled on a common culprit. They had lost to the lowly Edmonton Oilers, 5-4, in a shootout. They had blown three separate two-goal leads. They had hopped into a time […]... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – The skills competition was just beginning Saturday night, across the hallway here inside Nationwide Arena, when reporters gathered to look at a jersey, a puck and a television screen, each part of the league’s unveiling of player tracking. The NHL was using the occasion to, for the first time, test its latest […]... read more...
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  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – After he struck out swinging with a goaltender’s stick and creamed a blistering slapper that still lost in the hardest shot competition by 7 mph, Alex Ovechkin was still focused on winning a car. “Yeah, tomorrow,” he said. “I’m still on. I still want it.” Ovechkin already whiffed Friday night, when he […]... read more...
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