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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 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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  • 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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  • Former Hershey Bears forward Nicolas Deschamps, who spent three games with the Capitals last season, has signed with Oulu Kärpät, a Finnish squad in the country’s top league, Liiga. The announcement was made on the league’s website. In 65 games with the Bears last season, Deschamps scored 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists). It was his second season with the AHL... read more...
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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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  • 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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  • Nathan Walker, the first Australian selected in the NHL draft and a mini-celebrity back home, has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Washington Capitals, the team announced Friday. His base salary, excluding bonuses, will be $575,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 for the AHL level, according to the team. Several weeks after his third development camp in Washin... 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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  • A familiar face showed up in Chinatown on Tuesday as defenseman Connor Carrick greeted fans at an open house at Verizon Center, posing for photos and signing autographs as fans shopped for season tickets. “I’m excited to get back. It’s been a long summer,” said Carrick, who flew in from his home in Chicago for the day. […]... 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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  • Goaltender Vitek Vanecek, picked this June in the second round of the 2014 NHL draft, has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Washington Capitals, the team announced Tuesday. With a desire to secure a netminder after drafting winger Jakub Vrana 13th overall, the Capitals traded up to nab Vanecek, responding a an early run […]... 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 new coaching staff was upstairs at Washington’s practice facility, another morning preparing for the upcoming season. His teammates were on the ice for another offseason skate session. Rookie camp will begin on Sept. 11, training camp one week after that, and around that time too comes John Carlson’s wedding. And yet the 24-year-old defenseman […]... read more...
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  • Former Capitals and Hershey Bears defenseman David Kolomatis has signed a one-year contract with Tappara in Finland, the team announced on its website, making him the second Washington two-way free agent headed overseas to the top-tier Liiga in the past week. This past season, his fifth full AHL season and first with Hershey after joining the Washington organization on [... 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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  • Because it’s the middle of July, and because this is roughly the time when the NHL collectively packs its suitcases and heads on vacation, and because the Washington Capitals spent more money during free agency than any other team this offseason, and because they also hired a new coach and new general manager several months […]... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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