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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Matt Niskanen stood before a Capitals backdrop inside the Capitals’ practice facility on Saturday afternoon, wearing his new Capitals sweater and his new Capitals hat, whisked here after a marriage, a lucrative contract and two weeks of general madness. He had signed for seven years and $40.25 million without even visiting Washington, relying on scouting […]... read more...
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