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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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  •   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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  • 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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  • 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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  • We’ve all been hearing about the impending expansion plans the NHL has in store. For those not informed, plans appear to be in the works to found an expansion franchise in Las Vegas, Nevada. This would mark the first time that a major sports league has set up shop in Nevada (with the exception of […] ... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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