Six More Years of Dima

By Brittney Marcum

As you all have probably heard, Dmitry Orlov signed a shiny new deal with the Caps today, extending his tenure in Washington by six years. We here at FiCP couldn’t be happier but rumblings around the Kettler Capital’s rink today were a mixed bag of emotions. Some people, like us, were extremely happy the Caps signed this dynamic D–man, while others were a bit more skeptical.-

The doubts that arose were not so much if he is skilled enough to continue with the Caps but more so the length of the contract. The doubts are not unfounded though; A lot can change for a player in six years and being so young, Dima definitely has a little growing to do. The same people were cautiously optimistic about TJ Oshie’s recent eight-year deal with the team, wondering if his point production and contributions would be that of last year for the following eight.

Only time will tell what becomes of the two…

The Details of the Deal:

Six Years: 30.6 Million

Average per year: 5.1 Million

Here are some of our favorite photos of Dima from over the years:

CONGRATULATIONS DIMA!!!

Capitals Dev Camp Scrimmage Saturday

Saturday morning at 10 am, the Washington Capitals will host the only intra-squad scrimmage of development camp. The 33 players in attendance will split into two or three teams, with the four goalies taking turns in the net. The scrimmage will be on the Capitals Ice so there is plenty of seating in the bleachers and standing room around the ice. You can also watch on Monumentalsportsnework.com 

This is always a great way to end development camp. We have watched these guys learn and improve their on-ice skills all week and it will be fun to see how they interact as teams. Remember, each player wants to leave a strong impression on the Capitals management team who will be on hand for the exhibition game.

Check out our  recent post about parking at Kettler. As an update – the rooftop should be open on Saturday and parking really should not be a problem. Bring your cameras and your cheering voices.

Oh, and the Kettler Team Store still has a sale running on merchandise that will be faded out with the new jersey’s coming in September. Adult third-jerseys are $65, youth $30, and many t-shirts are available for $15. A good time to stock up!!!

Capitals Development Camp: Day Four Fun and Drills

The prospects have been at it for four days now – running drills and learning all they can at Kettler. They have spent some quality time together on and off the ice. Today you could really tell that they have become friends and despite the grueling pace, they are having fun too.

Much of our focus today was on the defensemen. They ran some speed drills, inside shuffle drills, and shooting drills (Thanks Total Package Hockey for the verbiage.) We have to say, these guys need a bit more polish on their shooting as there were lots of pings at the bars!

This morning coach Dwayne Blais worked with the defense, providing some valuable one-on-one coaching tips. It was quite interesting to see him skating with the players as they ran their drills. He received high praise from Tyler Anderson’s dad Todd.

Forwards were running their own drills over on the Capital’s ice. There has been much attention on passing and puck handling, especially close to the net.

We have been impressed with the progress Jonas Siegenthaler is making. Each day he seems to have more control over himself on the ice. We see an improvement in stick handling and shooting form as well.

Additionally, Connor Hobbs, who we watched last year, is definitely showing some maturity on the ice since last year at this time. Again, some good control with his stick.

Whatever these guys take away from development camp – you can see touches of improvement in their skills and that they are having fun in the midst of a tough few days.

Join them and us at Kettler for the only scrimmage during camp.  Puck drop is set for 10 am.

Capitals and Fans on Social Media Thursday: 29 June

Welcome to the Thursday Tweet and Social Media summary.

Free Agency is just around the corner and we are all guessing about who gets signed and where others might find new homes.

Development Camp Continues with honing skills.

Camp looks different this year

Become a Red Rocker

And Stuff:

Today in History:

Capitals Franchise: Some Signings and Some Waiting

BREAKING: Capitals Sign Chandler Stephenson

In the past couple of days the Washington Capitals (and Hershey Bears) have re-signed a few of their players. Meanwhile, we know that  the Caps tendered qualifying offers to restricted free agents Phillip Grubauer, Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov. We are waiting and waiting to hear that these fellows are all locked up.

The NHL Free Agency begins 1 July. Players must have been provided with a qualifying offer to enable the team to continue to negotiate the terms of a new contract. Those not receiving qualifying offers become unrestricted free agents (UFA) and can negotiate with anyone (including their home team) for a new contract. Those with qualifying offers may accept the offer, reject the offer, or head into arbitration to try and get a better deal.

TJ Oshie is the first of the players signed last week. He inked an eight-year $46 million agreement with an annual salary cap hit of $5.75 million.

Bob McKenzie (TSN) reported that Brett Connolly – who we understand from the Caps was not given a qualifying offer – signed a “two-year deal with on AAV of $1.5 million per year.” Although Spotac has the details fed into their list of Capitals contracts, the organization has yet to officially announce the contract.

The Caps have five UFAs who most likely will not return to the Capitals next season, mostly because there just isn’t enough money to go around. There are lots of rumors circulating about Williams, Alzner, and Shattenkirk but nothing definitive yet. Most frequently we are hearing interest from the Leafs and Habs.

  • Centers Dan Winnik and Paul Carey
  • Right Wing Justin Williams
  • Defensemen Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkirk

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie the Capitals have agreed to terms with Connolly on a two-year contract that will pay him an average annual salary of $1.5 million per season.

The Caps have signed the following players with the Bears:

Chris Bourque (One Year),

Pheonix Copley (Two Years),

Christian Djoos (Two Years)

Chandler Stephenson (Two Years)

Nathan Walker (Two Years)

Bears Coach Troy Mann has suggested that Walker and Stephenson are close to playing for the NHL.

These players do not yet have contracts. We have heard that Stan Galiev does not intend to return to play in the for the Caps this year and was actually placed on the available list to Vegas. .

Christian Thomas, Stan Galiev, Paul Carey, Garrett Mitchell, Tom Gilbert.Darren Dietz,Travis Boyd, Liam O’Brien,

The Caps reportedly tendered qualify offers to  Liam O’Brien and Travis Boyd, although we have yet to see a contract.

We’ll keep watching to see what happens. We are pretty confident that the RFA’s will be locked down as soon as General Manager Brian MacLellan and the team of lawyers settle on terms that fit the very tight salary cap. And lets’ not forget that there are some intriguing young players showing their stuff at development camp who could find themselves at Hershey when players move up to DC and the big league.

Capitals and Fans On Social Media Wednesday 28 June

Tuesday was a full day and we missed our wrap up. We’ve included some items from Tuesday and Wednesday for your viewing pleasure. 

The contract watch continues as does the swirl of rumors! And some confirmed signings for too:

Copley locked down:

Development Camp is underway.

And there was the Alumni Game at Kettler which brought in some old friends:

And stuff:

and because Latta…

Capitals Development Camp: Day Two Friends and Family

The Washington Capitals held day two of development camp on Wednesday, starting with on-ice testing of forwards and defensemen on the Arlington Rink with Coach Dwayne Blais.  Meanwhile, the goalies worked out with coach Mitch Korn on the Caps ice.

The prospects began the morning, slowing entering onto the ice and teaming up for their drills. They warmed up and then went through limited speed trials as well as some four-cone drills. You can tell that some friendships are developing as the guys were more comfortable today with one another.

Axel Joonsson-Fjallby, who plays with the Swedish Hockey League, has caught the eyes of many – partly because of his flowing locks but mostly because he plays a fast aggressive game. He was drafted by Washington in the fifth round  (#147) of the 2016 draft  The 19 year old is expected to return to Djurgarden next season.

Many of the players struggled with the turns on the cones, and that is exactly with the coach wants to see–areas for improvement.

Mitch Korn was encouraging with the goalies, while pushing them to stretch themselves.

dev camp2 goali drill

We had a chance to talk with Tyler Anderson’s dad who was on hand to watch his son. Anderson is a free agent hailing from the British Columbia Hockey League’s George Spruce Kings. He was pretty excited when he received the call to participate with other elite players in the Washington Capitals camp. He will return to Lake Superior State University in the fall. In the meantime, he is enjoying his time meeting other players and improving his skills at camp.

The boys will be back at it on Thursday morning bright and early at 9:15.

 

Oldies but Goodies Back for Capitals Alumni Game

Last night the Capitals gave us the experience of virtual time traveling by putting Capitals alumni on the ice to face off against one another. It was a very cool experience. The teams wore Red jerseys vs White jerseys for the match up.

alumni with refs

A few notable alums on the Red team were Capital’s legend Peter Bondra, Capitals current CSN analyst Craig Laughlin and their coach, former Capital Yvon Labre.

The White team also had some notable players like Olaf Kolzig, Mike Knuble, and Alan May. They were coached by another Capitals Legend, Rod Langway.

The game ended up 8-7 in the RED team’s favor due to a late game winner by Laughlin.

It was so much fun seeing the old guard playing together. There was a fan favorite for all the viewers!! 

Caps Development Camp: Day One Morning Session

OH GREAT DAY!! Professional hockey is back at Kettler Ice Plex!!

This morning prospects arrived at Kettler for an early skate to demonstrate their talent and learn something from the best coaches around the NHL.

Coaches and drills – that’s the focus!

Defensemen began on the Arlington/Public side. We had a chance to see the newest drafts in action.

Forwards and goalies took over the Capitals Ice. Coach Korn worked with the goalies.

dev camp Korn Shields

Most of the players here this week will return to their home teams, unless they are selected to join the Hershey Bears. We should see more of the ‘seasoned’ players at training camp.

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And of course: goalies!

This morning was more of a ‘get acquainted” type of session. We expect to have a better chance to evaluate the prospects as the week goes forward.

Check back with us later today for Caps Fan Fest and afternoon Dev Camp photos!

 

Caps and Fans on Social Media Monday – 26 June

It’s Monday in Hockey Town and there is a lot going on for the Washington Capitals.

The 5 pm deadline for teams to extend qualifying offers to their restricted free agents has now passed. What do we know so far?

Per Isabelle and Tarik:

Caps Development Camp and Fan Fest starts on Tuesday. Here is info about prospects and getting to Kettler:

Even the Bears will  be there!

Our guide to it all: 

Nicky:

Trotz

And on this day!