Capitals Development Camp Review 2019

Development Camp is a great time to get an early look at who might be on the Capitals roster in the years ahead. We have been watching the process unfold for a few years now and it is exciting to see a young draft finally make the jump to the Hershey Bears or the Washington Capitals. We remember seeing a grinning Tom Wilson for the first time and thinking there was something different about that guy. Before he played with the Bears and became a Caps sensation, Jakub Vrana was a 2014 draft who wowed the crowd that summer. Continue reading “Capitals Development Camp Review 2019”

Capitals Team Store: Reading Between the Lines

Summer means sales and the Capitals Team Store always has great sales of merchandise  which start the week of  development camp. Wondering through the store, the merchandise has a way of telling the story of the season before and the season ahead.

When a player’s shirt goes on the sale rack it’s a pretty good indication that they won’t be returning. Such is the likely scenario for Devante Smith-Pelly. Continue reading “Capitals Team Store: Reading Between the Lines”

Bye Bye Burky…

We all know and love the smile on this Swede, and it will be missed by so many in DC but we must admit we are not surprised by this news. This afternoon the Capitals announced that in exchange for picks in the 2020 Entry Draft Andre Burakovsky is heading to Colorado. So while we are a little sad about the trade we can remember the good times below… we will miss you Burky.

We will surely miss you Burky and wish you the best of luck in your career!

Capitals Dev Camp: All About the Goaltenders

Every summer the Capitals host development camp in Arlington, Virginia. And every summer we get to look at a new crop of goaltenders that are learning from some of the best coaches in the NHL and AHL. This summer is no different. Continue reading “Capitals Dev Camp: All About the Goaltenders”

Hockey is Coming! Capitals Schedule Out.

The NHL already announced the Capitals first two opening games: 2 October in St. Louis and 5 October against the Hurricanes at home. The last home game (and Jeresy’s Off Their Backs Night) is 2 April against the Minnesota Wild. The final game of the regular season is 4 April in Sunrise, Florida. Don’t forget there are also three preseason games at home in September.

The Caps will merge their bye- week with the All-Star festivities giving them a very long break from 19 to 26 January. The All-Star Weekend is 24 to 26 January at Enterprise Center – home of the current St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup Champions.  Continue reading “Hockey is Coming! Capitals Schedule Out.”

Brooks Orpik Ends NHL and Capital’s Career

The Washington Capitals announced Tuesday morning that defenseman Brooks Orpik has hung up his NHL skates. According to the press releases, Orpik has this to say: I’ve been extremely lucky to have the best job in the world for many years, but my body is telling me it is time to move on to something new,” said Orpik. “I’m excited for more family time and to experience a lot of the things that being a professional athlete forces you to miss out on. Thank you to the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins for giving me the opportunity to play against the best athletes in the world. I’ll be forever grateful for the memories and relationships that hockey has given me.” Continue reading “Brooks Orpik Ends NHL and Capital’s Career”

Capitals Pass the Stanley Cup to Blues in Season Opener

The Washington Capitals will play their first game of the season on 2 October at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The 2018 Stanley Cup Champions will effectively transfer the Cup to the Blues as St. Louis hoists the banner and Cup for the first time in their house. It will be a bittersweet moment for the Caps, who remember what it feels like to celebrate such an accomplishment. Continue reading “Capitals Pass the Stanley Cup to Blues in Season Opener”

Celebrating the Capitals and the Stanley Cup Never Ends

Just when you thought it was all about the St. Louis Blues, because they have the Caps Cup, DC Sports reminds us all what a big deal winning is to the area. The DC Sports Hall of Fame has created a whole new category for the team that united the DMV in 2018: “The 2017-18 Washington Capitals, last year’s National Hockey League Stanley Cup champions, have been named the DC Sports Hall of Fame’s first-ever Team of Distinction.” Continue reading “Celebrating the Capitals and the Stanley Cup Never Ends”

Mark Your Calendar For Capitals PreSeason

The Capitals announced their preseason schedule for the 2019/20 season. This is when management takes one final look at players as they set the roster. Typically players from the Hershey Bears are on the ice with a mix of new and mature Caps players.

If you are not a season ticket holder (STH) or if regular season tickets are out of the budget- this is a less expensive way to see some of the NHL players warm up for some serious play. STH will often list their seats on TicketMaster so be sure to check there first.

What’s ahead? The first three games will be played at Capital One Arena. The Blackhawks hope this is the season their rebuild is over and they should be putting forward some pretty strong players for the Caps to face. The current Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues come to town, likely without many of their Cup winners but they should still be great to watch. And finally, the Caps will be playing the team that took them out of the playoffs in April 2019. Then the Caps go on the road for three games. This is when they typically make those final cuts and more of the regular roster steps in.

16 September, Monday:          Chicago Blackhawks at Capital One Arena – Game at 7 PM
18 September, Wednesday:    St. Louis Blues at Capital One Arena – Game at 7 PM
21 September, Saturday:         Carolina Hurricanes at Capital One Arena – Game at 7 PM
25 September, Wednesday:    Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago at 8 PM
27 September, Friday:               St. Louis Blues in St. Louis at 8 PM
29 September, Sunday:            Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh at 1:30 PM

The Capitals will release the full training camp schedule later this summer. Next up is development camp which begins Tuesday 25 June. The full 2019-20 schedule should be released by 21 June.

 

Carl Hagelin is Extremely Happy to Sign with Caps and Ready to Win A Cup

The day after signing a four-year, $11 million contract with the Washington Capitals, Carl Hagelin told reporters via a conference call that he is “Extremely happy to have signed a deal…and am looking forward to the upcoming season.” Hagelin originally came to the Caps as part of a deal with the LA Kings for a third round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional sixth round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, Since February he has played 20 regular season and seven playoff games in a red jersey. That was enough to convince him that the Capitals were the team he wanted to stick with for the long term.

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Two themes emerged from his comments:

Hagelin wanted a long-term contract yet he knew that the salary cap could be an issue for the Washington Capitals. He said that “after exit meetings I told them I wanted to stay if they could find something. ”  Apparently General Manager Brian MacLellan agreed with him.  He spoke about the care he received from the organization, from a good diet to ensuring that they knew “my strength and they played me with good players.”

The second prominent theme is that he wanted to be with a team that could go all the way and win the Stanley Cup. He said he looked at the mix of team – one with a “good mix veterans and young guys–guys who understand the business.” and for him, as a two-time winner himself,  he thinks the Caps have that going for them. He told reporters: “If I didn’t think the Caps had a chance to play in the finals and win I wouldn’t have signed.”

Hagelin is spending the summer traveling with family and is: “Looking forward to getting things going and being part of a team from the start”