News broke early Friday that the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) had suspended Capitals player Evgeny Kuznetsov from play for four years because of his use of the illegal drug cocaine. On May 31, 2019, following the emergence of a video of Kuznetsov sitting next to what appeared to be rows of cocaine, he issued the following statement: “I would like to address the video of me that appeared online on Monday. While I have never taken illegal drugs in my life and career, I would like to publicly apologize to the Capitals, my teammates, our fans and everyone else, for putting myself in a bad situation. This was a hard lesson for me to learn.” Continue reading “The NHL, Cocaine, Kuznetsov, and the Fans”
Training camp is only a few weeks away and the Capitals will have a slew of new and not-so new players to give a closer look. As we look ahead to the 2019- 20′ season we do so with some trepidation. Who are these new additions that the Caps management team hired during the summer? What about the younger, faster players they have been grooming in Hershey? How about the “old dogs” – where do they stand and can they stand up to the challenge of the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference of the NHL? Continue reading “Pondering the Capitals New Season: Top Six”
We thought things would be relatively slow this summer for the Capitals. They had a few deals to negotiate but we had the sense that there would be no big changes to the roster. That is true, for the most part; however, the Caps did sign a slew of new players and the dust has yet to settle on who will be on the ice come October. Here is the run down-so far and our best guess of impact to the Caps: Continue reading “Capitals Build for the Future Through Contracts this Summer”
Anyone watching NHL hockey knows the name Alexander Ovechkin, especially if you are part of the Eastern Conference. He has inspired a new generation to become hockey players and hockey fans- especially in his homeland Russia. Now he has a new title: NHL Ambassador to China, where he will be heading in early August. Continue reading “Alexander Ovechkin: The Face of Global Hockey Named Ambassador”
We can all breathe a sigh of relief now that the wait is over and the Washington Capitals have signed Jakub Vrana to a “two-year, $6.7 million contract,” according to senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan. The “bridge contract” will give Vrana a chance to prove he is an elite hockey player worth a long-term commitment and, hopefully, give the Caps time to sort out the mess they have made of the salary cap. It’s a good agreement all around. Continue reading “Jakub Vrana is Coming Back to the Capitals!”
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”
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”
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!
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”
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.”