The Trickle Begins

The season may not be underway just yet- but the boys are sure ready to get going and a few of our faves have even begun skating at MedStar Iceplex already! And we were more than ready to see them again!

Guys like Backstrom, Copley, Carlson, Gersich, and Eller are just a few that have returned to DC post-cup celly!

Even Nemo got in on the action today- suiting up for mini scrimmages and even taking sprints at the end of the skate with the guys- this is how you build a team friends!

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The Caps are Back! The Caps are BACK …. okay, some are back

We finally had a chance to spend more than a few minutes at MedStar Capitals Iceplex aka Kettler) today and get a closer look at those Capitals who are participating in the unofficial #campnemo. Mark Nemish, the team strength and conditioning coach, has been on the ice with those players showing up for a bit of pre-training camp preparation.

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Two Jobs Vacant On The Capitals Blue Line

By Bryce Jurkovac

The Caps are looking to fill two defensemen positions and maybe have a seventh in a backup/emergency position. 

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Potential Candidates: Ness, Chorney, Lewington, Djoos, and Bowey. Let’s play the mix-and-match game and see how each potential pairing would ride out based on last season and play style.

Chorney & Carlson

These two already have history playing together last season with Coach Trotz’s line shuffling and due to injuries. These two did not play too bad with each other in my opinion. Carlson obviously plays a risky, offensive style game and can provide defense when capable. Only issue is that he gets beat when caught flat-footed with no support from the other defense partner. Chorney can bring that steady, defense game to the other side of Carlson. Very stay-at-home, defensively smart style of play. I think this would work out great.

Ness & Carlson

I haven’t looked into Aaron Ness too much with the Hershey Bears, but from what I’ve seen in the preseason (this year and last), I don’t think he’d be the best fit on the 2nd defensive pairing. He plays smart, but every time I’ve watched him play with the Caps, he gets beat by pure speed or can’t control the supporting man. I do, however, think he would be a fantastic 7th. He would be a good filler for the Caps blue line and who knows, he may improve and blow us all away.

Lewington & Carlson

I see Tyler Lewington heading back down to Hershey to lead them to the playoffs. He has a strong presence and I personally think would be nice to have on the Caps roster. Injury dependent, could see him called up in the future.

Djoos & Carlson

I was really hoping this pair would click and it still can. Christian Djoos has more growing to do before he lines up with “the big boys.” The talent is definitely there, but I would keep him in Hershey for now. Let him flourish there and make sure he’s ready to bring his ‘A’ game next season. Maybe shoot for the top pairing. Still chance for him to be called up, too.

Orpik & Bowey

To me, this is the ideal pairing we all want to see. You have a young and talented defenseman from the AHL coming up and getting paired with a seasoned veteran and Stanley Cup Champion. He’s a right-handed shot, which is perfect for Brooks Orpik. He’s a talented defenseman and has held his own in all the games I’ve seen him play. I think it’ll be a huge disappointment if Barry Trotz doesn’t stick this kid with Orpik.

Orpik & Chorney/Ness/Djoos

It wouldn’t be ideal to stick a lefty with a lefty as we have seen in the previous seasons, but it is doable if the right-handed shot is not available. This year it is and I think it would be a mistake to put the Caps in that position again. If it came down to it though, I would like to see Djoos or Ness with Orpik. 

In conclusion, my ideal pairings for the Caps regular season opener would be:

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Chorney-Carlson

Orpik-Bowey

Ness*

What do you think?

Capitals Training Camp Pushing Players Skill Levels

Tuesday’s training camp was a lot of fun to watch today. The first two rounds we saw AHL, ECHL, college kids, and NHL players working in more unity. The second round was mostly those players who are likely to return home without a spot on the Caps roster. The third season was chock full of Caps players and likey candidates for those coveted spots. 

They started early today with warmups at 0830. They were finally off the ice by 2:30. That’s a lot of standing and taking photos and video!! 

Take a look at what Mel captured today:










Can we just say how much we love Holtby and Orlov??

Caps Scrimmage Action Shots- An FiCP Gallery

Well folks, we will keep this short and sweet. We are BACK, the Caps are back to Kettler, our fingers are still defrosting, and we have camera arms. Today was the first scrimmage of the 2017 Washington Capitals Training Camp and playing today were the Red and Blue teams (roster here).

Prior to taking the ice for the 45:00 minute scrimmage each team had a brief practice:

Then there was the main event, and it was filled with hard hits, turnovers, and goals (by Team White who came out on top with four goals to Team Red’s zero.

 

We are happy to be back and bringing you all the photos we possibly can!!!

 

The very first pre-season game will take place in New Jersey tomorrow night September 18th… and yes our hearts are still a little sore from losing Mojo to Jersey.

 

Photos by: Brittney

Is Zach Sanford the New Shiny Thing for the Caps?


Zach Sanford is wowing everyone in Washington DC. Rumor has it he will win the empty spot on the Caps roster having pushed out likely candidate Stan Galiev. 

All eyes will be in him Sunday afternoon to see if he will keep the impressive showing. He is a big, fast, and still maturing as a player. 

The question remains: is he ready for a spot in the NHL or at almost 22, does he need a bit more time.

We’ll be watching today’s game and waiting to hear what the powers that be decide about his future. 

Starting Line-up for Caps-Blues PreSeason

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The St.Louis Blues are in Washington for the Caps seventh preseason game–three more to go to regular season. This is just one more game to test the talents of prospective players to add to the roster and one more night for the regular guys to get in shape for an October 13 opener in Pittsburgh.

The Caps will be missing Marcus Johansson, Tom Wilson, and Madison Bowey who management is holding out to recover from some injuries picked up in previous preseason matches. Continue reading “Starting Line-up for Caps-Blues PreSeason”

The Russians are Back…The Russians are Back!!!

World Cup of Hockey 2016 didn’t go so well for Team Russia–although they made it further than Team USA.

Alex Ovechin,

Dmitry Orlov,

and Evgeny Kuznetsov

were back at Caps training camp today.

Meanwhile, Stan Galiev has been representing Russia while they were away…

As much fun as it was to watch them in World’s it is even better to have them home with us!!

Welcome back boyz!!

The Boys are Back! Day 1 in Photos

Today was no ordinary Friday, today was day one of the Washington Capitals 2016 training camp. The day was divided into three groups with Group White first, Group Red second, and Group Blue ending the day. There were a lot of new faces at camp so let’s run through those you might not be as familiar with.

# 61 Dan DeSalvo:

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# 57 Nolan Laporte:

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# 39 Christian Thomas:

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# 59 Dylan Magonari:

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# 46 Darren Dietz:

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And then there were the goalies, SO MANY GOALIES:

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And we could never forget those old familiar faces we’ve missed so much these past few months:

At the end of each session the players would participate in on-ice testing:

For the schedule of practices for the following week click here