Saturday afternoon the Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin arrived via SUVs to walk the red carpet into Capital One Arena. The crowd roared with delight when his name was announced….and then it the crowd let out a collective “awwwww’ as Ovi stepped out with the cutest Labrador in his arms!
The Caps announced that they partnered with a New York-based firm “America’s VetDogs” to host “Captain, a 10-week-old male yellow Labrador. He will undergo basic training and socialization with the Capitals staff, players and public for the next 14-16 months. Captain wi be around “the front office, at community events, practices and select home games to assist in raising Captain to be a confident and calm future service dog. “
He was getting the full Caps family treatment around Capital One Saturday and we can wait to see more of him.
Follow Captain on Twitter and Instagram @CapsPup to stay up to date on his training and local appearances.
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”
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 agreementall around. Continue reading “Jakub Vrana is Coming Back to the Capitals!”
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”
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”
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.
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.
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”
This morning, the Washington Capitals have announced that they have done a one-for-one defenseman swap with the Philadelphia Flyers; Radko Gudas in exchange for Matt Niskanen, Philadelphia will retain 30% of Gudas’ remaining salary.
We here at FiCP are sad to hear this news about Niskanen leaving the organization, but understand the business move by Brian MacLellan. This is most certainly a move to clear up salary cap space to re-sign certain players or shop the free agent market. Trading Niskanen has opened up $3,405,000 in cap space for the Caps to work with, making it possible to re-sign guys like Nicklas Backstrom and/or Braden Holtby.
Gudas plays a physical game from the blue line and has been a beating pulse on Philadelphia’s penalty kill for years. Him being a right-handed defenseman certainly puts him on the 3rd pair with either Christian Djoos or Jonas Siegenthaler.
A plus side in this trade is that Gudas only has one more year on his contract until he’s a UFA compared to Niskanen, who has two more years. Gudas’ contract will expire around the time Backstrom and Holtby’s contracts expire, so there’s that. Who knows, GMBM could flip real quick and dish out Gudas to a struggling defensive team for forward depth or picks. Until then, welcome to the Caps Radko!