Caps re-sign F Shane Gersich

The Washington Capitals have announced this morning that they have re-signed forward Shane Gersich to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000/$115,000, with a guaranteed minimum salary of $125,000).

Shane won the Stanley Cup with the Caps in 2018 and proved himself a valuable top-6 forward for the AHL Hershey Bears. Great signing for them. He’ll either prove to be an insane threat for the Bears or an excellent scoring depth player for the Caps.

Back to Hershey for Lewington

The Capitals announced that they are sending Tyler Lewington back to the AHL Hershey Bears. They called him up after the Michal Kempny injury and while the team was struggling through some illness issues.

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Does this mean Kempny is on the way back? We have no clue but sure hope so. Mostly we think it means the bug has passed…so-to-speak.

Meanwhile the Bears are gearing up for a playoff run for the Calder Cup and Tyler will be a great help with that effort.

Capitals Not Taking Any Chances; Call Up Lewington

The Capitals announced Saturday afternoon that they called defenseman Tyler Lewington up from the Hershey Bears. The Caps play the Philadelphia Flyers at 1230 on Sunday and are down a D-man with and injured Michal Kempny out. Coach Todd Reirden suggested earlier today that he would likely consider adding some backup to the roster. Continue reading “Capitals Not Taking Any Chances; Call Up Lewington”

Caps Sign Herndon-native Joe Snivley

The Washington Capitals have announced their new addition to the organization, Virginia-native forward Joe Snivley. He signed a two-year contract beginning on the 2019-2020 season. A hometown hero signed with the area’s professional hockey team, it doesn’t get more “storybook” than that.

Playing college hockey for Yale, Joe accrued 36 points (15g, 21a) in 33 games and set a collegiate career high in power play goals (5). Prior to Yale, Joe was drafted by the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. He played 3 season with them, posting up 125 points (50g, 75a) in 159 games. He also represented Team USA at the 2013 Ivan Hinka Tournament (U-18) and at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Interviewed at the press conference, Joe was asked what led him to signing with the Washington Capitals. “Signing for the Caps means a lot because it’s my hometown team.” He practiced and trained at MedStar Capitals Iceplex during his youth and was a part of the Washington Little Caps.

One of our own here in FiCP, Chris Cleveland, has seen him play and has had family play with/against him in the past. “I’m excited about this signing. The kid is good, really good. He’s a beast for how small he is, too.” Very stoked to have a hometown guy in the organization. An active player that comes to mind when thinking of a hometown player playing for his hometown NHL team is Detroit Red Wings’ forward Justin Abdelkader. He made his debut and stuck with them ever since. Maybe that’ll be the case here, we’ll just have to see. Congratulations Joe Snivley, and best of luck out there!

Capitals Assign Christian Djoos to Hershey on Conditioning Assignment

Christian Djoos is inching closer to his return from a lower-body injury he suffered back on Dec. 11 in the Washington Capitals game against the Detroit Red Wings. Since his injury, the defense had struggled which led to a seven-game winless streak before the All-Star break. Djoos was slowly making progress and after some brief time in a light blue non-contact jersey, the second-year defenseman began fully practicing with the team this week.  Continue reading “Capitals Assign Christian Djoos to Hershey on Conditioning Assignment”

Hershey Bears And Fans Warming up for New Season

Our newest contributor Sue Snavely- bringing highlights from the Hershey Bears!! Here are her first preseason impressions.

As I anticipate seeing the Hershey Bears play their second preseason game later today, I can’t help but be proud of this organization. Last season may not have had the outcome they wanted but their parent club won the Stanley Cup. Hershey is a minor league team, their job is developing young hockey player. There were 11 Caps players that started their career in Hershey; I would say the Hershey Bears did their job. 

In my seat at the place I call my home away from home, I look at the list of players and recognize 13 of the 30 players.  This will be a team of young prospects in Hershey this season. 

Ten minutes into this game and I have one statement: “fast fast fast.” Axel Jonsson-Fjallby is everywhere, Max Kammerer is a hitter and goaltender Ilya Samsonov, well he needs to stay in his net.

This will be an exciting year to see how the Bears recover from last season with a new coach – Spencer Carberry at the helm.

O’Brien and Hobbs Fighting for a Spot on Capitals Roster

It was obvious in Tuesday night’s preseason game that Liam O’Brien and Connor Hobbs wanted to standout in their performance. What better way than to drop their mits and go at it. Continue reading “O’Brien and Hobbs Fighting for a Spot on Capitals Roster”

Capitals Conditioning Continues; Stephenson and Smith-Pelly Join

The Capitals, minus the rookies who are in Florida, continue to work on strengthening their bodies and warming up for training camp next week.

The morning typically starts early with the goalies working at the far end of the rink with Scott Murray. Today they brought in the notorious medicine ball. In the net were Pheonix Copley, Vitek Vanecek, and Braden Holtby. More on them later. Continue reading “Capitals Conditioning Continues; Stephenson and Smith-Pelly Join”

So Many Hershey Bears in Virginia

The Capitals players are showing up little by little in Ballston, Virginia for an unofficial conditioning camp. Added to the pack are a few fellas from Hershey to show off their Bear talent. Continue reading “So Many Hershey Bears in Virginia”

It’s Like a Goalie Festival at MedStar Capitals Iceplex

Wednesday was the target date for most of the players to return to MedStar Capitals Iceplex for some conditioning prior to the start of training camp 14 September.

Although not everyone is here yet – no Tom Wilson sighting – we do have four of the franchise goalies in attendance.

Everyone’s favorite goaltender – Smiling Braden Holtby is back an in command of the situation. Actually -he was pretty good today chatting and encouraging the other goaltenders, especially his number two guy, Pheonix Copley, who wears number 1.

Iiya Samsanov seemed more comfortable in the net, with his new red goalie mask, than when last we saw him at development camp. His name is now on the Capitals roster with Holtby and Copley, so it is anyone’s guess who will be sitting number two.

And up from the Hershey Bearss we find Vitek Vaneck, who was holding his own against the incoming shots. He an Evgeny Kuznetsov shared a little secret on the ice…

The Caps are in a fortunate position. Although they lost Philipp Grubauer they have great potential to fill the number two spot behind the Holtbeast. The next few weeks of testing combined with a few preseason games will help the powers that be determine who sits between the posts when giving Holtby a rest. And they are watching all the prospects to size them up – as in assistant general manager Ross Mahoney who kept a watchful eye Wednesday.

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Oh and did we mention that Ovi is back??!!