You may not be aware of this but your team just acquired a true gem in Michael Latta. Latts, as we here in DC call him, is one of the hardest working players around and won’t ever stop fighting (literally and figuratively) for the team. Latta was a fan favorite here and we want to clue you in on some things you need to be aware of before day one of training camp in El Segundo…
1. Latts is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet and he is always willing to stop for a photo with fans. He is also very humble when it comes to meeting fans and talking about his game.
As sad as we are to see Michael go, we really do wish him ALL the best with the Kings and hope he will be given the chance to be the incredible player we know him to be.
All this being said, please please PLEASE take good care of our boy. Ask him to take photos, tell him how amazing he is, and know that there are so many fans in DC counting on you to make him feel at home.
We love you Michael LAtta and hope you go on to do GREAT things that we know you are capable of.
Photos by Brittney Marcum (BamitsBrittney93 on IG)
By now you all know that only one of the duo that makes up the Caps Roomies received a qualifying offer by today’s deadline. That person was Tom Wilson.
We here at FiCP are having an especially hard time coming to terms with the loss of Michael Latta so we thought we’d share some of our favorite moments from this past season with Latts.
So many memories with Latts from this season but our favorites came after practices when Michael would take a few moments out of his day to talk to fans. He will be greatly missed by us and we are sure by you as well. We wish him all the best in his future career and hope to see him back on the ice even with another team.
Happy 25th birthday to our favorite Cap! (Oh who are we kidding, he is our favorite everything.)
This one goes out to our dedicated Michael Latta Fans!
We have had the privilege of getting to know Michael a little bit this season and have had a lot of fun taking pictures of him for you.
There is serious Latts.
There is roomie Latts.
There is shooting Latts.
There is silly Latts.
And last but certainly not least, there is son Latts.All we can hope for is that we will see Michael back on the ice come October. He is a restricted free agent which means it is time to negotiate a new contract. We think Michael has what it takes as a solid fourth liner. Trotz has said he brings a spark to the game (which is why we have nicknamed him Sparky)and you see that every time he is on the ice. He even took to fighting a bit more at the end of the regular season — much to our surprise.
Latta is good on the face off. Sparky has the right juice for a fourth liner. He isn’t overly expensive at this stage of his career. We need to see more ice time for him so that he can become the solid player the Caps need in their next run for the Cup. We recommend the Caps sign him up for another two years. And yes, we would take him over Mike Richards or Stan Galiev.
Happy Birthday Michael, and we really enjoyed getting to know you this season!
Game three for the Caps was anything but boring, in fact it was down right dirty. Of course we are talking about the Flyers and their fans. One even went as far as throwing a memorial bracelet for the late Ed Snider at Dmitry Orlov who was getting treatment for injuries sustained during a hit from Bellamare, who has since been suspended for game four of the series. All of this being said we know how hard it is once the game is over, you just want another game! Well to hold you over until 7:00pm we have ANOTHER gallery for you featuring all your faves (excuse the high volume of #46 photos in this one).
It’s almost time Caps Fans!!! We thought it necessary to get the fanbase even more hyped so we put together a short video of some of our favorite photos from the season:
In case you missed the announcement, The Washington Capitals will be facing The Philadelphia Flyers in the first round. Because the Caps are Number One in the league and won the President’s Trophy, they also secured home ice advantage for the duration of the playoffs, which means the first two games of each round will all be played at Verizon Center.
As many of you know, we here at FICP are partial to having fourth liner Michael Latta in the lineup for the Caps. He is not only an excellent forward for the team, he gets chippy when he needs to and stands up for his teammates. The past two games Latts has had the opportunity to play in he’s gotten in scuffles with opposition. And we’re ok with that!
First was Scott Mayfield:
Next challenger was Clayton Stoner:
According to HockeyFights Michael Latta has had eight fights this season and has won five of those (62.5%)
Down to the Numbers:
Michael Latta played 43 games during the regular season and recorded an NHL career high three goals and four assists. Third behind his roomie Tom Wilson (163) and Captain Alex Ovechkin (53), Latts ended the season with 50 PIM, 18 minutes less than his previous season with the Caps. Before his NHL career, Latta played 52 games for the Caps AHL affiliate Hershey Bears where he earned 14 goals and 20 assists accompanied by 134 PIM in the 13′-14′ season. All this to say Michael Latta knows how to play some hockey and given the chance we think he could be a great asset going forward for the Caps in the playoffs.
The Fourth Line Mash-Up:
This season has been a battle for fourth liners on the Caps. Between the additions of Daniel Winnik, Mike Richards, and a few extra players “just in case,”the fourth line has been a constantly changing force. The usual suspects include:
Daniel Winnik (26), Michael Latta (46), Mike Richards (10), Jay Beagle (83), Stan Galiev (49), and the occasional call-up from Hershey. With ice time being split between this many players it’s crucial for players to step up their game and show the coaches just what they bring to the team.
I know, I am just as amazed as you that I am getting this gallery out on the same day I took the photos. I have to say I was very excited to see the boys back at Kettler today. Whenever the guys are on a long road trip (especially one that didn’t go quite as well as we’d hoped) it always feels so good to see them back on the ice with smiles on their faces. We know some out there are losing their cool and freaking out that the Caps have had some pretty slow starts as of late, but we know they have what it takes and will continue to keep the faith…
Here at FiCP we enjoy sharing different kinds of photos with you, our viewers. So if there is ever a specific photo of a player or player(s) you want to see just leave a comment below with your Instagram or Twitter handle and we will do our best to get it to you!
Caps returned from their week long road trip to a full President’s Day crowd at Kettler today. The guys seemed to be in good spirits following a loss to the Dallas Stars Saturday night. The result of a packed practice? AWESOME photos to share. Please let us know what you think, and as always feel free to use our photos with appropriate credit! Enjoy!