Pondering the Caps New Season: Third and Fourth Lines

Last week we took a look at the Capitals top six players and what the top two lines might look like in the upcoming season.  The third and fourth lines will definitely look different in the 2019/20 season with the loss of Brett Connolly and Andre Burakovsky. Who will play with Lars Eller? Will Carl Hagelin be on the bottom six or the top six? How will the coach slot in those new players donning a red sweater for the first time? It feels as if we have more questions then we have answers. Continue reading “Pondering the Caps New Season: Third and Fourth Lines”

The NHL, Cocaine, Kuznetsov, and the Fans

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”

Capitals Build for the Future Through Contracts this Summer

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”

Alexander Ovechkin: The Face of Global Hockey Named Ambassador

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”

Jakub Vrana is Coming Back to the Capitals!

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!”

Capitals Pass the Stanley Cup to Blues in Season Opener

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”

Hagelin Signs with Caps for Four Years

It’s official! The Capitals announced Sunday they signed Carl Hagelin to a “four-year, $11 million contract extension, with an average annual value of $2.75 million.” Hagelin made his was to the Caps via the LA Kings and was a former Pittsburgh Penguin who was a thorn in the side the the Caps in the 2016 run for the Stanley Cup. The Caps picked him up in February 2019 and have never looked back!

The Capitals GM MacLellan shared their reasons for signing the hard-hitting forward:

We are pleased to have signed Carl to a new four year contract,” said MacLellan. “Carl is a versatile player who can play on any line and is an excellent penalty killer. He is a proven winner and provides great leadership to our team.”

Hagelin is just what the Caps need to transform the team into a fast strong team:

A two-time Stanley Cup winner (2016 and 2017), Hagelin has 48 points (22g, 26a) in 128 career playoff games, which is tied with Alex Ovechkin for the second-most playoff games among the Capitals (Orpik: 156) and tied for the 14th most among active NHL forwards. Additionally, Hagelin’s 237:14 minutes of penalty kill time in the playoffs is the seventh most among active forwards.

In Surprise Move the Capitals Trade Matt Niskanen to Flyers

We all felt that Matt Niskanen would not return in a Capitals’ sweater for the 2019/20 season. And now we know where he will he playing and where we will face the talented defenseman next season. Continue reading “In Surprise Move the Capitals Trade Matt Niskanen to Flyers”

Devante Smith-Pelly: Stanley Cup Memories And Now

Devante Smith-Pelly (DSP) was a key component of the Capitals 2018 Stanley Cup win. It has not always been an easy journey for DSP in the NHL. He made his first appearance with the Washington Capitals in late-summer of 2016 after the NJ Devils bought out his contract. He would play two seasons with the Capitals before they sent him down to the AHL Hershey Bears. Although he joined the Caps for the 2019 playoffs, his future again hangs in the balance as the Caps general manager looks at the big picture for the coming few seasons. With the pool of talent in Hershey from which they can draw and other signings they need to consider, it is highly unlikely that he will suit up in a Caps sweater again. Continue reading “Devante Smith-Pelly: Stanley Cup Memories And Now”

A June Caps Fans will Never Forget

Remember back in May 2018 when the Capitals surpassed previous expectations and entered the final round of the NHL Playoffs? Remember when Caps fans went crazy as their team returned from Las Vegas tied in the series 1-1 to play their first home ice game on June 2nd? Continue reading “A June Caps Fans will Never Forget”