Pondering the Capitals New Season: Top Six

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”

Carl Hagelin is Extremely Happy to Sign with Caps and Ready to Win A Cup

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.

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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”

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.

Caps Have Tough Decisions in Free Agency

By Daniel Johnson

With the 2018-2019 Caps season coming to an abrupt end, they now have some difficult decisions to make with impending free agency. With their Salary Cap having little room for error, there are some pretty significant contracts to ponder. Continue reading “Caps Have Tough Decisions in Free Agency”

The Hagelin and Jensen Add Grit to Capitals Lines

Before the NHL trade deadline expired the Capitals added two new seasoned players to the roster- one to the fourth line and one to defense. Carl Hagelin flew in from LA to lift up the bottom line while Nick Jensen made his way from Detroit to add some might to the penalty kill. Tuesday they played in front of Capitals fans for the first time. Continue reading “The Hagelin and Jensen Add Grit to Capitals Lines”

Carl Hagelin’s First Capitals Game

The Capitals acquired Carl Hagelin Thursday and he played his first game in a “red” jersey on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. We like what we saw for a first day with a new team. Continue reading “Carl Hagelin’s First Capitals Game”