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!”

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”

Capitals Excerpts from 31 Thoughts

Each week during the regular season and about once per round during the playoffs, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman writes his popular 31 Thoughts column.  In the current column, two of the thoughts (numbers 20 and 21) were about the Capitals. Continue reading “Capitals Excerpts from 31 Thoughts”

Tom Wilson is EXCITED to be Back

Tom Wilson spoke with media Monday about his new contract with the Washington Capitals. The Caps signed Wilson to a six-year contact for $31.02 million with an average annual value of $5.17 million last week. The future looks bright for Wilson as he steps up his game and plays “great hockey” with the team that is returning. “Excited” was definitely his word for the day.

On a conference call with the media when asked about the long term contract, Tom said: “Both sides were on the same page…I love it in Washington – it’s a second home now.” He said it was nice to have the confidence from the Capitals management. He sounded excited and humble at the same time. He is looking forward to building “as a player and as a team and moving forward.”

Specifically about the contract, he said he felt that he had built a great relationship with the team and that the Caps are confident that he will grow as a player. “They know I will come to the rink and give it my all, every single day.” His expectation is that he will be a part of the foundation moving forward.

For the coming years he sees himself growing each year, taking more on. “I spent the second half of the year on the top line and I felt comfortable there. That kind of became the norm.” He is looking forward to continue growing his offensive role on the top two lines as a top six player. He spoke about the special bonds the team has with one another and the expectation that he will grow into the role as a leader in the locker room.

You could hear his enthusiasm as he spoke about the need to be a consistent player and helping the team. He said multiple times that he is “looking forward to building as a player.” When it comes to the issues of the past season and the penalties and suspensions, he said that he will have conversations with people he “trusts and respects” to talk about ways to improve with the physical part of the game and how to “adapt and change with the times” as he contributes more to the success of the team. He told the press that from his perspective the players as a whole are excited for the next season, they love Washington and the fan base, and they want to stick around and “get the job done.” He is ready to play in whatever role he is asked to step into.

The Cup comes to Toronto August 5. He has seen some of the journey on social media. He and the guys have been texting each other and how they are spending their time. He is “pretty excited for my day with it.”

Six More Years of Dima

By Brittney Marcum

As you all have probably heard, Dmitry Orlov signed a shiny new deal with the Caps today, extending his tenure in Washington by six years. We here at FiCP couldn’t be happier but rumblings around the Kettler Capital’s rink today were a mixed bag of emotions. Some people, like us, were extremely happy the Caps signed this dynamic D–man, while others were a bit more skeptical.-

The doubts that arose were not so much if he is skilled enough to continue with the Caps but more so the length of the contract. The doubts are not unfounded though; A lot can change for a player in six years and being so young, Dima definitely has a little growing to do. The same people were cautiously optimistic about TJ Oshie’s recent eight-year deal with the team, wondering if his point production and contributions would be that of last year for the following eight.

Only time will tell what becomes of the two…

The Details of the Deal:

Six Years: 30.6 Million

Average per year: 5.1 Million

Here are some of our favorite photos of Dima from over the years:

CONGRATULATIONS DIMA!!!

Caps Add Another Center in Mike Richards

        In case you missed it, the Washington Capitals have agreed to terms with Center Mike Richards. The deal amounts to 1 year, 1 million dollars. Mike Richards is 30 years old with 10 years of NHL experience. Richards was drafted by The Philadelphia Flyers in 2003. Most recently he played with the Los Angeles Kings from 2011-2015. He averaged 16:40 TOI with the Kings, racking up 133 points in his 257 games. Perhaps most notably Richards has multiple Stanley Cup Championships under his belt and could bring a new view to the Caps in that aspect. Caps GM Brian Macclellan said in his interview with Mike Vogel that they will have to see just where Richards fits in their lineup whether it be third or fourth line center or elsewhere. We will keep you updated as more information comes in regarding where/ when Richards will play. Welcome to Washington Mike!

Written By Brittney Marcum

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