Caps Post Season: Daniel Winnik, UFA

Dan Winnick came to the Capitals in February 2016, a surprise trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs. In exchange, Brooks Laich and Connor Carrick made the move north. He had one year left on his contract at the time. No stranger to the trade process, the Capitals would be Dan’s seventh team to play for in the NHL. He and his wife (and their pooches) would quickly become a part of the fabric of the Caps and the Caps community.

With the end of the Caps season, Dan now becomes an unrestricted free agent and is in the mix of players waiting for a contract offer. Winnik dodged an earlier trade bullet in March when he came in under the radar for the trade deadline. And he stepped it up, helping the Caps end the season on a high note, winning the President’s Trophy. Overall:

  • Winnik had one of his best NHL seasons in 2016/17.
  • He scored 12 goals with 14 assists during the regular season.
  • He leads the team in short-handed goals at two.
  • He was responsible for three game winning goals, including a spectacular night against the Coyotes in which he scored two goals in the third period.
  • At 14.6 he has one of the highest save percentages on the team.
  • He literally took one for the team in in October 2016 when in a game against the Panthers he took a puck to the ear, losing a little piece of it. Now that’s dedication!

On the downside of things, he didn’t contribute as much as we would have hoped in the playoffs, ending the run with a -4 and no points recorded. He was part of the fourth line that failed to score against the Penguins, according to CSN.

Chances are, Dan and Taylor Winnik will be looking for a new home by the end of the summer. When it comes to trades and new contracts, the Capitals are looking at the overall best mix for the team. They have to be looking at playoff performance. Now there ate lots of gaps in performance to point to this season, unfortunately, Winnik is one of the weakest links.

Now we can’t end this article without talking about Taylor and what she has brought to this team. She was the photographer for the annual Canine Calendar, bringing out the best of the boys and those adorable pooches. She has been instrumental in bringing the wives closer, as a support system for one another and the players. She was part of the crew that brought families together on the recent vacation during Bye Week. She is always bringing awareness to causes close to her and Dan, including pet adoption. We have come to love her tweets and her Instagram posts and if they go, there will be a huge hole left in her absence.

We wish the best for the Winnik’s,where ever life take them.

 

Capital Punishment at Verizon Center! Capitals Win All the Three Home Games

The countdown to the end of the regular season is already in underway as the Caps are in playoff rhythm. After beating the Coyotes by 4-1, the Capitals won all the three consecutive games at Verizon Center.  In addition, they extended their home-factor which was very important to the team this season: 14-straight wins at home to set a franchise record.

In the total, Washington is four games undefeated, when they beat the Lightning by 5-3 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. T.J. Oshie noted a hat trick and the Capitals reached 100 points then. When the homestretch began, the first foe was the Flames, which the Caps beat by 4-2. After that, was a come from behind victory against the Blue Jackets by 2-1 (SO). And then, ending the homestretch, a 4-1 victory against the Coyotes.

watermarked5(2017-03-25-2200)Saturday, the Capitals scored first with Alex Ovechkin from his office, capitalizing on a power play. After a scoreless second period, Arizona tried to sketch a reaction at the second half of the third period with a Peter Holland goal, but the Caps managed to get a victory yet in the regulation.

Dan Winnik put the Capitals in front again by 2-1, Justin Williams fired a rocket and Winnik scored again, now taking advantage of their empty net to set up the final numbers to the game.

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The Capitals are still playing good hockey at the crucial moment of the regular season. The final games are important because they show us that this is the team which is going to the playoffs. Also, Washington enjoyed the home-factor during this season and that might be the differential. The Capitals have now five straight games on the road, a good test before the playoffs. After that, there will be three games remaining (two at home) before the playoffs. The next game is on March 28, against Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center (Saint Paul, Minnesota).

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Road trip:

Minnesota Wild (March 28)

Colorado Avalanche (March 29)

Arizona Coyotes (March 31)

Columbus Blue Jackets (April 02)

Toronto Maple Leafs (April 04)

GO CAPS!!

Photos by Mel Abernethy

FiCP Goes to Hockey N’ Heels

By Brittney Marcum

Hockey N’ Heels 2017, hosted by Courtney Laughlin, was in my opinion, much improved from 2016. The previous year the Caps only used one of Kettler’s rinks; however, this year they utilized both, making the sessions much less rushed and giving us time to truly enjoy them.

Once again there were three on-ice sessions, as well as three off-ice. First up,  our group (the red group) went to learn about face-offs from the legend Rod Langway. He explained to us how to hold the stick as well as why players get thrown out and replaced at the circle. We had so much fun going against each other and unleashing our inner Jay Beagle!!

Next on the agenda was a lesson in goalie skills from the man behind the beast, Coach Mitch Korn. Mitch explained to us the importance of the different pieces of goalie equipment and gave us directions on how to use them. We even got take a go at playing goalie for ourselves. We also spoke to him about how long goalies really have to react to those pucks flying at them from all angles and his responses were astonishing. He said that goalies watch video of players on other teams shooting so that they know what to expect come game time.

Our last on-ice activity was broom ball with Daniel Winnik and Nate Schmidt. Our half of the group was playing alongside Dan Winnik who explained we really needed to moonwalk while playing as to not fall over on our butts… If you must know I definitely fell on mine. Nate Schmidt was really getting into it which made it that much more enjoyable for everyone involved.Brett Connolly and Philipp Grubauer hosted similar groups on the other side of the ice.

The off-ice sessions included a chat with Chef Robert Wood (SuperFd and Eco Catering) who has an AWESOME cookbook coming out, including recipes from  the Caps better halves. The food he cooked up for the evening was delicious[ the shrimp- pineapple skewers were my personal fave! We also got the opportunity to talk with Coach Trotz about his thoughts on how the team is doing and who their biggest competitor is. In case you were wondering he said it was the Blackhawks, and we all know how that went. The third off-ice session was a chat with Caps Alumni Craig Laughlin, Paul Mulvey, and Rod Langway. We discussed the expansion draft and the biggest changes they have seen in the game since they played.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and recommend anyone trying it at least one time.

We want your input!  Let us know what you thought of the event good or bad!

Caps Practice Minus Familiar Faces

Today the Caps held practice at Kettler at 11:30,with some noticeable faces missing from the line-up. TJ Oshie (week to week) and Lars Eller (day to day) were injured in Friday’s game and did not practice with the team.

Here are the photos we got today (excuse the quality, one of us forgot our camera battery today.. not naming any names).

A few Kuzy shots!:

We sure do love this team…

In place of the aforementioned injured players Paul Carey was recalled from The Hershey Bears. Keep an eye on the blog for more updates as they come in!

Photos by Brittney Marcum 

 

 

The Final Skate… Before Canada (A Photo Gallery)

Today’s practice began on the Arlington rink before switching half-way through.

BREAKING NEWS:

THE BEARD IS GONE EVERYONE!!!

There were smiles and laughter of course, we would expect nothing less.

And then there was a lot of hard work running drills.

 

Shots shots shots!!

DON’T FORGET: TOMORROW’S GAME IS AT 9:30 ON CSN

Daniel Winnik’s Ear Looks Just Fine..

As you know during Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers Daniel Winnik took a puck to the ear. After the game coach Trotz informed media Winnik had lost a little piece of his ear. We are here to tell you that everything looks just fine. But don’t take our word for it see here for yourselves.

It was a good day at practice otherwise, so many smiles on the guys faces, joking around and genuinely having a good time.

Pre-game is coming up next!

 

Don’t miss the Caps taking on their rival New York Rangers tonight at 7PM!!

 

 

Photos by: Brittney Marcum

Caps at the Beach

While Caps Development Camp was on last week, many of the players were off enjoying the beach, be it at a lake or on the ocean. Here are some pictures they have shared so far this summer:

The Winnik’s could be found relaxing in the beauty of Lake Tahoe after spending several weeks traveling across the US for baseball and hockey. The Carlson’s spent some time with baby Lucca. Even Ovechkin and Nastya strolled the beach.

Nate Schmidt was busy winning bag toss/cornrow games while Philipp Grubauer was off taking pictures of bodies of water!

There is no denying though that Mr. & Mrs. Galiev had the best and most romantic beach time on their resort vaca.

So how is your summer going? Have you made it to the beach yet?

Next up: players enjoying some family time.

Caps Roar Past the Predators

The Nashville Predators made their one and only visit to the Verizon Center this season. It was Jay Beagle’s 300th NHL game and the Capitals spent the night celebrating 25 years of Craig Laughlin as a CSN analyst. They played a great defensive game and Braden Holtby was dynamite–as usual. And there is no underestimating the magic of Evgeny Kuznetsov as he time and again creates opportunities for his teammates to score. Daniel Winnik benefited the most with two goals for the night. Good production all around.

First Period: Solid Start

The Caps had a good start in the first period – holding back the Predators. They were keeping Predators goaltender Carter Hutton company early in the game. Jay “Top Line” Beagle and Jason Chimera both had some quality chances on Huttton. The Capitals penalty kill was successful late in the period. Capitals outskated and outshot the Predators 11-4. It seems like those bad first periods are a thing of the past (hopefully).

GOALS: None

PENALTIES: Nicklas Backstrom (hi-sticking)

SCORE: Game tied 0-0

Second Period: Winnik’s First (and Second) in Red!

While on the power play, Predator Filip Forsberg opened the scoring. Then, Daniel Winnik scored his first goal as a Capital. Amazing slap pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Braden Holtby collected a goalie point. The Capitals went on the power play but did not convert. Kuznetsov does his signature pass (no look behind-the-net) to T.J. Oshie, who got the Caps the 2-1 lead. In the final minute of the period, Winnik scored his second goal as a Capital. Winnik also collected his 200th NHL point on the second goal.

GOALS: Filip Forsberg scored his 29th of the season (assists: Roman Josi and Shea Weber); Daniel Winnik scored his fifth of the season (assists: Evgeny Kuznetsov and Braden Holtby); T.J. Oshie scored his 22nd of the season (assist: Evgeny Kuznetsov); Daniel Winnik scored his sixth of the season (assist: Dmitry Orlov)

PENALTIES: Taylor Chorney (tripping); Ryan Johansen (tripping); Ryan Johansen (cross checking)

SCORE: Caps lead 3-1

Oshie Goal
Oshie expresses the excitement at Verizon Center tonight!

 

Third Period:

It took 36 seconds for Kuzy to make another crazy pass, this time to Andre Burakovsky. Kuznetsov had a hat trick of assists in this game. The game got more physical as the time ticked down for the Predators. In the final minute of the period, the Caps had a 5-on-3 man advantage. Johansen had a hat trick of penalties in this game. It was not a one-game goal for the Caps, who won 4-1.

GOALS: Andre Burakovsky scored his 15th of the season (assist: Evgeny Kuznetsov)

PENALTIES: Alex Ovechkin (hi-sticking); Craig Smith (holding the stick); Mike Ribeiro (game misconduct); Ryan Johansen (roughing); Shea Weber (delay of game)

SCORE: Caps win 4-1

There is no doubt that this is a “creative” and “intelligent” team to quote Coach Trotz. Tonight was the 51st win of the season for the Capitals and 43rd win for Braden Holtby. Holtby is one win closer to the single season wins record held by Martin Brodeur (48).

What’s Next?

Practice: 11:30am on Saturday at Ketter Capitals Iceplex.

Game: Sunday at 6pm against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center.