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”

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!”

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”

Capitals Summer Plans- What to Expect

Tradition. That’s what we have in the hockey world when the season ends- weather the exit is from the regular season or the playoffs. So what do the Capitals’ players do? We can tell you they have some pretty set routines- with the exception of 2018. Continue reading “Capitals Summer Plans- What to Expect”

Capitals Summer Plans- What to Expect

Tradition. That’s what we have in the hockey world when the season ends – whether the exit is from the regular season or the playoffs. So what do the Capitals’ players do? We can tell you they have some pretty set routines- with the exception of 2018. Continue reading “Capitals Summer Plans- What to Expect”

Back to Hershey for Lewington

The Capitals announced that they are sending Tyler Lewington back to the AHL Hershey Bears. They called him up after the Michal Kempny injury and while the team was struggling through some illness issues.

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Does this mean Kempny is on the way back? We have no clue but sure hope so. Mostly we think it means the bug has passed…so-to-speak.

Meanwhile the Bears are gearing up for a playoff run for the Calder Cup and Tyler will be a great help with that effort.

Capitals Not Taking Any Chances; Call Up Lewington

The Capitals announced Saturday afternoon that they called defenseman Tyler Lewington up from the Hershey Bears. The Caps play the Philadelphia Flyers at 1230 on Sunday and are down a D-man with and injured Michal Kempny out. Coach Todd Reirden suggested earlier today that he would likely consider adding some backup to the roster. Continue reading “Capitals Not Taking Any Chances; Call Up Lewington”

Caps Sign Herndon-native Joe Snivley

The Washington Capitals have announced their new addition to the organization, Virginia-native forward Joe Snivley. He signed a two-year contract beginning on the 2019-2020 season. A hometown hero signed with the area’s professional hockey team, it doesn’t get more “storybook” than that.

Playing college hockey for Yale, Joe accrued 36 points (15g, 21a) in 33 games and set a collegiate career high in power play goals (5). Prior to Yale, Joe was drafted by the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. He played 3 season with them, posting up 125 points (50g, 75a) in 159 games. He also represented Team USA at the 2013 Ivan Hinka Tournament (U-18) and at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Interviewed at the press conference, Joe was asked what led him to signing with the Washington Capitals. “Signing for the Caps means a lot because it’s my hometown team.” He practiced and trained at MedStar Capitals Iceplex during his youth and was a part of the Washington Little Caps.

One of our own here in FiCP, Chris Cleveland, has seen him play and has had family play with/against him in the past. “I’m excited about this signing. The kid is good, really good. He’s a beast for how small he is, too.” Very stoked to have a hometown guy in the organization. An active player that comes to mind when thinking of a hometown player playing for his hometown NHL team is Detroit Red Wings’ forward Justin Abdelkader. He made his debut and stuck with them ever since. Maybe that’ll be the case here, we’ll just have to see. Congratulations Joe Snivley, and best of luck out there!

Capitals, Canada, and Black Hockey History Museum

Fan FiCP writer Velvet Jackson shares with us about her visit to the Canadian Embassy for the National Hockey League’s Black Hockey History Mobile Museum. We are blessed in DC to have the opportunity to learn more and to celebrate the accomplishments of black hockey players.

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DSP to Hershey

The Capitals announced that they have assigned Devante Smith-Pelly to the Hershey Bears. The team placed him on waivers 20 February. It is a sad end to his time with the Capitals; however, nothing is impossible. Players once gone from the Capitals lineup have a way of showing up again!

The Washington Capitals have assigned forward Devante Smith-Pelly to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.