Caps acquire Radko Gudas from Philly

This morning, the Washington Capitals have announced that they have done a one-for-one defenseman swap with the Philadelphia Flyers; Radko Gudas in exchange for Matt Niskanen, Philadelphia will retain 30% of Gudas’ remaining salary.

We here at FiCP are sad to hear this news about Niskanen leaving the organization, but understand the business move by Brian MacLellan. This is most certainly a move to clear up salary cap space to re-sign certain players or shop the free agent market. Trading Niskanen has opened up $3,405,000 in cap space for the Caps to work with, making it possible to re-sign guys like Nicklas Backstrom and/or Braden Holtby.

Gudas plays a physical game from the blue line and has been a beating pulse on Philadelphia’s penalty kill for years. Him being a right-handed defenseman certainly puts him on the 3rd pair with either Christian Djoos or Jonas Siegenthaler.

A plus side in this trade is that Gudas only has one more year on his contract until he’s a UFA compared to Niskanen, who has two more years. Gudas’ contract will expire around the time Backstrom and Holtby’s contracts expire, so there’s that. Who knows, GMBM could flip real quick and dish out Gudas to a struggling defensive team for forward depth or picks. Until then, welcome to the Caps Radko!

Michal Kempny Surgery: That Hurts

The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday that defenseman Michal Kempny underwent surgery to repair his left hamstring. Kempny has been out of commission since he sustained an injury on March 20. He will now be out for up to six months- well into the next season. Not only is this a painful injury from which to recover; it is a painful blow for the Capitals right before the playoffs. Continue reading “Michal Kempny Surgery: That Hurts”

Capitals Defeat Canucks 3-2 with Alex Ovechkin Achieving Another Milestone

The Washington Capitals defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. Coming off the break, the Caps have won two of their last three games to pull closer in the Metropolitan Division race. Their record improves to 28-18-6 and thanks to losses by the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins, they are now in second place just two points behind the first place Islanders.  Continue reading “Capitals Defeat Canucks 3-2 with Alex Ovechkin Achieving Another Milestone”

The Pregame: Caps Are Back in Town

After John Carlson, Braden Holtby and Todd Reirden took part in the NHL All-Star weekend festivities in San Jose and the rest of the team enjoying extra time off with both the All-Star break and the NHL mandatory bye week, the Caps are back in action. The team practiced on Thursday afternoon at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and will hold a morning skate tomorrow morning (or today if you’re reading this now) to gear up for a Friday night tilt. The second half push begins tonight with the Calgary Flames coming to Capital One Arena. The Caps hope a break can help them snap their seven game winless streak, something we hadn’t seen in quite some time.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Caps Are Back in Town”

Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick in Second Straight Game Leads Caps to Comeback Win over Hurricanes

The Washington Capitals and their were frustrated. It was a stinker start of the game and it saw the Caps trail 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes before they mounted a furious comeback in the third period to win the game 6-5 in a shootout. The win was the Caps fourth in a row and 11th win in their last 13 games. The comeback was led by Alex Ovechkin’s hat trick, the second straight game he accomplished the feat. The difference in the shootout was Jakub Vrana, who scored his first career shootout goal on his first-ever attempt. The Caps improve their record to 19-9-3 for 41 points and lead the Blue Jackets by five-points for first place in the Metropolitan DivisionContinue reading “Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick in Second Straight Game Leads Caps to Comeback Win over Hurricanes”

Caps Road Trip Roundup: Injuries, Controversy, and Intense Games

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals have recently concluded a four-game road trip with stops in Minnesota, Winnipeg, Colorado, and Montreal. FiCP takes a look at what was a roller-coaster type week.  Continue reading “Caps Road Trip Roundup: Injuries, Controversy, and Intense Games”

So Many Hershey Bears in Virginia

The Capitals players are showing up little by little in Ballston, Virginia for an unofficial conditioning camp. Added to the pack are a few fellas from Hershey to show off their Bear talent. Continue reading “So Many Hershey Bears in Virginia”

Caps Development Camp Day Two Standouts and Photos

The Capitals continued with their development camp on Wednesday. After an easy start on Tuesday, the coaches really put them all through the paces. It was Test Day for the forwards and defensemen on the Arlington Rink while the goalies worked on their skills over on the Capitals Rink. They all came together for more drills at the noon hour.

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Capitals Development Camp: Day Four Fun and Drills

The prospects have been at it for four days now – running drills and learning all they can at Kettler. They have spent some quality time together on and off the ice. Today you could really tell that they have become friends and despite the grueling pace, they are having fun too.

Much of our focus today was on the defensemen. They ran some speed drills, inside shuffle drills, and shooting drills (Thanks Total Package Hockey for the verbiage.) We have to say, these guys need a bit more polish on their shooting as there were lots of pings at the bars!

This morning coach Dwayne Blais worked with the defense, providing some valuable one-on-one coaching tips. It was quite interesting to see him skating with the players as they ran their drills. He received high praise from Tyler Anderson’s dad Todd.

Forwards were running their own drills over on the Capital’s ice. There has been much attention on passing and puck handling, especially close to the net.

We have been impressed with the progress Jonas Siegenthaler is making. Each day he seems to have more control over himself on the ice. We see an improvement in stick handling and shooting form as well.

Additionally, Connor Hobbs, who we watched last year, is definitely showing some maturity on the ice since last year at this time. Again, some good control with his stick.

Whatever these guys take away from development camp – you can see touches of improvement in their skills and that they are having fun in the midst of a tough few days.

Join them and us at Kettler for the only scrimmage during camp.  Puck drop is set for 10 am.