NHL Trades and the Capitals

There is lots of fodder for thought floating around the internet about the NHL trade deadline and who is likely to move where. Although the Capitals pretty much sat tight with the last round of trades, they could make some interesting trades this time. The deadline is just around the corner: on 3 pm Monday, Feb. 25. It’s gonna be a fun week to watch! Continue reading “NHL Trades and the Capitals”

Congrats to Marcus and Amelia Johansson (update)

Former Capitals and current NJ Devil forward Marcus Johansson married long-time girlfriend Amelia Falk this Saturday in Sweden. The couple have know each other since they were young adults. They have a two-year old daughter Mila, who of course was in the wedding!

Good friend Nicklas Backstrom was in the wedding party and helped MoJo with some last minute adjustments prior to the wedding. Photo compliments of his brother, Martin, who plays for the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

It was a simple family wedding for the couple. Andre Burakovsky filmed Amelia’s entrance and caught a tearful Marcus, holding Mika’s hand, as he watched her walk down the aisle.

The family, now united in marriage.

There was a beautiful first dance that melted our hearts- again BurkyPhotography on the job!

Update: Martin posted some more photos and we have added here! So adorable these two!

A couple weeks ago, some friends of Marcus’ came together to celebrate his pending nuptials. We were left with some images that we just can’t unsee!

We couldn’t be happier for Marcus. We asked dad Lars at the end of the 2016/17 season if he thought there might be wedding bells: he smiled and shrugged his shoulders saying ‘I think not soon.’ Here we are a year later wishing many blessings to Mojo and Amme for a long and happy life together!

Caps Ice the Devils for First Place!!!

Photos by Brittney Marcum

it was a good night in DC at the Capital One Arena. The Capitals we love came back to play the kind of game we get excited about. They took and kept the lead, ending with a win of 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. ANNNDDDDD the lead in the Metro Division.

Tom Wilson moved to the third line and Devante Smith-Pelly stayed on the top line. Andre Burakovsky was a healthy scratch, probably because he is under-performing again, along with Madison Bowey.  Chandler Stephenson was back after illness. The starting lineup:

Ovechkin Backstrom Smith-Pelly
Vrana  Kuznetsov  Oshie
Connolly  Eller  Wilson
Stephenson  Beagle  Chaisson

Orlov – Niskanen
Orpik – Carlson
Djoos – Chorney Continue reading “Caps Ice the Devils for First Place!!!”

Caps Fans Whoop it up For Marcus Johansson

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Marcus Johansson is now a New Jersey Devil.

It still isn’t right..right?

Before the game he had this to say:

He met up with some old friends…

He played well tonight – no surprise. He had one assist on the Devil’s first goal.

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The Caps acknowledged his time with the team, and we wiped away a tear ’cause we still miss him, and his dad Lars. We will never forget the kindness shown by Marcus and his entire family and watching playoff games at Front Page with the Swedes…

Time to move on now…but he will always have a special place in our hearts.

Caps in Jersey 

Weird- that is the word that Best describes seeing Marcus Johansson in a Devils sweater. Weird for him too, to play against old friends. “It’s a little weird to be playing your old team, your old teammates,” Johansson told Sporting News. “It’s also going to be fun. I’m excited about it. I’ve been looking forward to this. There are going to be some emotions, for sure.”

The Devils are undefeated after three games and MoJo is responsible for some of their success. He has two goals and two assists. 

The lines change again for tonight, according to Isabelle. Tom Wilson is back in making his regular season start after a four-game suspension. Let’s hope we are no more of that:

Djoos is still in and to answer the question about Madison Bowey and Nathan Walker:

Here are the lines for the New Jersey Devils:

Here are full details for tonight from Vogs. 

And from the Devils: 

Capitals Return: Officially 14 September

We’re excited!! Some of the Capitals and Prospects are working out in the early morning hours at Ketter Ice Plex in Arlington. However, they will officially return to work and training camp on 14 September–on the ice the 15th. This is when we will see how their summer workouts have gone and which rookie might get the nod for a regular slot on the roster.

In the meantime – players like John Carlson, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and NJ Devils Marcus Johansson, are skating and getting their ice legs back. Today Ovi’s personal trainer was there to observe and work with Alex.

Also, Scott Murray – the new goalie coach and Barry Trotz were in the house. Murray working with Vitek Vaneck who is up from Hershey.

This is a great time for the guys to just practice some hockey while having a fun time. We hear the Kuzy has been quite the prankster – hiding Vaneck’s helmet and stick.

Also attending the impromptu skate are Jonas Siegenthaler, Sam Anas (Minnesota Wild prospect and Maryland native), and previously Philipp Grubauer and Braden Holtby.

Mojo was invited by Carly to join the skate as he packs up his house for the move to Jersey. We have to say we had mixed emotions seeing him on the ice…

 

 

Capitals and Fans Social Media Monday: 3 July 

Ok. We know the big news is all about trades and new contracts. We have all that below plus some random other stuff.

Click HERE for fan reactions to the news.

And the announcements in case you missed any:

And the other stuff from the media:

Capitals Fan Reaction to All the Deals

It has been a mess of change these past few days. Players leaving during free agency because the Capitals couldn’t afford them and want to bring in new blood Others, like Marcus Johansson, traded–again for cap space. And we have new hires and return hires.

So how are y’all feeling about it, especially after the GM Brian MacClellen call today?

Overall Feels

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MoJo Tears

Free Agency and New Contracts

All the Young Dudes

Cup?? Cup Anyone??


And finally…

Things will look different next year. It will take a little getting used to but we will journey on!! 

Another Turning Point for Capitals: A Fork Stuck in the Road

An Opinion Piece by Lily Rosenberg

This off season the Capitals have re-signed Dmitry Orlov, TJ Oshie, Brett Connolly, and Evgeny Kuznetsov. However, we have also lost many talented players in Nate Schmidt, Karl Alzner, Justin Williams, Kevin Shattenkirk, and most recently Marcus Johansson. They all deserve to be appreciated.

Nate Schmidt 
Schmidt was a ball of sunshine. He was just always smiling and he just had this charm. He was also just a very quick defenseman. He was such a good player and clearly the Vegas Golden Knights saw that too. He was snatched up by VGK last Wednesday and will work under General Manager George McPhee, as he did when he first played with the Caps.  He will be missed and I hope he gets one of the top spots in Vegas.

Karl Alzner
Alzner was a good defenseman. He has helped the Caps so much through the years he played with them. I have met him before and he was just a genuinely nice guy. Although he wasn’t too nice about one of the reasons he left saying:  the Caps “always get stumped in the second round.” I won’t hold a grudge. He signed a five-year 23 million dollar deal with the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Justin Williams
We only had two years with him but it was a good two years. He was our Mr. Game 7 but the one game seven we had, he didn’t really help us. We loved his hair and his personality. He said on twitter the Caps “didn’t reach our goal but I will cherish the time I spent there.” On Saturday he signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes for nine million dollars. We will miss him and his hair!

Kevin Shattenkirk
What can I say about Shattenkirk that hasn’t already been said?  We mourn only the promise we had when he first joined the team. Shattenkirk under-performed our expectations with his -7 points in the playoffs. He signed a four-year deal with the NY Rangers on Saturday for $26.6 million. I hope he helps the Rangers as much as he helped us. 😉

Marcus Johansson
This one really really hurt. Not only did I lose a good shirt but we lost a good player. Johansson was a clutch player and possibly one of the most improved players this past season. He was also just a kind person. He would always sign autographs and take pictures with fans. He had so much potential. Last night he was traded to the New Jersey Devils for a second and third pick by the Capitals in next year’s draft. While I will be excited to see him again, I will be sad to see him in the other teams jersey.

While I am confused as to Brian McClellan;s reasoning, I understand that things happen for a reason and I wish all of these players good luck for the future. I still hope we get a Cup before they do though. 

Capitals Under Construction: Comments from MacLellan

Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan (GMBM) held a media call Monday morning to talk about all the changes and signings from the weekend. It was, as many reported, an open and honest discussion about what transpired. Although many disagree with some of the decisions he has made, he did his best to explain them. “It hurts, we spent three years to get that lineup last year.”

He started by explaining that the team “maxed out”  with what they spent the “last three years building the team”  and had to make some tough decisions. He was expecting to run into “issues” and “knew this was coming.” Mac compared the pain the Caps are experiencing as the “hangover” that teams that who have won the cup go through – only we haven’t.  Caps were “top heavy” like Blackhawks and Pens. He is now “comfortable” with the position they are in and ready to settle on Philipp Grubauer and Andre Burakovsky. They are next on the agenda.

When asked, he said they didn’t buy out Oprik because he liked how he looked last year:  “We value what he brings to young defensemen.”

On signing Evgeny Kuznetsov, MacLellan said they “went above where we thought we were going.” Kuzy had the KHL option and the Caps “had to comply with his demands.” GMBM still sees it as a good deal for the team. They could either go with Kuzy or Marcus Johansson and they opted for Kuzy.

Younger Guys

In the season ahead, GMBM is excited about the prospect of new younger players joining the lineup. He wants to give younger guys a chance to play. The blue line will add a couple of those younger guys this year.  Looking for speed there and will have to see who to slot with John Carlson.

The Caps today signed right-wing Devante Smith-Pelley from the NJ Devils to a one-year two-way deal and he his likely to get more NHL time. Mac said: “I think there’s some untapped potential.” Hershey Bears’ center Jakub Vrana might yet get a shot – haven’t heard him mentioned in a while. Maybe even Nathan Walker, the left-winger from Australia, might see more NHL time.

The Caps are Happy to have two strong goalies on the team with two young defensemen added in. There will be a change though in who is coaching the goalies this year with the formal announcement we expected. Mitch Korn will step down as goalie coach and become director of goaltending. They will promote Scott Murray to goaltender coach, who was dominate during Capitals development camp last week.

Our Takeaway

There is a sense that GMBM was slow on the draw this year and maybe didn’t have full control over the decisions that needed to be made. There was a lot of money spent for TJ Oshie and Kuznetsov which forced his hand. Additionally, perhaps the Nate Schmidt over Grubauer draft choice was unexpected.

We know that keeping all these players and salaries straight is no easy game. We have heard that before from Don Fishman, Assistant General Manager, Director of Legal Affairs, just how grueling a process this time of the year can be for managers. We don’t envy him the task of making all the numbers work.

What lies ahead? A bit of the old peppered with the new. All teams need a strategy to integrate their younger players or run the risk of losing them to other teams. Now appears to be that time. It also may mean that this will not be our Cup year, again. We’ll stand behind the Washington Capitals, we always do in the end. We are hopeful that these decisions won’t create too much chaos and we will adjust to the change.

LET’S KEEP ROCKING THE RED!!