NHL: Potential Player Moves to Watch

We are all anxiously awaiting news about key players around the league. Top two players folks are watching are John Tavares and John Carlson. Also worth keeping an eye on for new contacts or new teams are:

John Tavares- Can the Islanders afford him? Can they afford not to sign him? Could he become the big surprise move?? Could he make his way to the desert or into the Windy City? Both look possible and both could use his style of play.

John Carlson – The Capitals want sign him. He wants to stay here in his home area. He has played his best year yet and is key to the success of the Caps power play. Can the Caps move players around and have the money for a long-term high-dollar deal–maybe $8 million AAV. The Devils might make him a sweet offer to consider- or the Blackhawks if they can work out their cap issues.

Mike Green – No, we don’t expect him back in a red sweater for the Caps. His neck injury derailed his season and it is unclear if the Red Wings will invest in him again, even though he was having a great season pre-injury.

James Neal – So this would be the first big change for the Golden Knights. He stepped up in the playoffs. Was it enough for George McPhee to sign him again?

Carter Hutton – One of those goalies who can probably name his price. Word on the street is he may be ready to move on from the St. Louis Blues? He’s a treat to Grubauer who probably is looking in the same places.

James van Riemsdyk – The Maple Leafs will most likely let him test the waters because they don’t have the salary cap to meet his demands. He has something to offer a team looking to build up their PP. We could see him fitting in with Vegas or maybe the Hurricanes.

Phil Kessel – Has the relationship in Pittsburgh soured? Many attribute the Pen’s slide this season to him. Kessel is sitting in a good place because of the structure of his contact- a modified no trade that restricts which teams might find the gnarly player on their roster. In the end, we think they will work things out he will life to taunt the Capitals next season.

Philipp Grubauer – The Capitals backup goalie is looking for a starting spot somewhere. He has a little competition. The Caps would like to keep him; however, they also want to honor his talent and help him find what he is seeking. Potential new teams bounced around include Hurricanes and Islanders.

Other players we are watching:

And let’s just throw in Erik Karlsson for fun. With all the nonsense going on in Ottawa. Karlsson isn’t a UFA until 2019. We thought the Sens might deal him earlier this year but they all chose to sit pat. He could bring the team some newer younger players in a trade. Now that Mike Hoffman gone does Karlsson settle in? This will be the off-ice drama story of the summer.

The NHL draft is 22-23 June and then UFA’s can start looking around on the 24th. Here are all the dates to watch in the coming weeks as news deals and negotiations move into high gear.

NHL and Caps Dates to Watch in June

The Capitals are still celebrating the Stanley Cup. The NHL has a packed schedule the next few weeks. Caps fans have no time to rest as the planning for back-to-back wins is in full gear!

Here are important dates to track leading up to the start of free agency starting on 1 July.

Buyouts are open now. The complete list and rules governing a buyout can be found at capfriendly.com.

Teams are slowing leaking their schedules for pre-season as well as date for their development camps.

June 20 Club home openers announced at 1pm Plan for a big day of celebrating in DC again!! A date with a Banner!!!

NHL Awards air on NBCSN at 8 pm

June 21 Regular Season games announced at 5 pm on NHL. The start of #backtoback

June 22-23 is the NHL draft in Texas. The schedule and order for the draft can be found here. The Caps go toward the end of each round having traded away their picks.

June 24 at 12:01 am, Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA) can start talks with other teams. Caps have a lot of deals to make. Click here for the list.

June 25 at 5 pm, qualifying offers need to be made to Restricted Free Agents (RFA)

June 26 at noon, discussions can begin with RFAs that did not receive qualifying offers

June 30 at 5 pm first buyout period ends

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Capitals Summer Gets Busy; More Than Just the Cup

Now that the excitement has died down a bit over the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup– we joke- it’s time to look ahead to some key dates for the NHL:

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Capitals Practice: Sunday Photos

The Capitals were on the ice at Kettler late Sunday morning following a big win over the Sabres on Saturday night (5-1). Everyone was there, at least at the start of practice.

Tom Wilson came out. Skated around a bit. Hit a few pucks at our photographer Brittney. Skated off. Came back and talked to the trainer and left again after about three minutes. Coach said later it was a ‘maintenance thing ‘ for him and he was fine. We aren’t as convinced as he sure looked like something was bothering him. Let hope he is in for practice at Nationwide Arena on Monday.

We had a chance to watch Michal Kempny with John Carlson- a likely pairing for future games.

Moving toward Monday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Trotz said Jakub Jerabek is still on hold pending resolution of a visa issue.

Taylor Chorney is likely to make his debut Monday in a CBJ sweater.

Lines during practice today do not necessarily mean same lines on Monday…

Forwards

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wilson/Vrana

Connolly-Kuznetsov-Oshie

Stephenson-Eller-Burakovsky

DSP-Beagle-Chiasson

Defense

Orlov-Niskanen

Kempny-Carlson

Orpik-Djoos

Jerabek-Bowey

 

The guys were in visibly good moods today, it was great to see them all smiling.

There are just too many good ones not to share..

Kempny To the Caps and I Flat Out Love It!

Capitals acquire Michal Kempny from the Blackhawks.

Opinion by Chris Cleveland

Michael Kempny, the 27 year old defenseman, was traded from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Washington Capitals Monday and I flat out love the move for both sides. As a Hawks and Caps fan, I might have more of an interesting perspective on this then most people. Continue reading “Kempny To the Caps and I Flat Out Love It!”

The Capitals, Andre Burakovsky, and Alan May…

Things happen during Bye Week– we get a little bored waiting for Caps Hockey to return. It opens the the door for some interesting discussion.

We’ve been watching Andre Burakovsky struggle this season. He signed a two-year contract in July 2017, in part because of a money crunch and in part because of his inconsistent performance. The bridge contract is one offered when a team wants to evaluate a player’s performance before making a long-term commitment.

Our Twitter King, Chris Cleveland, took some time out from his studies at Marymount to ponder the future of Andre and ended up in a “discussion” with NBC Sports Washington commentator Alan May. Continue reading “The Capitals, Andre Burakovsky, and Alan May…”

Justin Williams: Just What the Carolina Hurricanes Need?

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Once upon a time, the Carolina Hurricanes hoisted the Stanley Cup in victory. The year was 2006 and Justin Williams (former Capitals and LA Kings forward) was an integral part of the winning strategy for the team. It would be his first Game Seven win, with a shot into the empty net of the Edmonton Oilers.

Only one other player from the winning team remains on the current roster. Cam Ward was a rookie goalie at the time, having only played 28 games in the NHL. He was later awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the league’s most valuable player in the playoffs. Unfortunately, his stats have decreased over time and newly acquired Scott Darling is likely to be in the number one spot this season.

So what does Williams bring? The Washington Capitals have nothing but good things to say about his locker room presence as well as his tenacity on the ice. When he entered free agency he is reported to have said: “I want to go to a team that has a chance to win.” The Hurricanes need someone with the kind of determination J-Will has to bring his leadership from the locker room to the ice. At 35, he has a world of experience to share with his teammates – including what it is like to win three Stanley Cups and to play on a team that couldn’t get past themselves in the second round.

Returning to his former home “Stick” has said, “I want to be an impact player for a long time and I plan on being one the next couple years as well.” The veteran player has that potential with a relatively young group of players on the Hurricanes. He really is looking forward to his time (two years) in Raleigh saying: “You just want to help guide as best you can, because you know what it takes, and you know what works and what doesn’t, a lot of the time.” Williams, who had one of his best goal-scoring years since leaving Carolina, recorded 24 goals and 24 assists last season. He continued to be a force in the playoffs for the Caps, with one game-winning goal.

On a personal note, Justin will be joined by his wife Kelly and two children Jade and Jaxon. They are his pride and joy! Jaxon has been seen skating at Kettler Ice Rink in Virginia and will likely continue his training with dad in Raleigh. Born in Cobourg, Ontario, Williams in June 2017 became a naturalized US citizen having lived in the US since he was 16. He hosts an annual camp back in Cobourg and is active in raising funds for disadvantaged children to play hockey. The Williams family will be a great asset for Raleigh and The Research Triangle.

Capitals and Fans on Social Media Thursday: 29 June

Welcome to the Thursday Tweet and Social Media summary.

Free Agency is just around the corner and we are all guessing about who gets signed and where others might find new homes.

Development Camp Continues with honing skills.

Camp looks different this year

Become a Red Rocker

And Stuff:

Today in History:

Noon Vegas Golden Knight Twitter Rumors Update

It’s real now!!

We are counting the hours down with everyone else. Here is what we have been hearing:

How it works: 

The good and bad news for Caps fans:

Caps on Social Media, Tuesday 20 June

Shall we start with Braden Holtby shopping for a new suit for the NHL awards?? There are no words…

The new jerseys will be released at 8 pm Tuesday and we will update this post with new photos as well as a separate post. UPDATE:

Have you signed up for the next Caps-sponsored blood drive. Come and get the Burky bobblehead!

More prospect talk from CSN.

Chris Bourque has signed a One-year contract with the Bears.

TJ getting some family time in!

Galiev and Olya celebrate their third anniversary. Where does time go?

Everyone likes a Tom Wilson story:

ICYMI, former Caps coach Ron Wilson will be inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Inside the draft war room- a former Cap manager perspective:

One of our favorite Bears took over Snap Chat today:


Check out Kettler if you want to get your youngster on the ice:

Ever wonder what the voice of the Caps, Wes Johnson does during the off season?

In other hockey news, Women’s Hockey is getting more exposure:

And, we close with your thoughts on the #caps:

Ahh Good Times!

Us Too!!

And this pretty much describes us too!