A Gloomy Goodbye to Capitals

Friday was clean-out and meet the press day at MedStar Capitals IcePlex for the Washington Capitals whose season ended earlier in the week. This is never a pleasant time as the players are asked a series of embarrassing questions about the loss and their performance. This year it was no different than any other year except maybe the summer of 2018. Continue reading “A Gloomy Goodbye to Capitals”

Capitals Players Give Fans the Gift of More Christmas Music This Holiday Season

Remember “Capitals Tunes Volume 2” that came out last year that was so much better than the first one because they never made one? The CD was so popular among Capitals fans that the team released a brand new CD this holiday season titled “ALLCAPS Holiday for Real“. This video came out during the Capitals game Friday night against the Sabres which was the final home game before Christmas and it featured some old favorites and new surprises!  Continue reading “Capitals Players Give Fans the Gift of More Christmas Music This Holiday Season”

Alex Ovechkin is on Pace for a Historic Season

Age and daddy time being undefeated doesn’t apply to Alex Ovechkin. Ever since hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup on June 7th, Ovechkin is playing like a weight as big as an 800 pound gorilla is off his shoulder. A lot of people thought Ovi’s numbers were going to regress moving forward once he hit age 30. It looked that way starting out going from 50 goals in 79 games in 2015-16 to just 33 the next season in all 82 games until Ovechkin arrived in great shape prior to last season’s training camp. The summer workouts paid off as Ovechkin came flying out the gates with seven goals in his first two games of that season, including back-to-back hat tricks.  Continue reading “Alex Ovechkin is on Pace for a Historic Season”

The Pregame: Viva Las Vegas! The Caps are Back Where the Stanley Cup Magic Happened

michael banner 2When I think of Las Vegas, Nevada two things come to my mind: magic shows and the place where our hockey team, the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup. Tuesday night, the Caps and the Vegas Golden Knights will square off inside T-Mobile Arena for the first time since that June 7th night and there will be a whirlwind of emotions for the players, coaches and fans.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Viva Las Vegas! The Caps are Back Where the Stanley Cup Magic Happened”

Barry Trotz, Lane Lambert, and Mitch Korn Reunite with Old Friends and Get Their Stanley Cup Rings

michael banner 2What would the site Friends in Cold Places be without the word friends? No, not just “in cold places”, that doesn’t make sense. What we love about this site is that we’re all friends. Our hockey team is our friends, other fans of the Washington Capitals are our friends and when players and coaches leave the Caps and face them on the opposition, there’s always special moment where they see their old friends again and there’s no love lost whatsoever. That’s what transpired hours before the Capitals concluded their New York tour in Brooklyn going up against the Islanders and the coach who led them to greatness less than six months ago. While we would’ve loved to see Barry Trotz behind the bench, looking to steer the Capitals ship towards more glory, he ultimately had to do what’s best for himself and his family. We missed him on banner night. We missed him during the highs and lows of this young season but on Monday night, the players got to reunite with him. Continue reading “Barry Trotz, Lane Lambert, and Mitch Korn Reunite with Old Friends and Get Their Stanley Cup Rings”

Jay Beagle Gets His Ring and We Couldn’t Be Happier

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On Monday night, the Washington Capitals took on the Vancouver Canucks to begin a four-game road trip. Prior to the game, one of our favorite Capitals players finally got to receive his Stanley Cup ring. Jay Beagle had been a longtime fixture with the Capitals almost as long as Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom had. A key component on the fourth line and face-offs on the ice and a personable guy among the fans off the ice, it was great to see Beagle finally get his ring.  Continue reading “Jay Beagle Gets His Ring and We Couldn’t Be Happier”

Caps Road to the Cup Top 10 Moments from the Playoffs #1: The Cup is Ours

On Thursday June 7th there was a buzz around the DMV that a lot of us never witnessed before. The area was ALL CAPS. The Washington Capitals, after taking Game 2 and dominating on home ice in Games 3 and 4, were one win away from winning the Stanley Cup. Many Caps fans invaded T-Mobile Arena in Vegas. For those who couldn’t fly out there, the streets around Capital One Arena and throughout the District were full of red. With an entire region behind them, the Capitals were determined to end the series, the 26-year D.C. championship drought, and the 44-year long quest for that elusive Stanley Cup. Continue reading “Caps Road to the Cup Top 10 Moments from the Playoffs #1: The Cup is Ours”

Hershey Spotlight: Jakub Vrana

Yeah yeah we know what you’re thinking about this spotlight “but he plays for the Caps.” Well that is true- but what is also true is that Jakub is on an entry-level contract from when he was drafted in 2014. If you do the math you would think his contract were up already, the  reason it isn’t is something called an entry-level slide.

This term refers to what happens to an ELC when a player has not played at least 10 games in the NHL in a season. The contract will then “slide” each season until this occurs. Jakub did not do that until the 2016-17 season which means his contract is good through the 2018-19 season. If the Caps do not ink a new deal before his contract expires he will become a restricted free agent and will also be ineligible for arbitration for another two seasons.

You all know how incredible Jakub Vrana is- from his play on the ice to his partying in the streets of DC. But just how good is he? And where did he come from?

Jakub was born in the Czech Republic in 1996 (22 years old) where he played for the majority of his early career prior to being drafted. He also put in a few years in the Swedish League from 2012-2014 with Linkopings HC where he earned the titles “Most Goals by a Junior” and “Most Points by a Junior” in his final season. He came to Hershey late in the 2014-15 season and played only three regular season games and 10 Calder Cup games. In those 10 games he scored two goals and four assists; impressive for a player straight off the plane from the Playoffs in Sweden. Jakub only lasted in Hershey for one full season (2015-16) before being snagged by the Capitals. In that season he made every single one of his 36 games played that season count (16 Goals, 18 Assists).

The numbers speak for themselves when it comes to Jakub Vrana. We told everyone we knew from the beginning that this kid was something special and that he as going to break out… and break out he did. His AHL totals are at 88 games, 35 goals, and 40 assists. He has played 94 games in the NHL regular season and has 33 points in the regular season, but has also played 23 Stanley Cup Games and scored a total of three goals and eight assists in the quest for this years Stanley Cup… which they WON!!!! Sorry not sorry for the #ALLCAPS…

Needless to say Jakub’s game is continuously developing and his moves are as slick as they come. Jakub reminds us A LOT of a young Ovechkin and we see his speed and sneaky shots taking him far in this league. We hope Vrana has the stamina to make it many years in the NHL and we get to see him flourish with the Capitals for seasons to come.

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Todd Reirden New Capitals Head Coach Has A Plan

The new era for the Washington Capitals has officially begun with the Capitals hosting their first press conference with head coach Todd Reirden and General Manager Brian MacLellan (GMBM). Reirden, the former assistant coach will now take the lead, make the tough calls for the team, and be the guy meeting with the media. And he has a great first day!!

The Voice of the Capitals, John Walton first introduced GMBM who then turned the podium over to the new HC. Mac opened by saying: “We feel fortunate to have an internal candidate of of Todd’s quality” who will build on  the success they have. He sees keys  and strengths for selecting Reirden as “Development” and “Working well with defensemen” And “Communication”  He likes the way he communicates with players at all levels of their development, including “depth players”  And he is “technically sound…He is not afraid to be creative. He’s open minded to try new things.“. 

Reirden began by thanking the organization for the opportunity, including Barry Trotz for bringing him to Washington. He said: “It is an honor and privilege to be the Washington Capitals head coach.”

Reirden repeatedly said that he has a plan and a process for moving forward and to keep on winning with the team that is returning. There will be few changes to the roster; however, he is excited to take on the challenge of developing younger players as well as challenging those with years of experience. He knows that he has to treat each player as a “separate entity” and is excited about  going through the development and establishing trust in a new partnership.

The coach will have a team that is basically unchanged from the Stanley Cup winners. It is a group he knows well and who know him. The transition should be seamless; however, as with any new coach, there will be some changes. The most evident we will likely see is his emphasis on developing younger players, of which the Caps have quite a few now because of the salary cap. He has walked the walk and knows that he can “have a huge role” developing players. He has the advantage of already knowing the staff and said this of them: “I’m excited to have  Blaine Forsythe come back…and continuing to see Scott Murray, our head goalie coach.” Also stressed the important contributions  the video coaches Brett Leonhardt and Tim Ohashi who will help to prepare the team for games, as well as the coaches challenge.”

He spoke highly of Barry Trotz and said that he was one of the coaches in the past that helped shape him as the coach he will be. He said he has spoken with Trotz and that he will “take advantage of what I learned from him.”  That said, he has clearly moved on!

He even thanked the media for their support and the positive message they put out. And he THANKED YOU the fans who “Went to a completely different level this year. They never quit on us.” 

It is obvious that these two gentlemen have a lot of respect for each other. That is a key element in an organization that wants to keep on winning. There will be no taking the foot off the peddle!!

 

 

 

Caps 2018-19 Preseason Schedule Has Been Released

The re-encounter between the Stanley Cup Champions and the ice is set for September 16, at TD Garden. The Washington Capitals are going to face the Boston Bruins. Since it’s going to be a back-to-back against the Bruins. The Caps will two days later re-encounter their fans at Capital One Arena for the first time since winning the Cup. The 2018-19 Preseason Schedule has been released today, announced by Caps senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan. The information was taken from the Capitals website

The Capitals are gonna play seven games, with three at home. After the first two games against the Bruins, away and home, on September 16 and 18, respectively; the Caps will have three straight road games. The first is in Quebec to visit the Montreal Canadiens on September 20. A interesting tidbit about this match is that it will be played at Videotron Centre in Quebec City, not at the Canadiens’ Bell Centre. This decision may be tied to a rumor about a new expansion franchise in Quebec.

Their sequence of away games continues on September 21 in Raleigh, North Carolina against the Carolina Hurricanes and their final preseason away game on September 25 in St. Louis, Missouri against the St. Louis Blues. The defending Stanley Cup champions’ last two games will be before their fans, at Capital One Arena, hosting the Hurricanes and Blues on September 28 and 30, respectively.

And still we wait to hear about opening day,

And also now who are new coach will be.

We told you it was going to be a crazy summer friends!!!