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”

The NHL, Cocaine, Kuznetsov, and the Fans

News broke early Friday that the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) had suspended Capitals player Evgeny Kuznetsov from play for four years because of his use of the illegal drug cocaine. On May 31, 2019, following the emergence of a video of Kuznetsov sitting next to what appeared to be rows of cocaine, he issued the following statement: “I would like to address the video of me that appeared online on Monday. While I have never taken illegal drugs in my life and career, I would like to publicly apologize to the Capitals, my teammates, our fans and everyone else, for putting myself in a bad situation. This was a hard lesson for me to learn. Continue reading “The NHL, Cocaine, Kuznetsov, and the Fans”

Pondering the Capitals New Season: Top Six

Training camp is only a few weeks away and the Capitals will have a slew of new and not-so new players to give a closer look. As we look ahead to the 2019- 20′ season we do so with some trepidation. Who are these new additions that the Caps management team hired during the summer? What about the younger, faster players they have been grooming in Hershey? How about the “old dogs” – where do they stand and can they stand up to the challenge of the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference of the NHL? Continue reading “Pondering the Capitals New Season: Top Six”

Capitals Build for the Future Through Contracts this Summer

We thought things would be relatively slow this summer for the Capitals. They had a few deals to negotiate but we had the sense that there would be no big changes to the roster. That is true, for the most part; however, the Caps did sign a slew of new players and the dust has yet to settle on who will be on the ice come October. Here is the run down-so far and our best guess of impact to the Caps: Continue reading “Capitals Build for the Future Through Contracts this Summer”

Alexander Ovechkin: The Face of Global Hockey Named Ambassador

Anyone watching NHL hockey knows the name Alexander Ovechkin, especially if you are part of the Eastern Conference. He has inspired a new generation to become hockey players and hockey fans- especially in his homeland Russia. Now he has a new title: NHL Ambassador to China, where he will be heading in early August. Continue reading “Alexander Ovechkin: The Face of Global Hockey Named Ambassador”

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!”

Capitals Development Camp Review 2019

Development Camp is a great time to get an early look at who might be on the Capitals roster in the years ahead. We have been watching the process unfold for a few years now and it is exciting to see a young draft finally make the jump to the Hershey Bears or the Washington Capitals. We remember seeing a grinning Tom Wilson for the first time and thinking there was something different about that guy. Before he played with the Bears and became a Caps sensation, Jakub Vrana was a 2014 draft who wowed the crowd that summer. Continue reading “Capitals Development Camp Review 2019”

Capitals Dev Camp: All About the Goaltenders

Every summer the Capitals host development camp in Arlington, Virginia. And every summer we get to look at a new crop of goaltenders that are learning from some of the best coaches in the NHL and AHL. This summer is no different. Continue reading “Capitals Dev Camp: All About the Goaltenders”

Brooks Orpik Ends NHL and Capital’s Career

The Washington Capitals announced Tuesday morning that defenseman Brooks Orpik has hung up his NHL skates. According to the press releases, Orpik has this to say: I’ve been extremely lucky to have the best job in the world for many years, but my body is telling me it is time to move on to something new,” said Orpik. “I’m excited for more family time and to experience a lot of the things that being a professional athlete forces you to miss out on. Thank you to the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins for giving me the opportunity to play against the best athletes in the world. I’ll be forever grateful for the memories and relationships that hockey has given me.” Continue reading “Brooks Orpik Ends NHL and Capital’s Career”

Capitals Pass the Stanley Cup to Blues in Season Opener

The Washington Capitals will play their first game of the season on 2 October at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The 2018 Stanley Cup Champions will effectively transfer the Cup to the Blues as St. Louis hoists the banner and Cup for the first time in their house. It will be a bittersweet moment for the Caps, who remember what it feels like to celebrate such an accomplishment. Continue reading “Capitals Pass the Stanley Cup to Blues in Season Opener”