Zach Sill Moves On

Hershey Bears center Zach Sill signed a contract with HC Sparta Praha of the Czech league on Monday. Sill played ten games with the Washington Capitals during the 2015/16 season. He previously played for the Penguins and Maple Leafs. Caps fans may remember him from his two-game suspension after boarding Adam McQuaid in January 2016.

Zach came to the Bears in July 2015 after signing a one-year deal with the Capitals franchise. The Caps extended his contract for two more years in June 2016. He was an unrestricted free agent this summer and was not tendered an offer from the Caps.

During three seasons with the Bears he played 206 games and scored 23 goals and 37 assists. The alternate captain always brought enthusiasm to the ice in Hershey and was well respected by fans and teammates.

The Engine That Could

As many of you know, we here at FICP are partial to having fourth liner Michael Latta in the lineup for the Caps. He is not only an excellent forward for the team, he gets chippy when he needs to and stands up for his teammates. The past two games Latts has had the opportunity to play in he’s gotten in scuffles with opposition. And we’re ok with that!

First was Scott  Mayfield:

Next challenger was Clayton Stoner:

According to HockeyFights Michael Latta has had eight fights this season and has won five of those (62.5%)

Down to the Numbers: 

Michael Latta played 43 games during the regular season and recorded an NHL career high three goals and four assists. Third behind his roomie Tom Wilson (163) and Captain Alex Ovechkin (53), Latts ended the season with 50 PIM, 18 minutes less than his previous season with the Caps. Before his NHL career, Latta played 52 games for the Caps AHL affiliate Hershey Bears where he earned 14 goals and 20 assists accompanied by 134 PIM in the 13′-14′ season. All this to say Michael Latta knows how to play some hockey and given the chance we think he could be a great asset going forward for the Caps in the playoffs.

The Fourth Line Mash-Up:

This season has been a battle for fourth liners on the Caps. Between the additions of Daniel Winnik, Mike Richards, and a few extra players “just in case,”the fourth line has been a constantly changing force. The usual suspects include:

 Daniel Winnik (26), Michael Latta (46), Mike Richards (10), Jay Beagle (83), Stan Galiev (49), and the occasional call-up from Hershey. With ice time being split between this many players it’s crucial for players to step up their game and show the coaches just what they bring to the team.

Photos and Article by: Brittney Marcum

Caps Practice Surprises

Practice Update
The team took morning skate at Kettler this morning. Joining the rest of the team were our All-Star Game stars: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom, and Braden Holtby.
Big celly for Kuzy who was named NHL Star of the Month!!!

BIG NEWS! Brooks Orpik skated with the team for the first time in forever, the boys were so pumped they cheered and gave Brooks some stick taps before practice:

If you look closely you can see a VERY happy Brooks Orpik grinning from ear to ear!

Ovechkin skated and looked to be ok, but remember, he sits out tonight after skipping the All-Star Game.
Your goaltender for tonight is expected to be #31 Grubauer
And there was a general fun-filled attitude around the rink as seen in these shots of the day: