Ovechkin Passes Lemieux in Historic Week

Ovechkin Passes Lemieux in Historic Week

January 20th, 2020 Alexander Ovechkin is white hot right now. What a week it was for the Washington Capitals phenom, as he continues to rewrite the record books. The 34-year-old Russian superstar scored eight goals over three games last week, all against Metropolitan Division foes. He buried back-to-back hat tricks...
Capitals Strike the Right Deal With Backstrom

Capitals Strike the Right Deal With Backstrom

January 19th, 2020 There are certain molds of players in the NHL that are quite rare and hard to come by. A franchise goaltender, or an elite D-man make great examples. But there's another staple for every team that will always remain a focal point — the versatile, two-way center. Nicklas Backstrom is just that...

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January 16th, 2020
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Everyone remembers the dreaded days of receiving their school report card. It was a combination of emotions from amazement that you haven't learned your lesson by now to fear in trying to assess how you can hide the grades from your parents. For the Washington Capitals players the story is a little different so far this season. Sitting comfortably among the top teams in the NHL (tied with the St. Louis Blues for first overall), most of the players on Washington's roster have excelled on their personal grading chart. However, there have been some surprises on both ends of the spectrum, so we will assess each player individually with a couple vital notes and an overall mid-season grade. Alex Ovechkin 47 Games Played - 28 Goals - 16 Assists - 44 PointsOverall Grade: A- For Alex "The Great 8" Ovechkin, it's been just another walk in the park. Ranking third in the NHL in goals, Ovechkin has been his usual dominant self and is now 11th in all-time career tallies (recently...
January 15th, 2020
Capitals Management

You would have a hard time denying Washington Capitals star Nicklas Backstrom has been a $9.2 million player over the course of his current 10-year contract. The problem is the 32-year-old likely won’t be during his five-year extension, during which he will almost certainly burden the Caps with that very same cap hit. Capitals Make Predictable Mistake You see, the Capitals made the predictable mistake of paying Backstrom back for his success up to this point. Whether he understands the consequences of his actions or not, general manager Brian MacLellan will ultimately pay Backstrom as the player he was, not necessarily the player he is or will be just a few years from now. And those consequences? They’re far-reaching, with the Caps set to be cash-strapped and handicapped as a result. Nicklas Backstrom - (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) For starters, the Capitals are right up against the $81.5 million salary cap ceiling as it stands now. Their current pay structure...
January 14th, 2020
Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals have signed Nicklas Backstrom to a five-year contract extension worth $46 million, the team announced Tuesday. That deal will carry a $9.2 million cap hit through the 2024-25 season and will likely keep the Swedish forward with the team for the remainder of his career. https://twitter.com/Capitals/status/1217069855683284992?s=20 This deal comes after the Capitals and Backstrom were stuck in a stalemate over the length of the extension. Naturally, the Capitals would have preferred a shorter term for Backstrom at that cap hit given the fact that he just celebrated his 32nd birthday in November. At the same time, Backstrom was keen on getting a few extra years out of the deal and was interested in a five-year deal. In the end, the Capitals buckled and gave Backstrom the contract he was asking for. Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) An interesting dynamic in this contract negotiation was the fact that...
January 14th, 2020
Washington Capitals

WASHINGTON — By now, it almost seems like no big deal when Alex Ovechkin reaches another milestone. Ovechkin scored two first-period goals Monday night and moved into 11th place on the NHL's career list, leading the Washington Capitals to a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The 34-year-old superstar passed Teemu Selanne and closed within four goals of Mario Lemieux (690) for 10th place. "I thought tonight was his best game in a while," Washington coach Todd Reirden said. “He knew tonight was an important game for us so I thought you saw him go to a different level. To me that's Alex Ovechkin. For our team, knew we needed something extra from our team tonight and I thought he had a standout game.” Ovechkin was happier with another milestone — the first career shutout for rookie goalie Ilya Samsonov, who stopped 23 shots. Ilya Samsonov, Washington Capitals (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) “Sammy did a great job today and kept us in the game with some big...