Today in Hockey History: May 30

Today in Hockey History: May 30

May 30th, 2020 This date in National Hockey League history has seen its fair share of memorable moments. From Stanley Cup Final drama to coaching changes and trades, May 30 has provided us with a little bit of everything. The Kurri-Berube Connection On May 30, 1985, the Edmonton Oilers won their second...
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Washington Capitals Jersey History

May 29th, 2020 Perhaps no team in the National Hockey League had as inauspicious a start as the Washington Capitals. In the entire century-plus of NHL history, the 1974-75 Capitals, one of two expansion teams to enter the league that year (after a horrendously unfair expansion draft from an already depleted...

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May 16th, 2020
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From the eighth seed in the Western Conference to the Stanley Cup Final, the Nashville Predators provided hockey fans with a wild ride through the 2017 NHL Playoffs. At the center of that playoff run was Filip Forsberg. Forsberg is just one of general manager David Poile’s many great acquisitions over the years. Since arriving in Nashville, he’s taken over top line duties and has meshed well with Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson. Let's break down the infamous deal that sent Forsberg to Nashville. The Trade Washington Acquires:Martin EratMichael Latta ↔ Nashville Acquires:Filip Forsberg At the trade deadline of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, Poile and then-Capitals GM George McPhee pulled the trigger on the deal to bring Martin Erat to D.C. Yes, back then, it was more about Erat coming to D.C. to aid the Capitals playoff push, rather than Nashville acquiring a future star. Sitting at 17-17-3, the Capitals wanted to improve their team and make the...
May 16th, 2020
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The 2022 Beijing Olympics represent the next major international tournament on the horizon for hockey fans around the world. After the 2020 IIHF World Championships were canceled and plans for the latest version of the World Cup of Hockey were put on the shelf, the Beijing games and the 2021 Worlds are the next opportunities for hockey fans to enjoy some best-on-best action on the ice.  It’s still unclear if the NHL will allow its players to participate in Beijing, but if they do, we could be in store for one of the most entertaining tournaments to date. For Washington Capitals fans, a very large contingent of players could be in line to represent their countries on the world's biggest stage in Beijing. Team Russia Ever since Alex Ovechkin entered the league, Washington has had a large number of Russian-born players on its roster. That remains the case today with five members of the 2019-20 Caps hailing from Russia. Ovechkin and Dmitry Orlov are virtual locks to make the...
May 14th, 2020
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It’s been two months since the National Hockey League paused its season but it feels like an eternity. In the meantime, we can whet our appetites by looking ahead to July 1, when the NHL's Free Agency period begins. Since the beginning of the hiatus, Washington Capitals fans have been wondering what will happen to Braden Holtby. Their long-time starting goaltender will become an unrestricted free agent (UFA) at the end of this season. If the salary cap remains at $81.5 million, then the Capitals may not have enough cap space to re-sign Holtby for a higher average annual value (AAV) than the $6.1 million he's earning now. Related: The TJ Oshie Trade Analyzed If Holtby decides to sign elsewhere, here are five UFA goalies that the Capitals should target this offseason. Robin Lehner Over the last two seasons, Lehner has emerged as one of the league’s top goaltenders. In 2018-19, he posted career highs in all goaltending categories. The Big Swede went 25-13-5 with a...
May 8th, 2020
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In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news that the Washington Capitals have decided Breandan Leipsic's comments were too much not to ignore, the Toronto Maple Leafs are losing an assistant coach, and is Jeff Carter looking at retirement, first putting himself on LTIR? Finally, there are some news and rumors hits on the Vancouver Canucks. Capitals to Terminate Leipsic's Contract The Washington Capitals have announced that they have placed Brendan Leipsic on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a contract termination. Earlier this week, private messages of a group chat that included Leipsic and Florida Panthers minor league forward Jack Rodewald were leaked online. Leipsic and others were using misogynistic language that was not about to be tolerated by the NHL. Brendan Leipsic, Washington Capitals (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) They released a statement on the news and released the following: The National Hockey League strongly...