Is Braden Holtby Done with the Capitals?

Is Braden Holtby Done with the Capitals?

September 17th, 2019 With the Rookie Showcase closed, one thing is abundantly clear: the veterans still reign supreme. One of the biggest headliners is Braden Holtby, who will soon reach the end of a five-year contract. Can the Washington Capitals keep their superstar, or will another team steal him away? Just Sign...
Can the Capitals Afford Nicklas Backstrom?

Can the Capitals Afford Nicklas Backstrom?

September 17th, 2019 If you've been following the Washington Capitals this offseason, you have been inundated with questions about contracts, retirements, and the salary cap. Did Alexander Ovechkin really suggest he would retire? Can the Capitals re-sign Braden Holtby after this season? Who will the team have to cut...

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September 9th, 2019
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Radko Gudas recently traded orange for red. The defenseman who spent three seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and four seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers will now call the Washington Capitals home. What can the franchise – and the fans – expect from the physical, penalty-prone and combative Czechoslovakian? The Capitals acquired defenseman Radko Gudas from the Flyers in June 2019. Is Orange the New Red? Gudas has always been a goon. To put it mildly: the guy has been in a lot of fights. He has made a lot of giant hits – including 255 in 77 games last season to finish tenth across the league in that category. The current crop of Capitals has not been immune. To throw it back to the time Gudas donned blue for the Bolts, most fans will remember when he engaged with Caps enforcer, Tom Wilson. After a driving play to the net resulted in goalie Ben Bishop on the ice, Gudas and Wilson traded fists during an Eastern Conference rivalry game in November 2014. Seeing as...
September 9th, 2019
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Is the current Washington Capital team past their prime? It's a good question. Depending on how the season goes it will be asked a lot. The answers can vary. Let's look at the different factors. A Key Player Over 30 Let's start with the mainstay of the Washington Capitals, Alex Ovechkin. He will turn 34 before the season starts. But even at this "advanced age" for a professional athlete, he was still the team leader in ice time last year. Known as "The Russian Machine," he does adhere to an offseason training regimen in Moscow. Russian athletes are notorious for their training, and given Ovechkin's history it's an easy assumption that he'll be in great shape when the season begins. Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker, File) Apparently, he's made an effort to come back at a lighter weight this year. According to the AP, Ovechkin believes the game is "getting faster" and he's making every effort to "just be quicker". That in itself speaks volumes....
September 8th, 2019
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With less than one month before the launch of the new NHL season, let's put the Washington Capitals' early schedule under the microscope. Beyond the much-anticipated Sidney Crosby verses Alex Ovechkin games that everyone circles on their calendars, the start of the 2019-20 schedule has plenty of interesting matchups. The Capitals' launch to this season could arguably be the most intense start for the team in years, especially as it looks to get back to their Stanley Cup winning ways this season. Here is a look at some of the key matchups, quirks, challenges, and barometer games the Capitals will be faced with in October. Another Stanley Cup Banner Night If you're a Capitals fan, the night the Stanley Cup banner was raised to the rafters at Capital One Center was a night you will never forget. For the second straight year, the team will be present for the celebration. However, this time as the visiting team. The Capitals watch as the 2018 Stanley Cup championship banner is...