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Capitals' Shumakov Could Land Anywhere in Lineup

Capitals' Shumakov Could Land Anywhere in Lineup

September 9th, 2018 Sergei Shumakov shook up an otherwise quiet August for the Washington Capitals' front office. After re-signing John Carlson, Tom Wilson, and Brooks Orpik, it appeared that Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan's offseason work was done. They were slated to bring back their entire Stanley Cup...
Off the Crossbar: The Newest Ovechkin Threat

Off the Crossbar: The Newest Ovechkin Threat

September 4th, 2018 Move over, Connor McDavid. Look out, Sidney Crosby. Get out of the way, Taylor Hall. Here comes Sergei Aleksandrovich Ovechkin. The less-than-a-month-old baby is already taking the hockey world by storm. Born to Washington Capitals superstar, Alex Ovechkin and his wife, Nastya, Sergei...

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July 25th, 2018
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In the 2017 offseason, it seemed like very few teams managed the NHL Expansion Draft as poorly as the Washington Capitals. The Caps lost defenseman Nate Schmidt, slated to be a staple in the team's top four, to the Vegas Golden Knights. But the process was clunkier than the simple loss of an asset. The real sting came just over a week later, when the Capitals announced they had traded forward Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils for draft picks. The Capitals were forced to trade Johansson to clear cap space after signing forward T.J. Oshie to an eight-year, $46 million dollar contract. The issue? Johansson had been on the Capitals list of protected players going into the expansion draft. Protecting Johansson, the Capitals squandered a protection on a player they were willing to deal just days later. This seemed like a sure sign of shortsightedness on the part of Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan. But for the Capitals, with the benefit of hindsight and the...
July 23rd, 2018
Capitals Prospects

As the Washington Capitals prospects found themselves uniting with familiar and new faces at development camp, nerves had kicked in, especially for the newest members of the organization who were drafted just a week earlier. However, it took just one day together for the nerves to pass, and by the end of the week, many of the prospects were already becoming close friends, joking around and chatting as they packed their bags and said their goodbyes until training camp. "I think a lot of us were nervous coming into the week," 2018 second-round pick Kody Clark said. "But it only took a couple hours before we were all pretty good friends. I know we'll all keep in touch throughout the summer and then coming back." Over the course of the week, the Capitals prospects would compete with each other on the ice, taking part in drills and scrimmages that could get a bit physical and aggressive. However, off the ice, the players got to become friends with one another, bonding over things...
July 19th, 2018
Capitals Prospects

Throughout his time at the Capitals' development camp, Kody Clark has been all smiles, whether he's in the midst of tough drills or a scrimmage. In fact, even as he packs his Ottawa 67s bag, he's still smiling, and his eyes light up with excitement as he talks about his journey since the draft. "It's been a really good experience," Clark said. "Kind of just getting to come to Washington for the first time, never been here, getting to meet all the draft picks who were drafted with me and the previous. Just getting to know the people in the organization, the staff, the players has been pretty good." Washington took Clark 47th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, a dream that he has been chasing since watching his father, Wendell Clark, play for the Toronto Maple Leafs and serve not only as a captain but a vital franchise player. Coming into this year, Clark made major improvements to his game in juniors ranked 34th among all North American skaters heading into the...
July 15th, 2018
Capitals Prospects

As the Washington Capitals prospects stumble over their hockey bags and pack for the summer, stay-at-home defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler leans casually against his stall, the one that usually belongs to Alex Ovechkin during the regular season. In the midst of the chaos that comes with the last day of development camp, he's cool and collected, his bag already packed up. "I remember when I came here, I was the youngest guy," Siegenthaler said. "I was shy, I didn't know how everything works and now I'm the guy that's one of the oldest." For the last four years, Siegenthaler has been working his way up since the Capitals drafted him in 2015 with the 57th overall pick. Heading into this season, he'll look to not only continue adjusting to North American hockey but move closer to cracking the NHL. Siegenthaler Adjusting to the AHL Following the 2015 draft and his first development camp, Siegenthaler inked a three-year, entry-level deal with Washington and spent the next two...