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Wilson Proves He Doesn’t Belong in the NHL

Wilson Proves He Doesn’t Belong in the NHL

November 13th, 2018 Originally published Oct. 7, 2018 It’s about time. Finally. Spot on. Justice served. That’s the prevailing sentiment heard around the hockey world when news came of Washington Capitals’ right winger Tom Wilson receiving a 20-game suspension. Unlike the devastating hit he laid on St....
NHL News & Notes: Rask Returns, Wilson Suspension & More

NHL News & Notes: Rask Returns, Wilson Suspension & More

November 13th, 2018 In today's News & Notes, Tuukka Rask has returned to practice, Tom Wilson has had his suspension reduced and Brian Boyle has been placed on the injured reserve. Related: NHL News & Notes: Buchnevich, NHL Concussion Lawsuit & More Rask Returns From Personal Leave After missing a few...

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October 12th, 2018
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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 league), hold the league’s worst-ever single-season points percentage at 13.1 percent, thanks to a record of 8-67-5. In the seven decades since the league moved to seasons of 60 games or more, only the 1980-81 Winnipeg Jets had as few wins as the eight the Caps managed to scrape together, and no team has had fewer points than Washington’s 21. Piling on, the Capitals went 1-39-0 on the road their first season and accumulated the NHL’s worst-ever goal differential, at -265. Both of these things aren't just amazing, they're legitimately hard to do. You get the idea. It was a rough season, to put it mildly. And yet, there was a glimmer of hope from that dreadful first campaign,...
October 3rd, 2018
Washington Capitals

The NHL has suspended Tom Wilson for 20 games for an illegal check to the head on St. Louis Blues' forward Oskar Sunqvist. This is Wilson's fourth suspension in his last 105 preseason, regular season and postseason games. Wilson is in the first year of a six-year, $31 million contract. https://twitter.com/NHLPlayerSafety/status/1047574135436656640 Below is the video that the NHL released detailing the incident and announcing the suspension. Below the video is a full transcript of the video for those who don't have the ability to watch the video for themselves.  Full Transcript of the Player Safety Video Sunday afternoon in Washington, Capitals' forward Tom Wilson was assessed a match penalty for an illegal check to the head of Blues' forward Oskar Sundqvist. As the video shows, Sundqvist takes a pass from a teammate and breaks into the Capitals' zone on the rush as Wilson backchecks through center. Sundqvist begins to move to the center of the ice. Wilson sees this...
October 3rd, 2018
Capitals Transactions

It has been over three years since a blockbuster trade went down during the offseason between the St. Louis Blues and the Washington Capitals. The Blues sent forward TJ Oshie to the Caps in exchange for forward Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a  third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. As with most deals in the NHL, there's a winner and a loser. Who won the trade may not have been clear initially, but revisiting what each team received three years later, there appears to be a clear winner. St. Louis Blues The Blues were able to rid themselves of a $4.175 million in cap space by sending the American Olympian to the Capitals. In exchange, they saved about half a million with Brouwer's $3.66 million cap hit. Saving money is always a good thing, but the production they ended up losing isn't. Brouwer had a decent year for the Blues in 2015, putting up 39 points in 82 games. Unfortunately for St. Louis, Brouwer's time with the team was short-lived. He went to...
September 9th, 2018
Washington Capitals

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 winning roster, save a backup goaltender and a fourth line center. Then, seemingly out of thin air, they inked the 25-year-old Russian winger to a one-year contract worth $925,000. While the Caps' forward ranks' only departure came on the fourth line, Shumakov's potential is certainly higher than that of a fourth line plug-in. He is an undeniably skilled player. In Shumakov's most recent KHL season, he notched 40 points in 47 games. For reference, in his final full KHL campaign, Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 44 points in 51 games. Only time will tell if this skill will translate to the NHL, where the ice surface is smaller and the playing style is more physical. But from...