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Capitals' Siegenthaler Continues North American Journey

Capitals' Siegenthaler Continues North American Journey

July 15th, 2018 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...
Capitals' Prospect Malenstyn & His Wild Season

Capitals' Prospect Malenstyn & His Wild Season

July 10th, 2018 Washington Capitals prospect Beck Malenstyn sits in his stall at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, taking a well-deserved breather after an entire day on the ice. Still, despite the exhaustion, he'a full of enthusiasm and excitement as he discusses his past year and third development camp. "It hasn't...

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June 24th, 2018
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In today's rumor rundown, the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders now have other teams to compete with while trying to sign their big-name free agents and both Scott Hartnell and Xavier Ouellet want to play again but it won't be with the teams they played for last season. Meanwhile, the Carolina Hurricanes are ready to do business but are just waiting for the market to be ready for them. Carlson Still Not Re-signed, Talking to Teams After the Washington Capitals moved Brooks Orpik it appeared things were on their way to getting John Carlson re-signed in Washington. He said he wanted to stay and the Caps wanted to keep him so numbers were really the only last obstacle. Capitals GM Brian MacLellan even used the word “close” to describe how things were going with negotiations between both sides. Things may not be that simple. Carlson is one of, if not the most highly sought-after defenseman on the open market and as such, he's going to get huge money from whoever...
June 24th, 2018
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As the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs have finally come to a close, it's time to reflect on what makes the sport of hockey so unique compared to others. From the rivalries to the storylines and everything in between, there is truly no sport more intriguing than hockey. Intensity of Hockey There is hardly a sport that's as fast-paced and intense as hockey. Compared to football and baseball, which tend to be sports that seem to drag on, hockey provides constant entertainment. One moment a team could be winning; the next they could be losing. In this year's Cup-clinching game, this was a definite factor. After winning Game 1, the Vegas Golden Knights had lost three straight games, forcing them into a must-win situation. The Golden Knights were up 3-2 heading into the third period of Game 5 with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury playing his best hockey of the series. About halfway through the period, Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly tied the game. Then, with only seven minutes...
June 22nd, 2018
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The Colorado Avalanche have traded the 47th overall selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft to the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals in exchange for goaltender Philipp Grubauer and defender Brooks Orpik, the Capitals announced Friday. This deal came less than a half hour before the first-round of the draft began. https://twitter.com/Capitals/status/1010296210408853504 In this deal, the Avalanche are getting the 26-year-old Grubauer who has been a starter throughout his career but has the upside of a starter at the NHL level. With a 15-10-3 record last season in Washington, Grubauer recorded a 2.35 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. In his career, Grubauer has compiled a 43-31-11 record with a 2.29 goals against average and a .923 save percentage after the Capitals selected him in the fourth-round in 2014. The Capitals would have liked to have kept Grubauer under contract but with Braden Holtby firmly entrenched as their starter and Grubauer...
June 22nd, 2018
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Last summer, when the New Jersey Devils bought out Devante Smith-Pelly's contract, his future in the NHL looked uncertain. The Washington Capitals decided to take a low-risk chance on him, signing the 25-year-old right-winger to a one year, two-way, league-minimum contract. After a championship season in Washington, his new team has a slew of reasons to want to bring him back. But the issue of signing Devante Smith-Pelly is unlike any standard free agent situation. It's not a just a matter of whether the Capitals can afford the price tag a breakout performer will command on the open market, as is the case with John Carlson. It's not just a matter of assigning a dollar value to a blossoming player's potential, as is the case with Tom Wilson. For Smith-Pelly, an array of factors tug his value equation in different directions. This makes the decision to re-sign him one of the most complicated tasks the Capitals front office faces this offseason. Evaluating Smith-Pelly's Postseason...