Washington Capitals Coaches and the Lockout

“Congratulations guys! You’re now the new coaches for the Washington Capitals! You should start putting together your drills for training camp and thinking about line combinations. Oh, by the way… you don’t actually have a team to coach.” Imagine being on the top of the world, like Adam Oates has been. You were an assistant […]


Capitals Re-Sign John Carlson

The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman John Carlson to a six-year, $23.8 million contract, General Manager George McPhee announced today through a press release.  The deal puts Carlson’s annual cap hit at just under $4 million (3.96).  Depending on the next collective bargaining agreement, Carlson will likely be an unrestricted free agent at the end […]

Patrick Receives Patrick (Award)

A family tradition of epic proportions gets passed down to Dick Patrick, the Washington Capitals team president, as he is one of the receivers of the 2012 Lester Patrick Trophy. The trophy, named in honor of Dick Patrick’s grandfather, is given to someone for providing exceptional service to hockey in the United States. It can […]

Caps Re-Sign Troy Brouwer

The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Troy Brouwer to a three-year, $11 million contract extension.  General Manager George McPhee said this about the extension: “We are pleased to sign Troy Brouwer to a contract extension. Troy is a physical and versatile power forward who can play both wings and who has averaged close to 20 […]


NBC Releases National Broadcasting Schedule

Although the threat of a lockout is currently the dark cloud over every hockey fan’s head, NBC has given fans something to look forward to in case everything goes smoothly: their National TV NHL coverage schedule (cue the crickets, not the applause)! NBC has decided to give Capitals fans something even more special by awarding […]

When Weather Threatens Hockey

Fans that watched the Winter Classic of the 2010-2011 season (featuring Capitals vs. Penguins, for those that don’t remember!) could see that weather was affecting the game.  You could see the rain melting the ice, causing water to build up and the players to learn how to swim and skate at the same time.  But […]


John Carlson is a Spoil Sport

Thanks John. Thanks a lot. I was sitting at home, bored of watching re-airings of the 2010 IIHS World Junior Championship game, looking for a movie to watch. I’ve already seen every Pixar movie a dozen times, thanks to my 2 year old. I’ve already seen every romantic comedy, thanks to my wife. I’ve already […]


Handicapping the Opening Night Lineup

Although it appears that the Caps’ season will not start on time because of a work stoppage, it’s getting near that time where we look forward to the new season and what it could bring.  As such, I’ve put together a projection of how Washington’s opening night roster and lineup will be. 1st Line: Ovechkin-Ribeiro-Johansson […]


Support Stick for Troops With T-Shirts!

Rock the Red is now selling T-shirts for Sticks for Troops (light color, dark color).  Sticks For Troops provides hockey sticks and gear to American and Allied troops stationed at Kandahar, Afghanistan, to enjoy the coolest games in one of the hottest places on earth.  All proceeds from the sale of these T-shirts goes directly […]


Caps Announce Return of Brett Leonhardt

Caps fans can expect to see another familiar face back this season, as the team has decided to bring back Brett Leonhardt as a video coach. Formerly a web producer for the Caps, Leonhart left his position last February to work as a video editor for the NHL. Photo Credit: ESPN Leonhardt, known to fans […]


Mike Ribeiro and Alex Ovechkin: A Match Made in Hockey Heaven

Photo by Getty Images North America With the acquisition of Mike Ribeiro in mid June, the Washington Capitals finally plugged a hole in their lineup that they have had since the summer of 2009 – a second prime center. Ribeiro, 32, is a playmaking pivot who has spent the last six seasons of his career […]

Bears Sign Goalie Kostenko

The Washington Capitals have announced goalie Sergey Kostenko has signed a contract with the Hershey Bears for the 2012-13 AHL season.  Kostenko, 19, was the Capitals' 7th round draft pick (203rd overall) last month and had an impressive showing at the second half of the Capitals' Summer Development Camp after arriving mid-week from Russia.  It […]

Alexander Semin Signs in Carolina

Mercurial winger Alexander Semin has signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes for next season.  This is an odd choice considering Semin's scoring success against the Hurricanes.  Without multiple hat tricks against Cam Ward this season, Semin may not even reach 20 goals.  Then again, Semin's an odd guy and he still […]


Keith Aucoin Signs In Toronto

Keith Aucoin has signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ organization on a 2-way contract ($650,000/$350,000), departing the Hershey/Washington clubs after 4 years.  While many will say that he wasn’t a big loss to Washington, he was a huge loss for the Bears.  After spending 2 years a “Bear Killer” with the Albany River Rats – […]