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Rapid Rewind: Still Shut Down

Sasha Kills. (Fox) The Washington Capitals lost their second consecutive game on Thursday night inside Verizon Center, falling 3-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes in a see-saw contest.  Jason Chimera scored first for the home side, before last summer’s 5th overall pick, Elias Lindholm, scored his first NHL goal to tie it up.  Alex Ovechkin would […]

Rapid Rewind: Defensive Breakdown

Mikhail Grabovski was on target three times in his Capitals debut. Thank you Nonis. (AP) On the day the Federal Government shut down because of bickering in Congress, it was immediately apparent that the defenisve corps of the Washington Capitals was apparently a federally funded entity.  In Chicago, Illinois to open their season against the […]

Mathieu Perreault, Tom Wilson, and Roster Decisions

Photo by RMNB's intrepid Chris Gordon Sunday night, the Washington Capitals finally addressed an elephant in the room when they traded center Mathieu Perreault to the Anaheim Ducks for minor leaguer John Mitchell and a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft.  With the move, the Capitals are now at 23 players on the NHL roster […]

27 Thoughts: Hockey is Finally Here

Mikhail Grabovski's addition should really alter the shape of Washington's 2013-14 season. Man, what a crazy offseason.  In the first summer following the NHL's second lockout in less than a decade, we've seen some great moves, some awful ones, and the progression and outlook for franchises seemingly change at the drop of a hat.  But […]

Growing Up With the Washington Capitals

I’ve finally figured it out. I now know why, when you look at the listed height of an NHL player, it always looks wrong. “There is no way that guy is six feet tall! On skates, maybe.” And you know what? Depending on the measurement device, you’d be right. For years, NHL teams have given […]

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Summarizing the Capitals’ Draft

The Capitals took another skilled, fast winger in the first round Sunday. (Washington Capitals) NEW YORK – Sunday afternoon and evening in Newark, New Jersey, the Washington Capitals made six selections in the NHL Draft.  All of them bring different things to the table and could potentially have different impacts for the big club down […]

The Reality of the Capitals’ Offseason

"We like our team." (Sportsnet) With the draft and unrestricted free agency approaching rapidly, the NHL is about to explode with activity.  The salary cap is coming down, older players with big contracts are being compliance buyouts and will soon be unrestricted free agents, and trade rumors are swirling across the National Hockey League.  And, […]

Would the Capitals Trade Mike Ribero’s Rights?

Unrestricted free agent Mark Streit was recently traded from the New York Islanders to the Philadelphia Flyers, allowing the Flyers to begin negotiating with him prior to the July 5th opening of NHL Free Agency. Philadelphia promptly signed the defenseman to a four-year deal. It’s a common occurrence; the Caps traded Dennis Wideman to Calgary […]

Oveckin Wins Hart Memorial Trophy

Alex Ovechkin, captain and forward for the Washington Capitals, won his this Hart Memorial Trophy on Saturday, June 15th when the second half of the winners for the 2012-2013 National Hockey League Awards were announced. The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded to the NHL's Most Valuable Player as determined by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. […]

Offseason Evaluation: Jack Hillen

When Hillen's regression comes, how bad will it be? (AP) As the Washington Capitals’ 2013 season has come to a close, and many words have been written about the team as a whole, it’s now time to look at this club at an individual level.  As such, we will be taking a look at each […]

Offseason Evaluation: Joey Crabb

Can Crabb fight off a poor year to land in the NHL again? (Zimbio) As the Washington Capitals’ 2013 season has come to a close, and many words have been written about the team as a whole, it’s now time to look at this club at an individual level.  As such, we will be taking […]

Offseason Evaluation: Tomas Kundratek

Can Kundratek continue to develop with older, declining defensemen in front of him? (Clydeorama) As the Washington Capitals’ 2013 season has come to a close, and many words have been written about the team as a whole, it’s now time to look at this club at an individual level.  As such, we will be taking […]

Offseason Evaluation: Jeff Schultz

Ah, Sarge. A moment of glory. (WaPo) As the Washington Capitals’ 2013 season has come to a close, and many words have been written about the team as a whole, it’s now time to look at this club at an individual level.  As such, we will be taking a look at each player who played […]

Offseason Evaluation: Aaron Volpatti

Hopefully, Volpatti's role will continue to shrink. (Faceoff) As the Washington Capitals’ 2013 season has come to a close, and many words have been written about the team as a whole, it’s now time to look at this club at an individual level.  As such, we will be taking a look at each player who […]

Something’s Gotta Give

George McPhee is here for the long haul. (AP) Another season has come and gone with similar results for the Washington Capitals, to the point where what was going to happen eventually was very predictable.  After an awful start, the Capitals rode a tremendous stretch of play by Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, and […]

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