Found July 07, 2014 on Kukla's Korner:
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider, The money ($27.5 million) raised plenty of eyebrows. So did the contract’s length (five years). But inside the organization, General Manager Brian MacLellan and Coach Barry Trotz have stood firm on their opinion that Orpik patches a blue-line hole for the Capitals, lauding the veteran’s intangibles for support. “I know that Mac’s taken some heat on that,” Trotz said. “One of the things you get, and it’s most common, everybody looks at the points and says Brooks Orpik doesn’t have great points, so why are you paying him that? The things that Brooks Orpik does, you can’t put a value on.”... “To me, it’s a commitment of ownership and the team saying, you know what, we’re in a good window here, let’s get the players that we want, not the players that we have to settle for, and get him because he can have an effect,” Trotz said. “And the effect is going to be in goals and assists. It’s going to be in culture and winning and attit

Trotz helped sway free agents to chose Capitals

Barry Trotz’s first game as Washington’s bench boss in still months away, but he’s already having an impact on what the Capitals look like. He acted as a lead salesperson for the team during the free agent period and helped the seal the deal for some players. “When I met with Barry and saw what his plan and his vision was,” defenseman Brooks Orpik told CSN Washington,...

Source: Defenseman Mike Green is Wings' top trade target

According to a team source, the Detroit Red Wings have determined Washington defenseman Mike Green is their top trade target. The source says the Wings have reached out to the Capitals regarding Green's availability. Although Washington has indicated Green is staying put, moving the right-handed defenseman would make sense given the team's cap situation. reports...

Did CSN Washington really rip off the guys at RMNB?

CSN Washington used a translation from RMNB without giving them proper credit (Photo courtesy of Russian Machine Never Breaks) When you’re a blogger of any sort, you don’t expect to really see your work outside of the internet, much less on the news. However, this is not the case for the guys who run Russian Machine Never Breaks, a hockey blog devoted to all things Washington...

Nicklas Backstrom gives a scholarship under his name to two students

Photo cred: If Nicklas Backstrom wasn’t considered a role model before he sure is now. Although Backstrom is usually busy playing hockey in Washington, he still has time for his community. Back in his home country of Sweden, Backstrom has a scholarship named after him. The Nicklas Backstrom scholarship is given to two student athletes who went to the same school as Backstrom...

Mike Green appears best fit for Red Wings, who need a right-handed shooting defenseman

As soon as the Washington Capitals committed $11.25 million in salary cap space to free-agent defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik on July 1, Mike Green's fate seemingly was sealed. Green is destined to be traded. The Detroit Red Wings, desperately seeking a right-handed shooting defenseman who can quarterback the power play, are an ideal fit. Unable to acquire a top...

Ovechkin ‘upset’ at Grabovski departure, happy with defensive signings

When Mikhail Grabovski signed with the New York Islanders, you had to wonder how Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took the news. Turns out it wasn’t a happy moment for him. In an interview with ITAR-TASS in Russia (translated by Russian Machine Never Breaks), Ovechkin gives his thoughts on Grabovski’s departure as well as the Capitals signing Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen...

Bears look to return to winning ways with new head coaches

The Hershey Bears have named former Bakersfield Condors, and Hershey Bears assistant Troy Mann as the team’s 25th head coach. (Courtesy of ECHL.Com Back in the summer of 2010, the Hershey Bears, AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, were hoisting their record setting 11th Calder Cup championship after a thrilling 4 games to 2 comeback victory of the Texas Stars. That 2010 team...

Wings target Caps defenseman Mike Green as he’s ‘destined to be traded’

It’s been a difficult offseason thus far for the Red Wings fans who patiently await word on which defenseman could be the newest addition to the blue line this upcoming year. After being unable to sign the likes of  Dan Boyle, Matt Niskanen, and Anton Stralman last week Ken Holland and the Red Wings front office now turn to the trade market to fulfill that need. Arizona defenseman...

Here comes the Mike Green-to-Detroit rumor overdrive

I'm gonna be honest: I don't know what the hell to make of this stuff. This morning, MLive's Ansar Khan suggested that the Red Wings' "best fit" on defense is one Mike Green. While Pro Hockey Talk's Joe Yerdon attempted to debunk this theory given that no one knows if Green is on the trade block to begin with (see also: the Tyler Myers trade fandango...
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