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It's hard to say goodbye, but Carlson and Niskanen approve the Capitals recent moves

It's tough to say goodbye to a team mate. It's even tougher to say goodbye to four.“I know the business side of things,” defenseman John Carlson said to CSN Washington. “You’ve got to learn to roll with it. We lost some great friends of mine, some great players on the ice.  But I think we added some great, great quality players, too. So I think in this league it’s tough...
Via Fox Sports
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace: Winners and Losers

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace: Winners and Losers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com Chelsea slumped to 13th place in the Premier League table, as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of a brilliant Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. This was Jose Mourinho’s 200th game in charge of the Blues, and his 100th at home, but it will be a day he will want to forget very...
Via Soccerlens
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace: Analysis, Reaction and Talking Points

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace: Analysis, Reaction and Talking Points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com CHELSEA 1-2 CRYSTAL PALACE Chelsea slumped to a shock defeat at Stamford Bridge in Jose Mourinho’s 200th game in charge, as visitors Crystal Palace put in a stunning performance. This was only the Blues’ second ever defeat at home under Mourinho in 100 Premier League games...
Via Soccerlens
3 days ago  |  Discuss

City doesn't waste Chelsea slip, Madrid wins big in Spain

LONDON (AP) Chelsea's Premier League title defense is already floundering after a rare home loss let Manchester City increase its lead following a fourth consecutive win on Saturday. The race between main rivals is closer in Spain, where Real Madrid rolled to a lopsided 5-0 win over Real Betis for its first victory under new coach Rafa Benitez, after Barcelona eked out another 1...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace: Mourinho hails Alan Pardew’s men

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Crystal Palace, but lamented his own side's failings and the lack of a penalty award after a second loss in 100 Premier League home games. Chelsea secured the title with a 1-0 defeat of Palace on May 3, but the Eagles were triumphant on this occasion, stunning the hosts just when they thought Radamel Falcao had got them back into the...
Via World Soccer Talk
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal match highlights; Giroud volley helps Arsenal to win

Olivier Giroud's stunning volley helped Arsenal battle to a 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Crystal Palace. The Gunners produced the required response from their opening day defeat at home by West Ham with a determined display at Selhurst Park, where German playmaker Mesut Ozil delivered a stand-out performance. The German's floated cross was smashed home by Giroud on 16 minutes...
Via World Soccer Talk
16 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Coyotes who must shine this season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes coach Dave Tippett likes the character and compete level of his team after the offseason additions of defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and forwards Boyd Gordon, Brad Richardson and Steve Downie. Coyotes fans are happy that popular players Antoine Vermette and Zbynek Michalek are back in the fold after a four-month hiatus to chase the Stanley Cup. Promising...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
22 days ago  |  Discuss

San Jose Sharks poised for a postseason return

A common San Jose Sharks’ trend of exceptional regular seasons followed by heartbreaking losses in the playoffs would continue in the 2013-2014 season when they blew a 3-0 series lead to the Los Angeles Kings, which put the icing on the cake in a decade of disappointment. Last season, San Jose never seemed to bounce back from their monumental postseason collapse, as they were left...
Via isportsweb.com
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Trotz upbeat about Capitals' offseason moves

WASHINGTON (AP) In his first season as Washington's coach, Barry Trotz led the Capitals back to the playoffs and guided them within a win of their first conference finals in 17 years. Trotz displayed that same motivational ability in a well-received speech on Tuesday at the National Press Club. The coach described his path from undersized, undrafted 20-year-old defenseman hopeful...
Via AP on Fox
July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading the Sharks Offseason

After the crushing defeat to the Los Angeles Kings in the 2014 playoffs, the identity crisis the Sharks were facing came full circle. Rather than going for an immediate fix, general manager Doug Wilson decided to embark on a rebuild that would incorporate the teams core of younger players and give them a much more vital role in the organization’s success. Flashback to last season...
Via BaySportsNet
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Early Off-season Moves Return Hope To San Jose

Free Agent Summary After the draft it appeared that the Sharks may have been continuing on the path of rebuilding as although they appear to have drafted well, though time will ultimately tell. They seemed to have missed out on potential goaltending with Kings goaltender Martin Jones going to the Bruins in the Lucic deal, Lehner being dealt from the Senators to the Sabres, Lack moving...
Via Real Sports Entertainment Network
July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Caps free agency period summary update

It has been a helluva three days for the Washington Capitals and GM Brian MacLellan.  MacLellan entered free agency preaching a hesitation approach, mostly due to salary cap constraints handed down from MacLellan’s predecessor, former Caps GM George McPhee.   What transpired was a continual approach by MacLellan to remake the roster, the culture, and the direction  of the Capitals...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Sharks sign veteran forward Joel Ward to 3-year deal

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have signed veteran forward Joel Ward to a three-year contract. The Sharks announced the deal Friday. Ward had 19 goals and 15 assists last season with Washington. He also had three goals and six assists in 14 playoff games. Ward ranked third on the Capitals with six power-play goals and second on the team with four game-winning goals. It...
Via AP on Fox
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Free Agents 2015: Best Players Still Available At Every Position

The first two days of NHL free agency have come and gone, but there are still many players still unsigned who could make a positive impact next season. Most of the forwards available would likely play bottom-six roles, but those are very important because you need to be able to roll four lines, or pretty close to it, to win a Stanley Cup. The group of defensemen still unsigned is...
Via NESN.com
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Showing Faith In Roster During Free Agency

When free agency began on Wednesday, July 1st, the New York Islanders weren’t expected to make any drastic moves, in spite of a first round defeat at the hands of the Washington Capitals in last season’s opening playoff round. The Isles amassed over 100 points for the first time in over 30 years and placed fourth in the National Hockey League in goals per game (2.99), trailing...
Via Islanders Insight
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Caps make a big splash, acquire forward TJ Oshie

GM Brain MacLellan has been warm on former St. Louis Blues forward TJ Oshie for sometime.  The Capitals have been named in many rumors mills regarding Oshie dating back to last year.  With a top off-season priority to acquire a top six forward, MacLellan pulled the trigger on a big trade, that landed TJ Oshie in Washington, one day after signing forward Justin Williams. The Caps...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Caps sign Justin Williams, Lose Mike Green

In a surprising late night signing, the Washington Capitals have landed likely the best remaining unrestricted free agent forward, Justin Williams, on a two-year deal for $6.5 million.  With Williams, the Caps landed the top six forward that was coveted by GM Brian MacLellan.  MacLellan made clear after this season ended that a top six forward was a top priority, but hinted that...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Woodward: Tampa Bay Lightning Offseason Forecast – Part 2

On the heels of this past weekend’s 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning roster remains exactly the same as it was when the season concluded two weeks ago. With all thirty of the league’s general managers in the same building at the same time, the draft is typically one of the busiest transaction days on the NHL calendar. ANAHEIM, CA – NOVEMBER 22: Mark Barberio ...
Via Lightning Shout
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Free Agency Forward Focus: Who Should Colorado Pursue?

  The NHL’s off-season moves at a breakneck pace with the Stanley Cup being awarded one week, the NHL Draft happening the next, and then free agency setting teams up for next season the week after that. With Chicago having won yet another Stanley Cup and the NHL Draft completed last weekend, it means it’s time for free agency to start. As the Colorado Avalanche approach free...
Via BSN Denver
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Caps ink Jay Beagle to a three-year deal

The Washington Capitals have locked up one of their key un-restricted free agents, C Jay Beagle, to a three-year contract extension.  The deal is worth $5.25 million and includes an average of $1.75 million per season. The Caps have three additional key unrestricted free agents: defenseman Mike Green, froward Eric Fehr, and forward Joel Ward.  However, it does not appear any...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Joel Ward wants a new contract in Washington

Joel Ward wants to be back with the Capitals next season, the veteran forward has made no mistake in voicing that. The question will be however, do the Capitals want to re-sign him? More specifically, can they afford to?Those are both questions that will be answered in the coming weeks, as general manager Brian MacLellan also needs to look at new contracts with several potential...
Via Fox Sports
May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers-Capitals Game 7 Preview: Key Players, Prediction For Round 2 Showdown

Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden will have a familiar feel to it. These teams have met in a Game 7 twice in the last three postseasons, with New York winning both times, including a victory on home ice in 2012. Washington once held a 3-1 series lead, and its inability to close out the Rangers could prove costly...
Via NESN.com
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Valiant third period effort not enough for the Washington Capitals

Game 6 between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers was, in my opinion, the best game of the series so far. Throughout the entire game there was a sense of a must-win scenario. Of course, the Rangers needed to win game 6 to stay in the playoffs, but there was also pressure on the Caps to eliminate the Rangers and prevent a game 7. Both teams put forth a tremendous effort...
Via isportsweb.com
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Capitals Disallowed Goal Against the Rangers

Capitals forward Joel Ward thought he had scored the go-ahead goal against the Rangers in the second period of Friday's game. Unfortunately for Ward, the refs ruled that he had interfered with the Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. On the non-goal, the ruling on the ice was that Joel Ward's contact with Lundqvist prevented him from making the save. No penalty. No goal. — Chuck...
Via Goon's World
May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers 1, Washington 2

The New York Rangers fell to the Washington Capitals by a score of 2-1. For a box score, click here. Familiar territory once again. One thing for sure is that this isn’t a confident team right now. One that was used to scoring 3+ goals every night and now the goals that were going in a few months ago aren’t now. Now the Rangers are forcing the issue, making that one extra unnecessary...
Via NY Rangers Blog
May 07, 2015  |  Discuss
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