Devils-Capitals Preview

Though the Washington Capitals' first season under Barry Trotz could qualify as a success, another year of falling short in the playoffs won't be viewed as anything other than disappointing. The Capitals begin another season of raised expectations when they host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. Regular-season successes and playoff failures have often been the norm during...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Capitals season preview: Caps have all the right tools for the push

Plus: The Washington Capitals possess the top goal scorer in the last decade in Alexander Ovechkin, and he is accompanied by new shiny forwards in T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams. With their additions, the Capitals have one of the strongest, if not the strongest, top-six forwards in the entire NHL. With an overabundance of scorers, the Capitals can fill three legitimate scoring lines...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Metropolitan Division Preview 2015-16: Capitals Poised For Stanley Cup Run

The Metropolitan Division is poorly named, but it does include many of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. The Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders and New York Rangers all have a pretty good chance at winning the East and playing in the Stanley Cup Final. Other teams in the division such as the Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers won’t be...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals preview capsule

WASHINGTON CAPITALS LAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Second in Metropolitan Division. Lost to New York Rangers in Eastern Conference semifinals. COACH: Barry Trotz (second season, 17th NHL season). ADDED: F T.J. Oshie, F Justin Williams. LOST: D Mike Green, F Troy Brouwer, F Joel Ward, F Eric Fehr, F Curtis Glencross, D Tim Gleason. PLAYER TO WATCH: Alex Ovechkin. When it comes...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

San Jose Sharks season preview: Big changes could bring playoff payoff

Plus: The Sharks made major changes to their team following a rare playoff miss last season. They needed to improve on offense, and they did so when they acquired Joel Ward, a 19-goal scorer last year, via free agency this offseason. They also rid themselves of former coach Todd McLellan, who never seemed to be able to keep a peaceful locker room, in favor of new coach Peter DeBoer...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

SQ NHL Preview Series: San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks (Last Season: 40-33-9, 89 points)Coach: Peter DeBoer (217-200-77, 8th season, 1st with Sharks)Key Additions: Joel Ward, Paul Martin, Martin JonesKey Departures: Antti Niemi, Scott Hannan, Matt IrwinKey Player: Logan CoutureWhile Joe Thornton has endured a rocky few seasons in San Jose, Couture is on the ascendancy. The 26-year-old hit career highs in shots, assists...
Via The Sports Quotient
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Another Dip in Sharks Season Ticket Renewals

By David Barclay | davidbarclay@baysportsnet.comFollow @DjamesIII SAN JOSE — After the team’s first playoff-less season in a decade, the Sharks had anticipated and have now experienced another dip in season ticket renewals, according to a report from Mercury News reporter Curtis Pashelka. According to the report, Sharks chief operating officer John Tortora said the team is anticipating...
Via BaySportsNet
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Should the Sharks new Captains Be?

By David Barclay | davidbarclay@baysportsnet.comFollow @DjamesIII SAN JOSE — After the Sharks’ now infamous performance in the 2014 playoffs, the teams captain Joe Thornton was stripped of his captaincy. After the Sharks missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade, head coach Todd McClellan and the Sharks decided to “mutually” part ways. With newly minted head coach...
Via BaySportsNet
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Most Expensive San Jose Sharks Tickets at SAP Center Is For Regular Season Finale

The San Jose Sharks were in unfamiliar territory when the regular season ended last year, as they packed up their things and went home instead of participating in the postseason. The Sharks had reached the playoffs in 10 straight seasons before last season’s 40-33-9 record, which was good for fifth-place in the Pacific division and 12th in the Western Conference, but wasn’t good...
Via Bloguin Best
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Reid’s San Jose Sharks Prospect Guide: Part 2

Welcome to part two of my San Jose Sharks Prospect Guide.  In this article I’ll rank prospects between 11 and 20 as well as tell you where to watch them play this coming season if you missed part 1 you can find it HERE.  For the purpose of who is a prospect I’ll be including any player who is waiver exempt, on an Entry Level Contract and has played less than a full NHL season...
Via Real Sports Entertainment Network
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Knee injury will sideline Crystal Palace’s Joel Ward up to four weeks

Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward will be sidelined for up to four weeks with a knee injury. The 25-year-old right-back, who scored in Palace’s 2-1 win at Chelsea a fortnight ago, suffered the injury in training. “Unfortunately we’ve lost Joel Ward this week,” said manager Alan Pardew. “After his great performance against Chelsea he’s got injured in training and will...
Via World Soccer Talk
September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

San Jose Sharks Off Season Good, Bad and Ugly

In preparation for upcoming San Jose Sharks 25th season and your usual post game articles it was suggested that I tried doing a “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” for the off season. I’m not going to lie it was actually kind of difficult because overall I don’t have very many gripes about the off season so some if some of the negatives feel like a reach they probably are....
Via Real Sports Entertainment Network
September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington Capitals offseason recap

Last year: 45-26-11, second in the Metro Division. Eliminated by the Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Key additions: Justin Williams, TJ Oshie Key subtractions: Mike Green, Troy Brouwer, Joel Ward, Eric Fehr, Tim Gleason Offense: The Capitals usually high-flying offense added shootout guru Oshie and Mr. Game Seven Williams this summer, giving Washington […]
Via Blue Seat Blogs
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

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
September 01, 2015  |  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
August 16, 2015  |  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
August 10, 2015  |  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

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...
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
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