Monday Morning Hockey Talk

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, - If Alex Ovechkin ever thought of hiking off to the KHL down the road, it could land with the Moscow Dynamo, for whom he’s an adviser. The club is owned by billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, who used to spar at judo with Russian president Vladimir Putin when they were kids. - I’m going to miss TSN’s Ray Ferraro between the benches...
Via Kukla's Korner
40 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Summertime Series: Capitals Q&A!

The Washington Capitals probably should be playing playoff hockey right now. Let's be blunt! However, since they are on an unscheduled extended vacation, we had to come up with something to fill the time. Then I came up with a somewhat brilliant idea. What a perfect time to do Q&A's with Washington media and personalities. That will work. It will have to work.  What...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Preds acquire defensive prospect Rissling from Caps

With rather random timing, the Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals pulled off a trade on Saturday. In exchange for a seventh round pick in 2014, the Caps sent Calgary Hitmen captain Jaynen Rissling to Nashville. The 20-year old defenseman registered career-best numbers in every major offensive category last season, his last at the junior level. According to Cap Geek, he hasn’t...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Predators Acquire D Rissling From Capitals

The Washington Capitals have traded the rights to defenseman Jaynen Rissling to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Green On The Trade Block?

     After the implosion that was the end of the Capitals season the rumors are starting to heat up regarding more than a few of the players. I've seen mention of Mike Green, Alex Ovechkin (repeatedly), Mikhail Grabovski, Dustin "Pancakes" Penner, and Jaroslav Halak most notably.       Everyone knows what this team needs moving forward to compete, and that...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin under fire again

No matter how a Washington Capitals season ends, who the coach is, how the roster is constructed or which way the team is trying to play, the majority of the criticism levied upon the organization is directed toward Alex Ovechkin. Nine seasons into his NHL career, there’s no one more aware of that reality than Ovechkin himself. “It’s part of my job,” Ovechkin, 28, said...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Former Capitals In Playoffs -- Johnny Oduya?

Buried deep in the halls of the NHL is a little known secret. Who am I kidding? This is one that probably not many people know at all. However, at one time Johnny Oduya was a member of the Washington Capitals organization. Now he never did play for the Caps. Instead, Oduya wound up in Sweden before coming back to the U.S. to play for several teams and won a Stanley Cup in Chicago...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Six NHLer’s Confirmed For Russia’s World Championship Roster by   Steven Ellis

With the Washington Capitals missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-2007 season, the Russian national team will be fortunate enough to ice the talents of Evgeni Kuznetsov and Alexander Ovechkin. Unfortunately, with Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Radulov and Alexander Semin missing the tournament due to injuries, the team will have a tough time trying to reach the medal [...]
Via The Hockey House
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Capitals Forward Joel Ward to Throw Out First Pitch at Nats game

Photo: NHL.com For the first time in seven years, Caps fans won’t see their team disappoint them in the playoffs compete for a Stanley Cup Championship. However, those suffering from Caps withdrawal symptoms can see Caps’ forward Joel Ward throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Thursday night’s Nationals game, according to a press release put out by the Nats. Thursday is...
Via DC Sports-Kings
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Quick Hits: Would You Keep George McPhee?

Here is the question for Washington Capitals fans before you. ================================================================ Should the Washington Capitals keep George McPhee? --   YES --   NO   As we all know, probably 80-90 percent of fans would overwhelmingly say no. Then again, you are not Ted Leonsis. It appears that Washington is going with the "status...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Ovechkin's through-the-legs shootout attempt

s/t HockeyWebCaster. Alexander Ovechkin tried the trending through-the-legs move last night but was stopped by goaltender Eddie Lack. Tomas Hertl should have put a patent on this move.
Via Talk Hockey
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin says Capitals are in 'middle of nowhere'

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Explaining early playoff exits became an annual, awkward task for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. This season, for the first time since 2007, they didn't even make the postseason, so now there's something new: real uncertainty.
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin: I’m never going to ask for a trade

Photo: sports.ru There is a lot of finger pointing going on throughout the media in Washington with the Capitals set to miss the postseason for the first time since the 2006-07 season. There were some positives but clearly a lot more negatives to the 2013-14 season. Alexander Ovechkin led the NHL in goals, scoring 51 along with 24 power play goals and a +/- rating of a -35. Ovechkin...
Via DC Sports-Kings
6 days ago  |  Discuss

No Word for Adam Oates on His Job as Head Coach

According to Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates, to the best of his knowledge, he remains the Caps’ head coach.  Oates performed a few exit interviews today and met with the media this afternoon. The Capitals season ended yesterday without a playoff appearance for the first time since the 2006/07 season.  The jobs of General Manage George McPhee and Oates may be in question...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Crosby captures Art Ross; Ovechkin wins Rocket Richard Trophy; Quick nabs Jennings

From the NHL: CROSBY, OVECHKIN AND QUICK CAPTURE 2013-14 NHL REGULAR-SEASON TROPHIES NEW YORK (April 13, 2014) -- The 2013-14 National Hockey League regular season concluded tonight with Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby capturing his second career Art Ross Trophy as the League scoring champion, Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin claiming his fourth career...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Lightning secure home ice for first round with in over Capitals

WASHINGTON -- The Tampa Bay Lightning wrapped up home-ice advantage for their first-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens by edging the Washington Capitals 1-0 in a shootout Sunday in the regular-season finale. Matthew Carle scored the only goal in the shootout. The victory clinched second place in the Atlantic Division for Tampa Bay, which finished with 101 points...
Via Fox Sports Florida
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Caps' Marcus Johansson's season ends with UBI

As if barely missing out on the playoffs wasn't painful enough, the Washington Capitals now have to endure injury added to insult.Centerman Marcus Johansson left The Capitals' win over the coasting Chicago Blackhawks in the second period on Friday night, the result of taking a Nicklas Backstrom drive off of his left hand during a Caps' power play and did not return...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Backstrom: ‘We’re the ones that should be ashamed’

The Capitals conducted an optional practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Saturday and among those who took the option not to participate was head coach Adam Oates. "There were only a couple guys [skating]," Oates said, "and I was still watching a little bit of video from yesterday and kind of getting ready for tomorrow's meeting." With speculation swirling...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin Heading Home?, and other Caps Randoms

     I have an incredibly busy Saturday planned for today thanks to my wife and kids but there are still a few items to discuss coming from the American capital today. Since I am in a big hurry I've decided to steal a page out of Clouts' book and just fire these off in a point form random style blog.  1. First off where the hell was this team when the games actually...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dear NHL - Your BLUNDER May Cost Washington a Playoff Spot

What ever do I mean? Remember back on January 18th when FOUR, count 'em FOUR refs and linesman didn't see a deflected puck hit the protective netting? Remember when that puck bounced OFF the netting and off of Jonathan Quick's back and into the net for a GOAL with 26.1 seconds left in regulation giving the Red Wings a VICTORY over the Kings and an extra POINT that they...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE Cameras Visiting Zack Ryder's Apartment, Warrior's Theme Played

- Michael Lindenbaum sent the following: I just wanted to let you guys know that at last night's Washington Capitals game against the Chicago Blackhawks, The Ultimate Warrior's theme song was played twice before the Capitals went on the power play. The person in charge for the music at the Capitals games is a huge wrestling fan, and when I asked him about it he said it was...
Via Ring Side News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin would have to negotiate out of current deal to head to KHL

Ilya Kovalchuk shocked the hockey world last summer when he retired from the NHL and signed with SKA Saint Petersburg in the KHL the following week. Would Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin be next? From TSN: On Thursday’s edition of Insider Trading on the NHL on TSN, (Pierre LeBrun) reported that there were whispers out of the KHL that one of the clubs may try to approach...
Via Pro Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Blow Up The Capitals?

Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington answers some fan mail... If Caps were willing to blow up the core, which of Ovi, Backy and Green is most likely to get dealt? Nothing like being direct. Alex Ovechkin has seven years and $70 million remaining on his contract [he’s getting a raise from $9 million to $10 million next season] and beginning July 1 he can give the Capitals a list...
Via Kukla's Korner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The truth is Alex Ovechkin is an over-rated player

I agree with EVERYTHING  said about Alex Ovechkin. Because of his shortcomings on the other side of the puck I consider him an over-rated player–as much as that can be said of anyone who scores roughly fifty times a year besides the fact that he hits people all over the ice. But he–like Mario Lemieux back when  #66 was in his athletic prime–is indifferent (to say the least...
Via USA Sports 360
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Judging The Washington Capitals

from Mike Wise of The Washington Post, Ted Leonsis, guilty of believing this seriously flawed roster could be a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. George McPhee, guilty the past seven years of not being able to put together a coaching staff and roster capable of getting past the second round of the playoffs — despite building around one of the greatest offensive talents...
Via Kukla's Korner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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