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About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of Caps fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. Born the year the Capitals went to their first and only Stanley Cup Final, Michael is a diehard Caps fan and is the owner of the very first Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe B himself. His favorite player became Nate Schmidt after meeting Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles

Could Taylor Chorney See A Bigger Role Next Season with the Departures of Alzner, Schmidt, and Shattenkirk?

Photo: Amber Searls/USA Today Sports While much has been said about the likelihood of some of the Capitals’ most promising defensive prospects making the leap to the NHL next season, lost in the conversation is veteran blueliner Taylor Chorney, who, … Continue reading

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Can Devante Smith-Pelly Become the Next Brett Connolly?

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images When the Capitals signed right wing Devante Smith-Pelly in free agency a few weeks ago they did so, not expecting him to replace departing Top 6 right wing Justin Williams but, as a player that could help … Continue reading

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Dmitry Orlov is Ready to Take the Step Into Superstardom

Photo: NHL Dmitry Orlov’s hockey career was once in jeopardy due to setbacks after undergoing surgery on a broken wrist, but looking at his performance the last two seasons, one wouldn’t even know it. One of the NHL’s most promising … Continue reading

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Evaluation of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Nick Laham/Getty Images Unlike the 2009 and 2010 NHL Entry Drafts, the 2011 draft did not have a clear-cut favorite player to be picked with the first overall pick. Whereas the previous two drafts featured Tyler Seguin, Taylor Hall, and … Continue reading

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NoVa Caps Pays Tribute to the Players that Have Departed This Offseason (Video)

Photo: Washington Capitals In the weeks since before the NHL Expansion Draft, the Capitals have undergone some significant changes, from losing promising young defenseman Nate Schmidt in the draft to trading longtime forward Marcus Johansson. General Manager Brian MacLellan has … Continue reading

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While the Moves Made (So far) This Summer May Say Otherwise, Caps Fans Need to Trust Brian MacLellan

Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post  After another disappointing end to their season, the Capitals’ offseason got off to a promising and nice start with the re-signing of right wing T.J. Oshie to an eight-year contract. After losing defensemen Nate Schmidt … Continue reading

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Capitals Re-sign Philipp Grubauer to One Year Deal

Photo: NHL The Capitals made it clear that their main focus this offseason would be to lock up their restricted free agents to new contracts and they made it a priority to re-sign right wing T.J. Oshie. One of those … Continue reading

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Caps Re-sign Andre Burakovsky to Two-year Contract

Photo: Sports Illustrated Having already locked up three of their five restricted free agents (Brett Connolly, Dmitry Orlov, and Evgeny Kuznetsov), the Capitals continued to check off the rest of their to-do list as they announced the signing of young … Continue reading

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Change Was Expected This Summer, But No One Expected This Much

Matt McClain/The Washington Post When the horn sounded on the Capitals’ season two months ago, the feeling from the team, coaching staff, management, and fans alike was more than just disappointment. It was also devastation and that of wanting to … Continue reading

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Capitals Trade Marcus Johansson to Devils

Nick Wass/Associated Press After being stuck with just $4.6 million in cap space following the re-signing of star center Evgeny Kuznetsov to an eight-year deal, the Caps had to find a way to free up cap space. They did just … Continue reading

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