Category Archives: Defense

Christian Djoos Developing Quickly

When Christian Djoos made the Capitals out of training camp, he wasn’t necessarily playing his best, but he managed to make it because he had the advantage of requiring waivers to go back into Hershey, making it a risky move … Continue reading

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Evaluating the Capitals’ Pending Free Agents

Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images After having 11 free agents this past off-season, Washington has nine free agents on the current roster next summer. Of the nine, four are restricted free agents. The Capitals currently have 14 players signed for … Continue reading

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After Plenty of Roster Turnover, the Youth Movement is Beginning to Pay Off For the Capitals

The Washington Capitals are getting plenty of contributions from their young newcomers. Continue reading

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“Baby” Blueliners: How the Caps’ Rookie Defensemen Have Done in Their Extended NHL Stays

After losing the likes of Karl Alzner, Nate Schmidt, and Kevin Shattenkirk in free agency and the 2017 Expansion Draft this past summer and not much cap space to spend on replacements, the Capitals were going to have to rely … Continue reading

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Aaron Ness’ Return is An Early Christmas Present for Hershey

The calendar may still read November, but Christmas came early for the Hershey Bears on Wednesday. Veteran defenseman Aaron Ness was assigned to the Bears by the Washington Capitals after clearing waivers. That assignment was a Christmas gift for Hershey. … Continue reading

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Matt Niskanen Makes His Return Tonight

After injuring his left thumb on Friday the 13th against the Devils just over a month ago, Matt Niskanen will make his return tonight against the Nashville Predators. Niskanen missed a total of 13 games. Barry Trotz hinted last week … Continue reading

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Why Protecting Nate Schmidt in the Expansion Draft Over Dmitry Orlov May Not Have Been As Risky A Move As it Seems

Photo: Patrick Smith With the Capitals facing an upcoming Expansion Draft and a multitude of pending free agents potentially and likely hitting the open market, the Capitals had decisions to make. Among the key defensemen lost over the summer was … Continue reading

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Why the Capitals’ Current Defensive Predicament Will Be A True Test of Their Season

NBC Sports Washington While it was widely expected that the Capitals’ defensive corps would face some challenges in the 2017-18 season after the losses of multiple key defensemen this past offseason, the situation the unit is currently facing is somewhat … Continue reading

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After a 2-Game Losing Skid, How Can the Capitals Adjust Their Game and Get Back on the Winning Track?

How can the Washington Capitals get back on the winning track after a bad week? Continue reading

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Capitals Defense Faces Challenge in High-Flying Maple Leafs

The Capitals blue line met their doom on Friday the 13th when Matt Niskanen suffered an injury in their game against the Devils. The next night, the Caps ¬†surrendered a snowman in an 8-2 beat down by the Flyers. It … Continue reading

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