Category Archives: Defense

The Defense Rests: Long-Haulers Keith Yandle, Zdeno Chara, and PK Subban Retire From NHL

Photo: NHL via Getty Images Tuesday marked the retirement of three long-time NHL defensemen: Keith Yandle, Zdeno Chara, and P.K Subban. It is a momentous occasion when a player makes it to the NHL. But no matter how great a … Continue reading

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Take The Langway Home: The Trade That Saved the Capitals Franchise 40 Years Ago Today

Photo: Capitals 40 years ago today, the Washington Capitals made the most significant trade in franchise history. On September 9, 1982, then-General Manager David Poile traded captain Ryan Walter and defenseman Rick Green to the Montreal Canadiens, in exchange for All-Star defensemen Rod Langway and Brian Engblom, and forwards Doug … Continue reading

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Defenseman Matt Irwin Returns to the Washington Capitals On a One-year Contract

John McCreary/NHLI via Getty Images The Washington Capitals re-signed veteran defenseman Matt Irwin to a one-year contract on the first day of free agency. The 34-year old spent the 2021-22 season with Washington.

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A Shot Of Martini: Martin Fehervary Scores Third Goal in Four Games In Style

The 2021-22 regular season saw the Washington Capitals give rookie defenseman Martin Fehervary an opportunity to become a regular in the lineup on the blueline. The former second-round pick (2018) has made the most of that opportunity, and during the … Continue reading

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Rising in Recognition: Martin Fehervary Named To NHL.com’s All-Star Rookie Team

John McCreary/NHLI via Getty Images Heading into the 2021-22 season, there were a number of questions as to how Washington Capitals rookie defenseman Martin Fehervary would adjust to playing in the National Hockey League. With the second half of the … Continue reading

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Dmitry Orlov Plays in 600th Game For Washington Capitals

It was back on November 21, 2011 when rookie defenseman Dmitry Orlov was called up from the Hershey Bears to make his NHL debut for the Washington Capitals. Orlov played in his 600th career NHL game Friday night against the … Continue reading

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Dmitry Orlov’s Performance in 2021: Trending Upward

The 2020-21 season saw Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov prove once again that he is a reliable Top 4, even top pairing blueliner, in today’s NHL. After being a part of the Capitals’ best defensive pairing during their Stanley Cup … Continue reading

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Washington Capitals First Trimester Review: 2020-21 Season

In a “typical” seasons, we’ve traditionally reviewed the Capitals performance for each quarter. With the 2020-21 season being an abbreviated 56-game season instead of the normal 82-game season, we will change our tack and review the team’s performance at each … Continue reading

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A Pair of Points from No. 2: Justin Schultz Scores First Goal And Points As a Washington Capital

Rob Carr/Getty Images When the Washington Capitals signed him to a two-year, $8 million contract in free agency this past offseason, the hope was that in addition to adding depth to a defensive corps that struggled a season prior, he … Continue reading

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Assessing Metropolitan Division Defenses For 2020-21 Season

Metropolitan Division teams made big changes this offseason, with several significant moves coming on defense. Last month, NoVa Caps looked at Metropolitan Division goalie tandems. Now, it’s time to examine the eight teams’ projected defenses for the 2020-21 NHL season and … Continue reading

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