Capitals Place Devante Smith-Pelly On Waivers

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The Washington Capitals placed forward Devante Smith-Pelly on waivers on Wednesday. Forward Dmitrij Jaskin was about to go on waivers but the Capitals changed their minds before 12 PM when players are placed on waivers each day. Continue reading

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Craig Laughlin and Family Announce Founding of The Laughlin Family Foundation, Dedicated to Research and Advancement of Rare Cancers

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Shortly before the Capitals won the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup, Capitals Television color analyst and former player Craig Laughlin and his family were hit with the news that Craig’s wife of 37 years, Linda, had been diagnosed with cancer. While the family’s minds were busy handling the doctors visits and cheering on the Caps’ run to the championship, both Craig and Linda knew they wanted to do something more to aid in the research and care of cancer, specifically rare forms with their own foundation. Earlier today, Craig’s daughter Courtney announced the approval to found the family’s organization, The Laughlin Family Foundation. Continue reading

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Grading Capitals’ GM Brian MacLellan’s Moves At The Trade Deadline

With the NHL Trade Deadline less than six days away, NoVa Caps takes a look at Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan‘s history at the deadline as he has made at least one move, including at least one acquiring a defenseman. With the Capitals aiming to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions, MacLellan will likely look to add another player, but this time most likely a forward. Continue reading

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Axel Jonsson-Fjallby’s Struggles Continue In Return to SHL


News came on Tuesday that Washington Capitals prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjallby has now been preliminarily relegated to the 13th (extra) forward position for Wednesday’s game against Malmo, dropping him from his usual RW position on the second line for Djurgården. Jonsson-Fjällby has been replaced by Emil Bemström. The demotion is likely a combination of Bemström‘s scoring ability and Jonsson-Fjällby’s rather lackluster showing since his return to the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) from Hershey in mid-November. Continue reading

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Capitals To Donate Stanley Cup Ring to Hockey Hall Of Fame On Wednesday

Hockey Hall of Fame Vice President and Curator, Phil Pritchard and defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden will add a 2018 Stanley Cup ring to a special display at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Continue reading

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Thursday’s Capitals-Maple Leafs Game Is The Next “Measuring Stick” Game For Washington

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The Capitals oscillation between good games and bad games in recent weeks has many wondering where this team stands with regards to making a deep run in the upcoming playoffs. In a span of two games, the Capitals turned in one of their best efforts (San Jose) and one of their worst (Anaheim). However, February and March will provide ample opportunity for the hockey universe to dial-in expectations for this year’s version of the Washington Capitals.  Continue reading

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Saturday, February 23 Is “Try Hockey For Free” Day


We watch ice hockey because, as an advertising campaign once told us, it is the coolest game on Earth. Players dazzle us with extraordinary athletic feats, all performed as they balance on slivers of steel flying across a sheet of ice. We admire 100 MPH slap shots and smooth saucer passes. Bone-rattling hits and flexibility-defying saves. Deft poke checks and stinging haymakers. We watch because we love every detail of the game.  Continue reading

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Caps Can Kings 3-2; Alex Ovechkin Scores A Pair

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The Washington Capitals wrapped up their annual west coast swing with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings Monday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The win improves the Capitals record to 33-20-7 (73 points) on the season. The Capitals now head east to Toronto for a tilt with the Maple Leafs on Thursday. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.  Continue reading

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Capitals Alumni Profile: Peter Bondra

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Prior to the arrival and subsequent dominance of Capitals captain and franchise goals and points leader Alex Ovechkin in 2005, the title of franchise great was often given to forward Peter Bondra. In this latest Capitals Alumni Profile, NoVa Caps looks back at Bondra’s career with the Capitals and other aspects of his hockey career. Continue reading

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T.J. Oshie Injury Update: “Game-Time Decision”

The Capitals made their way from Anaheim to Los Angeles last night after their 5-2 loss to the Ducks. The team did not hold a game day morning skate this morning, however, Caps Head Coach Todd Reirden did hold a pre-game presser at 5:15 PM local time. The hot topic? How is star forward T.J. Oshie doing?  Continue reading

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