San Jose Sharks Become First NHL Team To Accept Cryptocurrency

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The San Jose Sharks will become the first National Hockey League (NHL) team to accept cryptocurrency after franchise owner Sharks Sports & Entertainment gave the green light for the alternative payment method, according to Sports Business Journal. The franchise is working with Atlanta-based payment processor BitPay for the rollout, which will accept Bitcoin, Dogecoin and Ethereum, among others. Continue reading

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Capitals’ Vitek Vanecek Joins Czech Goalie Project “Saves Help”

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Washington Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek is now a member of the “Saves help” project, a non-profit started by goalie Šimon Hrubec in which fellow Czech goaltenders from the NHL, Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), and the Czech Extraliga (top-tier ice hockey league in the Czech Republic) give back to the community. Continue reading

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Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy Calls Islanders “The New York Saints” After One-For-Four Night On P.K. In Game 5 Loss

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After the New York Islanders’ three-for-four night on the man advantage in Game 5 of their second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Boston Bruins on Monday, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said “I think they sell a narrative over there that’s more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders.” Continue reading

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Capitals Re-Sign Axel Jonsson-Fjallby To Two-Year, Two-Way Contract

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The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby to a two-year, two-way contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. The contract will pay him $750,000 NHL/$175,000 AHL in 2021-22 and $750,000 NHL/$225,000 AHL in 2022-23.   Continue reading

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Jonas Siegenthaler: “I Wanted To Get Out Of Washington Because I Didn’t Play”

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Jonas Siegenthaler has finally made his way back to his home in Zurich, Switzerland. After finishing up the the NHL’s regular season with the New Jersey Devils, the former Capitals defenseman joined the Swiss National team for this year’s World Championship held in Riga, Latvia. Continue reading

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Capitals Player Performance Grades For The 2020-21 Regular Season

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Every NHL player has their ups and downs during the regular season, especially during a shortened 56-game season that is preceded by a 10-day training camp and no exhibition games. In this post, NoVa Caps provides their annual grades for each of the Washington Capitals‘ player’s for the 2020-21 season. Continue reading

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Canada Will Allow U.S. NHL Teams To Cross Border For Rounds 3 And 4 Of 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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According to CBC, NHL players and personnel will be allowed to cross the border for the 2021 Stanley Cup Semifinals and Stanley Cup Final if necessary in private planes. They will have to test for COVID-19 before and after they land in Canada. Teams will be in a modified bubble where they will not be able to interact with the general public. Continue reading

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Aleksander Barkov, Patrice Bergeron And Mark Stone Named Finalists For Selke Trophy


The NHL announced on Sunday that Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone are finalists for the 2020‑21 Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” Continue reading

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Auston Matthews, Jacob Slavin And Jared Spurgeon Named Finalists For Lady Bing Trophy


Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. On Saturday the NHL announced that Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin and Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon are the this year’s three finalists. Continue reading

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Observations From Peter Laviolette’s First Season In Washington: Mixed Results In A Unique Season


Washington Capitals rookie bench boss Peter Laviollete had to hit the ice running when Capitals training camp opened in January. He had just 10 days to implement his new system, get to know the players and coaches, understand their strengths and weaknesses and conjur up forward lines and defensive pairs before the season would begin. Oh yeah, and get it all done during a global pandemic. That’s a pretty tall order. Continue reading

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