Aliaksei Protas Scores Second Career Goal in KHL

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Washington Capitals forward prospect Aliaksei Protas is making good use of his interim assignment with Dinamo Minsk in the KHL. The 6’6″ center scored his second career KHL  goal against Vityaz on Tuesday. Continue reading

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Capitals’ Head Coach Peter Laviolette: “It’s A Privilege To Be The Head Coach Of This Hockey Team”

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Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette told the media at his introductory press conference that “it’s a privilege to be the head coach of this hockey team” and that Tuesday is a “pretty special day for me and my family” after being hired by the organization. He thanked owner Ted Leonsis, team president Dick Patrick, and general manager Brain MacLellan for the opportunity and said that he “couldn’t be happier to be here.” Laviolette said that he has a lot of memories coming into Washington and says that the fans are always enthusiastic. Continue reading

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Brian MacLellan Regarding Braden Holtby And Free Agency: “I Would Expect He Goes Into Free Agency”

Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan and new Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette met with the media Tuesday afternoon. The final question asked of MacLellan was about Braden Holtby’s status with free agency, and if he expected Holtby to enter free agency. Continue reading

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Quantity vs. Quality: Finding Trade Value In The Washington Capitals Prospect Pool Without Damaging The Long-Term Viability of The Organization

Much has been made about the Washington Capitals rather shallow prospect pool. Simply put, there is a lot of truth in those statements. The Capitals farm system has been significantly depleted after years of trading away picks and the use of high-round draft selections on prospects that haven’t panned out. As a result, one might think the Capitals can no longer be trading away prospects. There is also some truth in that, to an extent.  Continue reading

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Capitals Hire Peter Laviolette As Head Coach

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The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday morning that they have hired Peter Laviolette as the 19th head coach in team history. The team relieved Todd Reirden of his duties on August 24 after consecutive first-round exits in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Capitals signed Laviolette for three seasons at just under $15 million. Continue reading

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We’ve Likely Seen Evgeny Kuznetsov’s Best. But Is That Good Enough?

Each preseason the story is the same. “If Evgeny Kuznetsov can just put together a full season…” Or, “If Kuznetsov can have that breakout season we know he is capable of, the Capitals can make a run…”. The storylines are as predictable as the outcome of a Civil War reenactment. Continue reading

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NHL General Managers Preparing For Frenzy Following Final

It’s a new world, now. A world chock-full of unknowns and apprehension.

And the NHL’s general mangers are sitting center stage, trying to quickly understand and adjust to the new world realities. For the NHL, that means a flat salary cap for the foreseeable future, new internal salary caps, an expedited offseason and an unknown season format ahead. Continue reading

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Hershey Bears Sign Forward Mason Morelli To AHL Contract

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The Hershey Bears announced Monday afternoon the signing of forward Mason Morelli, agreeing to terms on a one-year, American Hockey League contract.  Continue reading

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Capitals Loan Axel Jonsson-Fjallby to Vastervik IK

The Washington Capitals announced on Monday afternoon that they have loaned forward prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjallby to Vastervik IK of the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan League.  Continue reading

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Money Crunch: Pierre McGuire Believes We “Will See Some Teams That Will Be Sold”

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Financial woes continue for NHL teams, with no near-term relief in sight. Last week reports began to surface that several teams were late in paying player bonuses, with The Athletic’s Katie Strang specifically reporting that the Arizona Coyotes were late in making a few such payments. Continue reading

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