Tag Archives: Matt Niskanen

Hockey Tough: Former Capitals Defenseman Matt Niskanen Gets Hit in the Face By a Shot, Returns to Game Action

Photo: Philadelphia Flyers For five seasons, defenseman Matt Niskanen patrolled the Washington Capitals’ blueline, and was a key component of the Caps’ 2018 Stanley Cup victory. Signed as a free agent in the summer of 2014, Niskanen was dealt to … Continue reading

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The Washington Capitals and Defensive Woes: Is This Becoming a New Problem For the Club?

Is the Capitals blueline still a strength of the club? Continue reading

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MacLellan’s Biggest Balancing Act: Finding The Right Mix Of “Speed” and “Heavy”

Photo by Derek Cain/NHLI via Getty Images It wasn’t too long ago, maybe three or four seasons back, when a majority of pro hockey’s team architects were fixated on implementing and upgrading one primary team characteristic: speed. ”We need to get … Continue reading

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A Look Around the Metropolitan Division: Which Teams Will Rise and Fall in 2019-20?

How will the Metropolitan Division shake out in 2019-20? Continue reading

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Five Things That Must Turn Around for the Washington Capitals in 2019-20

How can the Washington Capitals make another deep run at the Stanley Cup in 2020? Continue reading

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NHL Draft and Free Agency Frenzy: How Does the Metropolitan Division Look Now?

After the start of the NHL Free Agency Period, how do the Metropolitan Division teams look? Continue reading

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Thank You Nisky!: A Tribute to Matt Niskanen

In today’s world of sports, trades are a common occurrence for teams strapped by financial constraints, and this morning brought this reality front and center when defenseman Matt Niskanen was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for fellow blueliner … Continue reading

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Capitals Acquire Radko Gudas From Flyers In Exchange For Matt Niskanen

Photo: USA Today The Washington Capitals announced on Friday morning that the team acquired defenseman Radko Gudas from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Matt Niskanen. The Flyers will retain 30% of Gudas’ cap hit. The trade clears $3.395 … Continue reading

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Capitals’ Trade Bait and Acquisitions

Photo: Yahoo! Sports Late last week, TSN released a list of their top 25 “trade bait” players for this off-season (here). It is interesting to note that no players from the Washington Capitals appeared on this list but it is … Continue reading

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Examining A Mock Trade That Could Help The Capitals Clear Cap Space And Add Defensive Depth

Photo: LA Kings Insider The Washington Capitals need more cap space in order to re-sign their restricted free agents, most notably forward Jakub Vrana, and get more active on the unrestricted free agent market than they have as of recent years. … Continue reading

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