Washington Capitals News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
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Elliotte Friedman: It wouldn't be a surprise if the Washington Capitals used some of the salary cap space they gained in the Matt Niskanen-Radko Gudas trade to re-sign Carl Hagelin.
Brian McNally: The Capitals needed some extra salary cap space to sign RFA Jakub Vrana, as well as to possibly re-sign Carl Hagelin or Brett Connolly. Would guess that they'll go with Hagelin.
Pierre LeBrun: The Capitals are hoping to re-sign Hagelin so need to clear some space.
Capitals Outsider: Caps Anthem Singer Caleb Green to Be on America's Got Talent
Longtime Caps anthem singer Caleb Green will be on America's Got Talent, according to Military.com, as the June 18th episode is slated to show auditions by veteran and active-duty service members group "Voices of Service."
According to Military.com:
The quartet performs its own arrangement of Katy Perry's 2016 hit single "Rise." Voices of Service is affiliated with the Virginia-based Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO), a group dedicated to creating music performance and career opportunities for military members and veterans.
Find out more about Voices of Service and their performances.
Fansided: Washington Capitals Report Card: Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby was in elite company again this year as a Vezina Trophy finalist. Unfortunately a lucky Justin Williams goal ended Holtby's in unfortunate matter.
Holtby started 59 games this year, and maintained a .911% save percentage with a goals against average of 2.82. Holtby was the true backbone of the team this year who carried another heavy load of games with Phoenix Copley in his first year of NHL development sitting behind him.
Holtby had an outstanding record of 32-19-5. His clutch play came in handy this year with a lot of new faces on the team, and with a lot of injuries throughout the season.
Fansided: Washington Capitals Trade Matt Niskanen to Philadelphia Flyers for Radko Gudas
The Washington Capitals and General Manager Brian MacLellan announced on Friday morning that they traded established defenseman Matt Niskanen for Radko Gudas of the Philadelphia Flyers. Niskanen has been a longtime defenseman on the Capitals roster and spent five seasons with the team and helped fix up a defense that was struggling.
For the most part, Niskanen carried a blue collar mentality on the ice and always gave an honest assessment in the postgame interviews. He wasn't a scorer but was doing all the right things, winning puck battles, the board battles, and was lethal on the penalty kill.
Japers' Rink: The Gudas and the Bad-as: Breaking Down the Radko Gudas Trade
When Caps GM Brian MacLellan identifies a need or a weakness, he's not one for half measures. We've seen this on multiple occasions, whether it was deciding the Caps needed defensive help in 2014, offensive talent in 2015, or, um, cap space (?) in 2017.
Already in the 2019 offseason, we've seen MacLellan make his first big move in shipping former Stanley Cup Champion Matt Niskanen to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for...Radko Gudas. And while Radko Gudas sounds like the name of a supervillain from Total Recall, there are some legitimate upsides to this trade.
Capitals Outsider: Farewell, Matt Niskanen!
The Caps traded Matt Niskanen to the Flyers for Radko Gudas, as part of an effort to free up salary.
Niskanen came to the Caps from the Penguins with Brooks Orpik to bolster their defense. It won them a Stanley Cup. He'll forever be linked to that.
Thanks for everything Matt Niskanen, and best of luck.
Japers' Rink: Capitals Acquire Radko Gudas
The Capitals have sent defenseman Matt Niskanen to Philadelphia in exchange for blueliner Radko Gudas. The move helped the Caps shed the remaining two years of Niskanen's $5.75M contract, replacing it with one year of Gudas for $3.35M (with the Flyers retaining 30% of his salary this season).
For the Caps, the main feature of this trade is the clearing of salary cap space for each of the next two seasons. That's important for Washington as it endeavors to sign restricted free agents Jakub Vrana and Andre Burakovsky to new deals while also trying to retain unrestricted free agent wingers Brett Connolly, Carl Hagelin, Dmitrij Jaskin and/or Devante Smith-Pelly this summer.
Japers' Rink: Thursday Caps Clips: A New Champ is Crowned
Your savory breakfast links:Congratulations to the St. Louis Blues and our pals over at St. Louis Game time on winning the 2019 Cup! Take care of Stanley, kids... we'll be back for him soon.
We wrap up the Rink Wraps with a roundtable examination of Brian MacLellan's 2018-19 season. [ Rink ]
Postseason officiating, the changing face of champs, an Ovechkin statue... all topics of conversation in another Caps' mailbag. [ NBCSW ]
The Caps have been pretty decent at drafting over the years, but everyone gets a mulligan and 2011 was probably that for Washington.
My NHL Trade Rumors: Into The 2019 NHL Unrestricted Free Agent Class: Micheal Ferland
Unrestricted free agency begins on July 1st. The 2019 class possesses some intrigue. Also, some players stand to make more money and some may take a little less than expected. That is the nature of the business. One of the players who looked promising but dropped was Micheal Ferland.<strong>Micheal Ferland started red hot...</strong>
Ferland opened the season making a statement that his 20-20 year with the Calgary Flames was no fluke. He scored seven goals in October and racked up 11 points overall. Playing on the top line allowed him to display his unique set of skills.
ESPN.com: Toronto was in trouble, and now it's one win away from a title
The Toronto Raptors got so close to the championship on Monday, only for the Golden State Warriors to stave off elimination in a whirlwind final three minutes. A loss like that would rock most teams. Game 6 of the NBA Finals -- the Warriors' last game at Oakland's Oracle Arena -- on Thursday will test Toronto's resolve.
Toronto kept an even temperament through an unusual regular season and sometimes dramatic playoffs. That should serve it well now.
As the Raptors -- up 3-2 in the series -- prepare to chase the title in a hostile environment, the specter of a possible Game 7 looming, they can look back at the steadiness with which they handled what most within the team consider the closest thing to a pivotal moment in this postseason run.
Japers' Rink: 2018-19 Rink Wrap: Brian MacLellan
Now that we've wrapped up the players, it's time to turn our attention to the big man himself, the architect of the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Capitals(and the non-Cup winning 2018-19 Capitals)... GM Brian MacLellan.
Q1. Brian MacLellan will have some tough decisions to make this offseason. Who do you think is the biggest priority among the players set to become RFA or UFA on July 1?
J.P.: Nothing happens in a vacuum - not re-signing an RFA like Jakub Vrana or Andre Burakovsky, not re-signing a UFA like Brett Connolly or Carl Hagelin... and not extending a Washington Capitals Legend like Nick Backstrom or Braden Holtby, both of whom can re-up with the club on July 1, a year ahead of when their respective current contracts expire and they would become <gasp!
Capitals Outsider: Nick Jensen Blood Drive Bobblehead!
It only took Nick Jensen a few games to show us why trading for him was such an incredible move, and now it's only taken him a few months to get himself a bobblehead. After 20 regular season games and 7 playoff games, we have already caught a glimpse of the defensemen that will likely bolster our top four for the duration of his four-year deal (inked moments after the Caps acquired him). Now, before even entering that contract, we will get to add him to the collection.
This isn't uncommon with new players being quick to get immortalized as bobbleheads with Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen, TJ Oshie, etc.
Japers' Rink: 2018-19 Rink Wrap: Todd Reirden
The season in review for a head coach is tough to quantify - so as has become the tradition, we break down the 2018-19 campaign for rookie bench boss Todd Reirden in roundtable style. Feel free to weigh in on his debut in the comments.
Q1: As Reirden made the shift from assistant coach to head coach, what differences (if any) did you notice about the team's systems overall from when Barry Trotz was behind the bench?
J.P.: There really wasn't much. It was largely the same roster and they got strikingly similar outcomes... except when it mattered most.
Fansided: Washington Capitals Re-Sign Liam O'Brien
Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan made the announcement that they re-signed forward Liam O'Brien to a one-year, two-way deal worth $700,00.
This move just comes a few weeks after extending the contracts of Shane Gersich and Brian Pinho adding stock to the Hershey Bears lineup and perhaps the Capitals' future based on how the left winger performs in the preseason.
Liam O'Brien was a mainstay with the Hershey Bears for the last five seasons and earned his stripes as an alternate captain last season. He had a decent year with 15 goals and 13 assists in 74 games.