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lowering expectations for your 2013 washington capitals

(photo by Brian Murphy) I’ve got to admit, I didn’t think this season was actually going to happen for the Washington Capitals. During much of the lockout it simply appeared there were too many egos and ulterior motives in place to allow hockey’s owners and players to come to any sort of agreement in time to salvage the season. Owners seemed unwilling to budge on their demands while many of the players were getting their hockey fix elsewhere, so at […]

bruce boudreau on robert griffin III and alex ovechkin

(photo by Brian Murphy) Even before the Washington Redskins put together this current three-game winning streak, their games have become something of a trendy destination for celebrities big and small. On a weekly basis it seems, people ranging from ‘Skins fans like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Wale to casual observers like Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty and Paul Teutul, Jr. from Orange County Choppers randomly appear either on the sidelines or in a luxury box. That, of course, has to do with […]

getting to know max iafrate

(photo by Brian Murphy) Anyone who has known me for any length of time knows when it comes to the Washington Capitals, my favorite player of all time is defenseman Al Iafrate. Everything about the guy — from his blistering slapshot to his gloriously balding mullet  — made him almost too good to be true. While he played less than four full seasons in Washington, Iafrate remains a fan favorite with the locals all these years later because of just […]

mike ribeiro already feels at home with caps

(photo by Brian Murphy) For the second year in a row, the Washington Capitals made their biggest splash of the offseason by trading away a draft pick for a veteran player. Last season, the Caps sent their first-round pick to Chicago for forward Troy Brouwer, who picked up 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points in his first season in Washington. This time around, Washington finally landed a true second-line center that the team has lacked — acquiring 32-year-old […]

caps ignore health concerns, re-sign green

(photo by Clyde Caplan) The Washington Capitals inked defenseman Mike Green to a three-year, $18.25 million contract extension, the team announced Monday afternoon. The signing comes just 24 hours after Green declined the team’s qualifying offer of a one-year contract worth a reported $5 million, and signifies a commitment to an oft-injured player who was once hailed as a building block for the rebuilding franchise. “We are pleased to re-sign Mike Green to a new contract,” said McPhee. “Mike is […]

photos from caps development camp

(photo by Brian Murphy) The Washington Capitals hosted more than 40 rookies and undrafted free agents during the 2012 Prospect Development Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex from July 9-14. The week-long event, which was free and open to the public, gave the team’s coaches and front office a first-hand look at players hoping to one day fulfill their dream of playing in the NHL. In addition to seeing highly-touted players such as first round draft picks Filip Forsberg and Tom […]

back to the future II: caps hire adam oates

(courtesy photo) The Washington Capitals have hired Adam Oates as the new coach, and honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about the move. Oates becomes the 16th coach in franchise history after taking over for Dale Hunter, who couldn’t leave town fast enough once the season ended, and I’m having trouble deciding if he is the right man for the job. General manager George McPhee definitely believes so — or, more accurately, better believe Oates is exactly who this […]