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The Hockey Writers May 28, 2017

Should the Capitals Keep Karl Alzner?

The Washington Capitals will have to reevaluate their blue-line situation this offseason, especially because many of their defensemen are pending free agents. They will also have to decide on the future of one of their longest-tenured defenders: Karl Alzner. Playing in the Capitals’ organization since 2008, Alzner has developed from an up-and-coming AHLer to a […]
Japers' Rink May 26, 2017
2016-17 Rink Wrap: John Carlson

2016-17 Rink Wrap: John Carlson

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2016-17 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2017-18. Next up, John Carlson. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version; data via NHL.com, Corsica.hockey and Cap Friendly): Carlson's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Carlson and His Defense Partners (chart by @muneebalamcu): Carlson's 5v5 Teammates and Competition (via HockeyViz, explained here): ...
Japers' Rink May 25, 2017
2016-17 Rink Wrap: Andre Burakovsky

2016-17 Rink Wrap: Andre Burakovsky

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2016-17 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2017-18. Next up, Andre Burakovsky. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version; data via NHL.com, Corsica.hockey and Cap Friendly): Burakovsky's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Burakovsky and His Linemates (chart by @muneebalamcu): Burakovsky's 5v5 Teammates and Competition (via HockeyViz, explained here): ...
Japers' Rink May 25, 2017
Thursday Caps Clips

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Stingrays are moving on, offseason questions and more. Your savory breakfast links: Looking back on Jay Beagle's 2016-17 season. [Rink, StarsandSticks, RMNB] Many congrats to the Stingrays, who are headed to their second Kelly Cup Final in three years after their 4-3 victory in last night's Game 7. [Caps Outsider, Post and Courier, RMNB, CSNMA, ECHL] No time to stop and celebrate, though... the quest for the Kelly Cup begins tomorrow against Colorado. [ECHL] Would Jordan Eberle be a good fit with the Caps? [StarsandSticks] Would Karl Alzner be...
Japers' Rink May 24, 2017
2016-17 Rink Wrap: Jay Beagle

2016-17 Rink Wrap: Jay Beagle

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2016-17 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2017-18. Next up, Jay Beagle. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version; data via NHL.com, Corsica.hockey and Cap Friendly): Beagle's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Beagle and His Linemates (chart by @muneebalamcu): Beagle's 5v5 Teammates and Competition (via HockeyViz, explained here): Beagle's 5v5...
Artic Ice Hockey May 24, 2017
Would Karl Alzner be a fit on the Winnipeg Jets blueline?

Would Karl Alzner be a fit on the Winnipeg Jets blueline?

Would the veteran Caps defenceman be a good free agent to sign? Karl Alzner is a well known defenceman and pending free agent for the Washington Capitals. Should the Winnipeg Jets look into signing him to help stabilize their defence? Alzner has been with the Capitals for eight seasons and the Caps have found success in many of those seasons. Is Alzner a reason for that success or has he been more of a hindrance to the team? While he is not an offensive player, Alzner has never scored more than five goals and 21 points in a season and the Caps teams he has played on have featured some high...
Japers' Rink May 23, 2017
2016-17 Rink Wrap: Nicklas Backstrom

2016-17 Rink Wrap: Nicklas Backstrom

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2016-17 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2017-18. Next up, Nicklas Backstrom. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version; data via NHL.com, Corsica.hockey and Cap Friendly): Backstrom's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Backstrom and His Linemates (chart by @muneebalamcu): Backstrom's 5v5 Teammates and Competition (via HockeyViz, explained here): ...
Japers' Rink May 23, 2017
Tuesday Caps Clips

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Tre Kronor receives its crowns, Rink Wraps get underway, the Stingrays are headed to Game 7 and more. Your savory breakfast links: Nicklas Backstrom and Tre Kronor received a royal welcome upon their triumphant return to Sweden, with gold helmets for everyone and huge happy crowds cheering. And also hot tubs. [RMNB, NoVa Caps] It’s time to start Wrapping the Rink. First up, Karl Alzner. [Rink] Jay Beagle gets a look-see by the cousins. [Peerless] John Carlson - ya gotta step it up, man. [NoVa Caps] Things are looking up for Christian Djoos....
Japers' Rink May 22, 2017
2016-17 Rink Wrap: Karl Alzner

2016-17 Rink Wrap: Karl Alzner

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2016-17 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2017-18. First up, Karl Alzner. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version; data via NHL.com, Corsica.hockey and Cap Friendly): Alzner's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Alzner and His Defense Partners (chart by @muneebalamcu): Alzner's 5v5 Teammates and Competition (via HockeyViz, explained here): ...
CSN Washington May 18, 2017

Free agent Karl Alzner set to get 'first taste' of the NHL's business side

Some players look at free agency as an exciting opportunity. Others view it as a nerve-racking proposition fraught with uncertainty.Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner definitely considers
Japers' Rink May 17, 2017
Wednesday Caps Clips

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Uncertain futures abound, rating the city’s sadness and more. Your savory breakfast links: Amazingly enough, the future is uncertain for back-to-back Presidents' Trophy-winning coach Barry Trotz (and loads of other Caps thoughts). [Sportsnet (30 Thoughts)] The future is also uncertain for Karl Alzner, who is likely on his way to free agency. [RMNB] The future is, wait for it... uncertain for Philipp Grubauer as his former GM George McPhee prepares to stock the new Las Vegas team. [CSNMA] If they do pick him up, they’ll be getting a good one....
Japers' Rink May 12, 2017
The Noon Number: Not-So-Free Agents

The Noon Number: Not-So-Free Agents

A look at a looming summer of choices and negotiations 10 - Number of Caps who dressed in Game 7 who will be free agents this summer (also the number of Caps who dressed in Game 7 who won’t be, of course). Here are the ten free agents: Restricted Free Agents: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, Dmitry Orlov, Nate Schmidt, Philipp Grubauer Unrestricted Free Agents: T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams, Daniel Winnik, Karl Alzner, Kevin Shattenkirk Add Brett Connolly to that first list, and General Manager Brian MacLellan will certainly have a busy offseason ahead of him. For more on the Caps’...

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