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Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A glut of goalies (and goalie coaches) in the District, developing a "team-first" program and more. Your savory breakfast links: Predicting the "Trotz Effect" on the Caps' top stars, predicting who could skate alongside them, predicting the Winter Classic venue... all that and more in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. [Rink] The Caps have been busy shoring up the crease this summer, adding a couple of goalies in the last month and bringing in veteran coach Mitch Korn. [Dump 'n Chase] Meanwhile bench boss Barry Trotz and his assistants are putting...
J.p. / Japers' Rink 21 hours ago
Japers' Rink Mailbag: Projecting Ovechkin and Backstrom, Beagle's Role and More

Japers' Rink Mailbag: Projecting Ovechkin and Backstrom, Beagle's Role and More

Going on record with point totals for the big guns, discussing the fourth-line center, salaries, Ovechkin's Selke-worthiness (?!) and more in this week's edition of "you ask, we answer." Some good old fashioned prognosticatin' to kick off the 'Bag: @JapersRink How much will the change to Trotz affect Goals, Assists, and Points from Ovechkin and Backstrom this year? #JapersMailbag — Tyler Anderson (@TyAnderson9) July 15, 2014 I'll turn it over to our resident statisticians, Muneeb and Adam, for their takes on this one... Muneeb: Production is one part system, one part opportunity, one...
Japers' Rink Jul 24, 2014
Thursday Caps Clips

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: There just might be a light at the end of the tunnel, Grubi's got a new lid, Backstrom has some new hardware and more. Your savory breakfast links: The team's 2014-2015 season will be considered successful if _______________. [Rink] The Caps' possession numbers may be trending in the right direction at long last. Here's hoping... [RMNB] ... unless the team would benefit more from just blowing the whole thing up and starting over. [Fansided] Russian players, they're just like us! sez Barry Trotz (who apparently is no Rex Ryan). [CSNW] The Caps' new...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jul 23, 2014
Caps Questions: What Would Make for a Successful 2014-15?

Caps Questions: What Would Make for a Successful 2014-15?

With changes bringing new hope in the wake of disappointment, what might a good next season look like? For the first time since 2007, the Washington Capitals will enter a season having missed the playoffs the year before. This last miss punctuated what Caps fans hope was rock bottom on the franchise's most-recent downward trajectory, and with a new coach, new general manager and rebuilt blueline, expectations have been recalibrated upward. But what are realistic expectations for a team that struggled in most facets of the game that didn't involve a manpower advantage, and has now turned the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 23, 2014

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: the national TV schedule is released, the myth of Orlov-Green struggles is debunked, plenty of celeb gossip and more. Your savory breakfast links: You could say that Mike Green and Dmitry Orlov struggled when on the ice together last year. You'd be wrong, of course, but no one will stop you from saying it. [Rink] NBC Sports Group has released their national broadcast schedule for the year, and it looks like we've got (at least) a dozen Mike Milbury rants about Alex Ovechkin coming our way in 2014-15. [NHL.com, CSNW] Speaking of schedules, be...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jul 22, 2014
Mike Green, Dmitry Orlov and

Mike Green, Dmitry Orlov and "Struggles"

Or "how to keep your mind from tricking you into believing a myth over reality" Amid the seemingly endless talk regarding the possibility that the Caps might trade Mike Green this summer - talk that has somehow morphed from "gee, the Caps sure do have a lot of NHL-caliber defensemen who get paid commensurately" and "Green would be a fit in Detroit" to an Internet fait accompli (which is to say, nothing), despite no real reason to think the Caps (or the Wings) have interest in such a move - one throwaway line in one column has stuck with me a bit, and it's not even really about a potential...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jul 22, 2014
Tuesday Caps Clips

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Thoughts on the blueline (you can probably guess on whom they center), less newsworthy stuff and more. Your savory breakfast links: Lots of thoughts, and a bunch of 'em are about the Caps, their captain, their blueline and accountability. [CBC] Lane Lambert brings experience and rounds out a coaching staff with plenty of it (for a dramatic change). [Dump 'N Chase] If the Caps were to entertain the notion of moving Mike Green, what might they reasonably expect in return? (Spoiler alert: less than he's actually worth on the ice.) [Rink] How will...
Japers' Rink Jul 21, 2014
Washington Capitals: The Price of a Top-Four Defenseman

Washington Capitals: The Price of a Top-Four Defenseman

While trade rumors around Mike Green continue to swirl, a look at history tells us that trading someone like him may not yield as much as some people might hope. In these dog days of summer, when we are tired of thinking about where the Washington Capitals will host the Winter Classic next January, and the buffet of unrestricted free agents is pretty much picked over, thoughts turn to the wild and the wacky. To wit, Caps defenseman Mike Green is in the crosshairs of trade speculation - most of it coming from Detroit, the Land of the Left-Handed Defenseman. While the Red Wings certainly...
Japers' Rink Jul 21, 2014
Monday Caps Clips

Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Typical late-July fare kicks off the week. Your savory breakfast links: The weekend in "Trading Mike Green." [The Sports Column, and look for some Rink analysis later today.] The weekend in Brooks Orpixels - his contract and others like it are going to bring about the End Times, probably.  Also he was a minus-3 last season. [THW] In which Slava Malamud provides his analysis of the Caps' offseason moves and thoughts on whether Alex Ovechkin will be playing hockey in Ostrava this upcoming May. [Sport Express (link in Russian)] Saturday's INOVA...
Japers' Rink Jul 20, 2014

Sunday Open Thread

It's Sum-Sum-Summertime. Happy 34th birthday to Dean Arsene, and happy 64th birthday to Terry Murray.
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 19, 2014

Saturday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A few leftovers from last week's Development Camp, debunking the myth of Orlov and more. Your savory breakfast links: Nice look at why popular opinion, which seems to have cast Dmitry Orlov as an offensive defenseman, may not be quite right. Damn mob mentality. [RMNB] The Caps are probably done spending on free agents (at least for now), but if they're not, there are some players still available - albeit players with a bit of risk attached. [CBS Sports] Detroit fans and media have been pondering the idea of Mike Green in a Red Wings' jersey for the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 18, 2014
Thursday Caps Clips

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A few more notes on prospects and the new Caps, today's installment of "what to do with Mike Green" and more. Your savory breakfast links: Analyzing the new blueliners, prospect development, Tom Wilson's fighting ways and much more in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. Keep those questions coming - you ask, we answer! [Rink] The verdict is still out on those new defensemen for fans and media, but Karl Alzner is pretty pumped about his newest teammates. [WaPo, CSNW] It has indeed been a very busy offseason for the Caps - and a very expensive one so...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jul 17, 2014

Japers' Rink Mailbag: New D's, Prospect Development, Wilson's Fists and More

We're still talking Niskanen, Orpik and Niskanen/Orpik, as well as prospect development, Tom Wilson's truculence and more in this week's edition of "you ask, we answer." Another big 'Bag, so let's get to it: What can the Caps reasonably expect from Niskanen in the upcoming season. Though his PDO was high last season making it likely that he will regress offensively, it appears that he has been a decent possession player for several seasons now. #Japersmailbag - capsyoungguns Anyone who's going to want to judge Matt Niskanen on point production is almost certainly setting themselves up for...
Japers' Rink Jul 17, 2014
Thursday Caps Clips

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Working up to "The Capitals Way", Karl Alzner checks in, Ovi is getting new wheels, Joel Ward talks metric football and more. Your savory breakfast links: The Caps coaching staff is developing their vision of "The Capitals Way" and working up models of what they might need from the players' leadership group. Much of this, naturally, will fall into place when they actually meet their team. [WaPo] Related: This month is prob'ly not the best time to ask Barry Trotz about his line combinations and d-pairs and such. "I always call it 'fantasy hockey'...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 16, 2014

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A couple of 2014 draft picks have new contracts, scoping out the Metro division and more. Your savory breakfast links: There have been a lot of things said about the cost and term for the Caps' new blueliners - but how about a bit of context for those contracts? [Rink] Hear what the Post crew has to say about the Caps' free-agent signings of the past few weeks. [WaPo (video)] Having all of the prospects in one place paid off, as the Caps signed 2014 first-round pick Jakub Vrana to his entry-level contract... [WaPo, CSNW] ...and made it official...
Japers' Rink Jul 15, 2014

Washington Capitals: Looking at Signings in Context and the Role of Cap Shares

The signings of defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik have generated a lot of discussion, most of it with respect to the Orpik signing, almost all of it unflattering. However, there is a larger context. If there is one thing common to the early stages of the unrestricted free agent signing period, it is the notion of sticker shock. There is always that player or two (or six) who signs for a sum and term that have fans and media scratching their heads, "he signed for what?!" In the salary cap era, dollars might not be the accounting measure that merits attention. Rather, it makes sense...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jul 15, 2014

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington News and notes: The blueline is deep... for now, more-pik on Orpik, Development Camp leftovers and more. Your savory breakfast links: Andre Burakovsky turned heads at Development Camp last week, which has been par for the course over the past year. [Rink, with more from Burakovsky in this interview with Monumental's Mike Vogel (video)] Move over, Wings, here come the Caps. [THN] Another day, another "How about that Brooks Orpik deal?" [NBC4] Another day, another (couple of) "What to do with Mike Green?" [DSP, Stars and Sticks] Speaking of Orpik and Green, they make up...
Japers' Rink Jul 14, 2014

Andre Burakovsky, Point Production and Quality of Competition

Andre Burakovsky had a fantastic first season in North America, but is he ready to take the next step in his professional development? Without question, the most eye-catching player at the Caps' recently concluded Development was 2013 first-round pick Andre Burakovsky, who put together a fantastic first season in North America since being selected 23rd overall by Washington barely 12 months ago. That's not surprising, of course, given his pedigree and the numbers he put up with the OHL's Erie Otters last season (an impressive 87 points (41G-46A) over 57 regular season games). In fact,...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 14, 2014

Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps lock up a few more players, looking ahead to the season in Hershey, and more. Your savory breakfast links: The Caps have signed defenseman Nate Schmidt to a one-year, two-way deal; that leaves them with just one unsigned RFA, Cameron Schilling. [Caps, WaPo, Patriot-News, Stars and Sticks] In other signing news, it looks like they've also inked goaltender and 2014 draft pick Vitek Vanacek to an entry-level contract. [PHT, RMNB] New Caps' defenseman Matt Niskanen worked with new Caps' assistant coach Todd Reirden for two years in...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 13, 2014

Sunday Caps Clips: That's a Wrap

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Development camp comes to an end, the newest Cap pays a visit to Kettler and more. Your savory breakfast links: Development camp has officially come to an end...and so has hockey until the fall: Final thoughts from coaches and campers. [Monumental video (Trotz, Burakovsky, Barber, Vrana, Walker)] Wrapping it all up. [Dump 'n Chase, WaPo, CSNW, RMNB (photos)] The final day of camp was marked by one last scrimmage that saw Team White topple Team Red by a score of 7-4. [Monumental video (Highlights, ceremonial puck drop, first...

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