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Becca H / Japers' Rink 23 hours ago

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A prospect may be hitting the open market, fantasy updates, and welcome back, Tarik! Your savory breakfast links: Welcome back to former Caps' beat writer Tarik El-Bashir, who returns from four years in football world to our happy hockey family! [CSNMA, RMNB] Ranking the top goalies in the Eastern Conference for your fantasy hockey purposes. [Dobber Hockey] And while you're building that fantasy hockey roster, don't overlook the powerful power plays (and one in particular). [NHL.com] The complete history and anatomy of Alex Ovechkin. [THW] Caps...
Japers' Rink Jul 26, 2016

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Discussing deeper forward depth, dumbfounded on draft day, and a former Bear will be racking up the frequent flyer miles. Your savory breakfast links: Slow summer weeks can be slow, as evidenced by this recap of the relative lack of Caps’ front office activity in the days spanning July 25-31. [Rink] Say, the Caps’ forward lines look like decent depth got deeper this offseason. That’s good, right? [RMNB] Zach Sanford left college a couple years early to sign with the Caps; what was the rush all about? [CSNMA] “The draft was on TV upstairs...
Japers' Rink Jul 25, 2016

This Week in Capitals History: July 25-31

We wrap up the month with a week that, frankly, isn't the most active of weeks of summer history for the Caps franchise. As we become firmly ensconced in the dog days of summer, here's a look at some things that have happened this week in franchise history. In looking at weeks in the summer season of Washington Capitals history to date, we have seen that despite the time of year, when the Cup has been won, and we are many weeks from training camp for the next season, there is the low hum of front office activity. Not so for the week of July 25-31 in Caps history. This looks like the week...
Japers' Rink Jul 25, 2016

Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Nate Schmidt and Travis Boyd are hamming it up in Minnesota, TJ Oshie golfs for a good cause, reviewing some summer moves and more. Your savory breakfast thin gruel: The Caps signed Joe Cannata to be Vitek Vanecek’s backup in Hershey and the NHL team’s number-three goalie if a callup is necessary. Here’s a bit more about him. [CSNMA] We had to bid adieu and farewell to Jason Chimera and Michael Latta this offseason. Did the team make the right choice? Or did the team even have a choice? [CSNMA] TJ Oshie spent the weekend golfing at the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 24, 2016

Sunday Open Thread

It's Sunday, also known as stay-inside-with-the-air-conditioner-cranked-all-the-way-up day. Happy Sunday, friends! Stay cool with some nice memories courtesy or the Caps: Top 5 Moments of 2015-16Moment #1: @ovi8 scores his 500th NHL goal. #Ovi500https://t.co/C2cjqAFaxw — Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 23, 2016
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 23, 2016

Saturday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: GMGM may be getting the gang back together in Vegas, looking ahead to next season and more. Your savory breakfast links: Examining the pros and cons of a low-to-high system with special guest Ryan Stimson on this week's episode of Japers' Rink Radio. [Rink] Now that he's officially in as the new Vegas GM, former Caps' boss George McPhee is looking to bring assistant GM Ross Mahoney with him to Sin City. [CSNMA] Marcus Johansson's got a new three-year deal with the team... but does that mean he could be Vegas-bound, too? [CSNMA] With Johansson back...
Japers' Rink Jul 22, 2016

JRR Episode 17: Low-To-High and Offensive Efficency

Adam Stringham is joined by Ryan Stimson to discuss his article for Hockey Graphs and how it pertains to the Capitals If you've been reading the Rink over the last couple of years, or even just this week,  you know that the Capitals utilize a low-to-high system to create their offense. Ryan Stimson recently wrote an article for Hockey Graphs, Tactalytics: Using Data to Inform Tactical Offensive Zone Decisions, that breaks down the merits of a couple of different in-zone systems. On Thursday night Ryan joined Adam Stringham to discuss how low-to-high works and whether it's an efficient...
Japers' Rink Jul 22, 2016

Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: One down, one to go plus Bryan Helmer takes the helm in Hershey and more. Your savory breakfast links: With Marcus Johansson re-signed, the Caps have one item left on their to-do list - a new contract for Dmitry Orlov... [CSNMA (and again), NoVa Caps] ... while Mike Vogel and John Walton analyze the signings of both Johansson and Zach Sanford. [Monumental (video)] Hershey made it official - former Bears captain and current assistant coach Bryan Helmer has been named Vice President of Hockey Operations and will assume many of the duties of the...
Japers' Rink Jul 21, 2016

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Marcus Johansson signs his new deal, Ryan Johansen talks draft day tears, the Caps get Presidential and more. Your savory breakfast links: Marcus Johansson and the Caps reached a deal and avoided arbitration with 3 minutes to go as they agreed on a 3-year, $13.75m contract. [Rink, Caps Today, WaPo, CSNMA, RMNB, PHT] Johansson is happy with his deal and happy to be back with the Caps. [NHL.com, Monumental (audio)] The parties met in the middle. [Puck Daddy, Aftonbladet, THN] Alan May approves... [CSNMA (video)] ... though others may not. [NoVa...
Japers' Rink Jul 20, 2016

Capitals, Johansson Avoid Arbitration, Agree to Three-Year Deal

The "eleventh-hour" deal gets the versatile winger under contract for another three years According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet (since confirmed by the team), the Capitals and Marcus Johansson have agreed to a three-year deal worth just over $4.583 million per year. Marcus Johansson and the #caps settled before arbitration, per sources. He gets a three-year, $13.75M deal -- $4.583M AAV. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 20, 2016 It's an $830,000 raise from his arbitrated salary of $3.75 million a year ago. Johansson and the team were set for an arbitration hearing in Toronto...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 20, 2016

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Arbitration day arrives, there's hope in DC yet, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Taking a closer look at how the Caps generate shots from the point and capitalize on rebounds... or not so much. [Rink] Arbitration hearings get underway today, and the Caps and Marcus Johansson remain about $1.4 million apart. [NHL.com] They won't be the only ones awaiting the outcome; restricted free agent Dmitry Orlov will have to see how much money the cap-strapped team has left for his new deal. [NoVa Caps] Congrats to former player and Bears' assistant...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jul 19, 2016

The Caps, Point Shots, Rebounds and Other Ideas

A quick look at quantifying the impact of offensive schemes and why it matters to the Caps Last week, Ryan Stimson dropped a post over at Hockey-Graphs entitled "Tactalytics: Using Data to Inform Tactical Offensive Zone Decisions," which essentially quantifies aspects of a couple of pretty standard offensive schemes and compares the two. The post is thought-provoking for any number of reasons, including a couple that are of particular interest to us. First off, one of the approaches Stimson (who you'll remember him from the terrific guest post he did in this space using the data he...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 19, 2016

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The numbers are out for Johansson's arbitration hearing, Ovechkin and playoff success, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Marcus Johansson's arbitration hearing scheduled to take place tomorrow, and both camps have released their price tag. [Rink, WaPo, CSNMA, Expressen, THW, NoVa Caps, RMNB, Caps1974] Interestingly enough, Johansson has new representation, having recently jumped ship to CAA. [Sports Agent Blog] This week in Caps' history. [Rink] Is it fair to place blame for the team's lack of playoff success on the shoulders of its...
Japers' Rink Jul 18, 2016

This Week in Capitals History: July 18-24

We take another look at a week in Capitals history, and the items run from a Hall-of-Famer to a real gamer. As we inch towards the dog days of summer, here's a look at some things that have happened this week in franchise history. The week of July 18-24, at least insofar as the history of the Washington Capitals is concerned, does seem to suggest the lazy days of summer and inactivity on the hockey front are upon us… but not entirely. If history is a guide, you might see a deal or two. You might even see one that looks significant (although you probably shouldn’t bet money on it). July...
Japers' Rink Jul 18, 2016

Report: Marcus Johansson Asking for $5.25 million in Arbitration

According to Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman, the Capitals have offered forward Marcus Johansson $3.85 million in arbitration, and the 25-year-old Johansson has requested a salary of $5.25 million. Last season when Johansson played on an arbitrated one-year, $3.75 million deal after he asked for $4.75 million. If needed, Johansson and the team will see a judge in Toronto on Wednesday for a hearing in which the arbitrator will hear both sides' argument and make a ruling. From there, if the Caps reject the arbitrator's decision, Johansson would immediately become an unrestricted...
Japers' Rink Jul 18, 2016

Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Crystal ballin’ the Team of Tomorrow, current and future Caps are hockeying it up in Minnesota and more. Your savory breakfast links: Summer league hockey is in full swing in Minnesota, with plenty of current and future Caps participating in the 6-team 4-on-4 “Da Beauty League” tournament. [Star-Tribune] Nate Schmidt is in full effect, having scored this beauty goal. [RMNB] Team Sportsdigita [Player Stats] features Taylor Chorney (wearing the C), Aaron Ness, and newcomer Adam Carlson in goal. All the games are being played in Braemar Arena,...
Japers' Rink Jul 17, 2016

Sunday Open Thread

Winter is coming, or so we’re told. In the meantime, make the most of your summer! Like these fine folk: A 1987 photo I found... with a Caps fan! pic.twitter.com/ksw3Mt7gaU— Capitals Outsider (@CapsOutsider) July 17, 2016 Radio guy night in Minnesota, great to see @UtilityVoice at Target Field tonight. Go Twins! pic.twitter.com/Ro3QvTXr2K— John Walton (@WaltonCaps) July 17, 2016
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 16, 2016

Saturday Caps Clips

A few bits of Caps news to kick off the weekend Your brief, but still savory, breakfast links: Catch up on the latest episode of Japers' Rink Radio to discuss prospects, George McPhee's new gig and more. [Rink] Marcus Johansson and Dmitry Orlov both remain without deals as their qualifying offers expire, and the former seems headed for a second-straight arbitration hearing. [WaPo, CSNMA, THW, The Score] Where do the Caps' young'uns fall on this list of the League's top prospects? [THW] Finally, happy 50th birthday to Mikhail Tatarinov, and happy 25th to this delightful fellow: ...
Japers' Rink Jul 15, 2016

Japers' Rink Radio Episode 16: McPhee, Prospects and Rule Changes

The Washington Capitals have wrapped up development camp and are looking towards the future. ESPN's Corey Pronman gave the Capitals the worst draft grade of any NHL team - is his assessment a fair one? Is George McPhee a good choice as GM of the new Las Vegas expansion team? The AHL has all but eliminated enforcers with their creation of their new fighting rules - should we see similar punishments in the NHL? Japers' Rink writer Tommy Chalk (who penned this great piece on Caps prospect Shane Gersich) joins Stephen Pepper and Adam Stringham to discuss these topics and more in this...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 15, 2016

Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Checking in on some prospects, the value of sticking to the script and more. Your savory breakfast links: 2014 draft pick Shane Gersich talks about his development and how his experience at North Dakota is preparing him for his future in hockey. [Rink] Mike Vogel catches up with recent draftee Beck Malenstyn. [Monumental video] There may be some differing opinions as to whether the Caps "sticking to the script" is a good thing or not. [Crash the Net, NoVa Caps] Ranking the best athletes in the magical world of DC sports... [isportsweb] ...and...

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