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Japers' Rink 12 hours ago

Thoughts on the Capitals' 2015 Draft

Since Draft Weekend wrapped up there has been no shortage of criticism heading the Caps' way. How much of it is legit, and how much of it isn't? The NHL Entry Draft wrapped up last Saturday evening, but the reactions to the draft are just getting started. Despite the fact that everyone recognizes the need to wait a few years before determining how well each team did (well, each team that didn't have a top-two pick in the draft), we fans all feel the need to weigh in on the picks our team made. From our comments to the Mailbag questions, it's on everyone's mind, so here's my take. The...
J.p. / Japers' Rink 19 hours ago

Tuesday Caps Clips: Beagle's Back

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps re-up a pending UFA, qualify some (but not all) of their RFAs, prep for the Free Agent Frenzy, and two former Caps get a call from the Hall. Your savory breakfast links: The Caps locked up Jay Beagle with a three-year, $5.25-million deal two days before he would've hit free agency. [Capitals, Rink, WaPo, WashTimes, CSNW, Ted's Take, RMNB, Stars and Sticks] Speaking of free agency, Mike Green is topping lists of the most desirable UFAs, with Joel Ward also getting some mentions. Good luck fellas - go bust a rival's cap and...
Japers' Rink Jun 29, 2015

Sergei Fedorov Is Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

Perhaps the greatest player of Russian descent ever to play in the NHL, Sergei Fedorov spent but a short time at the end of his Hall of Fame career in Washington, but it was memorable. The 1989 NHL entry draft was a banner year for players of Russian descent.; you could almost build a credible all-star team out of the 15 players selected. At right wing was Pavel Bure, who scored 437 goals in a 702-game NHL career cut short by injuries. On defense there was Vladimir Malakhov, who appeared in more than 700 NHL games for five teams and recorded almost 350 points. Vladimir Konstantinov could...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 29, 2015

Capitals Re-Sign Jay Beagle

Just days away from hitting the open market, Jay Beagle inks a deal to stick around in DC Per the team, the Caps have signed Jay Beagle to a three-year, $5.25 million extension that will keep the center in DC through the 2017-18 season. Beagle is coming off of a career year in which he posted ten goals and ten assists in 62 games. From this year's Rink Wrap: Beagle was a classic "little things" type of player for the Caps. He was third on the team in faceoffs, third among forwards in penalty killing time on ice per game, and had the third most defensive zone heavy deployment among...
Japers' Rink Jun 29, 2015

The Caps' Needs Heading Into The Offseason

A look at which roster spots Washington most needs to upgrade in the coming weeks. Brian MacLellan's second offseason is shaping up to be quite different from his first. The Capitals aren't coming off missing the playoffs — they were a goal away (on two different occasions) from advancing to their first conference final in over 15 years. This time around, the Capitals have around $20 million in cap room to re-sign three restricted free agents (Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Braden Holtby) and probably add at least a couple of forwards and a spare skater or two before the start of...
Japers' Rink Jun 29, 2015

Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The grades are in on the Caps' 2015 draft class, free agency looms, and Barry Trotz has some thoughts on good vs. great. Your savory breakfast links: If you missed our draft coverage this weekend, un-miss it here, here and here. Draft grades. Spoiler: Drafting a goalie in the first round makes hockey commentators grumpy. ESPN ($) (Corey Pronman) - C SI.com (Allan Muir) - C CBS Sports (Chris Peters) - C, and a first round Loser. Bleacher Report (Allan Mitchell) - B, and the prospect depth chart remains fairly deep. It was a defense-heavy...
Japers' Rink Jun 28, 2015

Sunday Caps Clips: The Draft Class of 2015

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Welcoming the draft class of 2015. Your savory Sunday brunch links: By the numbers: The Capitals selected four players including three defensemen (2 right-shooting, 1 left-shooting) and one goaltender.  By nationality, the Caps chose one Russian, one Swiss and two Western Canadians. Draft class overviews [Caps Today (Day 1, Day 2), WaPo, Tim Leone (Day 1, Day 2, Slideshow), WashTimes (Day 1, Day 2), RMNB (Day 1, Day 2)] All-Access Monumental (GM MacLellan, AGM Mahoney, Samsonov, Siegenthaler, Hobbs] Better know: Ilya...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 27, 2015

Washington Capitals Draft Colby Williams

With their final pick of the 2015 draft, the Caps select defenseman Colby Williams Rounding out the haul from the 2015 Draft, the Caps have selected another Regina defenseman, Colby Williams, with pick #173. Williams was named the defenseman and player of the year for the Pats after the 2014-15 season, setting career highs in goals, assists, points and plus-minus. A look at his career stats:
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 27, 2015

Washington Capitals Draft Connor Hobbs

With the 143rd pick in the 2015 Draft, the Caps select a defenseman from the WHL. The Caps have selected defenseman Connor Hobbs from the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL. Here's a look at his 2014-15 season from Hockey's Future: Hobbs played for the gold medal-winning Canada u18 team at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Medicine Hat for his first WHL season. He played 12 games with the Tigers before returning home to Saskatchewan, skating briefly for the Nipawin Hawks and representing Canada West in the 2014 World Junior A Challenge. He returned to the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 27, 2015

Washington Capitals Draft Jonas Siegenthaler

The Caps trade up to take the Swiss defenseman at 57 After trading their picks at 62 and 113 to the Rangers, the Caps move up the line to #57 and use the pick to take Swiss defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler. Per HockeyProspectus, Siegenthaler is described as "strong and responsible in his own end, but without much in the way of an offensive game." Here's a little more on Siegenthaler from NHL.com: • Siegenthaler spent the majority of the 2014-15 season with Zurich in the Swiss League under former Stanley Cup-winning coach Marc Crawford. A physical, two-way defenseman, Siegenthaler led the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 27, 2015

2015 NHL Draft: Day 2 Open Thread

The Caps currently hold picks 62 (3), 113 (4), 143 (5) and 173 (6) - will they use 'em? Trade 'em? Add to 'em? All will be revealed as Day 2 of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft continues... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 27, 2015

Saturday Caps Clips: 2015 NHL Draft, Day 2

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Breaking down the Caps' first-round pick, looking ahead to the second day from Sunrise, and more. Your savory breakfast links: With the 22nd-overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Caps selected Russian goaltender Ilya Samsonov. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video, Caps OT (and again), Rink, CSNW, WashTimes, Patriot News, THW, RMNB, StarsandSticks] Hear from Ross Mahoney on the Caps' first selection of this year's draft. [Monumental video] Reflections on the long and successful career of Mike Green in Washington. [Rink, THW] With Green...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 26, 2015

Washington Capitals Draft Ilya Samsonov

The first pick of the 2015 Draft is... a Russian and a goaltender. Can never have enough of either. With the 22nd pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Caps have selected goaltender Ilya Samsonov. Here's Scott Lewis on the newest Caps' prospect: Samsonov wowed scouts with his play in Russia's junior hockey league this past season, where he sported a 2.66 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage to go along with an 11-4-1 record. He also turned in some spectacular play at the Under-18 Five Nations tournament, World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and World Junior A Challenge. The...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 26, 2015

2015 NHL Draft: Round 1 Open Thread

The Caps will have the 22nd-overall pick as the first round of the 2015 Draft gets underway... stay tuned.
Japers' Rink Jun 26, 2015

Mike Green: A Red Jersey on the Blue Line

An up-top look at one of the most impressive careers of any man to don the red sweater. If not for sharing a locker room with Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green would arguably be the most polarizing figure of the last decade for the Washington Capitals. In his 10 seasons with the Caps, Green has earned a reputation for big-time offensive chops, a power-play mastermind and an absolute terror with the puck on his stick. He's also— deservedly or not— been criticized for ghastly turnovers, for an inability to absorb a hit, and for being a defensive liability when the ice is tilted unfavorably...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 26, 2015

2015 NHL Draft: Order of Selection, Start Time and TV Coverage

How, what and when to watch as the 2015 NHL Entry Draft gets underway from Sunrise, FL. This year's draft may seem to be all about Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel... and yeah, it kind of is. But there are a lot of other things to keep an eye on this weekend beyond just those two phenoms, as the next generation of NHLers step up to the stage, get their new jerseys and take the awkward pictures that will haunt them the rest of their career. For the Caps, the excitement (at least for now) gets underway at pick #22, the first time in franchise history that the team has picked at that particular...
Japers' Rink Jun 26, 2015

The Capitals and the Draft: Gains from the Lower Third of the Draw

The Washington Capitals have had success in the lower third of the first round in recent drafts. Here's a look at the history of 21-30 picks. Since 1974, the Washington Capitals have selected 422 players by way of the draft. Of those 422 draft picks, none have come with a 22nd overall pick, the slot in the first round from which the club is expected to make its first selection of the 2015 Entry Draft. That said, the club has had a substantial amount of experience in selecting players from the lower third of the first round, or picks 21-30, over the years. It might be of some interest to...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 26, 2015

Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: a couple of longtime Caps appear to be headed out of town, the 22nd pick awaits, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Alas, it appears as though the end of the road has arrived and the expected has come to pass - Mike Green and Eric Fehr will hit the free-agent market on July 1. Au revoir, gentlemen. [CSNW, The Score, RMNB, CBS Sports, PDL] Green is apparently "a little melancholy" about leaving... which is good, because some of us are downright miserable. [CSNW] A fond farewell for Game Over Green. [Caps Outsider] Meanwhile Fehr's agent...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jun 25, 2015

Japers' Rink Mailbag: Gruback-Up, Green's Rights and Ideal Right Wings

The Caps' back-up goalie, Draft day trades, bottom-six forwards, top-six wings and more in the latest edition of "you ask, we answer." Some good ones in this week's 'Bag, so let's dive right in: @JapersRink where's grubauer gonna be next year? how closely does that align with what's ideal for him?#JapersMailbag — T.J. (@timmy_thompson) June 23, 2015 When the Caps re-signed Philipp Grubauer to a two-year, one-way deal, it was a pretty clear indication that they see him as ready to take on the role of Braden Holtby's understudy (assuming, of course, that a Holtby deal gets done). For...
Japers' Rink Jun 25, 2015

2015-16 Capitals Schedule Released: Season Opens October 10 at Home

Save the dates... all 82 of 'em The 2015-16 NHL schedule is out and, as we already knew, the Caps will open their season at home against the Devils on October 10. Here's a link to the full schedule (which is also posted below), and the team's release: ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Hockey League today announced the 2015-16 regular-season schedule for its 30 member clubs. The Washington Capitals will open the season against the New Jersey Devils at Verizon Center on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. The NHL will pause for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, which will be held on Jan. 30-31 at Bridgestone Arena...

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