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Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 24, 2017
Monday Caps Clips

Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Positive thoughts, Hershey upgrades and remembering a local legend. Your savory breakfast links: Peerless checks in with a reminder that it hasn't been all bad for the Caps over the last decade or so. [Peerless] Predicting how much success those additions from Hershey will have in DC next season. [NoVa Caps] So what's center Lars Eller been up to so far this summer? [NoVa Caps] Happy 62nd birthday to Mike Marson. And finally, the DC area mourns the loss of a giant this weekend, as friends, colleagues, and fans remember longtime News4 anchor (and...
Japers' Rink Jul 20, 2017
What If the Washington Redskins Ran the Washington Capitals?

What If the Washington Redskins Ran the Washington Capitals?

One Washington, D.C. sports franchise stands above all others for mismanagement. But what if the local football team ran the hockey team, too? On Monday, the Washington Redskins announced that they had failed to reach a new long-term deal with starting quarterback Kirk “Kurt” Cousins. These sorts of things happen all the time, and it was not particularly unusual until about, oh, one minute later, when Redskins President and beguiling leatherface Bruce Allen revealed the specifics of the last offer the Redskins made to Cousins, and essentially threw him under the bus and smeared him as a...
Japers' Rink Jul 15, 2017
Saturday Caps Clip: Happy Liam O’Brien Day

Saturday Caps Clip: Happy Liam O’Brien Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and note: Liam O’Brien is back in the fold. This is not a drill. Your savory breakfast potatoes O’Brien: The Caps’ final free agent re-ups for one more year on a two-way contract. Welcome back Big Tuna! [Caps Today, Chocolate Hockey, Caps Outsider, CSNMA, RMNB] Happy 55th birthday to bench boss Barry Trotz, happy 66th birthday to Chuck Arnason, happy 45th to Bryan Helmer, happy 33rd to Andrew Joudrey and happy 62nd to Mikko Leinonen.
Japers' Rink Jul 12, 2017
Who Is Wayne Simpson?

Who Is Wayne Simpson?

On Tuesday, the Capitals signed Wayne Simpson to a one-year contract. So, who is he? The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday that they had signed 27 year-old right winger Wayne Simpson to a one-year, two-way contract that pays the Massachusetts native $140,000 if he plays the season in the AHL with the Hershey Bears, and the NHL league minimum $650,000 if he gets called up to play with the Capitals. Washington, weak on the offensive wings with the departures of Justin Williams, Marcus Johansson, and Daniel Winnik, is looking to shore up the right side of its forward corps with the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 9, 2017
Sunday Open Thread

Sunday Open Thread

Marvel in the flower-covered extravagance (and at the bitchin’ dance moves) from Alex Ovechkin’s wedding reception as you enjoy your Sunday. And also, this: @nastyashubskaya @aleksandrovechkinofficial #wedding #weddings #weddingday #weddingdress #weddingphotography #instagramanet #weddingphotographer #weddingparty #weddingcake #bride #bridesmaids #eliesab #brides #happy #happyday #bestday #bestoftheday #balenciaga #love #forever #family #jacykay #together #ceremony #zuhairmurad #marriage #instawedding #овечкин @nastyashubskaya #ovechkinabride #ovechkinateam A post...
Japers' Rink Jul 6, 2017
With Grubauer Deal, Caps Likely Have Other Plans

With Grubauer Deal, Caps Likely Have Other Plans

The Capitals re-signed the backup goaltender to a new contract, but is he in the team’s long term plans? The Washington Capitals announced on Thursday that they had re-signed 25 year-old German goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a one-year, $1.5 million deal that will ostensibly keep the backup goalie in Washington for another season. The move is a good one in terms of pure hockey sense. Along with 2015-2016 Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby, Grubauer helped the Washington Capitals win the 2016-2017 William Jennings Trophy as the best goaltending tandem (in terms of goals against) in the...
Japers' Rink Jul 6, 2017
Capitals Re-Sign Philipp Grubauer

Capitals Re-Sign Philipp Grubauer

The Capitals solidify their netminding depth Per the team, the Caps have re-signed restricted free agent goalie Philipp Grubauer to a one-year contract: GRUBI! The #Caps have re-signed goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.✒️ Details: https://t.co/gfZAdl8rLu pic.twitter.com/hWZqXoHnkb— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 6, 2017 Grubauer’s new AAV is [number], up from his $750,000 cap hit the previous two seasons. From the team release: ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a one-year, $1.5 million...
Japers' Rink Jul 4, 2017
Capitals Re-Sign Andre Burakovsky

Capitals Re-Sign Andre Burakovsky

The team locks up an emerging star... for now Per the team, the Caps have agreed to a new two-year contract with restricted free agent center Andre Burakovsky: BURKIE! #Caps have re-signed right wing @andreburakovsky to a two-year, $6 million contract. #RockTheRed✒️ Details: https://t.co/kbAoPvdosI pic.twitter.com/pVm7QSl0Sc— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 4, 2017 Burakovsky’s AAV will be $3 million, but he’ll make $2.25 million in 2017-18 and $3.25 million the following season (with a $500,000 signing bonus due to him on July 15 of this year). From the team...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 4, 2017
Tuesday Caps Clips

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Celebrating the Fourth of July with a hangover. Your savory breakfast links: With a number of veterans headed out and money being tight, the kids are going to have to step up. Are they ready? [Rink] Talking Nate Schmidt, T.J. Oshie and the salary cap with special guest Isabelle Khurshudyan on another episode of Japers' Rink Radio. [Rink] After a weekend of controversial and much-discussed moves, GM Brian MacLellan chatted briefly with the media yesterday. [Monumental video] As correctly noted by the GM, a salary cap crunch has the Caps now facing...
Japers' Rink Jul 3, 2017
JRR Episode 58: Schmidt, Oshie and the Salary Cap

JRR Episode 58: Schmidt, Oshie and the Salary Cap

Isabelle Khurshudyan joins Adam Stringham to discuss Nate Schmidt, T.J Oshie, Dmitry Orlov, the Capitals precarious relationship with the salary cap and more! On Sunday morning, prior the the Capitals re-signing Evgeny Kuznetsov and trading Marcus Johansson, Isabelle Khurshudyan joined Adam Stringham to discuss the Capitals predicament. As always, thanks for listening - we truly appreciate your continued support. We’re reachable on Twitter (Adam, J.P., Stephen, JRR) so let us know if you ever have any questions or just want to talk some hockey, and be sure to subscribe, rate and review...
Japers' Rink Jul 3, 2017
Washington Capitals: Are the Kids Alright?

Washington Capitals: Are the Kids Alright?

As one window closes, another opens... And now, the kids. In February 2016, as the 2015-2016 trading deadline was approaching, Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said of his team at the time, “I view it as a two-year window. We're going for it this year, we're going for it next year, and then after that we're evaluating where we're at." That team had a core of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Braden Holtby among the home-grown products; defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik on long-term deals as free agent defensemen, and perhaps the finishing touch wingers...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jul 3, 2017
Capitals Sign Devante Smith-Pelly, John Albert

Capitals Sign Devante Smith-Pelly, John Albert

Washington adds a couple of depth wingers Per the team, the Caps have agreed to a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000 NHL/$300,000 AHL) with right wing Devante Smith-Pelly: NEWS: #Caps have signed right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (@smithpelly23) to a one-year, two-way contract. #RockTheRed https://t.co/NrGu1lPPvh pic.twitter.com/2Lw7ZIv93z— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 3, 2017 From the team: ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed right wing Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000/$300,000), senior vice president and general manager Brian...
Japers' Rink Jul 3, 2017
Monday Caps Clips: Kuzya Extended, Mojo Traded

Monday Caps Clips: Kuzya Extended, Mojo Traded

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The salary cap finally catches up with the Caps, Ovi sets a date and more. Your savory breakfast links: Harry Potter Evgeny Kuznetsov conjured himself a new contract, one that will pay him $7.8m AAV for the next eight years. [Rink, CSNMA, Dump-n-Chase, RMNB, Kuznetsov’s new K (plus the Oshie and Orlov deals) put the team into a salary cap crunch and something had to give and that something was Marcus Johansson, traded to New Jersey for Florida’s 2018 second round pick and Toronto’s 2018 third round pick. [Rink, Dump-n-Chase, WaPo, CSNMA,...
Japers' Rink Jul 2, 2017
So Long, MoJo: Capitals Trade Marcus Johanson to the New Jersey Devils for Draft Picks

So Long, MoJo: Capitals Trade Marcus Johanson to the New Jersey Devils for Draft Picks

The Capitals cleared out cap space late Sunday night by shipping the Swedish winger to New Jersey. The money needed to come from somewhere, and the Capitals decided to crater their top six to get it. Late Sunday night, the Washington Capitals announced they had traded 26 year-old Swedish winger Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils for a second and third round draft pick. The move clears $4.6 million in salary cap space per year, and came just minutes after the Capitals announced they had re-signed Evgeny Kuznetsov to an eight-year, $62.4 million contract. Johansson scored 24 goals and...
Japers' Rink Jul 2, 2017
So Long, MoJo: Capitals Trade Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils for Draft Picks

So Long, MoJo: Capitals Trade Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils for Draft Picks

The Capitals cleared out cap space late Sunday night by shipping the Swedish winger to New Jersey. The money needed to come from somewhere, and the Capitals decided to crater their top six to get it. Late Sunday night, the Washington Capitals announced they had traded 26 year-old Swedish winger Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils for a second and third round draft pick. The move clears $4.6 million in salary cap space per year, and came just minutes after the Capitals announced they had re-signed Evgeny Kuznetsov to an eight-year, $62.4 million contract. Johansson scored 24 goals and...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jul 2, 2017
Capitals Trade Marcus Johansson to New Jersey

Capitals Trade Marcus Johansson to New Jersey

Washington clears cap space by moving the Swedish winger Per the team, the Caps have traded Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils: NEWS: #Caps Acquire Second and Third Round Picks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft from New Jersey for Marcus Johansson: https://t.co/YKECJeYIUS— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) July 3, 2017 Via the team: ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired a second round (previously owned by Florida) and third round (previously owned by Toronto) picks from the New Jersey Devils in the 2018 NHL Draft in exchange for forward Marcus Johansson, senior vice...
Japers' Rink Jul 2, 2017
Capitals Re-Sign Evgeny Kuznetsov

Capitals Re-Sign Evgeny Kuznetsov

The star center re-ups with Washington with a monster deal Per the team, the Caps have agreed to a new eight-year, $62.4 million contract with restricted free agent center Evgeny Kuznetsov: BREAKING! #Caps have re-signed center @Kuzya92 to an eight-year, $62.4 million contract. #RockTheRed Full Details: https://t.co/CEPBM6cB1s pic.twitter.com/lmxmgCvROE— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 2, 2017 Per the team: ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Evgeny Kuznetsov to an eight-year, $62.4 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian...
Japers' Rink Jul 1, 2017
Capitals Re-Sign Brett Connolly to Two-Year, $3 Million Deal

Capitals Re-Sign Brett Connolly to Two-Year, $3 Million Deal

Washington brought back the promising free agent winger on Saturday, Well, you can’t lose them all, I suppose. The Capitals announced on Saturday that they had signed the 25 year-old forward to a two-year, $3 million contract that will keep him in Washington until 2019-2020. The deal constitutes a significant raise for Connolly, who came to Washington on a one-year, $850,000 contract in 2016-2017. Connolly, the sixth overall draft pick in 2010, had been labeled as a bit of a bust, and signed with Washington for cheap on a “prove it” redemption contract. Connolly scored 15 goals for...
Japers' Rink Jul 1, 2017
Kevin Shattenkirk Signs Four-Year Deal With New York Rangers, Sky Is Blue, Sun Rises Again

Kevin Shattenkirk Signs Four-Year Deal With New York Rangers, Sky Is Blue, Sun Rises Again

The one-time Capitals defenseman signed a four-year deal sending him to New York on Saturday. Kevin Shattenkirk, we barely knew ye. Perhaps the single most highly sought-after asset on this year’s free agent market, dynamic 28 year-old defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk signed a deal on Saturday sending him to the New York Rangers for four years at a salary of $6.65 million AAV. The moves comes as no surprise, as everyone and their mother’s dog groomer knew Shattenkirk wanted to go to the Rangers, especially with the Rangers buying out defenseman Dan Girardi’s contract to clear salary cap...
Japers' Rink Jul 1, 2017
Justin Williams Signs With Carolina on Two-Year, $9 Million Deal

Justin Williams Signs With Carolina on Two-Year, $9 Million Deal

The hirsute forward returns to the Hurricanes, the team that brought him his first Stanley Cup championship. They say you can’t go home again. Well, Justin Williams begs to differ. The beloved veteran Capitals forward signed with the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, inking a two-year deal worth $4.5 million AAV. That’s a significant raise for the winger, who made $3.25 million AAV for the Capitals and will be 36 years-old before the start of next season. Williams returns to the franchise with which he won his first of three career Stanley Cups in 2006, and where he is still justly and...

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