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Becca H / Japers' Rink 2 hours ago

Capitals Acquire Lars Eller

From bleu, blanc et rouge to red, white and blue, the Caps pick up a depth center. The Caps wanted to add to their forward depth this summer; they've taken the first step towards doing that by acquiring Lars Eller from the Montreal Canadiens for their 2017 and 2018 second round picks. Eller has been with the Canadiens for six seasons, sent to Montreal after his rookie season in the deal that shipped Jaroslav Halak to St. Louis. He has scored 71 goals and 154 points since entering the League in 2009-10, and has two years remaining on a deal that pays him $3.5 million a season. More to come...
Becca H / Japers' Rink 2 hours ago

2016 NHL Entry Draft

All the news and updates from the Caps' table in Buffalo The Caps pick at #26... but that doesn't mean nothing will happen before then. Stay tuned as the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft gets underway!
Becca H / Japers' Rink 2 hours ago

2016 NHL Draft: Round 1 Open Thread

Follow along for all the action as the Caps await the 26th-overall pick The Caps pick at #26... but that doesn't mean nothing will happen before then. Stay tuned as the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft gets underway!
Japers' Rink 10 hours ago

Japers' Rink Radio Episode 13: Trotz, MacLellan and What's Next

Discussing the season that was and, more importantly, what lies ahead The Capitals' season may be long over, but there was still some hardware to be given out on Wednesday night, as Barry Trotz was named the League's best coach and Brian MacLellan finished as the runner up for the general manager of the year award. Japers' Rink Managing Editor, Jon Press, joins Stephen Pepper and Adam Stringham to debate the merits of both Trotz's and MacLellan's respective seasons and what comes next. Must Read: 2015-16 Rink Wrap: Barry Trotz 2015-16 Rink Wrap: Brian MacLellan Is the Capitals...
Japers' Rink 14 hours ago

Friday Caps Clips: Draft Day Dawning

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Prep for the Caps’ pick at #26, an update from Sweden and more. Your savory breakfast links: Live from Shuffalo, it’s the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Toronto, you are on the clock. [NHL.com] GM Brian MacLellan and his staff have assembled their offseason wishlist, and will work with trades and signings to fulfill it. [CSNMA] All the options are on the table for the Caps and their #26 pick - except one. [TSS] If they need any assistance with their draft choice for the number 26 slot, here’s a handful of mock drafts to consider: SB Nation - The Rink...
Japers' Rink Jun 23, 2016

Japers' Rink Radio Episode 12: The Last of the Wraps

Wrapping up Rink Wraps with eight player reviews that are well worth your time Did Brian MacLellan's big offseason acquisitions of T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams live up to expectations in their first seasons as Caps? How about the mid-season additions of Mike Richards and Daniel Winnik? What does the future hold in the wake of the seasons Brooks Orpik, Nate Schmidt and Tom Wilson just had? And how about that Alex Ovechkin? Get Caught Up Here: 2015-16 Rink Wrap Recap Rink Wraps for all 23 players Russian Machine Never Breaks' Pat Holden joins Adam Stringham to answer...
Japers' Rink Jun 23, 2016

Thursday Caps Clips: Held by Holtby

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Trophy time! Your savory breakfast links: It was a big night in the NHL hardware department for the Capitals. [Dump’n’Chase, WaPo, CSNMA] Braden Holtby was awarded the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's most outstanding goaltender for the 2015-2016 regular season. [Rink, NHL, RMNB (and again), Puck Daddy, CSNMA] The Whole @Holts170 Crew! #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/sakrq8A9Vm— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 23, 2016 Barry Trotz was awarded the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s outstanding coach for the 2015-2016 regular season. [Rink, NHL,...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 22, 2016

Three Caps Finish in Top 20 in Hart Trophy Voting

Aside from Braden Holtby earning his first Vezina Trophy ever, the least surprising award winner tonight was Patrick Kane receiving the Hart Trophy. But Holtby (who joined Kane and Jamie Benn as a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award - aka the players' MVP) came pretty close to being a finalist for the Hart, as well - and he wasn't the only Cap to get votes. Both Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov checked in among the 20 vote-getters, with Ovechkin picking up a couple of first-place votes to finish sixth, while Kuznetsov got a third-place nod. Here's the full breakdown, courtesy of the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 22, 2016

Braden Holtby Wins the 2016 Vezina Trophy

Holtby claims his first Vezina victory after a career-best, record-setting season. Braden Holtby put together a career year, topping personal bests across the board and tying the legendary Martin Brodeur with 48 wins (in just 66 games). Thanks to all of that, he's bringing home the Vezina Trophy, awarded to "the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position - a well-deserved honor for a stellar season from Holtby. Of course, the best way to appreciate the Beast is to see him at work... and it never gets old. Check it out: Dominance on the ice equals dominance in the voting. Just look...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 22, 2016

Barry Trotz Wins the Jack Adams Award

Trotz's second turn as a finalist is his first win of his career. We've talked about how much Barry Trotz has meant to the Capitals over the past two years, and his leadership of the President's Trophy-winning team this year was something great to watch. And it's because of this, and the great performance of his team, that he's taking home the Jack Adams... and doing so in a rout. Jack Adams voting: pic.twitter.com/M88lGM2SPf — James Mirtle (@mirtle) June 23, 2016 Congrats, Barry! From the team: ARLINGTON, Va. -€” The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that Capitals...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 22, 2016

Brian MacLellan Finishes Second in GM of the Year Voting

Brian MacLellan earned his first nod as a finalist for the GM of the Year award (in just his second year on the job), finishing second in the voting to Pittsburgh's Jim Rutherford. Check out the votes below: Top five vote-getters for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award, won by @penguins GM Jim Rutherford. #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/z4os4YBxSw — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 22, 2016
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 22, 2016

2016 NHL Awards: Open Thread

Stick around to share your thoughts as the NHL hands out some shiny trophies. Can't watch live? We'll keep you updated right here with all Caps-related awards throughout the evening.
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 22, 2016

2016 NHL Awards

The Caps could have five more individual trophies to add to their trophy case when all is said and done. Stay tuned for all the latest from Vegas. Sin City takes center stage tonight - and for the second time today - as (most of) the NHL's best and brightest descend on Las Vegas to see who gets to take home the hardware. The season may not have had the ending we all wanted, but that doesn't mean we won't get to see at least a few members of the Caps' organization lift a shiny trophy or two tonight. And while Alex Ovechkin didn't take a transatlantic flight back to the States to see if he...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 22, 2016

2016 NHL Awards: Finalists, Show Time and How to Watch

The Caps have some healthy representation at tonight's awards ceremony in Las Vegas Sin City takes center stage tonight - and for the second time today - as (most of) the NHL's best and brightest descend on Las Vegas to see who gets to take home the hardware. The season may not have had the ending we all wanted, but that doesn't mean we won't get to see at least a few members of the Caps' organization lift a shiny trophy or two tonight. And while Alex Ovechkin didn't take a transatlantic flight back to the States to see if he could win the coveted Mark Messier Leadership Trophy (can you...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 22, 2016

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The full schedule is released, the GM chats from Vegas and more. Your savory breakfast links: The schedule is out, and the countdown can officially begin for the 2016-17 season to get underway. 113 days... [Caps, Dump 'n Chase, Rink, WaPo, CSNMA, NoVa Caps, The Japers' Rink Radio crew tackles the upcoming draft. [Rink] Wrapping up the season - and the wraps - with a roundtable chat about Brian MacLellan. [Rink] Speaking of MacLellan, he chatted with the press today about a range of Caps- and hockey-related issues. [Monumental...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 21, 2016

2016-17 Capitals Schedule Released: Season Opens October 13 in Pittsburgh

Save the dates... all 82 of 'em. The 2016-17 NHL schedule is out and, as we already knew, the Caps will kick things off where they ended so suddenly five months earlier as they are the honored guests for the Penguins' banner-raising ceremony October 13. The home slate of the schedule gets underway two nights later, when the Caps play host to the Islanders on October 15. Here's a link to the full schedule (which also appears below), and the team's release: ARLINGTON , Va. – The National Hockey League today announced the 2016-17 regular-season schedule for its 30 member clubs. The...
Japers' Rink Jun 21, 2016

Japers' Rink Radio Episode 11: The 2016 NHL Entry Draft

The Capitals go into Friday's draft with the 26th overall pick, but should they use it to select a prospect or try to move the pick for someone who will contribute sooner? Tommy Chalk joins Adam Stringham to talk about the 2016 NHL Entry Draft (which gets underway this Friday). Tommy recently used the Capitals' pick in the SB Nation Mock Draft on Alex Debrincat of the Erie Otters, so we'll chat about him (does Debrincat's skill make up for his small size?), who else the Caps might be looking at and whether they should even make the pick at all. And while we're in fantasyland, would you...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 21, 2016

2015-16 Rink Wrap: Brian MacLellan

Now that we've covered the players and the coach, it's time to wrap things up with the guy at the top, Brian MacLellan Since a general manager's season is hard to quantify beyond a team's regular season numbers and projections about prospects and draft choices, we figured we'd have a roundtable discussion on what MacLellan did well and what he may not have done so well. Feel free to weigh in on any of these points in the comments. What would you say was Brian MacLellan's best move in 2015-16? What did you think was the biggest misstep, if any? Tommy: It's really hard to decipher which move...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jun 21, 2016

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The schedule-makers are horrible, evil people, wrapping Barry, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Wrapping up the 2015-16 season for Coach Barry Trotz. [Rink] With the 26th overall pick in the SB Nation Mock Draft, the Washington Capitals (aka we) select... [Rink] Previewing the real thing for the Caps. [NHL Chalk Talk] Check back later today for the full 2016-17 schedule, but for now we know that the Caps will kick off their home slate on October 15 against the Islanders... [Caps, CSNMA] ...and two days before that they'll get a healthy dose...
PensBurgh Jun 20, 2016

Pens home opener and banner raising to be at Capitals expense

I mean, why not raise the banner directly in the faces of the Washington Capitals? Mark your schedule for Thursday October 13th, it'll be the next time the Penguins play a game at Consol. Who's ready to make October 13 a "banner" day? More info on the regular season opener: https://t.co/PzeT0xSXRc pic.twitter.com/8PUifAA987 — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 20, 2016 Oh yeah and raise a banner directly in the faces of the Washington Capitals, just to remind them their lot in life. Total power move. Your thoughts, Carl Hagelin ? UNDERRATED #PENSPARADE MOMENT: Carl Hagelin dancing...

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