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Japers' Rink 13 hours ago

The Capitals' Top 25 Under 25: Part II

A look at the top 25 players in the Capitals organization under the age of 25, continuing on with numbers 15 through 11. Last week, we kicked off our look at the top 25 Capitals under the age of 25 with a look at  25 through 16. Ready for the next group? Cool. Let's go ahead and continue on with the list, and this current installment will take a look at players 15 through 11. 15. Nathan Walker, LW/C (22.5, drafted 89th-overall in 2014 draft, previously unranked in last year's Top 25 list) A couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nathan Walker during an internship for a...
Japers' Rink 18 hours ago

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Trotz and Reirden held a presser, Orlov is due for increased responsibility if he would just sign already, Niskanen has America’s back and more. Your savory breakfast links: Barry Trotz is at Kettler this week on his way to Team Canada on Saturday and he gave a long-form press conference. Among the highlights: [Monumental (video)] ... Dmitry Orlov will be getting a great opportunity to get more minutes and more responsibility, but Brian MacLellan has got to get him signed. [WaPo, CSNMA, theScore] ... World Cup competition will benefit his squad...
Japers' Rink Aug 30, 2016

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Todd Reirden gets promoted, the Caps get their day in the sun at NHL.com, Vrana and Barber get their rookie showcase on in Toronto and more. Your savory breakfast links: Congrats are in order for Caps assistant coach Todd Reirden, who has been promoted to Associate Coach and will be acting head coach for the Caps’ training camp while Barry Trotz is assisting with Team Canada in the World Cup tournament. [Caps Today, WaPo, CSNMA, PHT, NoVa Caps] It was Washington Capitals Day at NHL.com: Season overview Burning questions & reasons for optimism Top...
Japers' Rink Aug 29, 2016

This Week in Capitals History: August 29-September 4

One more look at the week in franchise history as we bid adieu to the last hockeyless month of the year. As August moves into September, it’s time to wrap up our look back and start focusing on the future… but first, one last Week in History to send summer packing! In our last look for the summer at the week in Capitals history, we look at what might be the most barren week of activity thus far, with just three deals in more than 40 years. It has the look of folks getting an early start on a holiday weekend, that's for sure. September 1 September 1, 1976. On this date in 1976, the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 29, 2016

Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Wedding bells for the captain, World Cup preview and more. Your savory breakfast links: Get to know the talented forwards on Team Sweden for the upcoming World Cup... although at least one of them shouldn't really need much introduction. [Fear the Fin] Chatting with the voice of the Capitals, John Walton. [NoVa Caps] Which president would the Caps' captain be if the Caps' captain were a president? [Peerless] And speaking of Alex Ovechkin, it's official: he's a married man! Many congrats to Ovechkin and Nastya Shubskaya on their recent nuptials...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 28, 2016

Sunday Open Thread

Hang in there, folks... The last few days of August are upon us, which means hockey (in some form) is right around the corner!
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 27, 2016

Saturday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: John Carlson is on the mend, Ovechkin makes the rounds in Russia and more. Your savory breakfast links: John Carlson saw his 2015-16 season shortened due to an ankle injury that ultimately required surgery, but he’s all healed up and ready to go. [TSS] Earlier this week, Braden Holtby, Karl Alzner and Nicklas Backstrom presented over $23,000 to Horton’s Kids on behalf of Monumental and So Kids Can. [Caps] Chatting with Caps’ goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov... [Sport Express] ...who checks in on this list of the top 20 under 20 in and around the...
Japers' Rink Aug 26, 2016

Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Lane Lambert remains with the Caps, Brett Connolly scores a big goal, Nick Backstrom is a dad x 2 and more. Your savory breakfast links: Congrats are in order for Nicklas and Liza Backstrom, who welcomed their second child, a boy named Vince, on Monday. Mom and baby are great and NB99 will leave for Team Sweden camp on September 1. [Sport Express] The Colorado Avalanche announced that they have hired Jared Bednar to be their new head coach. Lane Lambert will remain with the Capitals. [CSNMA, Nathan Walker is in town early this year, determined to...
Japers' Rink Aug 25, 2016

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Lane Lambert is still in the running in Colorado, Alex is still the greatest, we rank the youngsters and more. Your savory breakfast links: New reports from Denver indicate that Caps assistant coach Lane Lambert is indeed among the finalists for Colorado’s head coaching position, along with Jared Bednar and Kevin Dineen. Yikes. [Denver Post, RMNB] Part I of the annual ranking of the Top 25 Caps under 25. [Rink] “I got a root canal today so I’m ready to talk some Flyers hockey.” Adam Stringham, Stephen Pepper and Travis Hughes take a look...
Japers' Rink Aug 24, 2016

Episode 21: Philadelphia Flyers Season Preview

Travis Hughes joined Stephen Pepper and Adam Stringham to relive the Capitals first round victory over the Flyers and preview the upcoming season for the Broad Street Bullies. Adam Stringham and Stephen Pepper were joined by Travis Hughes, head of SB Nation Hockey and the editor of Broad Street Hockey,  to talk about the Philadelphia Flyers 2015-2016 NHL Season, their first round exit and what we should expect moving forward. The Flyers outperformed expectations last year, making the playoffs with a brand new coach and new look roster. Do the Flyers have a roster that can move them...
Japers' Rink Aug 24, 2016

The Capitals' Top 25 Under 25: 2016-17, Part I

A look at the top 25 players in the Capitals organization under the age of 25 - starting with 25 through 16. The 2015-16 edition of the Washington Capitals featured 14 players that the Capitals originally drafted and another two that the Capitals scooped up as free agents out of college with no NHL experience. Each of those players at one point was tabbed by the Capitals organization as a player that could make an impact on the club, and all were discovered and snagged by the organization under the age of 25. This ongoing feature will list out Washington's top 25 players under the age of...
Japers' Rink Aug 24, 2016

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Players are returning to town, World Cup activity heats up and more. Your savory breakfast links: Projecting the NHL's top 25 right wings in the upcoming season. [Yahoo] Bob Boughner and Kevin Dineen look to be emerging as the frontrunners to become head coach for the Colorado Avalanche, so perhaps the Caps will enter camp with their coaching staff intact. [Denver Post] Alex Ovechkin scored a nifty goal and pretended to make a save or two in his annual charity hockey match - this year’s version was a salute to Slava Kozlov as he officially...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 23, 2016

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previewing the World Cup, Braden Holtby is back in action and more. Your savory breakfast links: What does 2016-17 hold for our Turnpike-dwelling rivals in Newark? Ryan Stimson joins Japers' Rink Radio to talk about Taylor Hall, Beau Bennett and the new-look Devils. [Rink] Braden Holtby is back, y'all, and the Vezina Trophy winner is getting ready for next month's World Cup. [CSNMA] Team Canada won't be hanging around the DC area before the tournament, but a couple of other teams will take to the ice at Kettler for a few practices ahead of their...
Japers' Rink Aug 22, 2016

This Week in Capitals History: August 22-28

August might be a slow month on the hockey calendar, but that doesn't mean there aren't some interesting nuggets in this week in Washington Capitals history. 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. Hockey doesn't take a week off, but the week of August 22-28 in Washington Capitals history comes as close to a hockey vacation as you'll likely get. August 22 August 22, 2001. Not satisfied with one Ferraro, that being Peter, the one they signed on August 1, 2001, the Caps went out and got another....
Japers' Rink Aug 22, 2016

Episode 20: New Jersey Devils Season Preview

Ryan Stimson joins Stephen Pepper and Adam Stringham to breakdown the New Jersey Devils and their quest for more exciting hockey. Adam Stringham and Stephen Pepper were joined by Ryan Stimson, a writer for both Hockey Graphs and All About the Jersey,  to talk about the New Jersey Devils' 2015-2016 NHL Season, their offseason (Taylor Hall) and what we should expect moving forward. The Devils outperformed expectations last year, despite there being some advantages to taking a dive for Auston Matthews. Do the Devils have a roster that can contend for a playoff spot? How has the team...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 22, 2016

Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Some of the Caps are back in town and doing good things, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Part 3 in a look back at the best of Bruce Boudreau's time behind the Caps' bench. [NoVa Caps] Braden Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom and Karl Alzner were on hand yesterday to present a check to Horton's Kids on behalf of Monumental Sports and So Kids Can. [Caps FB, Caps OT] Thomas Dipauli is just one of many college grads taking advantage of a section of the CBA that benefits the players... but not so much the teams that draft them. [NoVa Caps] Imagining...
Japers' Rink Aug 20, 2016

Saturday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Coach Trotz talks Team Canada and training camp, Kuznetsov helps Pavel Datsyuk and more. Your savory breakfast links: In which Barry Trotz discusses his role on Team Canada, the plans he and his staff have drawn up for Caps training camp, “Babs”, and Alex Ovechkin’s vacay. [Puck Daddy] Thomas DiPauli agentsplains why he chose the Flightless Fowl. It’s a matter of “fit”. [PHT] Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby will be presenting a big ol’ check from the Caps’ “So Kids Can” fundraisers to Horton’s Kids Community...
Japers' Rink Aug 19, 2016

Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: DiPauli signs with the Pens, Bauer’s in big trouble, Orlov will play in the World Cup and more. Your savory breakfast links: ... and there it is. Former Caps prospect Thomas DiPauli chose free agency and will start his pro career in Western Pennsylvania. [TribLive] The Colorado Avalanche brass are set to begin interviewing candidates for their newly-vacated head coach position. The Lake Erie Monsters’ Jared Bednar is mentioned most prominently, but Caps assistant coach Lane Lambert apparently remains on the shortlist. [Denver Post] Our SBN...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 18, 2016

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: World Cup updates as the tournament draws closer, catching up with a local boy and more. Your savory breakfast links: Ranking the World Cup teams by forward depth... [NHL.com] ...and a look at the teams by defensive prosperity. [NHL.com] The player and puck-tracking technology unveiled at last year’s All-Star Game will get another test run at the World Cup Tournament. [NHL.com (and video), THW, NoVa Caps] Chatting with Potomac native, Caps’ development camp veteran and Minnesota Wild prospect Sam Anas. [NoVa Caps] Where will newly unrestricted...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 17, 2016

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: McPhee keeps stealing people, Chris Clark as POTUS and more. Your savory breakfast links: Add yet another name to the ever-growing list of Caps' front office types making their way out to Vegas, as European scout Vojtech Kucera joins George McPhee's team. [SinBin, RMNB, NoVa Caps] Take a walk down memory lane to see what exciting transactions transpired this week in franchise history. [Peerless] Tom Wilson has done some globe-trotting this summer. [CSNMA] If players were presidents, Chris Clark would be... [Peerless] Strange Wikipedia fact about...