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Becca H / Japers' Rink 16 hours ago

Saturday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The verdict is in on Marcus Johansson's arbitration and more. Your savory breakfast links: After a long, long, looooooong wait, the arbitrator came back with a $3.75 million ruling for Marcus Johansson. Let's do this again next year, shall we? [Rink, Caps, WaPo, Puck Daddy, CSNW, AP, RMNB, DSP, StarsandSticks, The Score] Looking back at a memorable goal by a now-former Cap, as Mike Green sets an NHL record against Tampa Bay. [Peerless] Michael Latta sits down with Mike Vogel for an end-of-season chat. [Monumental video] Dear Tom Wilson:...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jul 31, 2015

Capitals Re-Sign Marcus Johansson

After a long, loooooong wait, the arbitration ruling is in and the last remaining RFA is locked in. After Wednesday's arbitration hearing - and a very lengthy wait for the ruling - Marcus Johansson has been re-signed to a one-year deal worth $3.75 million, up from the $2.175 million he made last year (with an AAV of $2 million). Johansson's contract brings the Caps just shy of the salary-cap ceiling, with under a million in cap space remaining (although more will be freed up after one of the goalies goes to the AHL). Per the team: ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 31, 2015

Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Siegenthaler signs, recapping the offseason moves and the questions that remain, and more. Your savory breakfast links: The Ovechkin-era teams who had the best chance to win it all, adjusting the power play to the changing personnel, and more in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. [Rink] The Caps have signed 2015 draft pick Jonas Siegenthaler to an entry-level contract. [Caps, WaPo, CSNW] Relive the sights and sounds of this year's development camp. [Monumental video] It can be tough to keep up with all of the changes taking place for the Caps as...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jul 30, 2015

Japers' Rink Mailbag: Ovechkin's Best Chance, the Power-Play and Puck Possession

Missed opportunities, lost power-play producers, the defense, poassession and more in this week's edition of "you ask, we answer." Yet another big 'Bag. Let's do this: @JapersRink which ovechkin era Caps team had the best chance of winning a Cup? #JapersMailbag — Mac (@MCass_93) July 28, 2015 [You and I know it's 2009-10, but let's let Muneeb answer this anyway...] There are two things we need to think about — the quality of the Capitals team and the quality of opposition it may face along the way. To get a baseline estimate, we can calculate probabilities using the log5 method,...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 30, 2015

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Grading the 2015 offseason, awaiting news on MJ90's payday and more. Your savory breakfast links: 24 hours down, 24 hours (or less) to go until we know just how much Marcus Johansson will get next season. [CSNW, PHT] He deserves a raise after a very good 2014-15 season, and the good news is that it's probably mostly repeatable. [Rink] The Caps' offseason moves are getting rave reviews. [CBS Sports] 2015 draftee Connor Hobbs sat down with Mike Vogel at the end of this year's development camp. [Monumental video] Breaking down the success rate of...
Japers' Rink Jul 29, 2015

How Many Goals Can Marcus Johansson Score?

The 24-year-old scored a career-high 20 in 2014-15. Can he take the next step? Marcus Johansson had his best year at an opportune time, posting career-best marks of 20 goals and 47 points in 2014-15. With his arbitration hearing this morning, the Capitals should have some cost certainty with Johansson within the next 48 hours, whether on a one-year or multi-year deal (with what will likely be around a $4 million cap hit). His performance last season (87th among forwards in points and 83rd in goals) seems to merit roughly the 100th biggest cap hit, and at his age, term shouldn't be a...
Japers' Rink Jul 29, 2015

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Brooks Orpik goes under the knife, F-16 joins the Flightless Fowl and more. Your savory breakfast links: Oh hai there late-breaking news of Brooks Orpik's successful wrist surgery. The team expects him to be ready for the season opener, so there's that. [WaPo] Fehr thee well, Eric Fehr. Or maybe not so well as he has signed for three years and $6M with Pittsburgh. [NHL.com, WaPo] Point. We'll always have those great clutch goals in the Winter Classics and Snovechkin and against Boston and... yeah. [RMNB] Counterpoint. This particular F-16 spent...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jul 28, 2015

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: MoJo arbitration dollars go public, the national television schedule does the same and more. Your savory breakfast links: So mo' dough for MoJo? Marcus Johansson is asking the arbitrator for $4.75 million for the next year of his services, while the Caps came in at $3 million. [WaPo, CSNW, RMNB] Earlier in the month, we told you what he's worth. [Rink] NBC announced its television schedule for the upcoming season and the Caps will be seen nationally at least 11 times. That's a lot of Mike Milbury. [Capitals, CSNW] As the Caps keep improving...
Japers' Rink Jul 27, 2015

Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Reviewing the reviews of Holtby's deal, fretting over Johansson's arbitration, how much your signed Ovechkin jersey is worth and more. Your savory breakfast links: Now that Braden Holtby's contract is set, is there even enough cap space left to cover Marcus Johansson's possible arbitration award? [CSNW] Speaking of that Holtby contract, here's some reax: It's a grand exercise in compromise. [Arctic Ice Hockey] It's a reminder that goalie salaries are getting alarmingly inflated. [Pens Labyrinth] It's comfort and security for player and team....
Japers' Rink Jul 26, 2015

Sunday Open Thread

Holtby got inked and Oshie got hitched. Braden Holtby is signed; Marcus Johansson's arbitration (if it gets that far) isn't 'til Wednesday. We'll wish Eric Calder a very happy 52nd birthday, and T.J. Oshie and his new bride mazel tov, and go out and enjoy a beautiful summer Sunday.
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 25, 2015

Saturday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Holtby's new deal makes headlines, the Caps add a bit of defensive depth, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Braden Holtby is sticking around for the foreseeable future, as he and the team came to terms on a five-year contract a day after his arbitration hearing wrapped up. [Rink, Caps, Ted's Take, Pressbox DC, Talk the Red, ESPN, WaPo (and again), WashTimes, CSNW, Patriot-News, CP, AP, Puck Daddy, DSP] The new contract could end up working out pretty well for both sides. [THN, Bleacher Report] After dotting the t's and crossing...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 24, 2015

Capitals Re-Sign Braden Holtby

The Caps and Holtby have avoided an arbitration ruling and gone straight to a five-year contract extension. Per the Caps, Braden Holtby has agreed to a five-year, $30.5 million contract extension - a nick-of-time deal that heads off a potential arbitration ruling just under 36 hours after sitting through the hearing. The deal will keep Holtby as the franchise goaltender through at least the 2019-20 season, and steers clear of that $8 million price tag his camp asked for ahead of arbitration. Who would've thunk it. From the team: ARLINGTON, VA. - The Washington Capitals have re-signed...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 24, 2015

Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A couple of odds and ends to tide everyone over until the Holtby news breaks. Your savory, low-calorie breakfast links: Checking in on the penalty kill, predicting career years, dissecting Braden Holtby's $8 million asking price and more in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. [Rink] There's no reason to believe that Holtby's arbitration gets ugly, but there have been some ug-lee ones over the years. [CSNW] Sidney Crosby is a pretty good player. So who's almost as good but not quite as good as pretty good? [WaPo] Take a look back at the 2012-13...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jul 23, 2015

Japers' Rink Mailbag: Losses on the PK, Career Years and Holtby's $8 Million

Special teams personnel tweaks, Holtby asked for WHAT?!, Laich's role and more in this week's edition of "you ask, we answer." Another big 'Bag. Let's do this: @JapersRink I believe the PP was improved with additions of Oshie and Williams. How will PK be sans Brouwer and Ward? — Gary McCabe (@garysomething) July 22, 2015 I'm not as sure as you are that the power-play will be better next year than it was last year - the Caps have lost their numbers two and three power-play goal getters in Troy Brouwer (8) and Joel Ward (6), and their top defenseman (in points and ability) in Mike Green....
Japers' Rink Jul 23, 2015

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: And away we go. Your savory breakfast links: Here it is, finally. Arbitration Day. Team Holtby will meet with Team PleaseDon'tKillTheCap at 9:00am at the NHL offices in Toronto, where the arbitrator will hear the arguments for each side and then provide a ruling no later than 48 hours later: What to expect when you're expecting an arbitration hearing. [Pro Ice Hockey, NoVa Caps Fans] Holtby's agent cautioned interested observers not to expect fireworks in the hearing. Then he pulled a delicious-looking cannoli out of a brown paper bag and took...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 22, 2015

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Holtby's going for the big bucks and it's all anyone can talk about. Your savory breakfast links: The details on tomorrow's arbitration hearing are out, and Braden Holtby's camp is going into the room with a request for a big, fat $8 million payday. [TSN, DSP. StarsandSticks, Puck Daddy, CSNW (and again), PuckBuddys] Yes, it's a lot of money. No, it's not time to panic. Yet. [Rink] So... is he worth it? [Puck Daddy] For some, Alex Ovechkin is just a talented superstar; to others, he's much, much more. [The Classical] Toronto is the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jul 21, 2015

There's No Need to Panic About Braden Holtby... Yet

As some of the details of Holtby's arbitration filing become public, a reminder not to freak out about the numbers until there's a reason to do so. This morning the official numbers came out for Braden Holtby's impending arbitration hearing, set to take place on Thursday. The Caps' offer came in at $5.1 million, or just a shade under the $5.5 million offer that's reportedly been on the table during contract negotiations. Holtby's camp, however, came up with an ask that seemed to send shockwaves through the hockey world: $8 million. That's a lot of money. A lot of money. To put that into...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jul 21, 2015

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Arbitration hearings draw nigh, Kuznetsov speaks, Brown is ready to go, Galiev eats weird things and much more. Your savory breakfast links: Is Justin Williams the next "That Guy"? [Rink] Evgeny Kuznetsov knows that "those who break, go home. Those who don’t break, stay." And this Russian machine... well, you know. [RMNB] Nate Schmidt is a good breakout candidate (and not in a dermatological way, although maybe). [Stars & Sticks] Chris Brown is engaged, signed, and ready to try to earn a full-time gig with the Caps. [WaPo] Predicting next...
Japers' Rink Jul 20, 2015

Is Justin Willams the Next "That Guy?"

Stanley Cup winners of recent vintage have featured additions that have not only playoff experience, but winning experience. Justin Williams might be the next version of "That Guy." Winning a Stanley Cup might be just about the hardest thing to do in team sports. A winning team will usually play between 20 and 25 games to win 16 over a two-month span when every check, every hit, every shot, every miscue might be the turning point that propels you forward or ends your season. The stress is unimaginable. And that would seem to put a premium on experience - having endured that stress, thrown...
Japers' Rink Jul 20, 2015

Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Hip Watch continues for Nicklas Backstrom, the looming battles at the bottom, Wrecker's back in town, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Metro Madness - Hockey's most interesting division. [The Sports Quotient, Dobber Hockey] Nicklas Backstrom gave an interview to Swedish radio late last week. He's still hoping to be ready by the start of the season, and he wouldn't mind wrapping up his career back in a Brynas sweater. But that's still a ways away. [Hockey Ramblings, NoVa Caps Fans, Expressen (via GoogleTrans), Sverigesradio (audio)] Even...

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