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Japers' Rink May 26, 2017
2016-17 Rink Wrap: John Carlson

2016-17 Rink Wrap: John Carlson

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2016-17 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2017-18. Next up, John Carlson. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version; data via NHL.com, Corsica.hockey and Cap Friendly): Carlson's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Carlson and His Defense Partners (chart by @muneebalamcu): Carlson's 5v5 Teammates and Competition (via HockeyViz, explained here): ...
Japers' Rink May 25, 2017
2016-17 Rink Wrap: Andre Burakovsky

2016-17 Rink Wrap: Andre Burakovsky

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2016-17 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2017-18. Next up, Andre Burakovsky. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version; data via NHL.com, Corsica.hockey and Cap Friendly): Burakovsky's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Burakovsky and His Linemates (chart by @muneebalamcu): Burakovsky's 5v5 Teammates and Competition (via HockeyViz, explained here): ...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 25, 2017
Why I’m a Fan of the Washington Capitals

Why I’m a Fan of the Washington Capitals

...aka the real, at times cheesy, story of why I’m an overly optimistic lunatic. Welcome to the refreshed Japers’ Rink! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card. We’re collecting all of the stories here and featuring the best ones across our network as well. Come Fan With Us! I blame my father for all of this. It’s his fault...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 25, 2017
Thursday Caps Clips

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Stingrays are moving on, offseason questions and more. Your savory breakfast links: Looking back on Jay Beagle's 2016-17 season. [Rink, StarsandSticks, RMNB] Many congrats to the Stingrays, who are headed to their second Kelly Cup Final in three years after their 4-3 victory in last night's Game 7. [Caps Outsider, Post and Courier, RMNB, CSNMA, ECHL] No time to stop and celebrate, though... the quest for the Kelly Cup begins tomorrow against Colorado. [ECHL] Would Jordan Eberle be a good fit with the Caps? [StarsandSticks] Would Karl Alzner be...
Japers' Rink May 24, 2017
2016-17 Rink Wrap: Jay Beagle

2016-17 Rink Wrap: Jay Beagle

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2016-17 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2017-18. Next up, Jay Beagle. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version; data via NHL.com, Corsica.hockey and Cap Friendly): Beagle's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Beagle and His Linemates (chart by @muneebalamcu): Beagle's 5v5 Teammates and Competition (via HockeyViz, explained here): Beagle's 5v5...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 23, 2017
2016-17 Rink Wrap: Nicklas Backstrom

2016-17 Rink Wrap: Nicklas Backstrom

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2016-17 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2017-18. Next up, Nicklas Backstrom. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version; data via NHL.com, Corsica.hockey and Cap Friendly): Backstrom's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Backstrom and His Linemates (chart by @muneebalamcu): Backstrom's 5v5 Teammates and Competition (via HockeyViz, explained here): ...
Japers' Rink May 23, 2017
Tuesday Caps Clips

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Tre Kronor receives its crowns, Rink Wraps get underway, the Stingrays are headed to Game 7 and more. Your savory breakfast links: Nicklas Backstrom and Tre Kronor received a royal welcome upon their triumphant return to Sweden, with gold helmets for everyone and huge happy crowds cheering. And also hot tubs. [RMNB, NoVa Caps] It’s time to start Wrapping the Rink. First up, Karl Alzner. [Rink] Jay Beagle gets a look-see by the cousins. [Peerless] John Carlson - ya gotta step it up, man. [NoVa Caps] Things are looking up for Christian Djoos....
Japers' Rink May 22, 2017
2016-17 Rink Wrap: Karl Alzner

2016-17 Rink Wrap: Karl Alzner

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2016-17 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2017-18. First up, Karl Alzner. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version; data via NHL.com, Corsica.hockey and Cap Friendly): Alzner's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Alzner and His Defense Partners (chart by @muneebalamcu): Alzner's 5v5 Teammates and Competition (via HockeyViz, explained here): ...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 20, 2017
Saturday Caps Clips

Saturday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Nate Schmidt is ready to take on a larger role, the Caps may find it hard to fill the rest of the roles, and more. Your savory breakfast links: One of the silver linings in another disappointing playoffs for the Caps was the performance of Nate Schmidt, who's ready to jump into the team's top four [CSNMA] Meanwhile Nathan Walker may be ready to jump into the NHL lineup. [StarsandSticks] He may have to - the Caps are going to have some gaps to fill in their roster, and the external options to do so are not so great. [WaPo] How much will it cost to...
Japers' Rink May 19, 2017
Friday Caps Clips

Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The day in “Trade Ovi”, Backstrom brings it in the room and on the ice, Zhenya turns 25 and more. Your savory breakfast links: “When things need to be said, and Nick speaks, you listen, because he cares,” T.J. Oshie said. “He thinks about what he says and he says the right things at a lot of the right moments. It’s not very often, but when something needs to be said, Nick does a good job of saying it, and people listen.” [Rink] Backstrom is not backing down at the Worlds, scoring his second goal of the tournament in a 3-1 semifinal...
Japers' Rink May 18, 2017
Backstrom’s Actions Speak Loud, But So Do His Words

Backstrom’s Actions Speak Loud, But So Do His Words

Always one to lead by example, Backstrom is now as comfortable leading by the power of voice Since his name was called to the stage of Nationwide Arena in Columbus by Alex Ovechkin, it was very clear what type of player Nicklas Backstrom would become. Ovechkin was always the exuberant one, never afraid to jump in front of a microphone and spout off whatever came to mind, generally leading to everyone collectively laughing with his antics. Backstrom, on the other hand, was quiet, reserved, and maybe at times even a little bit awkward. That contrast in personalities has always worked well in...
Japers' Rink May 18, 2017
Thursday Caps Clips: Bears Bow Out

Thursday Caps Clips: Bears Bow Out

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Bears’ season comes to an end, free agency and the expansion draft are getting closer, a nice tribute to futility and more. Your savory breakfast links: If you only listen to one podcast about Barry Trotz's future with the Caps today, make it this one. [Rink Radio] Well, that’s terrible news - the Hershey Bears’ season (and title run) came to an end with a 4-2 Game Seven loss to the Providence Bruins. [Chocolate Hockey, CSNMA, NoVa Caps, RMNB, Caps Outsider, Patriot-News] Here’s a handy-dandy guide to the contract statuses of the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 17, 2017
Wednesday Caps Clips

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Uncertain futures abound, rating the city’s sadness and more. Your savory breakfast links: Amazingly enough, the future is uncertain for back-to-back Presidents' Trophy-winning coach Barry Trotz (and loads of other Caps thoughts). [Sportsnet (30 Thoughts)] The future is also uncertain for Karl Alzner, who is likely on his way to free agency. [RMNB] The future is, wait for it... uncertain for Philipp Grubauer as his former GM George McPhee prepares to stock the new Las Vegas team. [CSNMA] If they do pick him up, they’ll be getting a good one....
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 16, 2017
Tuesday Caps Clips: A Thorough Evaluation

Tuesday Caps Clips: A Thorough Evaluation

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Lots of stuff up in the air as the GM takes a few extra days to evaluate his team. All of it. Your savory breakfast links: Tune in for our 50th episode of Japers' Rink Radio with special guest, friend of the Rink and WaPo writer extraordinaire, Isabelle Khurshudyan. [Rink] Usually the player exit interviews are followed by a lengthy postmortem from the GM, but that's on hold while Brian MacLellan conducts a thorough investigation of his team... and his coach. [WaPo] Let's talk about that coach, and the ones that came before him. [FiCP] Whether or...
Japers' Rink May 15, 2017
JRR Episode 50: Leadership and Moving Forward

JRR Episode 50: Leadership and Moving Forward

Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post joins Adam Stringham to discuss what's next for the Capitals Changes are coming to the Washington Capitals but what will those changes look like? Is it fair to pin the Capitals inability to advance on Alex Ovechkin? Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post joins Adam Stringham to discuss those questions and more in this episode of Japers’ Rink Radio. As always, thanks for listening - we truly appreciate your continued support. This is our 50th episode since the reboot and while we were hoping it’d be a third round preview it’s still a...
Japers' Rink May 15, 2017
Monday Caps Clips

Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Backstrom tears it up for the Tre Kronor, Bowey comes up big for the Bears, fretting over free agents and more. Your savory breakfast links: “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today...” Chemmy from Pension Plan Puppets puts paid to the Caps’ season. Sigh. [Puck Daddy] Point -“The Capitals have tried everything — except trading Ovechkin.” [NYPost] Counterpoint - Not so fast, pal. [NoVa Caps] The organization will need to sort out the reverse free agent frenzy: Daniel Winnik faces another offseason of uncertainty. [CSNMA] Kevin...
Japers' Rink May 14, 2017
Sunday Caps Clips

Sunday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The team and their fans begin to grapple with an offseason of change. Your savory breakfast links: The offseason uncertainty, it looms. [SI.com, Buffalo News, AP] ... but what if they are actually fine? [Ottawa Report] Here’s one look at a possible Caps’ offseason. [Stars and Sticks] ... and a way-too-early Opening Night roster projection. [CSNMA] Frustrated Caps think change is needed. [TFP] Alex Ovechkin deserves a better legacy. [THW] This was a good hockey team, y’all. [RMNB] Sad breakdown day pictures are sad. [RMNB] Nate Schmidt, FTW....
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 13, 2017
Saturday Caps Clips: Breaking Down is Hard to Do

Saturday Caps Clips: Breaking Down is Hard to Do

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The players face the media one last time before yet another early summer. Your savory breakfast links: Recapping a somber breakdown day out at Kettler as the Caps face the media - and the music - one last time. [Rink, WaPo, CSNMA, PHT] And if you are so inclined, watch all of the exit interviews: Forwards. [Beagle, Oshie, Wilson, Eller, Connolly, Winnik, Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Williams] Defensemen. [Niskanen, Schmidt, Orlov, Carlson, Alzner, Shattenkirk, Orpik] Goaltenders. [Holtby, Grubauer] Coach. [Trotz] Given the otherwise successful season, it's...
Japers' Rink May 12, 2017
Washington Capitals: Breakdown Day 2017 Review

Washington Capitals: Breakdown Day 2017 Review

Quotes and other updates from the official last day of the Caps’ 2016-17 campaign A year to the day after the Washington Capitals marked the end of a promising season with a second-round loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Caps on Friday attempted to pick up the pieces from the end of a promising season brought to an end in the second round at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nothing particularly earth-shattering came out of the day’s proceedings, and many of the players’ answers echoed their sentiments after last year’s endings. The main difference between this year’s and...
J.p. / Japers' Rink May 12, 2017
The Noon Number: Not-So-Free Agents

The Noon Number: Not-So-Free Agents

A look at a looming summer of choices and negotiations 10 - Number of Caps who dressed in Game 7 who will be free agents this summer (also the number of Caps who dressed in Game 7 who won’t be, of course). Here are the ten free agents: Restricted Free Agents: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, Dmitry Orlov, Nate Schmidt, Philipp Grubauer Unrestricted Free Agents: T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams, Daniel Winnik, Karl Alzner, Kevin Shattenkirk Add Brett Connolly to that first list, and General Manager Brian MacLellan will certainly have a busy offseason ahead of him. For more on the Caps’...

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