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Years ago, no one knew if talented forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, a notorious waffler, would ever play in the NHL. “It’s kind of like seeing the Loch Ness Monster,” George McPhee said on March 8, 2014, the night Kuznetsov finally put ink to paper on a two-year entry-level contract.

After all that KHL drama though, it looks like Kuznetsov is ready to make a long-term commitment to the NHL. When speaking to The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt Monday about his recent two-year extension, Kuznetsov stated his desire again to stay in Washington for the rest of his career.

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Curtis Glencross Regrets Hometown Discount

Curtis Glencross, aka “CG22” or “Gold Rush Glencross” or “GlenX” or “Glengary Glencross”, is still without a contract for the 2015-16 season. After seven points in 18 games for the Capitals, the 32-year-old forward is a man without a country. It’s at this point that Glencross is beginning to regret taking that hometown discount ($2.55 million) with the Calgary Flames in 2011, back when he was a 20-plus goal scorer.

Speaking with Calgary Sun:

“If I could do it again … as much as I love (Calgary) and call it home and met great people, at the same time, when it’s time for you to cash in, you have to take advantage and cash in. You can’t take a pay-cut or hometown discount because things change.”

That’s surprising candor from a professional hockey player.

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Caps Media vs USA Warriors This Sunday at KCI

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If you can’t wait until October to get your hockey fix, this weekend could scratch your itch and help out a great cause in the process. Sunday afternoon at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, members of the Caps mediasphere will face off against the legendary USA Warriors team.

Wes Johnson will announce the lineups. Bob McDonald will sing the anthem. Courtney Laughlin will play. There will be tons and tons of cool signed Caps gear you can bid on (like a signed Backstrom stick and a signed Holtby puck) — and best of all, all the proceeds will go to the USA Warriors.

You’re already sold, right? Good. Go to the Facebook page right now and RSVP. Go. I’ll wait.

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Last week, Caps forward Brooks Laich and entertainment superstar Julianne Hough announced they were engaged, which became headline news everywhere. Today, Julianne (finally!) showed us the ring in a post on her personal blog.

And, wow. That thing is GIGANTIC.

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The Weird Satanist Guy is Bowser from the Caps Rap

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Did you see that viral video from earlier this week? Looks like Andrew Bowser has done it again. If you haven’t kept up with the intrepid auteur behind the Caps Rap (2010, and a sequel in 2011), you’ve missed a lot. In that time, Bowser has directed three films and contributed to like a billion online video projects, mostly at Nerdist. It was there that we learned Bowser had once again won the internet.

I don’t want to spoil it for you, so just watch the video first.

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The Best State Flag: Making RMNB Last

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Mark M. wants me to talk about how great the Maryland flag is. Thank you, Mark M. I love the Maryland flag. Here’s a tweet from February as evidence.

I’m inclined to say the Maryland flag is the best because it just looks cool, but I can’t. This story can be only half fun, because the flag, like the people and place it represents, is complicated.

But I’ll say this up front: Maryland is a lot more than crab cakes and football, neither of which are very good.

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The International Ice Hockey Federation on Monday announced an $85,000 fine against the Russian Hockey Federation for an incident that occurred after Canada embarrassed Russia again, this time at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the Czech Republic. But don’t lump Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin into this mess.

Here’s what went down. After Canada destroyed Russia 6-1 in the gold medal game, most of Team Russia’s skaters left the ice immediately after receiving their silver medals. This was a problem because good sportsmanship (and, apparently, the rulebook) requires the losing team to stay on the the ice for the entire medal ceremony, including the playing of the victors’ national anthem. The IIHF noted that team captain Ilya Kovalchuk led the mass departure, though it’s hard to imagine where they got the idea that Kovalchuk would leave something before he was supposed to.

Meanwhile, according to the Russian news agency TASS, Alex Ovechkin stayed for the entire ceremony and tried to keep his team on the ice. That’s called good leadership, people.

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Remember when I said that the Alex Ovechkin Kharlamov Trophy press conference was the gift that keeps on giving? Today, I bring you a translation and GIFs of Alex Ovechkin drawing Alex Ovechkin via SovSport.

Alex Ovechkin drawn by Alex Ovechkin looks like a cross between Hey Arnold, Doug Funnie, and a stick figure. Ovechkin’s girlfriend, Nastya Shubskaya, fared much better.

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Amazing photoshop by me.

Apparently Ilya Bryzgalov isn’t the only Russian hockey player interested in the universe. After being awarded the Kharlamov Trophy as the NHL’s best Russian player on Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin was presented with an official “certificate” from Russian astronomer Leonid Elenin.

The certificate commemorates the asteroid that Elenin discovered on March 31, 2009 and named Ovechkin five years later. Elenin called the asteroid a late birthday gift for the Russian machine at the time.

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Tuesday morning, Capitals heartthob Brooks Laich announced his engagement to star Julianne Hough. Because the super-famous Hough is a triple threat (actress/singer/dancer) and on one of network TV’s biggest shows (Dancing With The Stars), nearly every news outlet in the world covered the proposal, including TMZ, ABC World News, and NBC Nightly News.

That’s cool and all, but anyone can post an Instagram photo and relay the news that a couple is engaged. I need hard-hitting analysis. I need deep, incisive journalism. I need Access Hollywood’s comprehensive coverage of the proposal– an entire segment dedicated to explaining who the heck Brooks Laich is.

Billy Bush, take me on a sports journey.

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