It is time. RMNB is back and so are the Washington Capitals. Ramping up for the 2015-16 season, we’ve got a special hourlong podcast for you. With us this time is special guest Alan May, CSN analyst and human flamethrower, here to share his thoughts on the Caps offseason, the evolution of fighting in the NHL, and good local beer.
It’s a good podcast, and it’s gonna be a good season. Let’s do it!
Triple-threat Julianne Hough bought a fancy gyrocopter for husband-to-be Brooks Laich last week. The gadget is a DGI Phantom 3 and it’s powerful. According to DJI’s website, the flying camera’s top speed is 35 MPH and can travel up to 20,000 feet above sea level though it can only stay in the air for 25 minutes.
Laich broke the thing in on Tuesday while taking the couple’s two dogs, Lexi and Harley, on a walk.
During the penultimate game of the Capitals preseason, the team unveiled an elaborate new skycam suspended from the rafters. The fan reaction was swift and mostly negative, largely from fans in the upper deck whose views were impacted by the moving camera and its cables. On Sunday night, Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsisacknowledged the criticism in a blog post.
The Capitals closed out the 2015-16 preseason with a dominating 6-2 win over the New York Islanders on Sunday evening. The Isles iced their B-squad players, making this final game an easy win for the home team.
The stars of the night were Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Oshie line and Washington’s special teams, as you’ll see below.
The Washington Capitals did a lot of good things this summer, building off a roster that was one game away from making the Eastern Conference Finals. Brian MacLellan traded for TJ Oshie, signed Justin Williams, and re-upped Braden Holtby. These moves, on top of another year of Barry Trotz, has three NHL.com writers— John Kreiser, Mike Morreale, and Matt Cubeta–seeing red.
The Capitals announced their final roster cuts Monday morning. The most surprising dismissal was veteran center Derek Roy, who played well during training camp. With Jay Beagle announced as the team’s third-line center and Nicklas Backstrom potentially missing only four games, the Caps must have seen little upside keeping Roy around as a fourth-line center.
The Caps also cut forwards Liam O’Brien and Chandler Stephenson, defensemen Aaron Ness and Ryan Stanton, and goalie Justin Peters, who struggled mightily last year, from training camp. That means Philipp Grubauer will be Braden Holtby’s back-up this year.
As the Capitals PR team noted, Ness, Peters, and Stanton will all have to pass through waivers before joining the Hershey Bears in the AHL.
For those of you keeping track at home, that means forwards Chris Brown (who is injured), surprise-of-camp Sean Collins, and oft-criticzed Stan Galiev all remain on the roster, at least for now.
Alex Ovechin turned 30 last month, and that is scary. It is scary mostly because age is a dauntless demon who will one day lay waste to all the fun stuff about living like jumping jacks, erections, and hearing above 16 kilohertz, but it is scary also because scoring goals in hockey becomes rarer as players get older.
When TJ Oshie took the ice for the Caps’ final preseason game against the New York Islanders, he sported a shiner under his left eye and a cut on the bridge of his nose. His battle wounds were courtesy of Adam McQuaid’s fists on Friday night. McQuaid is the veteran of 43 NHL fights.
After reviewing photos from RMNB’s Amanda Bowen and social media, I can confirm that Ovechkin saw those “good hits in [Oshie’s] face.” Ovechkin and the Bruins’ Chris Kelly had front-row seats to the fight. Together they watched, arms wrapped around each other like they were taking Homecoming photos.