Tarik El-Bashir Returns to Cover the Caps for CSN

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When RMNB got started, The Washington Post’s Capitals coverage was anchored by the wise and gregarious Tarik El-Bashir. In 2012 Tarik left the Post and the sport to cover the Redskins for CSN, but now he’s making a homecoming, taking over the mantle of CSN’s Capitals Insider.

Welcome back, Tarik!

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Editor’s note: Ned Belliveau, who made this awesome “Too Many Caps” video and this absurd season preview video, was wondering if he could try his hand at statistical analysis. While he’s no Pat Holden, he had some interesting thoughts on the Capitals’ forward depth for the upcoming season. After pulling dozens of numbers and wrestling with spreadsheet formulas Ned came to us with a complete piece that sheds some light on the contributions that the new forward acquisitions might bring to the team.

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup Championship, painful as it was, may have been the best possible thing for the Washington Capitals. The old saying is that the NHL is a copycat league and Pittsburgh’s win showed that having three deep and skilled scoring lines and forward depth in general is an important factor to a successful Cup run. The Capitals were not good enough in that six-game series, and they need to address their forward depth issues to make a deep playoff run in 2016-17.

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On Saturday, defenseman Dmitry Orlov celebrated his 25th birthday in his native Russia. The Caps’ unsigned restricted free agent honored the occasion by going out to dinner with his wife Varvara and several of his friends.

Orlov even got a birthday cake. Sure the cake is tiny, but take a look at that giant candle. It resembles a rocket about to launch into outer space.

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Friday evening, democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton announced Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate. A few hours later, something strange happened.

Rapper MC Hammer tweeted congratulations to Kaine by posting a photo of the two together at a Caps game.

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This weekend, Washington Capitals winger TJ Oshie is participating in what is called the super bowl of celebrity sports: the American Century Championship. Held at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nevada, Oshie joined 80 pro athletes and Hollywood celebrities such as Charles Barkley, Aaron Rodgers, Justin Timberlake, Steph Curry, Larry The Cable Guy, Ray Romano, and Roger Clemens for the opportunity to win a share of the tournament’s $600,000 purse.

After the first round Friday, Oshie’s two points puts him in a tie for 46th place with former Orioles and Yankees pitcher David Wells. See the full leaderboard here. Oshie shot 14 over par, registering a birdie on holes three and eleven.

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Friday afternoon, Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman tweeted out something rather interesting and possibly troubling.

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Alex Ovechkin on the Cover of Russian Forbes

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Alex Ovechkin just landed on another magazine cover. This time it’s the Russian Forbes and Ovi looks very serious about it.

In the accompanying article, the business side of Ovechkin’s hockey career is intimately discussed, including the Russian machine’s 13-year NHL contract and why he decided to drop Don Meehan as an agent early in his career – opting instead to make decisions as a family.

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Goodbye, Salad: Tom Wilson Has Cut His Hair

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Thursday night, some of the biggest news all summer broke on Instagram. Tom Wilson cut his hair.

Let’s take a closer look at his lettuce-less salad.

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Sometimes when it’s the summer and there’s no hockey to write about, our hockey blog covers things that are not about hockey. We’ve covered NASCAR, the cowboy monkey rodeo, and Rugrats inspired minor league baseball jerseys. Two Augusts ago, I even blacked out for a minute and wrote a long feature for the Washington Post on Orioles’ pitcher Dylan Bundy.

On Monday, my talented friend Susi, who plays in a volleyball league, was at Baltimore Beach for a game. Then for whatever reason reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton showed up in a white van ready to play with a dozen of his Carolina Panther teammates. That seemed… interesting. I also noticed it was uncovered by other news media, so I wrote about it with Susi’s help. The next night, Newton showed up to play volleyball again. My talented and infinitely more handsome coworker at Visual Data Systems, Brandon Serfass, took humorous video of Newton getting blocked while trying to spike the ball past a girl. I posted his video.

Wednesday at noon, RMNB ended up on SportsCenter for its football-player-playing-volleyball coverage.

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Fehr poses with the Stanley Cup in the office of his Winnipeg home. (Photo: @keeperofthecup)

In June, former Capitals forward Eric Fehr became a Stanley Cup champion for the first time after his new team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games. The 30-year-old Fehr scored three goals and added an assist during the Penguins’ playoff run, which included a GWG in Round Two against the Caps.

On Wednesday, Fehr got his designated day with the Cup, meeting the Phil Pritchard at his Winnipeg home. After taking a photo in his office, Fehr let his family lift the trophy.

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