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.
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.
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.
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.
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.