Farewell, Dean Evason

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Tuesday afternoon was a busy time for ex-Capitals coaches, as Dale Hunter was officially re-hired to be the London Knights head coach and long-time assistant Dean Evason was hired by the man who originally drafted him into the NHL, David Poile, to coach the Milwaukee Admirals, the AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators.

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2011-12 Year-End Review: Alex Semin

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There is no defining Alex Semin. Many men have tried and gone mad in the attempt.

This season, though, Matt Bradley helped us out by distilling the thousands of questions about Semin into only one: Does Sasha care? We spent the rest of the season trying to find the answer, helped by scientific bar graphs, endearing drawings, and caps-locked hashtags. Yet here we are in what could be the last few days of Semin’s career with the Capitals, and we still don’t have the answer. Does Sasha really care? Perhaps we’ll never know.

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Former Capital Ken Klee is on the Hall of Fame Ballot

Adrian Dater (file photo)

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As I was rifling through a few stories this weekend, one in particular by Avs beat writer Adrian Dater, caught my eye.

This year’s Hall of Fame ballot is filled with shoo-ins and recognizable names such as Brendan Shanahan, Mats Sundin, and former Capital Olie Kolzig. Dater used his article to wax poetic about one of my favorite players back in the day, longtime captain of the Avalanche, Joe Sakic.

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2011-12 Year-End Review: Mathieu Perreault

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This year, Mathieu Perreault did a good deal to shake off the labels of streakiness and inconsistency that have plagued him, scoring at a better clip and sticking with the team all year long. Now, all he needs is a six-inch growth spurt to shut up critics altogether. We think he’s got it in him.

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2011-12 Year-End Review: Alex Ovechkin

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We could write whole essays about Alex Ovechkin‘s season. We could write a three-act play, we could write a bestselling series of novels about our namesame, the Russian Machine, and the ups and downs of his career.

But don’t worry, we didn’t, so don’t be afraid to click past the jump. Mostly it’s a lot of gifs of belly patting, which accomplishes the same effect anyway.

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When Dale Hunter’s made his decision to resign as the coach of the Washington Capitals, the disappointment of his players was manifest as they conducted their exit interviews at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. For all the talk of Hunter’s defense-first game plan, the coach’s strategy was barely mentioned by the players. Instead, they praised something else: the accountability he brought to the team. Gone were the days of stars — or captains — getting a free pass. Every player was forced to work together, no matter what line or how much ice team they got.

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2011-12 Year-End Review: Dmitry Orlov

Dima meets the Caps Fan Club, freaks out.

Dmitry Orlov was a surprise — but unlike most of the surprises we had this year, he was a pleasant one. The Russian rookie got his chance early on in a difficult season and never looked back, shooting and checking his way to our hearts. We’re almost glad his first season is over, though, because we weren’t sure his nose was going to survive.

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“Is party now!” (Photo credit: Vklybe.tv)

How do we know the hockey season’s officially over? Ovechkin’s in a speedo and partying on a boat in Turkey! We’re debating if Ovechkin is or isn’t fat. The first photos of Alex Ovechkin out on the town in Russia have surfaced!

This past Saturday night, Ovechkin and girlfriend Maria Kirilenko — fresh off their time together in Paris for the French Open — attended the premiere of a music video by Russian artists DJ Gold Sky and Vselennaya at the Premier Lounge in Moscow.

We would post the music video here, but unfortunately it has not been uploaded anywhere*. Thankfully, Vklybe.tv published some fantastic photos of Ovechkin and Kirilenko interacting with the crowd, a crowd which appears to consist mainly of ladies wearing Russian hockey jerseys and nothing else. Oh yes, they have props too.

Follow us below the jump for pictures of Ovi’s night in da club.

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Caps General Manger George McPhee Joins Twitter

“How do you follow someone again?” (Photo credit: Bridget Samuels)

For those who keep asking who next coach of Washington Capitals is going to be, you can now direct your questions straight to the man making the decision: @GMMcPhee – better known as Capitals General Manager George McPhee. The Twitter account was recently created and Caps PR confirmed to us it is indeed his.

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2011-12 Year-End Review: Michal Neuvirth

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Michal Neuvirth is the most patient goaltender in the world.

He had every reason to believe that he would be the starting goalie this year, and there was a slight hiccup in that plan when the team brought in veteran goalie Tomas Vokoun. Disappointing, of course, but Neuvirth didn’t pitch a fit about it, he just put his head down and tried to work harder. Neuvirth struggled this year, but when Vokoun struggled as well, Neuvirth was always there to step in.

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