2012 Caps Convention Cancelled Because of CBA Uncertainty

Mike Green autographs a baby at last year’s Caps Con. (Photo credit: Chris Gordon)

The state of the Washington Capitals fan base is strong. Just this past weekend hundreds assembled for the team’s annual summer Fanfest, packing Kettler Capitals Iceplex on a July morning to watch to watch of bunch of teenagers and early 20-somethings play the final scrimmage of the team’s Development Camp. And while the Fanfest has become a big hit, the gathering many DC hockey fans eagerly await is the Capitals Convention, held during every pre-season for the past three years. Since its inception in 2009, Caps Con has grown into a huge event, with over 6,500 people making their way to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center a couple blocks away from Verizon Center last year. The event features panels with many Caps and NHL luminaries, autograph signings and over hockey-themed activities. But this year, however, Caps Con will not take place.

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After declining the Capitals’ one year, $5 million qualifying offer yesterday, restricted free agent Mike Green agreed to a three-year, $18.25 extension early Monday which will keep the two-time Norris trophy nominee in Washington through the 2014-15 season.

Despite only playing in a combined 81 games over the past two seasons and seeing his role with the team diminish, General Manager George McPhee thought enough of Green to give him a $1 million pay raise – or approximately 294 Vespas – to buy out the first two years of his free agency. The 26-year-old defenseman will earn $6 million in 2012-13 and 2013-14 and $6.25 in 2014-15 for an annual cap hit of $6.083 million.

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