Last night, TSN Insider’s Trading panel discussed a number of topics, including the Oilers’ shortcomings, Jay Feaster’s Twitter jab, and a potential re-tool in Arizona. They also talked about Caps general manager Brian MacLellan, whose patience with the team is allegedly running thin.
The general manager of Dynamo Moscow and the Russian national team, Andrey Safronov, spoke with Dmitry Nesterov of Sovetsky Sport in an interview published on Tuesday night. In the piece, Safronov dismissed the possibility of Caps captain Alex Ovechkin’s returning to his club.
The quote itself is a bit confusing, but we’ll make sense of it.
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Since turning pro, the career of Capitals 2010 third-round draft pick Stan Galiev hasn’t gone as expected. The dynamic winger struggled with system play and never found a role with the AHL’s Hershey Bears under coaches Mark French and Mike Haviland. He spent the majority of the last two seasons with Reading in the ECHL. Last year, injuries and scratches limited him to just 30 games between the AHL and ECHL.
Despite this stunning goal in the beginning of the season, 2014-15 started as more of the same for Galiev, who has been playing in North America since 2008. Galiev was scratched in five of seven games in the opening months. But now, it seems like we may actually see a breakout year for the Russian winger.
After scoring four goals in his first 44 career AHL games, Galiev has scored three in his last three, including a game-winner against St. John’s on Sunday. Those were the only goals Hershey scored those games.
Ovechkin’s parents Mikhail and Tatyana pose with the orphans (Photo: Pavel Lysenkov/Sovetsky Sport)
Caps captain Alex Ovechkin has never shied away from charitable work. From participating in the Caps’ Make-A-Wish efforts to playing in charity preseason games annually in Russia, Ovi never misses an opportunity to help those less fortunate. Plus, we can’t forget his date with Ann earlier this season. But some of his secretive charity efforts behind the scenes are just now becoming public.
Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport has revealed that Alex Ovechkin has quietly been supporting as many as seven orphanages in different regions of Russia.
This is pure joy. (Photo: Johan Bernstrom / Bildbyran)
Jakub Vrana, Capitals’ first-round pick at the last draft, scored a hat trick in his team’s 6-5 shootout win against Farjestad on Friday.
That is a hat trick as the Swedish scorekeepers count it: after scoring two goals in regulation, Vrana also netted a game-winning shootout attempt, which is considered a goal in Sweden, unlike in North America, where we call that a DC Hat Trick. The KHL used to count shootout game-winners as goals early in its existence, too, but then decided against it.
Vrana’s highlights are below the jump.
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Capitals prospect Jakub Vrana scored a goal and an assist as his Linkoping defeated Lulea 3-1 in an SHL game. Vrana, who scored the game-winning goal on Saturday, now has five goals and five assists. That was his fourth two-point game of his SHL season.
The 18-year-old forward also had two two-point nights in the Champions Hockey League. This year, he has had six two-point nights in 21 outings.
Videos of Vrana’s highlights from Saturday are under the jump.
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Czech forward Jakub Vrana, who was selected by the Capitals in the first round of the 2014 draft, assisted on two goals as his Linkoping defeated Skelleftea AIK 3-1. Vrana missed the two previous matches (including a Champions League game against Sparta Prague) as he had not yet returned from Czech Republic, where he suited up for his national team at the junior Four Nations tournament.
This is stupid, but I’m compelled to report it.
During an SHL game between Lulea and HV71, Lulea veteran forward Per Ledin (remember him, Colorado readers?) drank out of a goalie’s water bottle in the most Swedish move ever.
Evgeny Kuznetsov is among the players for whom Barry Trotz has struggled to find a consistent spot in the line-up. (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty)
To break out of their slump, the Capitals needed offensive contribution from their second line. Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky scored four points each in the last three games, all Caps wins. Before that, when the Capitals struggled to get points, their third line featuring Joel Ward and Jason Chimera shone. Right now, the Caps have an eight-plus goal-scorer on each of their top three lines in Alex Ovechkin, Johansson, and Ward.
Coach Barry Trotz has found three successful pairs so far: Ovechkin-Backstrom, Johansson-Brouwer, Chimera-Ward. Andre Burakovsky seems to have secured second-line center position for now, which leaves two main vacancies in top nine: top-line right wing and third-line center.
Gersich with Team USA at the 2014 U18 World Juniors (Photo: IIHF)
Washington Capitals fifth-round pick in 2014 Draft Shane Gersich has been named to the Team USA roster for the 2014 World Junior A Challenge, the tournament showcasing the best players from “A” level leagues, such as the Canadian CJHL and the American USHL.
The tournament is held every year in Canada. This year, the games will be played in Kindersley, Saskatchewan.