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Before Wiz Khalifa and Fallout Boy performed at Giant Center tonight, opener Hoodie Allen took the stage. And the rapper did so in a Hershey Bears jersey. This is tremendous. This is almost as cool as Snoop Dogg rapping in a Caps jersey.

There’s much, much more about it at Chocolate Hockey, a Bears blog run by former RMNB member and my forever little brother Kyle Mace. Check it out >>

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On the first day of free agency, long-time Capital Mike Green signed a three-year, $18 million contract to play in Detroit. Despite being the most sought out UFA on the market, Green found the decision, according to Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com, to be a “pretty easy one.”

Here’s Mike Green in his own words on why he signed with Detroit.

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San Jose’s bigasses/60 just got even bigger. NBCSN’s Anson Carter reports that former Washington Capitals winger Joel Ward has signed with the Sharks. Ward did not get the four years his agent wanted; instead he’ll settle for three. The contract is worth $9.825 million, and the $3.275 yearly salary is a $275k raise from last season.

WAVE GOODBYE TO THOSE CLUTCH GOALS AND THAT BIG BEAUTIFUL BUTT.

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Thursday, in a move that surprised all Capitals fans, General Manager Brian MacLellan traded Troy Brouwer to the St. Louis Blues for TJ Oshie, Pheonix Copley, and a third-round pick. Also surprised: Troy Brouwer.

While speaking with CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley on Friday, Brouwer said that he found out about the deal while doing arts and crafts with his daughter Kylie.

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Wednesday night, the Caps made a big move signing Justin Williams to an affordable two-year deal. Williams has the reputation of a leader who thrives in big moments. He’s also a darn good hockey player who really does make players around him better.

While Joel Ward had been clutch for the Caps over the last three years, new Caps right wing Justin Williams is even clutchier. They call him Mr. Game Seven after all.

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Wednesday afternoon, Mike Green signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings. After ten seasons in Washington, many of his teammates went to social media to say goodbye.

Among the first to voice tribute was Caps captain Alex Ovechkin. Selected in the first round of the same draft, Ovechkin has never played apart from Green.

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And we’re officially down another young gun.

Mike Green, one of the greatest defensemen in Caps history, is no longer a Cap. Bob McKenzie reports that Green has signed a 3-year, $18 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings with an average salary of $6 million. It’s basically the same contract as the one he signed with the Caps three years ago. According to Craig Custance, the deal also has a full no-trade clause.

Last summer, the Red Wings were rumored to have been trying to trade for Green. Now they have their man without giving up anything in return. Besides a lot of money, of course, although maybe not as much as some expected.

The Capitals released a statement minutes after news of Green’s departure broke.

“We want to thank Mike for 10 great seasons with the Washington Capitals,” the team wrote. “Mike was an ultimate professional in his long tenure with our organization and had a huge impact on our community. We wish Mike all the best with the Detroit Red Wings organization.”

We said our goodbyes last week, but if you would like to swim in your own salty tears again, watch our farewell video below.

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The Capitals have maintained for the last month that they would not make a big splash on the first day of free agency. Well, how about a stealth-like walk down those steel stairs into the pool?

At noon, GM Brian MacLellan made two important depth signings. First the Caps announced the re-signing of restricted free agent Stan Galiev to an affordable, two-year, $1.15 million contract. Galiev’s contract is two-way during the 2015-16 season and one-way during the 2016-17 season. GMBM has said that Galiev will be given every opportunity during training camp to make the team.

Around the same time, Bob McKenzie reported that the Caps signed Penguins’ UFA defenseman Taylor Chorney to a one-year, $700 deal. The defenseman, who spent most of the year in AHL, could be the Capitals’ seventh defenseman next season. Regardless, he will provide much needed depth in the organization with Hershey Bears captain Steve Oleksy potentially leaving as a free agent.

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Every year, the NHL unveils new hats at the draft and they’re always super fancy. This year’s edition features each team’s logo on the hat and then either the team’s alternate logo or a zoomed-in detail of the original logo on the bill. The NHL’s shield is also located on the back of the fitted cap, just as a friendly reminder where your hard-earned cash is going.

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