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Last week, Russian rapper T-Killah posted an Instagram video of Alex Ovechkin sweaty and shirtless. Because reasons. The two comrades, along with Ovechkin’s close friend Sasha Gusev, had just completed a game of basketball and were debating their sporting skillz.

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Alex Ovechkin has probably been on more magazine covers than Kim Kardashian and today he adds one more. The Hockey News will make The Great Eight their cover boy for their “Future Of Hockey” issue.

I don’t have much more to add than that– except, well, I do notice something.

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Happy Tweet Like Ovi Day 2015))))))))))))))

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You guys, today is August 8th (8/8) and you know what that means! It’s time to celebrate Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and his amazing communication style with our very own made-up holiday, Tweet Like Ovi Day.

To participate, jump on Twitter (we’re @russianmachine), drink 8 Red Bulls, and then recklessly abandon all grammar and punctuation rules you learned in grade school. Make sure to conclude every tweet with a hahaha and some exuberant close parenthesis )))))). You’ll also want to include the hashtag #TweetLikeOviDay in your submissions. Let’s get this ish trending.

Ovi participated last year and it was, well, so sick))))))

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The Capitals have seen a lot of fan favorites leave this summer including Mike Green, Joel Ward, and Troy Brouwer. While seeing those guys in new sweaters is definitely weird, Eric Fehr and Steve Oleksy took it to the next level when they signed with rival Pittsburgh.

Like, check out Oleksy in his new Pens’ hockey pants, socks, and helmet, with his new number 65.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is back from vacation and training for next season at Dynamo’s practice facility (Novogorsk-Dynamo) with rival Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin, according to an Instagram photo he posted this morning. “Getting ready for the season!!” Ovechkin said in Russian, as translated by RMNB reader Olga Fedorova. “Thanks to Andrey Vorobiev for training!!))) Malkin [thumbs up].”

Andrey Vorobiev is the governor of Moscow Oblast.

Due to the wonderful power of Instagram, we find that this is not the only Russian political leader Ovechkin has skated with this summer.

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On Wednesday, restricted free agent Marcus Johansson and the Washington Capitals went to arbitration. Johansson asked for $4.75 million while the Caps offered $3 million. Two days later, an arbitrator has finally announced his decision. The Caps winger, who set career highs in goals, shots on goal, and points last season, has been awarded a one-year, $3.75 million contract for next season.

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Friday night at 7:05 PM, RMNB’s hometown Frederick Keys will take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Harry Grove Stadium. And they will be doing so in uniforms that are both ridiculous (think: Cowboy Monkey Rodeo) and awesome beyond words.

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Last season, four-year-old Maxim Goloschapov was flown from Moscow to Kettler Capitals Iceplex because he won a promotional campaign held by Bauer Russia. Basically, tiny Maxim wowed Ovechkin with his hockey talent so much that The Great Eight had to meet him.

In March, Maxim and the rest of his family watched the Caps practice before being introduced to Ovechkin and the team’s two other Russian players, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov, in the locker room. That day, Maxim’s father Ivan promised Ovechkin a gift to thank him for his son’s amazing experience.

In mid-June, Ovechkin actually took him up on that offer – with help from his girlfriend, Nastya Shubskaya. During a quick meet-up in a Moscow restaurant, Maxim and his father presented the Russian machine with a portrait of himself.

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Caps Sign Jonas Siegenthaler To Entry-Level Contract

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Thursday afternoon, the Washington Capitals announced the signing of 2015 second-round pick Jonas Siegenthaler to a three-year, entry-level contract. Siegenthaler was the first skater the Capitals picked in last year’s draft. The defenseman impressed in Development Camp.

According to the Capitals, Siegenthaler will join the team for rookie camp prior to being loaned to the Zurich Lions for the 2015-16 National League A season.

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Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick contributed to Derek Jeter’s blog, The Players’ Tribune, on Wednesday and tried to explain why some of the NHL’s best goal scorers are just so dang hard to stop. Naturally he brought up five-time Rocket Richard trophy winner Alex Ovechkin.

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