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Photos: Amanda Bowen

Tuesday marked the first day Caps prospects hit the ice for this year’s Development Camp. Using iPads, the coaches videotaped each player doing skating drills so the Caps could gather intel and teaching material for later in camp. Here’s basically how the morning went: every player would go in front of the camera, say their name (probably with a cool accent), and then proceed to do a drill.

Former Capitals captain Jeff Halpern stopped by to help out the Red Team. He gave some one-on-one attention to defensive prospect Madison Bowey and standout enforcer Liam O’Brien.

The prospects also debuted new shirts.

RMNB’s Amanda Bowen was there for it all. You’ve gotta see her photos. You’ll notice a lot of familiar faces including O’Brien, Stephenson, Herbert, Barber, DiPauli, Boyd, and Djoos.

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“Let’s aggressively hug!”

It’s that time again, you guys. Caps Development Camp begins today and runs through Saturday. All of the Caps best prospects (minus first-round pick Ilya Samsonov) will be at Kettler skating, scrimmaging, and signing all your weird items. Here’s the full schedule via the Caps.

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New Capitals forward T.J. Oshie will wear No. 77, the team announced Monday.

Oshie wore No. 74 in St. Louis, but as you know defenseman John Carlson already owns those digits here in D.C. and was not giving it up.

Oshie tried to have a reasonable conversation about his new number on Twitter Thursday, but that was derailed by his new Capitals teammates.

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Photo: Rob Carr

We’ve got at least two more years of Evgeny Kuznetsov ahead. The 23-year-old RFA forward has signed a two-year bridge contract with the Washington Capitals with an average annual value of $3 million, the Caps announced on Monday.

That’s another solid signing in a summer filled with solid signings.

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On July 3rd, Julianne Hough’s Move Live Tour made its way to Wolf Trap, and there was a special Caps-related surprise during the show. I’ll let RMNB reader Topher Gee explain.

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Photo: @tom_wilso

Tom Wilson announced on Instagram this weekend that his family went on a trip. “Nothing beats family time at the cottage,” Wilson said in his caption. Please notice: Everybody here is fully clothed, except for a shirtless Wilson. But I guess with abs like that you gotta let the body breathe.

Non-surprisingly on Instagram, this photo had 5,239 likes (as of midnight Monday morning) and the comments are super fun.

Here are some of my favorites.

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TJ Oshie called in to SportsCenter Sunday to surprise a five-year-old Blues fan who had a bit of a tantrum upon learning upon his trade to Washington. (It was pretty much the same reaction I had when the Hurricanes signed Alex Semin three years ago, so I get it.)

Watch and feel fuzzy things inside your innards, which is hopefully not related to how much you drank during your backyards firework show last night.

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Source: Braden Holtby and Caps Are Close On Deal

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A source familiar with the situation tells RMNB that restricted free agent Braden Holtby and the Capitals are close to agreeing to a new contract that will keep the Lloydminster, Saskatchewan goaltender in Washington for a long time. We’re told that the Caps and Holtby’s camp are about $1 million apart in yearly salary, but term is not an issue. The Caps want him closer to $5 million per year, while Holtby wants around $6 million.

According to the Capitals’ Mike Vogel, Sunday is the deadline for NHL players to file for arbitration. That date will likely encourage a deal as both sides want to get this done.

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After single-handedly beating Russia (sad face) in an Olympic shootout last year, the TJ Oshie #brand became more closely associated with the US National Team than the NHL team he played for, the St. Louis Blues. Now that he’s been traded to the Capitals, Oshie, much like this new RMNB T-shirt, is 1,776% more patriotic.

Now excuse me while I go shout some things. FREEDOM! APPLE PIE! EAGLES! KEN GRIFFEY’S GROTESQUELY SWOLLEN JAW!

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Photo: Hoodie Allen

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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