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At 7 PM on Tuesday, the NHL Awards will be held live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Everybody’s favorite Russian machine, Alex Ovechkin, will be in attendance. Ovi, who led the NHL in goals this season, is in town to accept the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy for the fourth time in his career. He’s also there to party.

But we at RMNB are concerned about something else much more important: the seating chart.

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On Wednesday, the Washington Capitals published a guide for the upcoming NHL draft (June 27th), and it is awesome. One thing that I learned is that the Caps have historically been active on draft day. The team has made 20 draft day trades overall, including one in each of the past six years. The most notable moves lately have been the acquisitions of Troy “No Emmy” Brouwer and Mike “2 Chainz” Ribeiro.

If you take a fine-toothed comb to that list, one stunning factoid reveals itself. The Caps have essentially traded away two hall of fame players in draft day deals and gotten none in return.

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The space before renovation last year. (Photo: DC Dining Guide)

In November, a new sports bar will open on H Street in downtown DC. You’re going to love the name. The bar will be called the Sin Bin, and it will be devoted to the Washington Capitals.

This morning, the newly named general manager of the bar, Chris Conner, had a question for us.

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For those who cry over spilt milk (me), here’s a photo that may give you a Maalox moment. Former Capital Filip Forsberg hung out in Sweden on Friday with current Capital Andre Burakovsky. They look so happy.

The Swedish national teammates were together celebrating Midsummer in Forsberg’s hometown of Leksand.

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A year ago at this time, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was in London supporting fiancee Maria Kirilenko at Wimbledon. This year: not so much.

That’s because the engaged Ovechkin (still technically a bachelor) is in Las Vegas one week before the NHL Awards. He’s there with some of his best friends for what seems to be a party of some sort. In completely unrelated news: AskMen just named Sin City the number-one bachelor party destination.

Ovechkin has done us all a solid by incoherently chronicling his trip on Instagram. The most compelling thing he’s posted so far has been the video of him at the pool. People walk by him like he’s no big deal. Only in Vegas, I guess.

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When I think of hockey players training in the offseason, I imagine iron, ice, and sweat. I don’t imagine safety goggles and balls bouncing off walls.

A few weeks ago, Steve Oleksy revealed his newfangled training technique: playing racquetball with Braden Holtby.

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Over the past week, Washington Capitals rookie forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been jet-setting across the world on vacation with his wife Nastya.

Kuzya could certainly use the rest and relaxation. Last season, the winger played hockey in two different leagues and did not make the playoffs in either. He also participated in the World Championship and suffered two somewhat major injuries.

The 22-year-old has addressed his pressing mental and physical concerns by taking a vacation that is positively siiiiickkkk.

Let’s vicariously enjoy it (like we did with his car), shall we?

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Early Monday, the Washington Capitals announced that they had promoted Ross Mahoney, who has been the Caps’ director of amateur scouting for the past 16 seasons, to the vacant assistant general manager position.

At 1pm, Caps GM Brian MacLellan held a conference call with reporters to talk about Mahoney’s promotion, but the discussion quickly turned to everything else.

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Why Is Alex Ovechkin Shirtless This Time?

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Over the weekend, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin posted a shirtless selfie on Instagram. Again. As this is a regular occurrence, I didn’t make much of it, but just in case I asked actual RMNB Russian Igor Kleyner if there was any significance to the photo.

Apparently, yes.

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Someday This Will Be Us

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Over the weekend I was bored and started browsing through Instagram on my iPad. I ended up looking at all the photos and videos Kings fans uploaded after they won the Stanley Cup. You would think that’d be a mistake (okay, maybe I cried a little), but in the end it reminded me why I want the Caps to win their own cup so badly some day: the celebration is unmatched.

From a fan’s perspective, here’s what scoring the Stanley Cup/winning goal is like; here’s what it’s like to see the captain of your team first lift the cup; and here’s what it’s like to riot in the streets of LA and down a police-controlled drone.

It’s pretty frigging cool.

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