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In an email to season ticket holders, the Washington Capitals have announced that PDFs printed at home will no longer be an option for entry to games next season. Instead, only the Caps’ mobile ticket solution, STH cards, and traditional paper tickets will be honored.

The decision, which also applies to the Wizards, will have a significant impact on the secondary market.

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DC Metro. Not great, you guys. Not great.

When I was young, the DC Metro was cool. It was inexpensive, convenient, and it worked. Smash cut to 2016. Metro General Manager Paul J.Wiedefeld has proposed that the Metro permanently shut down at 10 PM on Sundays and at midnight every other night.

If this happens, there will be an impact on your Capitals hockey.

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Tarik El-Bashir Returns to Cover the Caps for CSN

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When RMNB got started, The Washington Post’s Capitals coverage was anchored by the wise and gregarious Tarik El-Bashir. In 2012 Tarik left the Post and the sport to cover the Redskins for CSN, but now he’s making a homecoming, taking over the mantle of CSN’s Capitals Insider.

Welcome back, Tarik!

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Here’s the best possible news. Forward Marcus Johansson has signed a three-year, $13.75 million contract with the Washington Capitals. The deal avoids what would have been a tense arbitration meeting scheduled for this afternoon morning.

The AAV of the deal is $4.58 million, a good price for a good player and a fair compromise between the parties.

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Representatives for Marcus Johansson and the Caps will meet with an arbitrator on Wednesday to recommend a salary for the player’s next contract. According to Elliotte Friedman, the parties are far apart.

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The Gardening and Pornography Episode (RMNB Podcast)

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It’s not actually about gardening and pornography, but those are two topics on our minds this week. Really, Ian and I got together to talk about our fondest memories of beloved outgoing Capitals players like Mike Weber.

You can get the RMNB Podcast on iTunes. Go ahead and give us a five-star review there and Ian will deliver some garden-fresh veggies right to your doorstep.

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In the wake of the Caps’ season end, I was curious how the Caps fan community felt. After six years of RMNB and a decade of Ovechkin, I wondered who you thought makes up the pantheon of most favorite Caps players.

I asked the good people of Twitter, who had not yet descended into heartrending reactions to a world that is becoming increasingly like The Purge and also PokeMon Go strategy tips, to rate their favorite Caps players of Ovechkin era from 1 to 5, with one being intense hatred and five being omg bff.

What I learned will shock you. Turns out people like Ovi.

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Michael Latta Signs One-Year Deal with Los Angeles Kings

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The Capitals opted not to give a qualifying offer to Michael Latta, but the pugnacious six-foot forward didn’t linger in free agency long. Elliotte Friedman has announced that Latta has been signed to a one-year deal by the Los Angeles Kings.

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Steven Stamkos: Free Agent Profile

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Brian MacLellan has said the Caps intend to upgrade their third line this offseason. This is part of our series looking at free agents who the Caps may target.

We expect the so-called ‘window’ for a Caps championship to end after next season. While Brian MacLellan hopes to improve his third line this summer, one likely free agent out of Tampa could provide some help to Washington’s offense in their final push. His name is Steve Stamkos.

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We had one draft pick, Auston Matthews, and then the trades came in. The one you care about goes like this:

The Washington Capitals have acquired Center Lars Eller from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for second round picks in 2017 and 2018.

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