Braden Holtby: 2015-16 Season Review

Oh, hell yes. Today we get to review the season of that Brodeur-tyin’, Lindsay-finalizin’, Vezina-prolly-winnin’, all-star-playin’, world-cup-team-makin’, playoff-save-percentage-dominatin’, franchise-record-holdin’ bad ass Braden Holtby.

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Jason Chimera: 2015-16 Season Review

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At age 36 (he turned 37 three weeks ago) and after 14 years in the NHL, Jason Chimera just had his best season ever. Chimera scored a career-high 20 goals in 2015-16, a stellar performance that will make his likely departure from Washington this summer even more painful. But it must be done.

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The Washington City Paper published an item by Matt Terl on Thursday that called the phrase behind this li’l ol’ blog right here as one of the best sports phrases in DC.

Terl also calls RMNB “one of the best local hockey blogs,” which is very nice, though it was a lot nicer when there were like 78 local hockey blogs instead of the three and a half we have now.

You’ll have to read Terl’s article to see the other four phrases, so go do that. For now, here are five more phrases that are even better than “Russian machine never breaks.”

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Jay Beagle: 2015-16 Season Review

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Uh oh, today is Jay Beagle day. That’s not going to be easy because:

  • Jay Beagle is a fan favorite, beloved for his grinding, meat-and-potatoes style of play and his winsome attitude.
  • Jay Beagle is not a good fit for this team, given its stated goals for next season.

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Nick Backstrom: 2015-16 Season Review

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2015-16 was the year the world finally recognized that Nick Backstrom is a star. An all-star to be precise. After eight years in the NHL, most of them awesome, Backstrom got his first ASG nod, which means we are now forced to reclassify him.

Nick Backstrom is no longer underrated. Nick Backstrom is now, officially, rated.

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Karl Alzner: 2015-16 Season Review

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Karl Alzner played in every game this season and had huge success as long as you don’t count scoring, which he is really terrible at. But appreciating Alzner’s 2015-16 puts us in conflict with ourselves: how do we explain a player who enjoys great outcomes (goal differential) without good process (puck possession)?

Let’s kick off the 2015-16 player reviews right now.

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Dmitry Orlov is in Russia for the IIHF World Championship, the NIT Tournament of the hockey world. That’s bittersweet, but this hit by Orlov on Nino Niederreiter of the Swiss team during Saturday’s game is just sweet. It is freaking sweet.

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The End-of-Season RMNB Party Line (RMNB Podcast)

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Good morning, hockey fans. Yesterday I gathered a bunch of RMNB contributors to talk about the heartbreak of game six, what’s next for the Capitals, and how one could ever withstand the universe’s stark indifference to the suffering of man.

You can get the RMNB Podcast on iTunes. We’d love it if you could give us a rating and review.

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A Rainy Day Open Thread for the Eliminated Caps

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Photo: Justin Aller

The rock rolled down the hill. With Nick Bonino’s overtime goal, the Washington Capitals season ended in a blink. Now we look ahead at a rainy summer and the prospect of starting over to try again next fall.

This is a free space for you to talk about whatever you want.

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Capitals Eliminated in Overtime by Penguins :(

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An early deficit, sent spiraling by a terrible penalty, then a stirring, unlikely comeback, sudden defeat. Game Six was the height of Caps playoff chaos. If you emotionally checked out early, I can’t blame you. If, late in the game, you didn’t high-five until your hands got all red and stingy, I can’t understand you. If you’re reeling right now, you are my people.

Penguins beat Capitals 4-3 in overtime. Penguins win the series 4-2.

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