Brooks Orpik: 2014-15 Season Review

“The things that Brooks Orpik does you can’t put a value on.” That’s what Barry Trotz said in July, and he was wrong. You can put a value on it, and that value is $27.5 million over 5 years.

In year one of his contract, Orpik did well enough– but this was never about the player so much as the wacky expectations foisted upon him.

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Michael Latta: 2014-15 Season Review

I guess you could make the argument that Michael Latta was a bit of a non-factor this season, but I think what we saw in 2014-15 presages a great career ahead for ol’ Steamboat.

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Brooks Laich: 2014-15 Season Review

Considering he made $4.5 million and played bottom-six minutes, Brooks Laich didn’t give the Caps their money’s worth this season. But 2014-15 was a success in other ways.

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It all comes down to this. The Stanley Cup Final begin tonight between the Blackhawks and Lightning. Meanwhile, your humble RMNB founders are locked in mortal combat with a 5.7-gram disc of copper and nickel. It’s time for our final predictions. And then you get to tell us where we’re wrong.

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Braden Holtby: 2014-15 Season Review

Hello. This is the Braden Holtby season review, and I’m going to begin by saying I TOLD YOU SO.

This article is less a real review and more of a shameless celebration of Holtby, who is elite.

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Mike Green: 2014-15 Season Review

Mike Green, who has hand tattoos, is a great hockey player. If you ask me– which in a way just by reading this article you sorta are– he’s a crucial piece of the Washington Capitals. So if this is Game Over for Green in DC, he will be dearly missed. If you don’t believe me about that, I’ve got 1400 words and a few megabytes of pictures that will change your mind.

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Eric Fehr: 2014-15 Season Review

Eric Fehr is a great many things: the greatest outdoor goal-scorer in the history of the NHL; alternately a first-line winger, a third-line center, or a healthy scratch; Washington’s second-most prolific shooter; and a children’s book author. Starting in July, he’ll also be an unrestricted free agent.

I think Fehr is one of the most undervalued and underutilized players on the Capitals roster, and he should be a priority for re-signing. Let me tell you why.

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Jason Chimera: 2014-15 Season Review

Jason Chimera is one of the Capitals’ most clutch playoff players, but it’s hard to paint his 2014-15 regular season as anything but a disappointment. With Chimera entering final year of his contract, next season will be an important transition for both Chimmer and the Caps. So what matters more going forward: that rough regular season or the postseason production? Continue Reading

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John Carlson: 2014-15 Season Review

For a team based in America’s capital, the Washington Capitals haven’t had a lot of American players in recent years. That changed in 2014-15, when the team’s number-one defense pairing happened to be same one that played together for the American Olympic team in Sochi: Brooks Orpik and the subject of today’s review, John Carlson.

Carly rules, and these colors don’t run. USA! USA! USA!

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Troy Brouwer: 2014-15 Season Review

The hero of January 1st (Photo: Dave Sandford)

The name of the Washington Capitals’ primary, um, uh, secondary scoring threat is Troy Brouwer, and for the second year in a row Brouw cracked twenty goals and forty points.

So, why the heck would anyone ever be down on Troy?

Maybe scoring three goals in the last 33 games, one since April, and none in the playoffs has something to do with it.

By the Numbers

82 Games played
17:31 Average time on ice per game
21 Goals
22 Assists
51.3% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
54.8% Goal percentage during 5v5

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