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On Saturday, defenseman Dmitry Orlov celebrated his 25th birthday in his native Russia. The Caps’ unsigned restricted free agent honored the occasion by going out to dinner with his wife Varvara and several of his friends.

Orlov even got a birthday cake. Sure the cake is tiny, but take a look at that giant candle. It resembles a rocket about to launch into outer space.

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Friday evening, democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton announced Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate. A few hours later, something strange happened.

Rapper MC Hammer tweeted congratulations to Kaine by posting a photo of the two together at a Caps game.

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This weekend, Washington Capitals winger TJ Oshie is participating in what is called the super bowl of celebrity sports: the American Century Championship. Held at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nevada, Oshie joined 80 pro athletes and Hollywood celebrities such as Charles Barkley, Aaron Rodgers, Justin Timberlake, Steph Curry, Larry The Cable Guy, Ray Romano, and Roger Clemens for the opportunity to win a share of the tournament’s $600,000 purse.

After the first round Friday, Oshie’s two points puts him in a tie for 46th place with former Orioles and Yankees pitcher David Wells. See the full leaderboard here. Oshie shot 14 over par, registering a birdie on holes three and eleven.

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Friday afternoon, Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman tweeted out something rather interesting and possibly troubling.

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Alex Ovechkin on the Cover of Russian Forbes

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Alex Ovechkin just landed on another magazine cover. This time it’s the Russian Forbes and Ovi looks very serious about it.

In the accompanying article, the business side of Ovechkin’s hockey career is intimately discussed, including the Russian machine’s 13-year NHL contract and why he decided to drop Don Meehan as an agent early in his career – opting instead to make decisions as a family.

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Goodbye, Salad: Tom Wilson Has Cut His Hair

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Thursday night, some of the biggest news all summer broke on Instagram. Tom Wilson cut his hair.

Let’s take a closer look at his lettuce-less salad.

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Fehr poses with the Stanley Cup in the office of his Winnipeg home. (Photo: @keeperofthecup)

In June, former Capitals forward Eric Fehr became a Stanley Cup champion for the first time after his new team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games. The 30-year-old Fehr scored three goals and added an assist during the Penguins’ playoff run, which included a GWG in Round Two against the Caps.

On Wednesday, Fehr got his designated day with the Cup, meeting the Phil Pritchard at his Winnipeg home. After taking a photo in his office, Fehr let his family lift the trophy.

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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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After running away with the President’s Trophy during the 2015-16 season, the Capitals have been accepting awards right and left during the offseason. Braden Holtby won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender, Barry Trotz took home the Jack Adams Award as the league’s best coach, Alex Ovechkin won his fourth consecutive and sixth Richard Trophy overall, and Jay Beagle was tabbed with two of the weirdest plays of the season. On Monday, Evgeny Kuznetsov joined in on the fun, being named the top breakout player of the 2015-16 season by NHL Network.

The Blackhawks Artemi Panarin, the Sharks’ Martin Jones, the Jets’ Mark Scheifele, and the Penguins’ Matt Murray rounded out the top five. No other Capitals were named in the NHL Network’s top 40.

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Tuesday, Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov was busy volunteering his time, serving as a guest instructor at Pavel Datsyuk’s Skill Development Camp. With all that magic under one roof, I’m surprised the hockey rink didn’t implode.

Datsyuk, who retired from the NHL and signed a two-year deal with Ska St. Petersberg 11 days ago, thanked Kuznetsov for his contribution on his Twitter account.

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