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Michael Latta’s time with the Washington Capitals appears to be over.

The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan tweeted today that the team will not extend a qualifying offer to Latta, meaning the restricted free agent will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Though the Caps could still pursue Latta as a free agent, General Manager Brian MacLellan appears to be focused on qualifying the team’s other RFAs — Marcus Johansson, Dmitry Orlov, and Tom Wilson — and trying to sign and re-sign other pieces of the puzzle, possibly including Latta’s linemate, Jason Chimera.

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Caps Single Game Tickets Go On Sale Thursday, June 30

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Hi, Rachel.

The Washington Capitals will be putting individual single game tickets up for sale the morning after Fanfest – this Thursday at 10am – on Ticketmaster.

Notable games this upcoming season include the Home Opener Saturday, October 15 against the New York Islanders and literally every game against the Penguins (where you should defintely wear this under your Caps jersey). Boo them loudly.

Here is where I probably should talk about how good the team is and how fun watching hockey live is, but judging from the fact you’re getting this information from our website, I think you already know that.

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Caps Announce 2016 Development Camp Roster

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This morning, the Washington Capitals released the roster for their 2016 Development Camp which runs from June 28 (tomorrow) through July 2 (Saturday). As we noted over the weekend, Caps 2015 first round pick Ilya Samsonov will be attending his first camp with the Capitals while 2016 first round pick Lucas Johansen will also be making his Ballston debut.

Other notables include top defense prospect Madison Bowey and Bears standout Riley Barber. All of the team’s 2015 and 2016 draft picks will also be attending.

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Saturday night, the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter held their 58th annual Emmy Awards at the Baltimore Marriott and several big names in the Caps media brought home some hardware.

CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Joe Beninati, who has been calling Capitals games on TV since 1994, brought home two Emmys. First, Beninati was named this area’s best sports play-by-play man.

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Unsatisfied with merely skating on top of ice, NHL superstar Alex Ovechkin has turned to hovering high above a body of water. Sunday, Ovechkin and his fiancee Nastya Shubskaya posted media from their latest escapade while on summer vacation: flyboarding!

An aquatic cousin of the jetpack, the French-made flyboard propels a rider into the air by shooting out water from tubes underneath their feet. A long fire hose connects the board to a jet ski, which powers the board and sends the person, in this case a future Hall of Fame hockey player, soaring up to 20 feet into the air.

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On Monday, the Washington Capitals will host their annual development camp two weeks earlier than usual at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. And this year, they’ll have several new faces on the ice. Not only will the Caps’ draft picks from the 2016 NHL Draft be making their on-ice debuts in Ballston, Virginia, so will 2015 first round pick and Gagarin Cup champion Ilya Samsonov.

Stan Galiev broke the news on Instagram after he posted a picture with the talented goaltending prospect during a dinner double date.

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A day after drafting talented defenseman Lucas Johansen with their first round pick, the Washington Capitals made six other selections on Day Two, including two picks two spots apart in the fifth round.

“The theme this year was to get intelligent players that work hard and can skate,” Assistant General Manager Ross Mahoney said to reporters after the Draft concluded. “We’re really happy with the results we got. Moving back and picking up an extra pick and still getting the person we want in the first round. Plus getting that extra pick so that was good because we were down a few picks after some of the trades that have taken place. Very happy with that.”

The Washington Capitals selected center Garrett Pilon in the third round, left wing Damien Riat in the fourth, left wings Beck Malenstyn and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby in the fifth, defenseman Chase Priskie in the sixth, and defenseman Dmitriy Zaitsev in the seventh. Below, we profile each player.

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With the 87th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals went off the board and selected the 109th ranked North American skater, Garrett Pilon, of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers.

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With the 28th pick in the NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals selected Ryan Johansen’s brother Lucas. The six-foot, two-inch, 176 pound defenseman led all Kelowna defensemen in goals, assists, and points. And according to his NHL.com draft profile, Lucas admires Tom Brady.

I’m not sure how I feel about this.

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With the 28th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals selected left-handed defenseman Lucas Johansen of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets. Minutes before the pick, the Caps swapped first round selections with the Blues and gained back a third-round pick out of the deal, the 87th overall pick. Kelowna is the same WHL team that produced Madison Bowey.

This selection comes nearly two hours after the Caps made their first big move of the night, trading two future second round picks for depth center Lars Eller.

Johansen is the first defenseman the Caps have drafted in the first round since John Carlson in 2008.

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