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New Capitals forward T.J. Oshie will wear No. 77, the team announced Monday.

Oshie wore No. 74 in St. Louis, but as you know defenseman John Carlson already owns those digits here in D.C. and was not giving it up.

Oshie tried to have a reasonable conversation about his new number on Twitter Thursday, but that was derailed by his new Capitals teammates.

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We’ve got at least two more years of Evgeny Kuznetsov ahead. The 23-year-old RFA forward has signed a two-year bridge contract with the Washington Capitals with an average annual value of $3 million, the Caps announced on Monday.

That’s another solid signing in a summer filled with solid signings.

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Source: Braden Holtby and Caps Are Close On Deal

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A source familiar with the situation tells RMNB that restricted free agent Braden Holtby and the Capitals are close to making a deal that will keep the Lloydminster, Saskatchewan goaltender in Washington. We’re told that the Caps and Holtby’s camp are about $1 million apart in yearly salary, but term is not an issue. The Caps want him closer to $5 million per year, while Holtby wants around $6 million.

According to the Capitals’ Mike Vogel, Sunday is the deadline for NHL players to file for arbitration. That date will likely encourage a deal as both sides want to get this done.

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San Jose’s bigasses/60 just got even bigger. NBCSN’s Anson Carter reports that former Washington Capitals winger Joel Ward has signed with the Sharks. Ward did not get the four years his agent wanted; instead he’ll settle for three. The contract is worth $9.825 million, and the $3.275 yearly salary is a $275k raise from last season.

WAVE GOODBYE TO THOSE CLUTCH GOALS AND THAT BIG BEAUTIFUL BUTT.

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Thursday, in a move that surprised all Capitals fans, General Manager Brian MacLellan traded Troy Brouwer to the St. Louis Blues for TJ Oshie, Pheonix Copley, and a third-round pick. Also surprised: Troy Brouwer.

While speaking with CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley on Friday, Brouwer said that he found out about the deal while doing arts and crafts with his daughter Kylie.

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It never stops. The Caps have traded Troy Brouwer, goalie prospect Pheonix Copley, and a third round pick to the St Louis Blues in exchange for T.J. Oshie.

We don’t have time to react to this right now aside from HOLY CRAP and

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 13:  Justin Williams #14 of the Los Angeles Kings of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Kings 3-2 double overtime victory against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

No one saw this coming. The Washington Capitals have signed right wing Justin Williams, formerly of the Los Angeles Kings. It’s a two-year contract worth an average value of $3.25 million.

Williams is a three-time Cup winner and now he’s going to play for the Caps– maybe with Ovi and Nicky. That’s a good price and a good term for a very good player. This is awesome.

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Wednesday afternoon, Mike Green signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings. After ten seasons in Washington, many of his teammates went to social media to say goodbye.

Among the first to voice tribute was Caps captain Alex Ovechkin. Selected in the first round of the same draft, Ovechkin has never played apart from Green.

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And we’re officially down another young gun.

Mike Green, one of the greatest defensemen in Caps history, is no longer a Cap. Bob McKenzie reports that Green has signed a 3-year, $18 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings with an average salary of $6 million. It’s basically the same contract as the one he signed with the Caps three years ago. According to Craig Custance, the deal also has a full no-trade clause.

Last summer, the Red Wings were rumored to have been trying to trade for Green. Now they have their man without giving up anything in return. Besides a lot of money, of course, although maybe not as much as some expected.

The Capitals released a statement minutes after news of Green’s departure broke.

“We want to thank Mike for 10 great seasons with the Washington Capitals,” the team wrote. “Mike was an ultimate professional in his long tenure with our organization and had a huge impact on our community. We wish Mike all the best with the Detroit Red Wings organization.”

We said our goodbyes last week, but if you would like to swim in your own salty tears again, watch our farewell video below.

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The Capitals have maintained for the last month that they would not make a big splash on the first day of free agency. Well, how about a stealth-like walk down those steel stairs into the pool?

At noon, GM Brian MacLellan made two important depth signings. First the Caps announced the re-signing of restricted free agent Stan Galiev to an affordable, two-year, $1.15 million contract. Galiev’s contract is two-way during the 2015-16 season and one-way during the 2016-17 season. GMBM has said that Galiev will be given every opportunity during training camp to make the team.

Around the same time, Bob McKenzie reported that the Caps signed Penguins’ UFA defenseman Taylor Chorney to a one-year, $700 deal. The defenseman, who spent most of the year in AHL, could be the Capitals’ seventh defenseman next season. Regardless, he will provide much needed depth in the organization with Hershey Bears captain Steve Oleksy potentially leaving as a free agent.

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