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Towards the end of the Caps’ awful 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune tweeted this.

That’s exciting.

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Mitch Korn Loves Puns About His Name, Is the Best

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Every season around this time we get the same question: What will you do if Troy Brouwer is traded? The standard – and true – answer is that we won’t talk about it until it happens. Why would we?

But when your whole shtick relies on bad puns (Ed. note: “bad pun” is redundant) about someone’s last name, new ones occasionally just pop into your head and get trapped up like in a bottle. It’s like when you suddenly realize you’ve been singing “Up. town. Funk you up. Uptown funk you up.” You’re not really sure how it got back into your head but it’s there and there’s nothing you can do about it.

That’s what happened to me on Friday. There I was – minding my own business, trying to get some work done – and all of a sudden I couldn’t not think about how funny it would be for someone to start a super-fan group for Caps goalie coach Mitch Korn called the Korn Dawgs. Corndog costumes would probably look super duper inappropriate, so I preferred to imagine it as human hot dogs.

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Over the last five years, journalist Adam Vingan has put his his heart and soul into covering the Washington Capitals. On Wednesday, Vingan announced that will be leaving the Capitals beat on March 16.

Vingan, hired by The Tennessean, will essentially replace the talented and respected Josh Cooper on the Nashville Predators’ beat. Cooper currently writes for Yahoo’s Puck Daddy. Vingan will be leaving behind his work for NHL.com, Washington Post Express, and NBC Washington.

While this is great news for Vingan, I am bummed. I consider Adam a good friend. I marvel at how he’s helped grow the Capitals community. He’s given me advice and helped me become a better writer and journalist.

There may be no better pun-maker in all the land.

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Report: Capitals Targeting Another Top-Nine Forward

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Even though the NHL trade deadline is still five days away, a flurry of deals have already been made. The Devils dumped Jaromir Jagr to the Panthers; the Hurricanes traded Jiri Tlusty to the Jets and Andrej Sekera to the Kings; the Penguins acquired Daniel Winnik from the Leafs; and the Blue Jackets took David Clarkson from the Leafs for some ungodly reason.

The already small group of rentals and useful players has gotten even smaller.

“You need two to dance and we’re going to the dance and there’s 30 guys and there’s only about eight girls at the dance,” Barry Trotz said to The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt Thursday, essentially calling the 2015 trade deadline a sausage fest. “That’s what it is. There’s only going to be like eight or nine guys dancing.”

Early Thursday, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported that Brian MacLellan has been burning the phone lines pursuing another top-nine forward.

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Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman released his latest 30 Thoughts article this morning. There are two big nuggets of news. First, he believes Mike Green will be staying in DC for the rest of the year, which corroborates recent quotes from Brian MacLellan and Barry Trotz. He also believes the team will try to add a veteran defenseman and a winger to play with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin.

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Late last week, sometime scratch/sometime first-line winger Andre Burakovsky left the warm Swedish confines of Nicklas Backstrom’s house to move in with Backstrom’s figurative children, Michael Latta and Tom Wilson. Burakovsky is reuniting with Wilson, the man who first introduced him to mac and cheese and “cinnamon rollers.” Burakovsky calls Wilson a “really good friend,” despite Wilson putting a bag over his head at Development Camp.

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Friday morning, the Capitals released the design of their new Courage Caps hats and t-shirts. 100% of the proceeds benefit TAPS, a national organization that provides care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. The Caps say they’ve donated $486,261 to charity through the sale of more than 15,000 hats and nearly 7,000 T-shirts to fans. That’s awesome. Way to go, you.

What’s even cooler is that the team had a few players model some of the new gear this year, including Matt Niskanen, John Carlson, and Brooks Orpik. But I’m guessing – and this is just a hunch – that our readers are going to want to visually consume the Tom Wilson pixels.

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The Caps Are Straight Dominating the NHL’s Leaderboard

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On February 19th, 2015, let it be remembered that 59 games into the season, the Caps were straight pwning the NHL’s leaderboard. Alex Ovechkin leads the league in goals (38) and Nicklas Backstrom leads the league in both assists (45) and points (63). Ovi is also third in the league in points and trails Backstrom by two.

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Braden Holtby Could Have Been a Farmer

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ESPN’s Scott Burnside traveled with the Washington Capitals to document the team’s recent annual fathers trip. The whole story is a great read, but my favorite snippet was about Braden Holtby.

Holtby’s father Greg, who was once a junior goaltender with the Saskatoon Blades, revealed that he hoped his son would someday take over the family’s farm. Instead of being the Holtbeast, Braden could have been the Holtcattleherder-- which doesn’t really have the same ring to it.

Greg was, in Burnside’s words, “unfailingly supportive” of tiny Braden’s dream of being a NHL goaltender.

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On Sunday, Alex Ovechkin took a two-handed slash from Ryan Getzlaf. Ovechkin responded by falling to the ice like a sack of bricks. It drew the attention of the officials, who might otherwise have missed a dangerous play. The Ducks captain was whistled for slashing.

After the game, Getzlaf was irate. He called Ovechkin a diver.

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