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Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin won his seventh career Kharlamov Trophy as the best Russian player in the NHL. During the subsequent press conference, Ovechkin was asked about a wide variety of topics including the NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics.

While the NHL has sent its players to the Olympics since 1998 (fast fact via Chuck Gormley), there is growing speculation that the NHL will not participate in the 2018 Games held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Wednesday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin received his seventh Kharlamov Trophy as the most valuable Russian player in the National Hockey League. The award, named after the Soviet ice hockey player Valeri Kharlamov, is voted on by all active Russians playing in the NHL.

While taking part in a press conference afterwards, Ovechkin was asked about the report that Russian defenseman Ilya Nikulin – the Russian machine’s best friend – was in talks with the Washington Capitals.

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This awful, terrible photoshop is by me and I’m not sorry.

Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough announced they were engaged Tuesday morning. One person who was excited about this news was Michael Latta.

What an incredible gesture for Michael to skip…

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Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough Are Engaged

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Brooks Laich is officially off the market. You missed your chance.

The Capitals forward and his movie-star girlfriend Julianne Hough just announced the news with joint posts on Instagram saying, “We are overwhelmed with joy and excitement to share with you our recent engagement! #fiance #love”

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Report: Defenseman Ilya Nikulin In Talks With Capitals

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Alex Rogulev of Rsport published a fascinating report on Friday that could spell big changes for the Washington blue line next season. According to the report, Russian defenseman Ilya Nikulin, who will not re-sign with Ak Bars Kazan, is in negotiations with an NHL team. That NHL team: the Washington Capitals.

If this pans out, it’ll be huge for the Caps and for Russian hockey.

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Around noon on Tuesday, Matt Cane of Puck++ tipped off the internet to a new job listing at the Washington Capitals. The Caps are hiring a statistical analyst.

If you clicked that link, you may have noticed that the job listing isn’t there anymore. Within ten minutes of Matt’s tweet, the listing vanished. No worries, we’ve got it below.

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Happy Tweet Like Ovi Day 2015))))))))))))))

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You guys, today is August 8th (8/8) and you know what that means! It’s time to celebrate Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and his amazing communication style with our very own made-up holiday, Tweet Like Ovi Day.

To participate, jump on Twitter (we’re @russianmachine), drink 8 Red Bulls, and then recklessly abandon all grammar and punctuation rules you learned in grade school. Make sure to conclude every tweet with a hahaha and some exuberant close parenthesis )))))). You’ll also want to include the hashtag #TweetLikeOviDay in your submissions. Let’s get this ish trending.

Ovi participated last year and it was, well, so sick))))))

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On Wednesday, restricted free agent Marcus Johansson and the Washington Capitals went to arbitration. Johansson asked for $4.75 million while the Caps offered $3 million. Two days later, an arbitrator has finally announced his decision. The Caps winger, who set career highs in goals, shots on goal, and points last season, has been awarded a one-year, $3.75 million contract for next season.

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Friday night at 7:05 PM, RMNB’s hometown Frederick Keys will take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Harry Grove Stadium. And they will be doing so in uniforms that are both ridiculous (think: Cowboy Monkey Rodeo) and awesome beyond words.

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Caps Sign Jonas Siegenthaler To Entry-Level Contract

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Thursday afternoon, the Washington Capitals announced the signing of 2015 second-round pick Jonas Siegenthaler to a three-year, entry-level contract. Siegenthaler was the first skater the Capitals picked in last year’s draft. The defenseman impressed in Development Camp.

According to the Capitals, Siegenthaler will join the team for rookie camp prior to being loaned to the Zurich Lions for the 2015-16 National League A season.

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