Former Cap Joel Ward and current Cap Tom Wilson will paint the line in an upcoming charity ping pong tournament. Smashfest, held next Thursday in Toronto, is a celebrity table-tennis tournament held to raise money for rare cancer and head injury research.
Thursday evening, the Capitals announced that they re-signed restricted free-agent Chris Brown to a two-year, two-way contract. That leaves goaltender Braden Holtby and forward Marcus Johansson, who both elected arbitration last week, as the only RFAs the team has left to sign.
During the summer, MacLellan has talked about how Brown, who the team acquired from the Coyotes for Martin Erat, will have every opportunity to make the team’s bottom six out of training camp.
“We’re going to give Galiev a shot,” MacLellan said to Mike Vogel. “Chris Brown is going to get a shot. [Goaltender Philipp] Grubauer is going to get a shot and [Nate Schmidt] is going to get a shot. We’ve got some guys who have put in some time development-wise [at AHL Hershey], and it’s going to be up to them to perform. They’ll all have chances to make the roster.”
A few dozen kids attending a hockey camp at Ashburn Ice House in Virginia got a big surprise today when they ran into Capitals defenseman Connor Carrick.
Carrick was skating at Ashburn for a change of scenery in his summer training schedule. As he was leaving, a bunch of kids preparing to take the ice for a Summer Fun Ice Skating Camp noticed him and asked for autographs, so he stuck around.
Last season, 23-year-old Stan Galiev saw a meteoric leap in his development. The Russian forward, who has always had NHL quality stick-handling and finishing ability, saw the rest of his game finally come together last year in the AHL. Avoiding the injuries that have plagued him in the past, Gally scored 25 goals and 45 points in 65 games, jumping from Hershey’s fourth line to the first in the second half of the season. He even played two games for the Capitals, scoring his first NHL goal during the team’s final regular season game.
On July 1st, Galiev, a restricted free agent, signed a two-year, $1.15 million deal to keep him in Washington through 2017. Caps’ General Manager Brian MacLellan will give him every chance to make the roster next year.
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Fans began lining up early Saturday morning, packing the top mezzanine at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. After 400 people were in their places, no more spots were issued. Caps fans were eagerly awaiting their first interaction with TJ Oshie, acquired last week from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Troy Brouwer, goaltending prospect Phoenix Copley, and a third round pick in next year’s draft. Oshie had landed in Washington the day before and would be signing autographs after meeting with local reporters.
“It was really hard to talk yesterday,” Oshie, sporting his new number 77, said in conference room at Kettler. “My fiancée and me were walking around. I was just so excited after talking to the coaches that I just want to start playing right away.”
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When the Washington Capitals selected Alex Ovechkin first overall in 2004, they received a generational player, one that was supposed to lift them out of depths of the league and win them the Stanley Cup that has eluded them throughout their 40-year history. Eleven years later, the Caps have still not won a Stanley Cup. Despite his nearly point per game pace in the postseason, much of the blame has been shouldered on Ovechkin, the captain and face of the team. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, who stood on the draft stage with Ovechkin back at RBC Center, however, defended his star player.
Last week, the Washington Capitals tore down the giant banner of Mike Green that hung over the parking deck adjacent to the Ballston Common Mall. On Friday, they unfurled a replacement banner: Braden Holtby.
That should be comforting to fans who are nervous about Holtby’s contract situation.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar gave a concert in Finsbury Park of North London on the fourth of July, which I suppose is celebrated a bit differently over there. That doesn’t matter. The point is this: Lamar, a California native, rocked a Washington Capitals Winter Classic hat at the concert.
Participants of the Capitals’ Development Camp come from many different backgrounds. The annual gathering this year features undrafted foreigners, college free agents, and some of the team’s top prospects. One invitee has a particularly interesting story: Kevin Lohan, cousin of actress Lindsay Lohan.
“We’re family, but I usually don’t say much about it,” Lohan said. “You can only control what you can control. You can’t control others.
“To be honest I haven’t seen her in a while,” he added of Lindsay, eight years his senior. “We used to be close when we were younger. Everyone went their separate ways.”