Reuters’ Tim Wharnsby reportedÂ an update on the pending arbitration hearing between the Capitals and RFA goaltenderÂ Braden Holtby. According to Wharnsby, the Caps offered Holtby $5.1 million,Â which is just $2.9 million south of Holtby’s reported initial ask: $8 million.
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.
â€śWeâ€™re going to give Galiev a shot,â€ť MacLellan said to Mike Vogel. â€śChris Brown is going to get a shot. [Goaltender Philipp] Grubauer is going to get a shot and [Nate Schmidt]Â is going to get a shot. Weâ€™ve got some guys who have put in some time development-wise [at AHL Hershey], and itâ€™s going to be up to them to perform. Theyâ€™ll all have chances to make the roster.â€ť
A few dozen kids attending a hockey camp atÂ Ashburn Ice House in Virginia got a big surprise today when they ran into Capitals defenseman Connor Carrick.
Carrick was skatingÂ 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.
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.
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:Â Braden Holtby.
That should be comforting to fans who are nervous about Holtby’s contract situation.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar gave a concertÂ in Finsbury Park ofÂ North London on the fourth of July, which I suppose is celebrated a bit differently over there.Â That doesn’t matter. The point is this:Â Lamar, a California native, rocked a Washington Capitals Winter Classic hat at the concert.