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Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reported that the Carolina Hurricanes are buying out Alex Semin just two seasons after signing a five-year, $35 million extension with the club. According to War On Ice, the move will save the Canes’ $7 million. They will pay out $14 million over the next six seasons. Ouch.

Related: RMNB’s Favorite Memories of Alex Semin

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We’ve got some breaking hockey/dog news to report. Fourth line center Jay Beagle has been re-signed to an expensive three-year, $5.25 million contract. Beags’ annual average salary is $1.75 mil.

Last season, Beagle had career highs in, well, virtually everything. He also was strong in the playoffs, leading the NHL in face-off percentage through the second round.

Beagle may be the Caps’ sole unrestricted free agent to re-sign as Mike Green, Eric Fehr, and Joel Ward all appear ready to find new teams.

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[Warning: The below highlights might be disturbing to some.]

Caps senior writer Mike Vogel broke the news this morning that 24-year-old Capitals defenseman Patrick Wey will retire to pursue “educational interests” after suffering two concussions in less than a year.

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The Washington Capitals have drafted goaltender Ilya Samsonov out of Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL 22nd overall in the 2015 Draft.

Samsonov is not expected to join the Caps before 2018 due to his contract with Metallurg.

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CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley just broke the news that UFA’s Mike Green and Eric Fehr will be leaving the organization. Gormley spoke to Craig Oster, who represents both players.

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Here’s Your 2015-16 Washington Capitals Schedule!

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Summer just started but winter is coming, specifically on October 10th, when the Washington Capitals’ 2015-16 season kicks off with an opener against the New Jersey Devils and a four-game homestand. Yeah, the schedule has been released. You can view every game for every team, or you can hop on down here and view the Caps schedule in whatever cheesy format I can make fit here.

UPDATE: Nathan has made downloadable versions of the schedule that you can put in your calendar. Just home games, just road games, and all games. And here is an ICS version made by Peter S.

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We already told you that Alex Ovechkin took home the Rocket Richard Trophy for the fifth time and Braden Holtby finished fourth in voting for the Vezina Trophy. But there are a few other juicy tidbits from the NHL Awards ceremony that we missed.

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Carey Price won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender, but when the league released the full voting, there was a fun tidbit. Caps netminder/awesome-beard-grower Braden Holtby finished fourth in total voting, two points away from getting a free trip to Las Vegas. Holtby got seven second place and five third place votes.

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SKA’s mascot Firehorse is confused.

The KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg and Spartak Moscow may have set a record for the largest trade in hockey history as Spartak acquired 24 of SKA’s players and prospects for monetary compensation.

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Lost in the shuffle of the Caps new third jersey news Tuesday night, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that Caps general manager Brian MacLellan is trying to wrap up new deals with bottom-six forwards Eric Fehr and Jay Beagle. Meanwhile, it appears UFAs Joel Ward and Mike Green are all but certain to test the free agent market on July 1st.

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