The Russian hockey world was rocked on Saturday by the sudden loss of Sergei Gimaev. Gimaev suffered a heart attack during the second period of “The Match of Legends,” an alumni game for former Soviet hockey players that took place earlier today in Tula, Russia.
Several Russian players in the Capitals’ organization, including Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, and goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov, paid tribute to Gimaev on social media.
At the beginning of NFL free agency, the Washington Redskins fired their GM and let several of their most popular players leave to other teams. That includes defensive lineman Chris Baker, who signed a three-year, $15.75 contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It was really hurtful learning that the Redskins didn’t really offer me a contract, being that I was one of their best defensive linemen on their team for the last couple of years and really worked my way up from the practice squad to being one of the best linemen,” Baker said on Sirius XM NFL Radio according to NFL.com. “And for them not to offer me was very hurtful, but I understand it’s a business and I’m very happy to move forward with the Buccaneers and I think I really have a bright future there.”
Despite that disappointment, Baker is still repping his favorite Washington-area teams and on Thursday night, Baker went to the Caps-Predators game at Verizon Center. I can confirm Swaggy had a fantastic time thanks to Tom Wilson.
Since January, the Washington Capitals have seemed like a virtual lock to make the playoffs. Tonight, they can make it an acutal reality.
According to the NHL’s PR, the Caps can become the first team to clinch a playoff spot if they can defeat the Lightning and the Islanders lose to the Blue Jackets.
Ahead of the 2016-17 season, Capitals 2013 second-round pick Madison Bowey hoped to challenge for a game or two in Washington as an injury replacement. Instead Bowey suffered a major setback early in the season.
On December 28th, a tendon in Bowey’s ankle was lacerated during a freak play in defensive zone. But 79 days later, Bowey was back, returning in Hershey’s 4-3 overtime win over Hartford.
Friday morning the Capitals announced that they have re-assigned forward Jakub Vrana back to their AHL affiliate Hershey Bears. Vrana has played 21 games with the Caps this year, most recently fitting on the third line with Brett Connolly and Lars Eller. In his latest call-up he notched two goals and an assist in nine games.
18 days after being traded to the St. Louis Blues for Kevin Shattenkirk, former Capitals prospect Zach Sanford scored his first goal with his new team.
It was only Sanford’s second game played since being dealt.
Behind the scenes, Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky has been working hard on all facets of his game to return quicker from a broken hand. Apparently that also includes chirping.
Tuesday evening, the Burracuda tried to tease Tom Wilson on Twitter, but was instantly shutdown by his real-life neighbor.
Washington Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz refers to Jay Beagle as Mr. Fix It , but Beags might need some repair work of his own after a head-butt from Nate Schmidt.
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