Report: Capitals to Host Blackhawks in 2015 Winter Classic

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Photo credit: Justin K. Aller

We still don’t know where, but now we know who. According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, and then confirmed by a bunch of dutiful fact-checkers, the Washington Capitals will play the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2015 Winter Classic.

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Trotz MacLellan (11 of 13)

Photos by Chris Gordon

Early Monday, the Washington Capitals announced that they had promoted Ross Mahoney, who has been the Caps’ director of amateur scouting for the past 16 seasons, to the vacant assistant general manager position.

At 1pm, Caps GM Brian MacLellan held a conference call with reporters to talk about Mahoney’s promotion, but the discussion quickly turned to everything else.

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Mr. Nasty meet Stanley. Stanley: Mr. Nasty.

Early Saturday morning (east coast time), the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 3-2, winning their second Stanley Cup in three seasons. But most importantly– and I need to shout this next part:

JEFF SCHULTZ IS A STANLEY CUP CHAMPION!!!

For the record, that’s 55-point text. Double nickel size.

What started as an awful joke, is now a reality. I feel like I’m going to puke rainbows at the headline photo right now.

Next question: Will Sarge get his name on The Cup?

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Olie Kolzig (1 of 9)

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Nashville beat reporter Joshua Cooper shared some pressing news on Twitter just now. Per a “source close to the situation” (how DC is that phrase?), new head coach Barry Trotz intends to bring goaltending coach Mitch Korn to DC along with him. That would mean Olie Kolzig is out.

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Mark French Named Head Coach Of Calgary Hitmen

French during the postseason press conference after Medvescak’s elimination from 2014 KHL playoffs.

Mark French, the Calder Cup-winning ex-head coach of the Hershey Bears, has been named the new bench boss of the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen.

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You Should Adopt John Carlson’s Dogs Amy and Jo

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That sound is your heart melting.

Earlier in the year, Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson did an ad for Show Your Soft Side, an anti-animal abuse campaign. It was a great gesture, and Carlson joined Karl Alzner as one of the biggest dog advocates on the team.

Well tonight, the Olympic defensemen went a little bit further, this time offering a unique opportunity for followers of his Twitter account. Carlson put two adorable puppies that had been living with him as a foster parent up for adoption. Yes, you can totally own two of Carly’s dogs. They are eight-weeks old.

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For the second time in three years, there will be no Caps Convention this summer. This time, ostensibly, the reason is so that the Caps can devote time and money toward preparations for the 2015 Winter Classic, which the Capitals will likely host at Nationals Park. The news was first reported by Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post.

“This season we are thrilled to be hosting the 2015 Bridgestone Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015, and have many exciting events and experiences planned around the event to help celebrate our fabulous fan base,” a Capitals spokesman told The Post in a statement. “Due to this big event, we will be focusing all of our efforts on the Winter Classic and will not hold a Caps Convention.”

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According to a report by Per Bergsten of the Linkoping-based newspaper Corren, Daniel Rahimi, a 27-year-old defenseman for the Linkoping hockey club, has generated interest in the NHL. The newspaper names only one NHL club looking to sign Rahimi: the Washington Capitals.

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Grabovski’s player ID from the Belarusian Football Federation. (Photo: Pressball.by)

Early Monday, the television channel Belarus-1 reported news that I’m not sure any of us were expecting. Unrestricted free agent Mikhail Grabovski has signed a new deal, but it’s not with a hockey team. It’s with the Krumkachy Minsk (Minsk Ravens), a soccer club in Belarus’ Second League.

Ravens chairman Denis Shunto announced the news on TV, saying that Grabovski will suit up for the team in late July. For those of you beginning to worry, we have been assured that while Grabo will indeed play for the Ravens, it’s intended more as a summer workout for next year’s hockey season than a change in career.

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Jeff Schultz is Going to the Stanley Cup Finals

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Alec Martinez’s game-winning goal, scored 5:47 into overtime on Sunday night, has sent the Los Angeles Kings Jeff Schultz to the Stanley Cup Finals.

A month ago this was a joke. It is now real life.

Sarge did not dress for the Los Angeles Kings in game seven last night, but he did make a brief five-second cameo at the very end of the game. It was special.

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