Six-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin has been named an early favorite to win the award yet again. With 2/1 odds, Bovada has Ovechkin beating out the likes of Vladimir Tarasenko, Patrick Kane, and Steven Stamkos. Should Ovechkin score more goals than any other player this season, he’ll win the award for five consecutive seasons.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis opted to go to the 9:30 Club over an entire game of preseason hockey, Monday. He made the right decision.
Leonsis attended the sold-out Green Day show at the popular DC concert venue and received the VIP treatment from club co-owner Seth Hurwitz.
The Washington Capitals just announced eight new cuts to their training camp roster, which includes top prospect Jakub Vrana. Vrana dazzled in Hershey last season, putting up 34 points in 36 games. He also helped lead the Bears to the Calder Cup Finals, scoring eight goals in 21 playoff games.
The Caps’ top defense prospect Madison Bowey was also optioned to Hershey along with six others.
On Thursday night in Toronto, Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby lifted the World Cup of Hockey trophy just after being awarded the tournament MVP. Less than four months earlier, he won Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy after the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks in the finals. Despite winning the Presidents’ Trophy in 2015-16, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz was unable to capture his franchise’s first NHL championship after a nail biting and stinging loss to the Penguins in the second round of the playoffs. While his Capitals players were still being asked about that loss to Pittsburgh, Trotz was joining in the revelry as an assistant coach for Canada.
Saturday morning, Trotz was back at his day job. Asked about his experience with the Canadian national team, Trotz said he “wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
“It was exceptional,” Trotz said. “I mean you get to work with guys that you try to stop night in and night out. There’s a reason that Sidney Crosby is considered the best player on the planet. He showed that in this tournament, that he was the best player.”
Earlier today, the Capitals released the promotional schedule for the 2016-17 season which includes the fan giveaways for the season as well as the return of some popular theme nights, like the Heritage Nights. The schedule notes some new promotions too, including the chance for fans to vote for the fan’s choice bobblehead during the November 8 election night game vs the San Jose Sharks.
Thursday night, Team Canada became the 2016 World Cup of Hockey champions. America’s Hat defeated Philipp Grubauer and Team (part of) Europe, 2-1, winning the best-of-three championship series 2-0.
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby served as Team Canada’s third goaltender and did not receive any playing time during the tournament. Caps Head Coach Barry Trotz was an assistant under Mike Babcock.
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