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Earlier in the evening, the Washington Capitals announced the re-signing of two players that spent most of the year in AHL Hershey: Paul Carey and Aaron Ness. Both players saw time in Washington and both players played well during their short stints in the NHL.

Carey even scored his first NHL goal February 6 against the Devils.

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We had one draft pick, Auston Matthews, and then the trades came in. The one you care about goes like this:

The Washington Capitals have acquired Center Lars Eller from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for second round picks in 2017 and 2018.

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In his second full season in the NHL, Evgeny Kuznetsov broke out. The 24-year-old center tallied 20 goals for the first time in his career and led the league in primary assists. He also led the President’s Trophy winning Capitals with 77 points, becoming the first player not named Ovechkin or Backstrom to accomplish that feat in a decade.

Kuznetsov’s big season was not lost on voters. The Chelyabinsk native received one fourth place and one fifth place vote for the Hart Trophy as league MVP. Kuznetsov was one of 23 NHL players to receive a vote.

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It was more of a coronation than a surprise. At the 2016 NHL Awards here at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, a dapper Braden Holtby strode up on stage to receive the Vezina Trophy as “the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position” in the 2015-16 regular-season by the league’s general managers. He beat out fellow finalists Ben Bishop (35-21-4, 2.06 goals-against average, .926 save percentage) and Jonathan Quick (40-23-5, 2.22 goals-against average, .916 save percentage).

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Barry Trotz Wins Jack Adams as Coach of the Year

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When Barry Trotz took over as the head coach of the Washington Capitals the summer 2014, the team was in disarray, with a myriad of self-inflected wounds from the tenure of Adam Oates, who was soon run out of town.

Just two years later, Trotz led the Caps to a 56 wins, the most in franchise history, as the team captured its second Presidents’ Trophy. Now he’s won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year as voted on the league’s broadcasts, picking up the trophy at the NHL Awards Show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino here in Las Vegas.

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After landing TJ Oshie and Justin Williams and re-signing Braden Holtby during the summer, General Manager Brian MacLellan watched his Capitals win a franchise record 56 games during the regular season. The Caps became the tenth team in NHL history to accumulate 56 wins or more. Alex Ovechkin led the league in goals. Braden Holtby tied Martin Brodeur for most wins in NHL history.

In May, MacLellan was named a finalist for the NHL General Manager Of The Year award. Ovechkin (Richard, Messier), Holtby (Vezina, Lindsay), and Barry Trotz (Adams) were as well.

Tonight in Las Vegas we learned MacLellan did not win. Mac finished a distant second to Penguins’ General Manager Jim Rutherford.

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Wednesday, the Oshie family got one tiny human bigger. Lauren Oshie gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl, Leni Rose Oshie. She was six pounds, ten ounces.

Tiny, Penguin-hating Lyla is now an older sister.

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In I can’t believe I’m writing this news, Dmitry Orlov spent his evening pumping gas and selling burgers at a Russian gas station.

The Caps’ hip-checking machine, joined by close friend and Vezina-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, worked at a Gazprom in his hometown of Novokuznetsk. Orlov and Bobrovsky were participating in a media event to raise awareness for a charity event scheduled for June 30, which will, according to Orlov’s girlfriend Varya, raise money for a youth hockey program called “Special Youth School of Olympic Reserve Metallurg.” Ilya Sorokin and Kirill Kaprizov will also participate next week. Awareness raised.

Now enjoy these photos of Orlov filling up a truck and posing in front of gas pumps.

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Tuesday, Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan held a conference call with the media from Las Vegas, where the 2016 NHL Awards are taking place. MacLellan touched on his plans for the Caps’ restricted free agents, his thoughts on hockey coming to Vegas, and his worries about the upcoming expansion draft.

MacLellan also talked at length about current restricted free agent Marcus Johansson and what the current plans are in regards to contract talks with the Swede and his agent. MacLellan said that he was “optimistic” about the negotiations, but that some of the comparables for Johansson may have a higher salary than they are comfortable with.

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You Can Buy a ‘Rock the Rainbow’ Caps Shirt Now

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Brandi and Braden Holtby represented the Washington Capitals in this month’s Capital Pride Parade. The shirts they wore, which I guess we’re calling #RockTheRainbow, were a hit even before the crushing sadness of the following day’s news. Everybody wanted one, but only a select few Caps org folks actually had the privilege.

That changes now.

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