The Brouwer Rangers’ Farewell Video For Troy Brouwer

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The news has just broken that Caps GM Brian MacLellan is the worst human being in the history of the world has traded Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft pick to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for some guy name T.J. Oshie.

More like boshee if you ask us.

As you may know, we’re kinda fans of Brouwer, and we’re happy for the St. Louis Blues to be getting such a strong player and all around great guy. No, you know what, screw the St. Louis Blues and their stupid musical note logo. Congratulations on being a city best known for having an arch in it. You don’t deserve him.

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Wednesday night, the Caps made a big move signing Justin Williams to an affordable two-year deal. Williams has the reputation of a leader who thrives in big moments. He’s also a darn good hockey player who really does make players around him better.

While Joel Ward had been clutch for the Caps over the last three years, new Caps right wing Justin Williams is even clutchier. They call him Mr. Game Seven after all.

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And we’re officially down another young gun.

Mike Green, one of the greatest defensemen in Caps history, is no longer a Cap. Bob McKenzie reports that Green has signed a 3-year, $18 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings with an average salary of $6 million. It’s basically the same contract as the one he signed with the Caps three years ago. According to Craig Custance, the deal also has a full no-trade clause.

Last summer, the Red Wings were rumored to have been trying to trade for Green. Now they have their man without giving up anything in return. Besides a lot of money, of course, although maybe not as much as some expected.

The Capitals released a statement minutes after news of Green’s departure broke.

“We want to thank Mike for 10 great seasons with the Washington Capitals,” the team wrote. “Mike was an ultimate professional in his long tenure with our organization and had a huge impact on our community. We wish Mike all the best with the Detroit Red Wings organization.”

We said our goodbyes last week, but if you would like to swim in your own salty tears again, watch our farewell video below.

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With the 22nd pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals took Russian goaltender Ilya Samsonov. Due to an ankle injury, the 18-year-old goaltender missed the NHL’s combine in Buffalo. The day before the draft, however, TASS’s Mikhail Zislis spoke to the young Russian and asked him about everything: from which goaltenders Ilya models himself after to his entire experience leading up to the draft.

Fedor Fedin has your translation.

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With the 22nd pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals selected Russian goaltender Ilya Samsonov. The 18-year-old was the best rated European goaltender and the first netminder selected in the draft. A lot of people are angry about the fact that the Caps drafted a goalie, but, I’ve gotta be honest, I’m already in love with the guy.

For instance, check out his answer when asked what he knows about the Capitals organization. Samsonov doesn’t speak any English, but I’m sure you’ll understand what he’s saying here.

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is universally disliked. Tonight, as he walked out to start the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida, Panthers fans booed him mercilessly. It’s soooooo awkward. Also funny. Definitely funny. Excruciatingly funny.

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RMNB’s Farewell Video to Mike Green

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Thursday afternoon, CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley reported that Mike Green will be leaving the Washington Capitals as a free agent this summer. Most of us were wrecked by the news even though it’s been expected for weeks. Green, one of the franchise’s best defensemen, leaves behind a legacy of Awesome that may never be repeated in Washington.

Let’s revisit that legacy now in this video created by our very own Amanda Bowen.

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Surprise! Alex Ovechkin is pretty good at hockey, and he’s picking up more hardware to prove it.

After being robbed of what should have been his fourth Ted Lindsay Award (not that we’re bitter), Ovechkin tonight accepted his fifth Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s leading goal scorer. He’s won it the last three consecutive seasons.

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Alex Ovechkin Is Alex Ovechkin’s Biggest Fan

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Earlier this evening, Alex Ovechkin took questions from reporters ahead of Wednesday’s night NHL Awards ceremony. Ovechkin’s first question was difficult, but he navigated it with ease.

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It’s safe to say that Caps goaltending coach Mitch Korn is a genius. In 24 seasons in the NHL, he’s helped Dominik Hasek win four Vezina and two Hart trophies. He’s also led many of the goalies he’s coached, including Braden Holtby, to career years.

Every summer after the NHL season ends, the afflable 57-year-old holds Korn Camp, a specialized goaltending program for young netminders. This year, he’s holding eight camps, including one at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Last week, twitter user @GabzNasty posted video of Korn instructing his tiny goalies while standing in the crease. In this lecture, Korn explains why you shouldn’t put all your weight on your heels.

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