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Capitals 2015 first-round pick Ilya Samsonov made his Development Camp debut Tuesday after staying in Russia last summer to train for the upcoming KHL season. The 19-year-old goalie prospect is coming off his best season as a pro. Samsonov officially graduated from the MHL (the KHL’s developmental league) and played in 19 regular season games for Metallurg Magnitogorsk, registering a 2.04 GAA and a .925 save percentage. Metallurg would go on to win the Gargarin Cup as league champions. Samsonov played in six playoff games.

Despite being ranked the third best goaltending prospect by InGoal Magazine, Caps goaltending coach Mitch Korn believes the Russian netminder still has much to learn.

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Steven Stamkos: Free Agent Profile


Brian MacLellan has said the Caps intend to upgrade their third line this offseason. This is part of our series looking at free agents who the Caps may target.

We expect the so-called ‘window’ for a Caps championship to end after next season. While Brian MacLellan hopes to improve his third line this summer, one likely free agent out of Tampa could provide some help to Washington’s offense in their final push. His name is Steve Stamkos.

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In February, I spoke to soon-to-be-former Capital Michael Latta and we chatted about his one-time roommate, Andre Burakovsky.

“He’s a little shy,” Latta said. “He’s a shy, cute, little guy.” Latta then went on to explain how the Burracuda was afraid to swim with the dolphins in the Bahamas.

That may explain Latta’s reaction Tuesday afternoon to a photo Burakovsky posted on Instagram. While holding up his dukes, Burakovsky, a veteran of 0 NHL fights, posed in front of a punching bag, looking tough.

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For most Capitals fans, the end of April was a joyous time. The Caps had just beaten the Philadelphia Flyers in six games and looked poised to do the same to the Pittsburgh Penguins in round two.

Lost in the shuffle of the Caps playoff run however, was the news of a deeply difficult time for one of the organization’s most prolific playoff performers: John Druce. Druce’s daughter Courtney died on April 27 in hospice care, eight days shy of her 28th birthday, after her fifth bout with cancer. First diagnosed in 2004 at the age of 15, Courtney courageously fought the disease for 12 years.

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Sussing Out Why the Caps Didn’t Bring Back Michael Latta


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News broke Monday afternoon that the Caps would not extend a qualifying offer to checking-line forward Michael Latta. The Caps had two options, submit a qualifying offer to Latta for $632,000 or let him become an unrestricted free agent come July 1st. The Caps chose the latter, while retaining the rights to RFAs Marcus Johansson, Dmitry Orlov, and Tom Wilson.

For many fans, the move to non-tender came out of nowhere. A few seasons ago, the Caps gave up a top prospect to acquire both Latta and Martin Erat. Latta remains an inexpensive player and his underlying play suggests he could bring value as an everyday player. On top of that, Brian MacLellan had indicated the Caps planned to qualify Lats, even after the Lars Eller trade Friday night.

Two days later, Latta was let loose and saying his goodbyes. Ian and Pat discuss the decision below.

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“It’s been fun, see you never,” Michael Latta tweeted to Andre Burakovsky in September.

After feeling “older and more mature,” the Burracuda moved into his own apartment, leaving the original Caps’ roomies, Latta and Tom Wilson, a brobean short.

Fast-forward to today and things have become harrowing. Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan non-tendered Latta, a restricted free agent, while tendering Wilson — metaphorically evicting Latta from the team. Talk about awkward. Latta will be free to sign with another team on July 1, breaking the lease between the Caps Roomies for good (at least physically in Arlington). Latta said his goodbyes this evening.

Wilson responded.

During difficult times like these, we must openly weep, become irrational, and eat buckets of Häagen-Dazs. And also: remember the good times!

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Michael Latta’s time with the Washington Capitals appears to be over.

The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan tweeted today that the team will not extend a qualifying offer to Latta, meaning the restricted free agent will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Though the Caps could still pursue Latta as a free agent, General Manager Brian MacLellan appears to be focused on qualifying the team’s other RFAs — Marcus Johansson, Dmitry Orlov, and Tom Wilson — and trying to sign and re-sign other pieces of the puzzle, possibly including Latta’s linemate, Jason Chimera.

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Caps Single Game Tickets Go On Sale Thursday, June 30


Hi, Rachel.

The Washington Capitals will be putting individual single game tickets up for sale the morning after Fanfest – this Thursday at 10am – on Ticketmaster.

Notable games this upcoming season include the Home Opener Saturday, October 15 against the New York Islanders and literally every game against the Penguins (where you should defintely wear this under your Caps jersey). Boo them loudly.

Here is where I probably should talk about how good the team is and how fun watching hockey live is, but judging from the fact you’re getting this information from our website, I think you already know that.

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Caps Announce 2016 Development Camp Roster


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This morning, the Washington Capitals released the roster for their 2016 Development Camp which runs from June 28 (tomorrow) through July 2 (Saturday). As we noted over the weekend, Caps 2015 first round pick Ilya Samsonov will be attending his first camp with the Capitals while 2016 first round pick Lucas Johansen will also be making his Ballston debut.

Other notables include top defense prospect Madison Bowey and Bears standout Riley Barber. All of the team’s 2015 and 2016 draft picks will also be attending.

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Saturday night, the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter held their 58th annual Emmy Awards at the Baltimore Marriott and several big names in the Caps media brought home some hardware.

CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Joe Beninati, who has been calling Capitals games on TV since 1994, brought home two Emmys. First, Beninati was named this area’s best sports play-by-play man.

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