alex-semin-metallurg

After he was put on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens in December, former Capitals forward Alex Semin flew home to Russia and completed the 2015-16 season with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Semin scored five goals and nine assists in 20 regular season games. In the playoffs, Semin did even better, notching seven goals and eight assists in 23 playoff games. Semin and Magnitogorsk won the Gagarin Cup as league champions.

Despite spending 11 seasons and playing 650 games in North America, Semin will not test the NHL free agent market. Instead, last Tuesday, Semin agreed to terms with Magnitogorsk. Sports.ru was the first to report the news.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

joel-ward-eric-fehr

Capitals’ forwards Eric Fehr and Joel Ward watched helplessly as the Rangers’ Derek Stepan sent a puck flying past Braden Holtby in Game Seven of the second round last year. Both wanted to win a Stanley Cup with Washington. But as the Capitals blew a three-games-to-one series lead, Stepan’s overtime tally became their final play with the team.

If the offseason, the Capitals acquired Justin Williams and TJ Oshie, letting Ward and Fehr walk. Ward, going to the Sharks, and Fehr, going to the Penguins, signed three-year deals worth $9,825,000 and $6,000,000 respectively. Now, they will face each other in the Stanley Cup Final, which begins Monday night in Pittsburgh.

“Fehrsie and I were good buddies when we played together,” Ward said Sunday. “It just kind of happened and we parted ways. I went left and he went right. And here we are.”

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

epoole88

Art by the great epoole88

It’s time to place your bets on the big game. It’s Joel Ward and the Sharks vs Eric Fehr and the Penguins. Either way, we’re going to see a beloved former Capital lift the best trophy in sports, so that’s pretty neat.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

michael-latta-chirp

It’s already felt like way too long of a summer and the NHL playoffs aren’t even over yet. Thankfully for Caps fans, they can pass the time by endlessly perusing through players’ Instagram photos to see who Tom Wilson and Michael Latta have chirped lately.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

pens-eastern-conference-champions

Photo: NHL

It’s been a couple weeks since Nick Bonino of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored in overtime to eliminate the Washington Capitals from the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The second round series was an epic battle between the hottest team in the league, the Penguins, and the team with the best record in the NHL, the Capitals.

Over the six-game series, the Penguins netted just one more goal than the Caps, outscoring them 16-15. Three of the games went to overtime. If a few more bounces went the Capitals’ way, they could be getting ready to host Game One of the Stanley Cup Final right now.

Continue Reading

hershey-bears-calder-cup-2016

Photo: Hershey Bears

The Hershey Bears just disposed of the Toronto Marlies in five games, earning their first trip to the Calder Cup Finals since 2010. The chocolate and white will play the Columbus Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters (who has hockey’s hottest new tradition) in the championship series beginning Wednesday.

The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead, scoring two goals in the first 2:13 of the second period. The Marlies chipped away and made it close, scoring once in the second period and then a second time midway through the third period. But the Bears would hold on, with NHL veteran Justin Peters making 21 saves.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

wes-johnson-bennies-gym-pilot

Last week, Washington Capitals PA announcer Wes Johnson traded his mic in for a role in the sitcom pilot Bennie’s Gym. 86-year-old Ed Asner, who has won more Emmy Awards than any other male actor (seven, including five for the role of Lou Grant), was also in the cast and plays the owner. The filming took place in Columbia, Maryland, near route 175.

During the day, Johnson, who has been with the Capitals for nearly two decades, is a talented voiceover artist and actor. Johnson has had roles in Veep (emmy-award winning HBO comedy), John Waters’ “A Dirty Shame,” and “Head of State” with Chris Rock. He’s also recently filmed a national TV commercial for VISA with Ray Lewis and has done voices for popular video games such as Fallout 3 & 4, Elder Scrolls (Sherogorath ftw), Skyrim, Oblivion, and Star Trek.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

The Oshies and Alzners Go to Disney World (Photos)

oshie-alzner-disneyworld

Photo: @loshie17

Former Capital Brooks Laich recently went on a safari, and Alex Ovechkin cut a rug in Mother Russia. Now via Lauren Oshie’s Instagram, we know what TJ Oshie’s and Karl Alzner’s families have been up to.

Last weekend, the two teammates took their families to Disney World. While Oshie and Alzner are literally the opposites on the ice, off of it they both have laid back, kind personalities. And it appears their tiny, adorable children, Lyla Oshie and Stella Alzner, have become inseparable.

Just check out the photos and you’ll see what I mean.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

Braden Holtby: 2015-16 Season Review

Oh, hell yes. Today we get to review the season of that Brodeur-tyin’, Lindsay-finalizin’, Vezina-prolly-winnin’, all-star-playin’, world-cup-team-makin’, playoff-save-percentage-dominatin’, franchise-record-holdin’ bad ass Braden Holtby.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

eric-fehr-stanley-cup

Photo: Gregory Shamus

Former Capitals Eric Fehr and Steve Oleksy have just punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals. They will play Joel Ward’s San Jose Sharks.

Their new team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, became Eastern Conference Champions Thursday after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 at CONSOL Energy Center. Bryan Rust scored both goals, including the game winner.

Continue Reading

Tagged with: