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Wednesday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin received his seventh Kharlamov Trophy as the most valuable Russian player in the National Hockey League. The award, named after the Soviet ice hockey player Valeri Kharlamov, is voted on by all active Russians playing in the NHL.

While taking part in a press conference afterwards, Ovechkin was asked about the report that Russian defenseman Ilya Nikulin – the Russian machine’s best friend – was in talks with the Washington Capitals.

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This awful, terrible photoshop is by me and I’m not sorry.

Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough announced they were engaged Tuesday morning. One person who was excited about this news was Michael Latta.

What an incredible gesture for Michael to skip…

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Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough Are Engaged

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Brooks Laich is officially off the market. You missed your chance.

The Capitals forward and his movie-star girlfriend Julianne Hough just announced the news with joint posts on Instagram saying, “We are overwhelmed with joy and excitement to share with you our recent engagement! #fiance #love”

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Editor’s Note: Welcome to Part II of Friend of RMNB and certified dancing queen Ben Scarbro’s investigation into what the Brouwer Rangers will do now that Troy Brouwer is no longer a Washington Capital.

Yesterday, I proved to you a bunch of things you can’t argue with because I wrote this article a week ago and it’s too late to change my mind. And you don’t need to pay a translator to see that I’m right (and yes that’s a non sequitur and a call back to like 2012).

By that, I mean that I narrowed down the list of players the Brouwer Rangers may select as their next target object of praise to a manageable six. To recap: We eliminated defensemen and goalies (because the Brouwer Rangers seem to prefer goal-scoaring ability) plus any forwards who either won’t get enough playing time or who represent to significant a commitment in terms of contract length and size. That left us with Jay Beagle, Brooks Laich, Justin Williams, Evegeny Kuznetsov, T. J. Oshie, and Andre Burakovsky.

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Swedish mask painter for the stars, Dave Gunnarsson, released what he called a “sneak peek” of Philipp Grubauer’s new mask for the 2015-16 season on Monday afternoon. The bucket’s design, which Gunnarsson specializes in, is stunning. The promotional video of said mask, which Gunnarsson does not specialize in, is bizarre.

Like can someone explain what is going on here?

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Editor’s Note: The Washington Capitals have made a ton of moves this offseason, from acquiring T.J. Oshie and re-signing restricted free agent goaltender Braden Holtby to wishing a fond farewell to unrestricted free agents Joel Ward and Eric Fehr, among others. But there’s one burning question yet to be answered: What will become of the Brouwer Rangers? That’s where we turn things over to Friend of RMNB and man-bun aficionado Ben Scarbro:

Now that Troy Brouwer is headed to a city whose nickname sounds like a British person’s bathroom, it’s time for the Brouwer Rangers to retire the fanny packs and the spandex onesies. In order to determine where they’re headed next, we have to take a quick look into their past. Continue Reading

 

Report: Defenseman Ilya Nikulin In Talks With Capitals

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Alex Rogulev of Rsport published a fascinating report on Friday that could spell big changes for the Washington blue line next season. According to the report, Russian defenseman Ilya Nikulin, who will not re-sign with Ak Bars Kazan, is in negotiations with an NHL team. That NHL team: the Washington Capitals.

If this pans out, it’ll be huge for the Caps and for Russian hockey.

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On Friday, Caps Captain Alex Ovechkin participated in Ilya Kovalchuk’s charity hockey Game From Pure Heart . This year, the game was held at the Palace of Sports in Kazan and raised 8-million rubles (almost 125,000 USD) for local orphanages .

Team Morozov beat Team Kovalchuk (Ovechkin’s team) 11 to 9. The retiring Alexei Morozov scored three goals in his farewell game. Kovy scored four.

Morozov’s team consisted mostly of his ex-comrades from Ak Bars: Danis Zaripov, Sergei Zinoviev, Alexei Emelin, Vitali Proshkin, and Alexei Tereshchenko. The senior executive of Tatarstan/acting head of the republic, Rustam Minnikhanov, and the mayor of Kazan, Ilsur Metshin, also participated. Kovalchuk’s team featured Ovechkin, Alexander Radulov, Sergei Mozyakin, plus Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and KHL chairman Gennady Timchenko.

There were some good moments in the game, such as when Ovechkin played against actual children.

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We now know how Evgeny Kuznetsov has spent part of the $6 million he’ll get from the Washington Capitals under his new two-year deal: He bought a teeny tiny jersey for his 12-week-old daughter, Ecenia.

Kuzy posted the photo to Instagram with the caption “Готовь сани летом.” Igor has your translation as “Prepare your sled in summertime.” Sounds like … good advice?

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The career of former Capital Dustin Penner seemingly ended in 2014. In 18 games for the Washington Capitals that spring, Penner scored just 1 goal and 2 assists. No teams came a-nibbling during free agency, so it seemed the end for Penner: 9 seasons, 2 Cups, retired at age 32.

Not so much. Penner has begun a second life as a DJ of electronic dance music, a.k.a. EDM, an initialism that definitely won’t be confusing to hockey fans. DJ Pendemic (as he’s known on Soundcloud) began posting mixes and tracks earlier this year. In that time, Penner’s online presence has transitioned from internalized misogyny and hockey chirps to iffy grammar and promotions for his DJ gigs.

As for the music itself, I really can’t say. I don’t know much about EDM. But I do know someone who does. My friend Mo Gadalla has excellent taste in music. I asked him to listen to Pendemic and tell me all about it.

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