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Across the continent, there are several organized summer leagues that NHL players participate in, including Eastside Elite Hockey which is run in Michigan by former Caps defenseman Steve Oleksy. There’s also a popular organization in Minnesota that recently formed called Da Beauty League. Founded in 2015, the league boasts six teams sporting many NHL players and prospects including Dustin Byfuglien, David Backes, and Ryan McDonagh. See the full rosters here.

The Capitals also have several meat and potato players participating including Taylor Chorney, Aaron Ness, Travis Boyd, and Shane Gersich. And oh yeah, standout defenseman and former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher, Nate Schmidt!

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I was born, raised, and currently reside in Frederick, Maryland. I have so much pride in this city and here’s the epitome of why. At 7pm, when I was driving home from work, I was flipping through my radio station presets and landed on WFRE, Frederick’s country station. This commercial came on.

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The Gardening and Pornography Episode (RMNB Podcast)

Bears and Pokemon

It’s not actually about gardening and pornography, but those are two topics on our minds this week. Really, Ian and I got together to talk about our fondest memories of beloved outgoing Capitals players like Mike Weber.

You can get the RMNB Podcast on iTunes. Go ahead and give us a five-star review there and Ian will deliver some garden-fresh veggies right to your doorstep.

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ESPN’s Scott Burnside has learned that former Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee will be announced as the first GM of the NHL’s new Las Vegas franchise on Wednesday. McPhee, who has been working as a special assistant to New York Islanders’ GM Garth Snow for the last 10 months, spent 17 years in Washington. In 1998, McPhee took the Caps franchise to its first and only Stanley Cup Final appearance.

According to Burnside, McPhee’s experience put him over the top. Las Vegas owner Bill Foley, along with adviser/former NHL player Murray Craven, interviewed as many as seven candidates.

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In the wake of the Caps’ season end, I was curious how the Caps fan community felt. After six years of RMNB and a decade of Ovechkin, I wondered who you thought makes up the pantheon of most favorite Caps players.

I asked the good people of Twitter, who had not yet descended into heartrending reactions to a world that is becoming increasingly like The Purge and also PokeMon Go strategy tips, to rate their favorite Caps players of Ovechkin era from 1 to 5, with one being intense hatred and five being omg bff.

What I learned will shock you. Turns out people like Ovi.

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Ten days ago, Michael Latta officially left the Washington Capitals, signing a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings. Not only is Latta getting a full-time roster spot, he’s also getting a brand new number and it’s one that his long-time fans will be familiar with.

Latta will wear number 17 next season – the same number he wore in junior hockey with the Guelph Storm. It’s also the same number Milan Lucic wore for the Kings last season.

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Yesterday, news broke via Twitter that Capitals’ 2013 second-round pick Zach Sanford had decided to forego his junior and senior years at Boston College and turn pro.

Today, the Capitals made the signing official.

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Second-line winger Andre Burakovsky has shown flashes of brilliance in his first two seasons in the NHL. Now heading into the last season of his three-year, $2.775 million entry-level deal, Burakovsky hopes to take the next step in his development. Swedish-language outlet hockeysverige describes a Burakovsy who aspires to sign a long-term deal with the Capitals — a big one, similar to what his friend Filip Forsberg did this summer in Nashville.

Forsberg has scored a combined 59 goals over the last two seasons (26 goals in 2014-15 and 33 in 2015-16). The former WJC MVP has led the Predators in points over the last two seasons (63 points in 2014-15 and 64 in 2015-16, twice the production of Burakovsky). On June 27, Forsberg signed a six-year, $36-million contract that will keep him in Nashville until he’s 27-years-old and eat up one of his UFA years.

On July 1, Forsberg could have been a restricted free agent and been offered a massive offer sheet by another team, a sticky situation which Washington must game-plan for next year with both Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

There’s a big gap between Burakovsky’s and Forsberg’s performance right now, and Andre knows it. “To get a big contract you have to score 50 points and deliver,” Burakovsky said last week in an interview with hockeysverige.se, as translated by Magnus Cadelin.

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After going on a long vacation, Alex Ovechkin is back on vacation. Today, Ovechkin arrived in Port de Saint-Tropez, France, and his first itinerary item was to continue perfecting his water-related acrobats.

For instance, check out Ovechkin — along with rapper T-Killah and Russian basketball player Vitaliy Fridzon — perform this sick synchronized 360 flip into a pool.

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In the past, Alex Ovechkin has taken home a giant bobblehead of Alex Ovechkin, called himself the “biggest fan” of Alex Ovechkin, and entered a raffle to meet Alex Ovechkin. So naturally, the next logical step was for Alex Ovechkin to pose for a picture in front of an army of Alex Ovechkins.

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