We’ve got some breaking hockey/dog news to report. Fourth line center Jay Beagle has been re-signed to an expensive three-year, $5.25 million contract. Beags’ annual average salary is $1.75 mil.

Last season, Beagle had career highs in, well, virtually everything. He also was strong in the playoffs, leading the NHL in face-off percentage through the second round.

Beagle may be the Caps’ sole unrestricted free agent to re-sign as Mike Green, Eric Fehr, and Joel Ward all appear ready to find new teams.

More details from the Caps:

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[Warning: The below highlights might be disturbing to some.]

Caps senior writer Mike Vogel broke the news this morning that 24-year-old Capitals defenseman Patrick Wey will retire to pursue “educational interests” after suffering two concussions in less than a year.

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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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On Saturday, Capitals’ goaltender Justin Peters got married to fiancee Kelly Johnson in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Peters was joined by many of his Caps teammates in America’s Hat. The best thing to come out of the ceremony, beyond Peters’ actual marriage, was the above picture.

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Peter’s Scifi/Fantasy Draft: Making RMNB Last

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You are about to read an essay commissioned by RMNB Platinum Patron Michael Reschly as part of the Making RMNB Last campaign. Michael chose the topic, and now Peter must write about it. Game on.

Michael has asked me to draft a hockey team using only scifi and fantasy characters. My entire life was leading up to this moment and now we are here. Michael suggested Harry Potter as first-line center and Chewbacca as goalie, and that’s when I stopped paying attention to his ideas.

First, some self-imposed limitations: none. Anything goes. Let’s party.

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After grabbing Russian goaltender Ilya Samsonov in the first round yesterday, the Washington Capitals entered the second day of the 2015 NHL Draft with four picks. They selected no forwards. Here are the players they selected.

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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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The Washington Capitals have drafted goaltender Ilya Samsonov out of Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL 22nd overall in the 2015 Draft.

Samsonov is not expected to join the Caps before 2018 due to his contract with Metallurg.

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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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