What to Watch Instead of the NHL Awards


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Let’s get real for a hot second. I don’t enjoy the NHL Awards. You don’t enjoy the NHL Awards. Why do we insist on pretending we do?

Every year the NHL trots out a mediocre host and a handful of celebrity (?) presenters, mashes them up with a band best known for being one people love to hate (2015: Daughtry, 2014: Phillip Phillips, 2012: Nickelback – you get it), and tries to pretend players would rather be there wearing shirts than at a pool party not wearing shirts. The best year of the NHL Awards was 2013, when there wasn’t an NHL Awards.

Here’s what’s going to happen tonight: Alex Ovechkin will take home the Rocket Richard trophy. That much is certain. He’s also contender for both the Hart Trophy as league MVP and the Ted Lindsay Award as the MVP as voted by the players. If he wins them, you knew he was going to win them, so what’s even the point of watching? If they go to Carey Price, then it was all a sham anyway so why bother?

Instead of suffering through Rob Riggle’s Gary Bettman-approved jokes and big-name celebrities – one half of 90s country duo Brooks & Dunn, Tom Hanks’ son, and Alex Ovechkin’s favorite DJ – awkwardly mispronounce the name Pavel Datsyuk, you should watch something else. Always here to serve, RMNB has put together some recommendations based on tonight’s TV listings.

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Lost in the shuffle of the Caps new third jersey news Tuesday night, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that Caps general manager Brian MacLellan is trying to wrap up new deals with bottom-six forwards Eric Fehr and Jay Beagle. Meanwhile, it appears UFAs Joel Ward and Mike Green are all but certain to test the free agent market on July 1st.

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Alex Ovechkin Is Alex Ovechkin’s Biggest Fan


Earlier this evening, Alex Ovechkin took questions from reporters ahead of Wednesday’s night NHL Awards ceremony. Ovechkin’s first question was difficult, but he navigated it with ease.

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Caps Unveil New Vintage Third Jersey (Photos)

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Nostalgics rejoice! The Capitals have unveiled a new third jersey for the 2015-2016 season modeled after the team’s original red jerseys. According to the team’s release, the Caps will wear the throwback sweaters “for select home games” next season.

This means your white throwback, which the Capitals used as a third jersey from the 2011 Winter Classic through the 2014-2015 season, is now a collector’s item. This new red third will replace the white one. The red will be available for purchase at the Verizon Center Team Store, Kettler Capitals Iceplex Team Store and the NHL online shop in October.

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Photo: Ovi’s Instagram (@aleksandrovechkinofficial)

Let’s face it, Alexander Ovechkin is having a better summer than any of us. While we’re sweating out 96 degrees and a billion percent humidity in our business-casual khakis, the Capitals’ captain is chiiiiillllliiinnng poolside in Vegas with the most random assortment of people imaginable.

And he seems to have lost his shirt.

Here’s a who’s-who of those with whom Ovechkin is hanging out with.

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Joel Ward Likely To Test Free Agency on July 1st


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Brace yourself. This news may make you feel super sad. According to The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt, 34-year-old winger Joel Ward appears likely to test the free agent market on July 1st.

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It’s safe to say that Caps goaltending coach Mitch Korn is a genius. In 24 seasons in the NHL, he’s helped Dominik Hasek win four Vezina and two Hart trophies. He’s also led many of the goalies he’s coached, including Braden Holtby, to career years.

Every summer after the NHL season ends, the afflable 57-year-old holds Korn Camp, a specialized goaltending program for young netminders. This year, he’s holding eight camps, including one at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Last week, twitter user @GabzNasty posted video of Korn instructing his tiny goalies while standing in the crease. In this lecture, Korn explains why you shouldn’t put all your weight on your heels.

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There were a lot of great Caps Father’s Day wishes Sunday. From Tom Wilson’s Instagram pic with his dad to Joel Ward’s sweet words for his deceased father Randal, Caps players brought the feels on social media.

My personal favorite Father’s Day tribute, however, was definitely the below tweet from Michael Latta.

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The New Hockey Emoji Kind Of Sucks


For years, hockey fans have been begging for a hockey emoji. And on Wednesday, we finally got our wish. Unicode Consortium released a version of Unicode 8.0, which includes 37 new icons. The taco, burrito, cheese, and unicorn are awesome.

The hockey emoji – how can I put this delicately – kind of sucks.

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33-year-old Patrick Sharp just won his third Stanley Cup in six years with the Chicago Blackhawks. He’s also likely won something else: a permanent trip to another team this summer.

Tuesday night, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun went on Montreal’s TSN 690 and had a discussion about the Blackhawks and their difficult cap situation. According to ESPN, the team has a little more than $66 million committed to 13 players next year. That includes the first year of identical eight-year, $84 million contract extensions for Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

With next year’s cap expected to be $71 million, the Hawks have little wiggle room to fill out the roster, especially because they want to re-sign restricted free agent forward Brandon Saad. Moving Sharp would free up $5.9 million the Hawks could spend elsewhere. LeBrun believes Chicago will shop Sharp during the offseason and he could end up on the Washington Capitals.

Via Chris Nichols of Today’s Slapshot:

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