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After landing TJ Oshie and Justin Williams and re-signing Braden Holtby during the summer, General Manager Brian MacLellan watched his Capitals win a franchise record 56 games during the regular season. The Caps became the tenth team in NHL history to accumulate 56 wins or more. Alex Ovechkin led the league in goals. Braden Holtby tied Martin Brodeur for most wins in NHL history.

In May, MacLellan was named a finalist for the NHL General Manager Of The Year award. Ovechkin (Richard, Messier), Holtby (Vezina, Lindsay), and Barry Trotz (Adams) were as well.

Tonight in Las Vegas we learned MacLellan did not win. Mac finished a distant second to Penguins’ General Manager Jim Rutherford.

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Wednesday, the Oshie family got one tiny human bigger. Lauren Oshie gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl, Leni Rose Oshie. She was six pounds, ten ounces.

Tiny, Penguin-hating Lyla is now an older sister.

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In I can’t believe I’m writing this news, Dmitry Orlov spent his evening pumping gas and selling burgers at a Russian gas station.

The Caps’ hip-checking machine, joined by close friend and Vezina-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, worked at a Gazprom in his hometown of Novokuznetsk. Orlov and Bobrovsky were participating in a media event to raise awareness for a charity event scheduled for June 30, which will, according to Orlov’s girlfriend Varya, raise money for a youth hockey program called “Special Youth School of Olympic Reserve Metallurg.” Ilya Sorokin and Kirill Kaprizov will also participate next week. Awareness raised.

Now enjoy these photos of Orlov filling up a truck and posing in front of gas pumps.

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PA Parenteau: Free Agent Profile

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Brian MacLellan has said the Caps intend to upgrade their third line this offseason. This is part of our series looking at free agents who the Caps may target.

It’s Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau‘s turn to get assessed as a free agent fit for the Capitals. Most recently of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Parenteau would be my personal pick to replace Jason Chimera as one of the wings on the third line. If you were on the #PAPtoDC bandwagon at the trade deadline then this is obviously the post for you.

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David Legwand: Free Agent Profile

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Brian MacLellan has said the Caps intend to upgrade their third line this offseason. This is part of our series looking at free agents who the Caps may target.

David Legwand in 2016 should not be confused with the David Legwand of seasons past. In his prime, Legwand was a fast-skating, offensively talented two-way center. Now, he’s best known for his veteran leadership–a trait that won’t necessarily improve the Caps’ third line.

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Tuesday, Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan held a conference call with the media from Las Vegas, where the 2016 NHL Awards are taking place. MacLellan touched on his plans for the Caps’ restricted free agents, his thoughts on hockey coming to Vegas, and his worries about the upcoming expansion draft.

MacLellan also talked at length about current restricted free agent Marcus Johansson and what the current plans are in regards to contract talks with the Swede and his agent. MacLellan said that he was “optimistic” about the negotiations, but that some of the comparables for Johansson may have a higher salary than they are comfortable with.

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You Can Buy a ‘Rock the Rainbow’ Caps Shirt Now

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Brandi and Braden Holtby represented the Washington Capitals in this month’s Capital Pride Parade. The shirts they wore, which I guess we’re calling #RockTheRainbow, were a hit even before the crushing sadness of the following day’s news. Everybody wanted one, but only a select few Caps org folks actually had the privilege.

That changes now.

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Ovechkin poses with the Rocket Richard Trophy, which he won again this year, at the 2014 NHL Awards. (Photo: Harry How)

The Washington Capitals had a domineering regular season in 2015-16, running away with the Presidents’ Trophy by 11 points. On Wednesday evening in Las Vegas, their personal feats from this past season will be honored. Well… most of them.

One Caps player already has hardware locked up: Alex Ovechkin, who won the Richard Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer. It was his third straight 50-goal season. But there will be no crazy blue suits on the red carpet this year. Ovechkin will not be in Las Vegas to claim his prize.

“Alex will not be attending the Awards this year,” a Capitals spokesperson said in an email to RMNB, declining to elaborate further. A spokesperson for the NHL also confirmed Ovechkin’s absence.

Ovechkin is also a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award for the work he did for the American Special Hockey Association. Let’s assume he’s not going to win that one, lest the Awards become even more awkward.

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Here’s Your 2016-17 Caps Schedule

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Here’s something to liven up what is otherwise one of the dullest off seasons in recent memory: The Caps have released the schedule for next season.

In a shocking turn of events, half the games are road games! Let’s look together.

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Teddy Purcell: Free Agent Profile

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Brian MacLellan has said the Caps intend to upgrade their third line this offseason. This is part of our series looking at free agents who the Caps could potentially target.

Teddy Purcell is a utility player with strong possession numbers. Sounds good, right? He’s not much of a goal scorer, but he’s got a knack for play-making–and just take a look at the assists he’s racked up over the past few seasons. For the right price, Purcell could be a real asset to the Caps.

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