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Earlier this week, TJ Oshie’s wife Lauren gave birth to the couple’s second child, Leni Rose. The Oshies have posted several adorable photos since, including this pic featuring Papa, Lyla, and Leni.

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Earlier in the evening, the Washington Capitals announced the re-signing of two players that spent most of the year in AHL Hershey: Paul Carey and Aaron Ness. Both players saw time in Washington and both players played well during their short stints in the NHL.

Carey even scored his first NHL goal February 6 against the Devils.

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We had one draft pick, Auston Matthews, and then the trades came in. The one you care about goes like this:

The Washington Capitals have acquired Center Lars Eller from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for second round picks in 2017 and 2018.

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2016 NHL Entry Draft Live Blog: First Round

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Liveblog for the draft? Why not. Auston Matthews is the consensus number one overall pick, but let’s see how the rest of the draft will go. The Caps are selecting 26th. I’ll be happy with anything but another goaltender.

Spenser is joining me and will be providing analysis on some of the highlighted picks throughout the night.

Leggo.

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Prospects the Caps Could Select With Pick 26

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The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft begins tonight at 7:00 PM on NBCSN. Before then, we want to be able to provide our readers with an idea of who the Caps could select with the 26th pick they currently own. These are profiles of some of the players generally ranked around that area.

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This morning, many of you might have woken up to something jarring when you turned on your phone and checked Instagram. Caps’ “shy, little, cute guy” Andre Burakovsky posted a photo of himself dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for Midsummer 2016.

Let’s go ahead and zoom here.

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Brad Boyes: 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.

Today we set our sights on yet another former Toronto Maple Leaf who could fit the Capitals’ plans this summer. Brad Boyes, a veteran of 14 NHL seasons and a former 40-goal scorer is coming off a year in which he made Toronto  out of camp on a professional tryout contract after he was bought out by the Florida Panthers. Is he a fit for the Caps? I can already hear the shrieks of “No!” coming from Facebook, but let’s evaluate him before we make a decision.

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Washington Capitals goaltender and Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby rocked a stunning John Varvatos number to the 2016 NHL Awards on Wednesday, noting that he enjoyed the “rock and roll” motif of his new suit. Caps video coach Brett Leonhardt appeared wearing socks with Barry Trotz‘s face on them to go along with a fancy tuxedo. When Trotz, who won the Jack Adams, appeared on the red carpet, he was also wearing new attire, ditching his usual black for a fresh blue suit with narrow pinstripes.

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Darren Helm: 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.

Having spent the entirety of his career in Detroit, Darren Helm might be looking for a change of scenery. The speedy skater is coming off a four-year deal with a cap hit of $2.125 million. He’ll likely be offered a raise from several teams–and the Caps should be among them.

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Brett “Stretch” Leonhardt (he’s tall) has lived an eventful hockey life. Originally a producer and videographer for the Capitals’ website — and occasional Verizon Center DJ — he became known throughout the hockey world when he served as an emergency goaltender for a game in December 2008.

After Jose Theodore injured himself during a pregame skate, Stretch signed an amateur tryout agreement before the Caps faced the Ottawa Senators. Leonhardt later left DC for a job in the NHL’s war room in Toronto before coming back as Washington’s video coach in 2012. In 2013, Leonhardt, a former junior hockey and NCAA Division III goaltender, once again served as a backup, preforming his usual video editing duties during the intermissions.

Now, he’s added a notch in his storied career: wearer of absurd Barry Trotz themed socks.

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