It sure sounds like the Justin Peters era, at least in Washington, is over. The Capitals announced Monday afternoon that they re-signed talented goaltending prospect Philipp Grubauer to a one-way, two-year deal. Per Mike Vogel, now that he is on his second NHL contract, Grubauer must pass through waivers to be reassigned to the AHL.

After the season ended, Caps’ general manager Brian MacLellan spoke to Mike Vogel and indicated Grubauer would finally be getting a full-time roster spot. “We’re going to give Galiev a shot,” MacLellan said. “Chris Brown is going to get a shot. [Goaltender Philipp] Grubauer is going to get a shot and Schmitty is going to get a shot. We’ve got some guys who have put in some time development-wise [at AHL Hershey], and it’s going to be up to them to perform. They’ll all have chances to make the roster.”

Grubauer played two games in Washington this season. He won both, including a wild 4-3 victory over the Islanders in game two of the first round. Congratulations on the promotion, Grubi.

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Photo: Greg Fiume

Two weeks ago, the Washington Capitals announced that first line center Nicklas Backstrom went under the knife to have an arthroscopic procedure done on his hip. The club added in a statement that they were “confident” he will be “completely healthy” before the start of the 2015-16 regular season.

Over the weekend, Backstrom spoke to Erik Illerhag of his hometown Swedish newspaper Gefle Dagblad and revealed that this injury was something that was bothering him all year.

As translated by Malin Elis of Hockey Ramblings, Backstrom told GD.se, “I’ve been in pain since sometime in November so we had to fix it.”

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Tom Wilson: 2014-15 Season Review

149 games into his NHL career, is anyone confident they know what the Caps have in Tom Wilson? Probably not. But that’s okay. While 2014-15 provided more questions than answers about his usage and development, there’s still things to appreciate and time for Whip to develop.

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Sarge is in the middle, finger raised, letting everyone know he’s number one. (Photo: Manchester Monarchs)

Ladies and gentlemen, Jeff Schultz has done it againOne year to the day after winning the Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings, Sarge won the Calder Cup with the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. Schultz has won two straight championships since getting bought out by the Washington Capitals in June 2013.

Why am I laugh-crying?

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All the Juicy News About Caps Free Agents

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Baby, come back!

ESPN’s Craig Custance dropped a big old newsbomb on Caps free agency today, providing updates on the team’s plans for everyone from Braden Holtby (spoiler alert: good news!) to Mike Green (spoiler alert: also good news, depending on your perspective!).

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Joel Ward: 2014-15 Season Review

When George McPhee signed Joel Ward to a four-year, $12-million deal, many thought it was an exorbitant contract based on a playoff performance he’d never live up to. But then, he sorta did.

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Hahaha. Yeah, ooooooook, Don.

Old, yelling, Canadian relic Don Cherry left his piano desk on Wednesday and spoke to SovSport’s Pavel Lysenkov after game four. Cherry answered questions about a variety of Russian hockey topics, but our RMNB radar went into panic mode when he brought up Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.

Over the years, Cherry has made Ovi one of his favorite athletes to flog. From telling the three-time MVP to “have a little class” to declaring some NHL player is “gonna cut him in half,” Cherry has made his feelings known about the Russian star.

Wednesday, Cherry revealed that “Ovechkin is one of my favorite players.” Wait, what?

Igor Kleyner has your translation.

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Nate Schmidt: 2014-15 Season Review

Once again, Nate Schmidt put up a sterling performance for the Washington Capitals and was rewarded for his effort by a demotion to Hershey.

Same Schmidt, different day.

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Over the last decade, Caps fans have gotten to know Alex Ovechkin and watched him become one of the greatest goal scorers of all-time. Along the way, we’ve also been exposed to Ovi’s style of communication. There’s always lots of ha ha‘s and exclamation points. And parentheses.

Parenthesis use on social media grew out of Russia as an alternative to smilies. It’s similar to the use of terms like LOL, ROFL, and LIRL— just coded in a simpler way.

Have you seen those Discovery documentaries about elephant language? This is pretty much it.

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Alex Ovechkin: 2014-15 Season Review

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I was trying to come up with the most elegant way to introduce the RMNB season review for Alex Ovechkin, but all I came up with is this:

OVI BESSSSTTTTT

HAHHAHAHAHAHHAA))))))))))

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