On Sunday, Andre Burakovsky made hockey headlines when he got into a car that wasn’t his Uber. But it was where Burakovsky was going that showed his mind was still in the right place. The Swedish forward, who broke his hand days earlier, went to the Loudoun Top Golf to hang out and watch his friends drive golf balls. He will be there again next week, but this time with most of the Caps roster.
This upcoming Monday from 2-5pm, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic is hosting an event called Wish Upon A Par. For $125, you can purchase a ticket and attend the event, which includes 2.5 hours of play and unlimited food and nonalcoholic beverages. But hurry, I’m told general admission tickets are going very fast. The event also is offering a rare and semi-inexpensive way to hang out with your favorite Caps player during the event.
The Capitals announced on Wednesday that they have acquired depth defenseman Tom Gilbert from the LA Kings for “future considerations.” Gilbert will report to the Hershey Bears. Sportsnet’s John Shannon was the first to report the news.
Karl Alzner is the iron man of the Washington Capitals. In every game since October 8, 2010, Alzner has played a vital role: lots of minutes against tough competition, plus killing penalties.
While Alzner is an unspectacular player (the polar opposite of Alex Ovechkin), he had been solid in his role. And with a $2.8-million RFA deal, Alzner had been affordable too.
But there has been a stark change in Alzner’s impact this season, and it puts the Caps in a difficult position as we near the trade deadline and, this summer, free agency.
Marcus Johansson joined the families of Nicklas Backstrom, TJ Oshie, Karl Alzner, and Daniel Winnik in the Bahamas for the Capitals’ bye week.
Tuesday night, Johansson found himself completely alone on the dance floor after a dinner with his teammates and their families. In the resulting video posted by Taylor Winnik, we learn that Mojo has sweet footwork off the ice too.
The Washington Capitals are dispersed all across North America for their bye week. The team’s captain, Alex Ovechkin, is spending his six day and seven-night stay with his wife Nastya on Sunny Isles Beach in Miami.
Staying high atop a hotel with an oceanview, the Ovechkins celebrated Valentine’s Day at the beach in the morning, playing cards and drinking champagne. Later things turned romantic with a surprise from Alex to his wife.
While the Oshies, Alzners, Winniks, Johanssons, and Backstroms are in the Bahamas and the Holtbys, the Chorneys, Tom Wilson, and Brett Connolly are in Turks and Caicos, Dmitry Orlov didn’t want to part with the cold chill of a hockey rink and instead is in Aspen, Colorado.
He and his wife Varvara are snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains.
On Monday we found out that the Alzners, Oshies and Winniks are vacationing together in the Bahamas during the Caps’ bye week. Tuesday night, we found out it’s not just the three couples and their kids. The Backstroms and Johanssons are with them, too.
In a post calling it the “Best Valentine’s Day we’ve ever had,” Taylor Winnik shared a photo of the whole 20-person crew, including some unidentified friends or family members, hanging out on the beach at Atlantis Paradise Island.
On Monday, we learned that a few Caps are vacationing together at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Today, several other teammates revealed that they were beaching it up together during the Caps’ bye week too.
Tom Wilson and his girlfriend Taylor Pischke, Taylor Chorney and his wife Haley, Brett Connolly and his fiancée Katrina, and Braden Holtby and his wife Brandi are all vacationing together in Turks and Caicos.
“Not much #Eddie #Turks #CoupleDucks,” Wilson wrote in a caption dripping with inside jokes.
That’s cool, but I’m going to need to enhance the top left of this photo.
We’ve got a good ol’ fashioned Hire-And-Fire to report!
Tuesday afternoon, the Montreal Canadiens stunned the hockey world by firing their head coach, Michel Therrien, and then hiring former Bruins head coach, Claude Julien to replace him. Julien was out of work for seven days, which is only 10,075 minutes off of Barry Trotz’s initial estimate.
TJ Oshie has been just about a perfect fit for the Caps since coming to the team during the summer of 2015. He’s been excellent in the role envisioned for him: a top-six wing to play the right side with a healthy mix of skill and physicality. Oshie’s tenacious forechecking has fit in great on the Caps first line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, and TJ has proven he can keep up with his superstar linemates, as he’s posted his two best goal scoring seasons of his career while in DC.
Oshie, who is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, has fit in so well that it may seem like a foregone conclusion that the team should make re-signing him a top priority. While it’s possible there are scenarios that could play out to make bringing Oshie back a no-brainer, there’s plenty of reasons for the Caps to be very cautious when considering whether or not they should re-sign him.
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