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Former Capitals head coach Adam Oates surfaced on Monday morning on St. Louis sports talk radio to provide expert insight into what the Caps’ offseason moves mean for the team.

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On July 3rd, Julianne Hough’s Move Live Tour made its way to Wolf Trap, and there was a special Caps-related surprise during the show. I’ll let RMNB reader Topher Gee explain.

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Tom Wilson announced on Instagram this weekend that his family went on a trip. “Nothing beats family time at the cottage,” Wilson said in his caption. Please notice: Everybody here is fully clothed, except for a shirtless Wilson. But I guess with abs like that you gotta let the body breathe.

Non-surprisingly on Instagram, this photo had 5,239 likes (as of midnight Monday morning) and the comments are super fun.

Here are some of my favorites.

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TJ Oshie called in to SportsCenter Sunday to surprise a five-year-old Blues fan who had a bit of a tantrum upon learning upon his trade to Washington. (It was pretty much the same reaction I had when the Hurricanes signed Alex Semin three years ago, so I get it.)

Watch and feel fuzzy things inside your innards, which is hopefully not related to how much you drank during your backyards firework show last night.

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Source: Braden Holtby and Caps Are Close On Deal

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A source familiar with the situation tells RMNB that restricted free agent Braden Holtby and the Capitals are close to agreeing to a new contract that will keep the Lloydminster, Saskatchewan goaltender in Washington for a long time. We’re told that the Caps and Holtby’s camp are about $1 million apart in yearly salary, but term is not an issue. The Caps want him closer to $5 million per year, while Holtby wants around $6 million.

According to the Capitals’ Mike Vogel, Sunday is the deadline for NHL players to file for arbitration. That date will likely encourage a deal as both sides want to get this done.

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After single-handedly beating Russia (sad face) in an Olympic shootout last year, the TJ Oshie #brand became more closely associated with the US National Team than the NHL team he played for, the St. Louis Blues. Now that he’s been traded to the Capitals, Oshie, much like this new RMNB T-shirt, is 1,776% more patriotic.

Now excuse me while I go shout some things. FREEDOM! APPLE PIE! EAGLES! KEN GRIFFEY’S GROTESQUELY SWOLLEN JAW!

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Before Wiz Khalifa and Fallout Boy performed at Giant Center tonight, opener Hoodie Allen took the stage. And the rapper did so in a Hershey Bears jersey. This is tremendous. This is almost as cool as Snoop Dogg rapping in a Caps jersey.

There’s much, much more about it at Chocolate Hockey, a Bears blog run by former RMNB member and my forever little brother Kyle Mace. Check it out >>

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On the first day of free agency, long-time Capital Mike Green signed a three-year, $18 million contract to play in Detroit. Despite being the most sought out UFA on the market, Green found the decision, according to Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com, to be a “pretty easy one.”

Here’s Mike Green in his own words on why he signed with Detroit.

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San Jose’s bigasses/60 just got even bigger. NBCSN’s Anson Carter reports that former Washington Capitals winger Joel Ward has signed with the Sharks. Ward did not get the four years his agent wanted; instead he’ll settle for three. The contract is worth $9.825 million, and the $3.275 yearly salary is a $275k raise from last season.

WAVE GOODBYE TO THOSE CLUTCH GOALS AND THAT BIG BEAUTIFUL BUTT.

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Thursday, in a move that surprised all Capitals fans, General Manager Brian MacLellan traded Troy Brouwer to the St. Louis Blues for TJ Oshie, Pheonix Copley, and a third-round pick. Also surprised: Troy Brouwer.

While speaking with CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley on Friday, Brouwer said that he found out about the deal while doing arts and crafts with his daughter Kylie.

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