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I have some bad news to report. Former Washington Capitals third-line center and awesome human being Eric Fehr has joined the dark side (along with Steve Oleksy), signing a three-year, $6 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Let’s remember the good times.

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Two weeks ago, I took a look at how Justin Williams compares to the Caps 2014-15 wingers. Today, it’s TJ Oshie’s turn. Here’s his HERO chart.

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Oshie is a top-six forward and a clear upgrade over the only roster player the Caps gave up to get him, Troy Brouwer.

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On Wednesday, July 29th, the Capitals and Marcus Johansson have an arbitration hearing to decide the forward’s salary for next season. Via Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the numbers are now out for what each side will be asking for.

Johansson is asking for $4.75 million while the Caps offered $3 million.

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Newest Capital TJ Oshie and long-time girlfriend Lauren Cosgrove tied the knot on Saturday in a large wedding ceremony in Minnesota. According to St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine, Oshie was walked down the aisle by his adorable 16-month-old daughter Lyla.

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You can now put down your paper bags. Braden Holtby has finally re-signed, inking a five-year, $30.5 million contract. The multi-year deal will keep the Holtbea$t in Washington until 2020.

Under new goaltending coach Mitch Korn last season, Holtby was pretty good at the hockey, finishing first in the NHL in total saves (1887), second in wins (41), second in shutouts (9), and seventh in save percentage (.923). He tied Capitals records for games played (73), wins (41), and shutouts (9). He was sensational in the playoffs too. He finished fourth in the race for the Vezina trophy.

Today’s signing on the line which is dotted ends a longer-than-anticipated process of locking up the 25-year-old goaltender, even though really, this always happens with restricted free agents. After targeting Holtby as his number one priority in June, GM Brian MacLellan could not get Holtby to sign until a day after the two sides’ arbitration hearing in Toronto Thursday. Holtby had asked for $8 million while the team countered at $5.1 million.

$6.1 million though seems pretty good to us. Welcome back, Holtsy.

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Montreal Canadiens Sign Alex Semin to One-Year Deal

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Alex Semin has finally signed and it’s not with Washington, darn it. The Montreal Canadiens announced that the Russian forward had agreed to a one-year deal. According to Renaud Lavoie, it’s for $1.1 million.

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While Evgeny Kuznetsov led the Caps in playoff goals (along with Alex Ovechkin) and carved out a spot in the top six last year, he doesn’t seem satisfied. Wednesday morning via a photo from @jgains, the Caps’ second-line center was out at Kettler alone doing skating and shooting drills. And apparently, this has been a routine thing.

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From @jus_SANTANA and forwarded to us from the DC Sports Bog, we have an image that at first is very, very confusing. It’s Martin Lawrence wearing the Caps’ red, retro (and now new third) jersey on an episode of his self-titled sitcom Martin.

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Braden Holtby’s Ask: $8 Million. Per Year.

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Reuters’ Tim Wharnsby reported an update on the pending arbitration hearing between the Capitals and RFA goaltender Braden Holtby. According to Wharnsby, the Caps offered Holtby $5.1 million, which is just $2.9 million south of Holtby’s reported initial ask: $8 million.

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