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Day two of Capitals training camp was Saturday, and the team continued the tough pace set by Barry Trotz on Friday. Each of the three group of players spent about an hour and the half on the ice, focusing on drills designed to simulate game situations and learn the system. With the first preseason game just hours away, three groups of Caps battled along the boards for loose pucks and charged at the net. Unlike previous regimes, Trotz is throwing the players into the fire quickly.

“This is the one day we had to prepare to play tomorrow,” the coach told reporters. “We tried to get a lot of stuff in that was situational.”

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Photo: Amanda Bowen

One hundred sixty days after the Washington Capitals missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007, 66 players took to the ice in Arlington, Virginia looking to atone for a lost season. New head coach Barry Trotz put his players through a 45-minute practice and then a rigorous skate test, which left many exhausted, including Alex Ovechkin. This year’s training camp is supposed to be a hard one, part of Trotz’s plan to transform this team from an also-ran into a real success. The Caps have just two days of training camp to get their legs under them before the preseason opens on Sunday.

Below the jump are photos from the day via RMNB’s newest contributor, Amanda Bowen.

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Talk about adorable. Here’s Papa Holtby holding hands with the baby Holtby walking around what I can only assume is Benjamin’s future office.

Also, be sure to give Alex Prewitt, The Washington Post’s new beat writer, a follow on the twitter machine.

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Fedor noticed something on Tuesday, and I just had to comment on it. Vitek Vanecek‘s bio photo on the Champions Hockey League website was not even close to being correct.

I made a crack about it on the Twitters.

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Swedish airbrush painter Dave Gunnarsson has just released photos of Braden Holtby‘s new mask, and boy is it a beauty. Built off the design of Holtby’s bucket from last season, Gunnarrsson continued — in his words — the “old school style” of the Capitals brand.

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This Photo of the Holtby Family is Literally Perfect

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On Wednesday, this photo of Braden, Benjamin, Brandi, and Belle Holtby made the rounds on Tumblr. It’s easy to understand why. This photo is straight out of a fashion magazine. These people look perfect. Even the tiny, grumpy one to the right giving the side-eye to someone.

Someday I will have children, and I have already accepted the fact that they’ll have lumpy heads and cry all the time, just like their father.

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Photo: Grant Halverson

Around 12:30 PM, the Washington Capitals made their first splash into free agency, signing a minor yet potentially important player. Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters has signed a two-year, $1.9 million deal, worth an annual average salary of $950K.

Peters, drafted 34th overall by the Hurricanes in 2004, will likely be the back-up for Braden Holtby. Peters played in the AHL before earning a call-up. He proved himself a solid goaltender as Cam Ward struggled with injury.

Peters is a notorious Caps-killer, posting a 4-3 record with a 1.67 GAA, .938 SV%, and two shutouts in seven career games against his new team.

Simply put: Peters is a solid goalie who can handle a potentially larger role if necessary. And he comes at a good price.

This move also signifies that Capitals prospect goalie, Philipp Grubauer will now be relegated to AHL Hershey and have to play out of his mind to force his way to the NHL.

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Early Monday, the Washington Capitals announced that they had promoted Ross Mahoney, who has been the Caps’ director of amateur scouting for the past 16 seasons, to the vacant assistant general manager position.

At 1pm, Caps GM Brian MacLellan held a conference call with reporters to talk about Mahoney’s promotion, but the discussion quickly turned to everything else.

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Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made a cameo in the latest issue of Washingtonian Magazine. In it, The Holtbeast explains where he feeds and where he, his wife, and fellow Holtbabies reside. I always assumed it was a cave-like dwelling, covered by brush and leaves, but apparently it is not.

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On Wednesday night, Braden Holtby‘s father Greg announced awesome news on Twitter: Braden and his wife Brandi welcomed their second child into the world, a girl named Belle Scarlett Holtby. The B names continue!

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