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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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Well this is AMAZING. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin just posted a photo on his Instagram and it’s a doozy. He’s hanging out with all the Caps Russians tonight, including a former one that’s very near and dear to our hearts: Alex Semin.

Dmitry Orlov just returned to DC today, after spending the last few weeks in New York (with Sasha Minor) rehabbing his injured wrist. Meanwhile Evgeny Kuznetsov and Stan Galiev have been in Arlington since late July.

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On Wednesday night, the Washington Capitals held an open house at Verizon Center. John Walton hosted a chalk talk in the lower bowl while Verizon Center employees began creating the new ice sheet for next season behind him. On top of that, Caps rookie forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, who may challenge for will win the Calder Trophy next year, signed autographs for the adoring public.

As I hung out around the line forming to meet Kuznetsov, a fan that looked awfully darned familiar introduced himself to me. “Hi, I’m Max,” the teenager said with a big smile. “I’m from this!”

He then pointed to a 8×10”photo that landed on RMNB in late July.

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Washington Capitals Prospect Rankings: Summer 2014

Andre Burakovsky is the best Caps prospect yet to play a game with the big club (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images).

With rookie camp upon us, RMNB presents the new edition of its semiannual prospect rankings.

Prospect rankings factor in a player’s potential, his probability to reach his ceiling (including an assessment of that player’s adaptation to NHL’s style of play), and physical and mental maturity.

The Caps prospect pool is considered top-heavy, with four Caps prospects ranked in top-50 league-wide by both Corey Pronman and NHL.com. However, there’s believed to be a significant drop-off in talent after that. While Capitals management has tried to make their prospect pool deeper, they’ve still got work to do. The Caps are considered thin at center in particular, underlined by auditioning their two top wingers for a center slot.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov Is at the Washington Nationals Game

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With two first place teams within 40 miles of each other, you can’t really go wrong taking in a baseball game on a warm Friday night in September. And that’s exactly what Washington Capitals rookie forward Evgeny Kuznetsov is doing tonight. Flanked by his beautiful wife of three years, Nastya, the Russian forward traveled to Nationals Park after an informal practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex today to see the Nats take on the Philadelphia Phillies.

Before the game started, Kuznetsov took a photo with his wife in the outfield grandstands. He captioned the photo, “Go Nationals.”

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On Saturday, Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov was originally scheduled to be apart of DCPS Beautification Day. Instead, he was in Toronto figure skating.

Yeah, uhhhhh. Let me explain somewhat.

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Upper Deck Releases Evgeny Kuznetsov’s NHL Rookie Card

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For all you Evgeny Kuznetsov superfans, here’s some good news. Upper Deck has released the Russian’s first NHL trading card as part of the 2014-15 MVP set. They hit eBay last week.

In the photo, Kuzya wears a white Caps’ away jersey and is in mid-stride, mouth agape. There are like a million different versions of the rookie card produced. Some have gold borders, some have silver borders, some have a facsimile signature printed on the top in silver foil, while others are teal and die-cut.

Take a look.

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A few weeks ago, we reported that Russians Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov had come back early to the states to start working out for next season. One Russian we forgot among that group is Stan Galiev, a Caps prospect in the last year of his entry-level contract.

With all those Russians in the weight room, an outnumbered John Carlson had no choice but to surrender control of the stereo. In protest, Carlson posted a video of what he had to suffer through on his Instagram.

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On Sunday, we posted a story about former Capital Mikhail Grabovski completing the Ice Bucket Challenge with Nikolai Kulemin in ridiculous fashion.

Since then, a bunch of money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) has been raised and the Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral. At this point, if you haven’t done it yet– you’re a big weirdo.

Over the last 24 hours, a bunch of Caps people have completed the challenge. Since I’m guessing there will be more, we’ll be updating this post as they happen all day.

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Saturday night, Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov drove up to Atlantic City to watch the WBO light heavyweight champion of the world, Sergey “The Krusher” Kovalev, box Blake Caparello. Kovalev hails from Chelyabinsk, Russia, Kuznetsov’s hometown, and won via a vicious TKO in round two.

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