Forbes came out with their annual valuation of every NHL franchise on Wednesday. According to the business magazine, the Capitals are the tenth most valuable team in hockey, coming in at $575 million.
For all their gaudy banners and no cup jokes, the Pittsburgh Penguins are a less valuable franchise than the Capitals, by approximately five million.
On Thanksgiving Eve at Verizon Center, the Capitals played host to the St. Louis Blues and the organization went all out to celebrate the impeding holiday. Alex Ovechkin got out his figurative carving knife and feasted on the average goaltending in net. And all-throughout the night, the Caps transformed their intermission activities into a celebration of America’s second favorite bird.
Baltimore Orioles legend and greatest baseball player that ever lived, Cal Ripken Jr., attended Caps practice Tuesday. The news was first reported by CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Jill Sorenson.
According to the Capitals, the Iron Man was at Kettler Capitals Iceplex to give a speech to the team after practice. The team also plugged Ripken Baseball, Cal’s baseball camp that he runs with younger brother Billy.
With 9:34 left in the third period, Alex Ovechkin scored on a breakaway to give the Capitals an emphatic 6-0 lead. After the Caps goal horn sounded, the song The Wicker Man by Iron Maiden was supposed to play.
Instead, the Caps game entertainment crew ran an audible and thew on the Penguins’ goal song.
Every November 11, America observes Veteran’s Day, a holiday that honors military veterans. In a subtle gesture to show respect to those who have served, the Capitals will be wearing American flag stickers on the back of their helmets tonight in their game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Today is November 8, election day in America, and…
*Wait, have you voted yet? You haven’t? Dude, stop reading this immediately and go vote right now. Cool? Cool.*
While many of you are mainly concerned with who the next US President will be between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, inside the Capitals locker room there is a great debate about another (ceramic) neck-and-neck race.
The Capitals are hosting a vote for the next Capitals bobblehead between Braden Holtby’s holtbyism, Tom Wilson’s Wiiiiillllllsssssssooooon Halloween costume, and Justin Williams’ fro.
The players are divided. Some of the candidates aren’t even voting for themselves.
In four of the last seven games, the Washington Capitals have let a two-goal lead evaporate in front of their eyes, but it isn’t time to panic quite yet. In three of the four games, the Caps were able to right the ship and still win. Protecting leads is important in the NHL, and the Caps could get into trouble expecting to be able to squeak by in these types of games often.
In the past, the Caps have been good at protecting leads under Head Coach Barry Trotz. Last season, the Capitals were 21-0-1 when leading after the first and 37-0-1 when leading after the second. They ended the season at 34-2-2 when scoring first as well, which the Capitals have done in nine of the ten games so far this year. And while allowing multi-goal comebacks in four of seven games is not ideal, this kind of adversity in October and November can build the necessary character needed in May when, not if, this scenario were to arise again.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is considering a future move for the Wizards and the Capitals out of their current Verizon Center location. Over the past few months, Leonsis has added an Arena Football League team, an “e-sports” franchise, and a new streaming network to his portfolio along with continuing to lead the ownership group that controls the Wizards, Mystics, and Verizon Center. He is also now a part-owner of CSN Mid-Atlantic, the local TV channel that covers his teams.
Leonsis made a trip to the Washington Post building Wednesday and spoke to reporters about the possible move for the Wizards and the Capitals out of their current location.
“My inclination right now would be — it’s pretty awesome where we are. And I love what’s happened to [downtown] D.C.,” Leonsis said to Washington Post reporters. “But I don’t know what’s going to happen five, six, seven years from now…I will be a free agent. I mean, that hasn’t been lost on me.”
Over the last two seasons, the Washington Capitals have been publishing player reaction GIFs on their social media platforms. These clips have resulted in such priceless GIFS as Nate Schmidt giving a thumbs ups, Karl Alzner waving, and Braden Holtby doing his best Dikembe Mutombo impression. The GIFs are the perfect balance of being awkward but also flawless at the exact same time.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Caps player reaction GIF library.
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