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The title says it all, this section is devoted to all of the latest news and updates regarding the Washington Capitals.
A few weeks ago, Alex Ovechkin did an interview with Russia Today in which he touched on his life in the KHL and his feelings about the NHL lockout.
After some personal investigating, I’ve concluded that either this interview is old news and I look like an idiot because I’m just really behind on things due to my apathy caused by the lockout, or this is new-news to the masses and deserves to be talked about. Whatever the case might be, the interview is still interesting and shines light on Ovechkin’s true feelings about returning to the NHL, a topic that has taken a recent twist.
As for life in the KHL, Ovechkin says that gameplay in the KHL is different than gameplay in the NHL due to the rink size, which leads to a different speed of the game and less hits than in the NHL. He also comments on the fact that it is easier to score from the blueline in the NHL than it is in the KHL.
Next, Ovechkin gives a bit of a new perspective on the lockout. “The only problem is what I have in Washington I miss it,” Ovechkin said, much different words from the Capitals captain than what Caps fans have been hearing for the much duration of the lockout so far.
Ovi finishes the interview talking about growing up as a player and learning from mistakes…or something like that.
The bottom line: Ovechkin seems to be ready to return to DC and is ready for business.
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Announced today, Adam Oates has been named the new head coach of the Washington Capitals.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Mike Haviland and Jon Cooper “made impressive bids for the job,” but Oates took the prize.
This will be Oates’s first time as a head coach in the NHL, but not his first time as a coach in the NHL. Prior, Oates served as the assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009-2010. Following this, Oates moved on to be the assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons.
Speaking of his pervious experience, Oats also has experience in the Stanley Cup Final as both a player and as an assistant coach. Oates got his first taste of Stanley Cup Final action with the Caps in 1997-1998 and then again in 2002-2003 with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Unfortunately, he finished Cup-less both times. Most recently, Oates got to see what it’s like to be in the Stanley Cup Final as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils. Though, he came up Cup-less again. Will this trend change now that he’s a head coach in Washington?
Wasting no time following the official end of the 2011-2012 season, the Washington Capitals have announced their preseason schedule for the 2012-2013 season.
The Caps will play seven games against four different opposing teams. Three of these games will be played at home in the Verizon Center and one will be another “home game” in Baltimore’s First Mariner Arena as part of the second annual Baltimore Hockey Classic. The other three will be on the road.
The four teams that the Capitals will faceoff against in the preseason this year are the Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, and Nashville Predators.
Everyone knew it was probably coming, but most tried to keep their hopes up that maybe it wouldn’t actually happen.
However, the news broke on Wednesday morning (via Katie Carrera of the Washington Post) that Mike Knuble, a huge favorite among the fans, would not be returning to the Capitals roster next season.
Though, it should be noted that Knuble’s departure is not by choice. Without a contract, the Capitals chose to part ways with the soon to be 40-year-old Knuble, probably mostly due to age.
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Remember last year when former Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau claimed that the fans in New York’s Madison Square Garden weren’t as loud as the ones in the Verizon Center, causing the fans in MSG to start chants of “Can you hear us?” only to be followed up with “We are louder” chants the following game at VC? Well, both sides are back at it again this year.
In Saturday’s Game 1 at MSG, Rangers fans started chants of “Ovi sucks” at the 8 minute mark of every period:
So did the chants have any effect Ovechkin?
With their Game 7 win on Thursday night, the New York Rangers secured a spot in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. As the 1st seed, the Rangers will face the lowest seeded team left in the East: your Washington Capitals.
My oh my, things have changed, haven’t they? Isn’t it usually the Caps with the 1st seed and the Rangers with the 7th or 8th seed?
If last year’s steamy hot, ice-less Baltimore Hockey Classic wasn’t enough for you, we’ve got good news!
Announced today by the Washington Capitals, Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena will serve as the Caps’ temporary home during the NHL preseason for the second year in a row. The game known as The Baltimore Hockey Classic presented by W.R. Grace is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. This midweek 7PM showdown will be played against the ever exciting Columbus Blue Jackets. Yes, the same team that finished last place in the NHL last season.
As if the Capitals didn’t already have enough going against them, they now have been jinxed by NBC thanks to their latest “Because It’s the Cup” commercial, featuring Alex Ovechkin.
So how exactly does this commercial jinx Ovi and the Caps? Gee, maybe the lines saying “because if you think this is celebrating / wait until he wins it all” do.
Oh great. That’s it, folks! Caps have officially lost! Done. See ya. Sayonara.
Oh wait, what’s that you say? The Blackhawks suffered from a similar “jinx”, though this one involved a pig-nosed Toews, yet they still won the Cup the same year that the mural was painted?
Oh, well then that can only mean one thing…
Announced today by Capitals GM George McPhee, the Washington Capitals have recalled center Mattias Sjogren from Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League, an unexpected move to say the least.
Sjogren, 24, started the season in the AHL with the Hershey Bears, but left to return to Sweden after becoming annoyed that he had not seen any time in the NHL yet. With this said, it was unsure if he would ever reconnect with the Capitals again. Though, obviously this was not the case.
Before leaving for Sweden in November, Sjogren had two goals and three assists to his name in 19 games played with the Hershey Bears in the AHL.