Three more Capitals participating in 2014 IIHF World Champioship

Already we know that a total of six Washington Capitals players are participating in the 2014 IIHF tournament. For the stories about those six Capitals go here and here.  Now the total number is up to nine as Mikhail Grabovski, Philipp Grubauer and David Leggio will be in the tournament as well.

I think it is good for Grubauer to compete in a world tournament because he is a young goalie and will see top competition.  Grubauer will be on Germanies team which has had good hockey teams in the past.  Grabovski will represent Belarus and Leggio will play for the United States.

Here is the Capitals press release.

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Three Capitals to represent Russia in 2014 IIHF World Championship

Dmitry Orlov has been a bright spot for the Capitals this year.
Dmitry Orlov has been a bright spot for the Capitals this year.

The Washington Capitals will be well represented in the 2014 IIHF World Championship. Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov will be representing team Russia in the tournament.  Troy Brouwer, Joel Ward and Jason Chimera will be representing Canada in the tournament, that story can be found here.

Here is the Capitals press release.

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Capitals trade Halak for fourth-round pick

The Washington Capitals have traded Jarolav Halak to the New York Islanders for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft.  Halak was acquired earlier this season in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres.

Halak had a 29-13-7 record in 52 games with the Capitals.  Halak put up good numbers but it seemed like his heart was not in it for the Capitals.  The Capitals still need to improve their goal tending and defense if they want to get back in the playoffs next season.  Having more picks will help the Capitals rebuild.

Here is the Capitals press release.

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Capitals let go of McPhee and Oates

600px-Troy_Brouwer_2012-01-11The Washington Capitals have announced that they will not renew the contracts of general manager George McPhee and they have let go head coach Adam Oates. These changes are not too surprising as the Capitals missed the playoffs this season and have failed to get deep in the playoffs in past seasons.

McPhee helped rebuild the Capitals but he could never get them over the hump and some of his trades like bringing in Martin Erat hurt the team for the future.

I think Oates is a good coach but the Capitals had way too many defensive breakdowns.

Here is the Capitals press release.

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Capitals trade Rissling to Predators for draft pick

The Washington Capitals have traded Jaynen Rissling to the Nashville Predators for a seventh round pick. The pick the Capitals have acquired is in the 2014 NHL Entry Level Draft.

Rissling was a 20 year old defenseman playing in the Western Hockey League. Rissling showed good offensive potential.

Here is the Capitals press release.
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Brouwer, Chimera, Ward to represent Canada in World Tournament

535px-Troy_Brouwer_2012-01-22The Washington Capitals season is over but that does not mean all the players are going on vacation.  Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward will all represent Canada in the 2014 IIFH World Championship.

Brouwer and Ward both had fantastic seasons for the Capitals and worked very hard all season.  Chimera and Ward were on the same line with Eric Fehr and had great success.  All three players are hard working physical players and will fit well into tournament play.

Here is the Capitals press release.

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Capitals recall Peter LeBlanc

The Washington Capitals have recalled Peter LeBlanc from the Hershey Bears. The Caps only have one game left this season as they have failed to make the playoffs.  The Caps likely want to give LeBlanc a taste of the NHL and see how he does.

LeBlanc is a smaller center at only 5’10” 204 pounds and has put up some very good numbers with the Bears.

Here is the Caps press release on LeBlanc.
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Capitals` 2013-2014 Season in Review

20140410-201014.jpgIt’s turned out to be a disappointing season for the Washington Capitals. After losing the majority of their games in the past few weeks, they have all but been eliminated from playoff contention. Statistical wise, it was a success, but stats as we all know mean nothing at the end of the season when you’re watching the playoffs from home. In a year that featured it’s fair share of ups and downs, I’ll examine every phase of the Capitals, delivering the good and bad about each area of their game and play as a team.
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