The Washington Capitals have recalled Chris Brown from Hersey and re-assigned Casey Wellman to Hershey. Here is the Capitals press release.
The Washington Capitals have announced today that they have re-signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a two-year contract extension. Orlov is only 22 years old and still has improvements to make but adds depth on the Caps defense.
Orlov is a puck mover on defense and has good offensive skills but he still needs to get better defensively. I think keeping Orlov is a good low money move. Orlov still needs to mature he is still very young.
Here is the Caps press release on Orlov.
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The Washington Capitals have announced that they have recalled Casey Wellman and Patrick Wey from the Hershey Bears. The Capitals are playing back-to-back games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and could use some fresh legs. Both players have seen action with the Caps this season.
Here is the Capitals press release on the transactions.
Evgeny Kuznetsov is expected to make his Washington Capitals debut tonight, as announced by the Capitals twitter account. Kuznetsov was drafted way back in 2010 and finally signed a deal with the Caps last week, that story can be found here.
I am not sure what line the Caps will put Kuznetsov for tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins but if I were to guess it would be the third or fourth line. Right now it looks like Kuznetsov will be on the Caps fourth line. The Caps plan on easing Kuznetsov into NHL action. No doubt Kuznetsov has the talent to become a top six forward.
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Kuznetsov spent this season playing in the KHL this season. The Capitals do not lack offense but adding Kuznetsov surely will not hurt. If the Capitals fall out of the playoff race getting Kuznetsov NHL experience now will surely not them for the future.
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The Washington Capitals have recalled Cameron Schilling from the Hershey Bears for tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins. John Erksine had a rough game against the Philadelphia Flyers and needs a day of rest.
Here is the Capitals press release on the move.
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This was a mess, the Philideplhia Flyers came out playing dirty and this is where it got too heated. The first fight Tom Wilson faces off against Luke Schenn after a hit on a Washington Capitals player. Schenn was tangeled up and Wilson had a chance to really put a hurting on him but waited. Schenn got a really good punch in but it did not seem to phase Wilson that much. I am calling this fight a draw, it was a classy move by Wilson to not throw a punch while Schenn was down, Schenn probably would not have held up in that situation.
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The Washington Capitals have acquired Jarolsav Halak from the Buffalo Sabres. The Caps also get a third-round pick in the 2015 draft. The Caps are sending Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla to the Sabres. Klesla was acquired yesterday in this transaction.
The Caps need a goalie and Halak may be the player the they are looking for to fill in that role. Halak has a 2.23 goals-against average which is very good.
Neuvirth has played well at times for the Caps but has dropped on the depth chart this season.
The extra draft pick is also good for the Caps who need to keep an eye towards the future. In recent years they have traded away draft picks to make deadline deals.
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The Washington Capitals finally traded forward Martin Erat in a four-player deal with the Phoenix Coyotes. Erat has been requesting a trade for a long time. Remember last year I said that the Caps were making a bad deal when they got Erat, I was right.
The Caps will get Chris Brown and Rostislav Klesla for Erat and John Mitchell. the Caps also get a fourth-round draft pick in the 2015 draft. Brown is a 23-year old forward who looks to have some scoring potential. Klesla will add depth to the Caps defense.
Erat only scored one goal for the Caps this year and has been a vocal distraction. Erat’s heart was clearly not with the Caps so it is good to see him go.
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The Washington Capitals have acquired forward Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL draft. Penner is a ten-year NHL veteran and currently has 13 goals and 19 assist.
Penner is a large forward at 6’4” 242 pounds, his size will help the Caps. It is unsure what line Penner will play on.
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