Capitals re-sign Orlov

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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Player Profiles: Jimmy Smith

88px-Jimmy_smith_2011_stadium_practiceUsually I do profiles on star players or players that have been with the Baltimore Ravens for a very long time. For my profile on Jimmy Smith I am changing it up a bit because he is a young up and coming player that is becoming one of the best cornerback’s in the NFL.

The Ravens drafted Smith in the first round of the 2011 draft out of Colorado, Smith was the 27th overall pick of that draft. Smith dropped in the draft because of some failed drug test and concerns about maturity. Since becoming a Raven Smith has never had any trouble with the law or the NFL and has been a model citizen.

Smith stays in the Baltimore area during the off season and spends a lot of time at the team facility.
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Kuznetsov to make his Capitals debut tonight

256px-EvgenyKuznetsovEvgeny 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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Orioles send Berry, Ohlman, Ward to minor league camp

The Baltimore Orioles have sent three players to minor league camp today. The Orioles optioned Tim Berry and Michael Ohlman to Double-A Bowie. Brian Ward was reassigned to the minor league camp.

Yesterday we saw similar transactions being placed, that story can be found here.  The Orioles will continue making cuts throughout camp.  None of these players were expected to make the Orioles roster this season.  Though, Ward is a veteran player and team leader of the Bowie Baysox.
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