Balance is good. It's good for a lot of things. It's good for tires. It's good on a beam. It's good on a seesaw. Having balance on a seesaw is having two riders of near-equal weight who get to enjoy flinging themselves up into the air with the help of the weight of the other rider. Without balance, the lighter of the two riders is stuck up in the air, legs waving wildly, until his fellow rider decides that this ride isn't worth it, gets off and sends his partner crashing back to the ground. Expect a lot of wild waving legs from the Washington Capitals right wingers this season as the team is left-wing heavy. Right now, the right...
The Capitals announced Monday that they have signed defenseman Mike Green to a three-year deal worth $18.25 million. Green will make $6 million over the next two seasons, and $6.25 million in 2014-15.
Capitals GM George McPhee was optimistic Sunday that a deal would get done, but after Green turned down the team’s qualifying offer of one-year, $5 million, a bit of uncertainty crept in amongst the team’s fan-base.
McPhee told reporters Saturday “I don’t elaborate on these things. But we’re talking and I think there’s a deal to be made there. So hopefully we’ll have an answer today or tomorrow.&rdquo...
The New York Rangers announced Monday night that they had reached an agreement with free agent center Jeff Halpern on a one-year contract worth $700,000.
Halpern spent last season with the Capitals, appearing in 69 regular season games, scoring four goals and tallying 12 assists. He played in just two playoff games for the Caps, as then coach Dale Hunter preferred Jay Beagle as the fourth line center.
The biggest facet of Halpern’s game is his ability to win face-offs. Even as a fourth-line center getting limited minutes, Halpern was second on the Caps in face-off wins with 365 during the 2011-12 season. Only Brooks Laich...
The Capitals announced Monday that the eight-year affiliation between the team and the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays was coming to an end. The team’s new ECHL affiliate will be the Reading Royals, located in Reading, Pennsylvania.
The decision appears to be made mainly for geographical reasons, with the Capitals' AHL affiliate Hershey also located in Pennsylvania. Caps GM George McPhee said in a recent press release that “We feel the proximity to both Washington and our AHL affiliate in Hershey will be beneficial to all three clubs.”
The Royals are a team with a rather passionate fan base, and have a history of ...
The Capitals announced Thursday that forward Jay Beagle has re-signed with the team on a three-year contract worth $2.7 million.
Beagle, 26, is a gritty third or fourth line center. He played in 41 games last season, accounting for four goals and one assist. Beagle also racked up 23 penalty minutes.
Beagle became a favorite of interim coach Dale Hunter down the stretch last year and throughout the Caps' playoff run. It was much publicized that Beagle was getting more ice time in the playoffs than captain Alexander Ovechkin.
The Capitals announced today they have re-signed forward Mathieu Perreault to a two-year deal worth approximately one-million dollars per season.
Perreault, 24, was a restricted free agent going into the 2012-13 season. In 64 games last season, he scored 16 goals and tallied 14 assists. On January 24th, 2012, Perreault recorded his first career hat trick against the Boston Bruins.
Perreault was given a reduced role down the stretch of last season, but new coach Adam Oates will surely ask him to step up and help fill the void left by Alexander Semin’s departure. This move is aligned with what General Manager George McPhee said in response to being asked ...
The Washington Capitals have announced the signing of 26-year old defenseman Jack Hillen to a one-year, one-way contract worth $650,000.
Hillen spent last season with the Nashville Predators, appearing in 55 games and scoring six total points. In his previous two seasons with the New York Islanders, Hillen had 22 and 21 points respectively.
Hillen is the second player added by General Manager George McPhee during the 2012 free agency period, to go along with Joey Crabb who was signed Sunday. Hillen and Crabb were teammates at Colorado College from 2004-2006.
McPhee still has some work to do to fill the holes on the blue line, mainly the one left by Denn...
The first acquisition for Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee is forward Joey Crabb from the Toronto Maple Leafs. He signed on a one-year deal worth $950,000.
The right winger had 11 goals, 15 assists and 101 hits in 2011-2012, his first full season in the NHL. At 29, he has scored 18 goals and has 32 assists in 144 games with Toronto and Atlanta after being a seventh-round pick in 2002.
Crabb is projected to be a bottom-six guy for new Capitals coach Adam Oates, possibly teaming up with Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle on the fourth line. He could play some on the penalty kill and he's not afraid to drop fists either. He ends up catching m...
It’s been an interesting off-season, to say the least, for the Washington Capitals.
Gone are longtime Caps Matt Bradley, Boyd Gordon and Eric Fehr. Enigmatic, yet talented, netminder Semyon Varlamov also departed along with last year’s stretch-run veteran additions Jason Arnott and Marco Sturm.
The replacements? Former Caps captain Jeff Halpern, past Stanley Cup winner Troy Brouwer, Nashville playoff hero Joel Ward, elite goaltender Tomas Voukoun and 19-year steady blueline veteran Roman Hamrlik.
The net result? A team that has added size, speed, skill and grit; a club that can roll out a top-six defensive unit that matches up with any in ...