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Caps hit the west coast plus other things

The following is a rant broken into mini bits of thoughts poorly strung together. It's going to cover a whole lot of bleepin' (this is how I'm going to curse because I'm in the mood (I'm always in the mood) for a good curse) subjects. If you come to something you don't like, skip down some. Or just bail on it. I ain't mad at ya.

(I'm a little rude to Canada later. It's nothing against you personally, Canada. All the Canadians I know are lovely people, I just got my feelings hurt.)

The Washington Capitals are going down the left coast this week and the games are late, so I'm probably not going to watch.

It's probably just as we...

First preseason game in DC and what I know about the season

Tonight is the first preseason game in D.C. for the Capitals. Their preseason roster is playing the preseason roster of the Chicago Blackhawks, the champs themselves. If Washington Redskins fans can tell you anything about preseason results, it’s that preseason game results are beyond all of lies, damn lies and statistics. Don’t stress the score. This is still part of the buildup to a real season of hockey and the score is not important.  What’s important is that there is hockey in D.C. again. This I know. (There will be an outdoors game in D.C. in 2015 too. The temperature during the week will undoubtedly hover around 45 degrees and the game will be pla...

No Balance to Washington Capitals Lines


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...

Caps Add Tim Hunter To Coaching Staff


The Capitals announced Monday that former assistant coach Tim Hunter would be rejoining the staff for the upcoming 2012-13 season.


Hunter spent five seasons as an assistant in Washington under former Caps coach Ron Wilson. He was part of the staff that led the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998.


Hunter will be well acquainted with his fellow coaches, having previously coached new head coach Adam Oates, goaltending coach Olie Kolzig, and assistant coach Calle Johansson.


Caps Re-Sign Mike Green To A Three-Year Deal


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...

Jeff Halpern Agrees to One-Year Deal With The Rangers


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...

Capitals Announce New ECHL Affiliation With The Reading Royals


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 ...

Jay Beagle Re-Signs With The Capitals


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.


Mathieu Perreault Signs Two-Year Deal With The Capitals

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 ...

Free Agency 2012: Caps Add Defenseman Jack Hillen

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...