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Why an online petition is a pretty terrible idea for ending the NHL lockout

Meet Becky. 

She's the crying girl at the start of the video. Her name may or may not actually be Becky, but she seems like a Becky. Becky likes hockey and she has a big-time sad because she wants to watch the NHL this season, but the start of the hockey season is probably going to be pushed back because of a lockout, which starts at midnight on Saturday when the current collective bargaining agreement ends.

If you're any kind of NHL fan, Becky probably lives on the right side of your Facebook page, where ads live (it's nice to think that Becky and the girl in the "Meet Asian Singles!" ad hang out). Clicking on Becky's Facebook ad leads to a peti...

Capitals extend Troy Brouwer

The Washington Capitals have signed Troy Brouwer to a three-year extension worth $11 million that will make the forward under contract through 2016, general manager George McPhee announced Wednesday. 

Brouwer, 27, was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in June 2011 exchange for the Caps' 2011 first round pick. In his first season as a Capital, Brouwer tallied 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points while playing in all 81 regular season games. He also contributed two goals and two assists during Washington's playoff run into the conference semifinals. 

Brouwer is set to earn $3.6 million in 2013-14, $3.65 million in 2014-15...

A Look Back At Alexandre Volchkov

 

The summer of 1996 was a memorable one.  Independence Day was due out in theaters on the fourth of July, the Spice Girls were driving parents of teenage girls insane, and the internet explosion was in full swing.

Washington Capitals fans had much more to be excited about than technological marvels and aliens attacking the White House.  Their team had the number four overall pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, which was to be held June 26, 1996 in St. Louis, Missouri. 

The Caps were coming off a 1995-96 season that saw them exit the playoffs in the first round to their rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Morale wasn’t necessarily low amongst Ca...

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...

Joel Ward ought to watch what he says on the radio

Joel Ward is a lot of things. 

Professional. Gritty. Feisty.

Add 'brutally honest' to that list. 

As reported by Puck Daddy, Ward talked about his offseason in a recent interview with 102.1 The Edge in Toronto. There were threats made against him because of his game seven overtime winner against the Boston Bruins. He also underwent surgery to correct a sports hernia.

He got a little lonely.

"I was a single male laying in bed like that, I figured I'd try to relieve myself a little bit. Well, sure enough I got a nerve that kinda connect from my seeds up to my scarring that slowly prevents me from relieving ...

Capitals Assign Filip Forsberg to Sweden

 

The Capitals have assigned first-round pick Filip Forsberg to the Swedish second division.

Forsberg, 17, will join Leksands of the Swedish second division for the 2012-13 season.  The Caps hope that the move will help him mature physically and earn more experience in a country and environment he is comfortable in. 

Forsberg was taken by the Capitals with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.  Rated by some as a top-five prospect, he has a natural goal-scoring ability and great hands, two attributes that make him a mouth-watering talent for Caps fans.

Forsberg, who signed a three-year entry-level deal in mid-July, will be amon...

Should the Red Wings Pursue Knuble?

In what will end up being a mediocre off-season in the eyes of Detroit Red Wings fans everywhere, the organization has done very little and seems to be all out of ideas. But does it make sense to go after yet another forward?

Alex Semin is gone; what now for the Washington Capitals?

With a one-year deal worth $7 million, Alex Semin is headed to Raleigh to frustrate the living bejesus out of Carolina Hurricanes fans join Jordan Staal as part of a new-look offense for the Carolina Hurricanes.

It's a good deal for both parties. Semin, by hook (not the two-minute variety, with which Semin is very familiar) or crook gets his money and the team is only on the hook for one year. Not a bad deal for a boom-or-bust guy like Semin, even if he is coming off a bust season.

Now just where does that leave the Capitals?

They're not exactly up a creek with no paddle because it was pretty clear that Semin wanted to leave from season's end...

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.

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Caps Name Calle Johansson An Assistant Coach

 

The Capitals named Calle Johansson an assistant coach this morning.  Johansson, 45, holds the record for most games played as a Capital with 983.

Caps Coach Adam Oates told reporters over the weekend that he was looking for somebody he was familiar with to help him with coaching duties.  “To have a guy that played in the game that I’ve had some personal time with is very important to me,” Oates said.

Johansson spent parts of six seasons as a teammate of Oates.  He holds several franchise records, including most points (474) and assists (361) by a defenseman.

Since retiring from the NHL in 2004, Johansson has spent most of his...