If you point your browser at capitals.nhl.com or washingtoncaps.com, you’ll get the familiar ol’ Washington Capitals website, but maybe not for much longer.
The page at nhl.com/capitals now serves a page calling itself “THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS.” Matching the appearance of NHL.com (which itself was updated earlier this year) the new Caps site is mobile-first and pretty snazzy.
Until recently, the address served up NHL.com news stories that were tagged for the Caps. Now, it seems like a replacement for the main team site — and presumably every other teams’ site too.
Ian found the site, which isn’t linked anywhere obvious just yet, while searching around for Ovechkin stats.
The site is nice enough. There’s the familiar scrollable bar for current and upcoming games (with links for tickets and streaming for that all-important hockey-related revenue).
There’s a big rotating feature thing (the “mediawall”) that promptly links you off nhl.com and onto a website that the team fully controls, monumentalsportsnetwork.com.
Here’s a simple list of leading players from last season, each linking off to the SAP-powered and still trouble NHL stats section.
I suppose we should prepare to say our goodbyes to the current generation of team sites.
Me? I’ll miss the gamelog, which was surprisingly useful, and the secret ability (which has since been removed) to make it look like a player has been traded just by changing the team name at the start of the URL.
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