All hail Washington’s short* king.
*Note: Maybe 5’8″ isn’t really short, but NHL hockey is a tall boys’ game.
The Washington Capitals took to the ice at MCI on Tuesday for the first time since a bruising back-to-back series over the weekend which saw the team split their games against the Philadelphia Flyers (6-3 win) and the Boston Bruins (6-3 loss).
The Capitals were without one of their top-four defenseman, Justin Schultz, who is out day-to-day with a lower-body injury. However, forward Michael Raffl participated in a skate for the first time since being acquired by the Capitals in a trade deadline deal last Monday.
The Washington Capitals are a family. They’re also a very silly and weird bunch.
Thursday, before the Capitals’ morning skate began, Peter Laviolette called his troops over in a huddle. According to The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir, it was to congratulate Conor Sheary on his new two-year extension with the team.
To show his appreciation, Alex Ovechkin pretended to make it rain.
The Washington Capitals have inked another contract extension with a player not named Alex Ovechkin.
Wednesday, the Capitals re-signed Conor Sheary to a two-year, $3 million deal worth $1.5M per season.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the deal.
Brenden Dillon and Chris Wagner wasted no time taking their fists to each other’s face. Four seconds after the puck was dropped on the opening faceoff, the two players chucked their mitts onto the ice and engaged in a gentlemanly do-si-do.
Dillon won the fight, overpowering Wagner with a torrent of rights. The face-punching appeared to set the tone for the Capitals (if you ignore Evgeny Kuznetsov’s stick penalty 23 seconds after Dillon’s fight). The Capitals jumped out to a 3-0 lead after goals from TJ Oshie, Lars Eller, and Conor Sheary.
Peter Laviolette is tinkering with his top nine again and promoting a player to the top line that he healthy scratched multiple times earlier in the season.
Conor Sheary will skate with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov on the team’s top trio against the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday while Lars Eller has been returned back to the third line. Nicklas Backstrom, the Capitals’ top scorer, will skate between Jakub Vrana ond Tom Wilson on the second line, which will arguably be the Capitals’ most dangerous line.
The Washington Capitals’ new Reverse Retro jerseys finally made their long-awaited debut Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The jersey features the Screaming Eagle logo, which the Capitals introduced in 1995 and retired in 2007, as well as a CAPITALS stripe – the first of its kind in the ’90s. The team’s old Capitol Dome logo is on the shoulder.
Before the season started, the Caps had the top-selling Reverse Retro design in the NHL and the league’s online store sold out of Alex Ovechkin authentic jerseys in minutes.
A recent RMNB poll of over 3,000 Capitals fans confirmed the sweater’s popularity. The team’s Reverse Retro jersey is the most liked specialty jersey in the Alex Ovechkin Era and the Screaming Eagle is the most beloved team logo.
Richard Panik scored the first goal in the new Reverse Retro sweaters while NBC Sports Washington revealed during the telecast that Sergei Gonchar scored the first goal in Screaming Eagle history.
Someone pinch me. This can’t be real.
In the first period, the Washington Capitals looked listless. Awful, terrible, and dreadful. They gave up three consecutive goals to the Islanders and looked like they would finally lose their first game in regulation this season.
Instead, our Cardiac Caps found their scoring touch at intermission and scored f i v e goals during the period they suck at the most — the second — to take the lead.
At 6’9″, Zdeno Chara is the tallest player in NHL history. On skates, he’s seven feet tall. He makes even the scariest of big enforcers look like gnats.
During Wednesday’s training camp session, all cameras were trained on Chara as he practiced for the first time with the Capitals main squad. But my sights were set on a different target: a photo of Chara, the tallest Capital, standing beside the shortest Capital on the current roster.
And then it happened.
Conor Sheary will accomplish an obscure piece of history as soon as he plays one game for the Washington Capitals. Sheary signed a one-year, $735,000 contract with his former Metropolitan Division rival on Tuesday.
The Capitals announced Sheary will wear the number 73. According to Hockey Reference, Sheary would be the first player in the team’s 47-year history to rock the arcane number.
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