Michal Kempny waited seven months while he recovered from a hamstring injury. In his first game back he waited just four minutes to score.
When the Capitals traded Matt Niskanen for Radko Gudas over the summer, they knew they’d be getting a hard-hitting defenseman. They also got a bonus: Gudas’s adorable son, who joined him in the locker room on Tuesday after a morning practice.
Kvido, the Gudases oldest son, sat on the bench with a puck in his lap, waiting for dad to finish up.
ARLINGTON, VA — The best day of the Washington Capitals season, in this author’s humble opinion, occurred Monday when Caps players participated in its annual dog calendar photoshoot. Partnering with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, the boys spent the afternoon posing (and hugging and cuddling) with dogs up for adoption as well as their own pups from home. This year, the Capitals modeled in front of vintage cars or their own vehicles.
While the Homeward Trail dogs stole everyone’s heart (please return it soon please, I’m having trouble functioning), the day started out with an appearance by the Capitals new dog, Captain.
Captain posed in a vintage silver car and wore silly hats, loving the attention he got throughout.
Meanwhile, Capitals players John Carlson, Nic Dowd, TJ Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Chandler Stephenson, Garnet Hathaway, and Nick Jensen all posed with their own dogs. Tom Wilson, Nicklas Backstrom, Lars Eller, Tyler Lewington, Jakub Vrana, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Michal Kempny, Radko Gudas, Carl Hagelin, Richard Panik, Jonas Siegenthaler, Brendan Leipsic, and Ilya Samsonov took their photos with dogs available for adoption through Homeward Trails.
Since the calendar began in 2014, the Caps have raised more than $250,000 for Homeward Trails. A limited number of calendars will be available for $20 beginning Nov. 27 when the Capitals host the Florida Panthers. The calendar will also be sold online and in the team stores at Capital One Arena and MedStar Capitals Iceplex. Details will be announced at a later date.
While the official photos won’t be seen until the release, we hope these adorable photos will tide you over until then.
There was a last-minute change to the Washington Capitals lineup in St. Louis Friday.
According to the Capitals’ Mike Vogel, Radko Gudas, who was expected to skate with Christian Djoos, flew home as his significant other is going into labor. Jonas Siegenthaler suited up in Gudas’ place.
Radko Gudas came to the Capitals in an early off-season trade that sent Matt Niskanen to Philadelphia. The 6’0″, 204-pound defenseman has been in nineteen NHL fights since the 2012-13 season. Eight of those were for the Tampa Bay Lightning and more recently eleven with the Flyers.
Here are some of the best fights–and other memorable moments–between Gudas and current and former teammates on the Washington Capitals
Former Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth and current defenseman Radko Gudas are ex-Philadelphia Flyers teammates and brothers-in-law. Ahead of the start of the 2019-20 season, Gudas spoke to the Czech media via iSport.cz about Neuvirth’s move to Toronto on a PTO and his own expectations for the upcoming season with the Capitals. (Yes, the same Czech outlet where Neuvirth once said Braden Holtby was “my weakest competition yet.”)
“I’m looking forward to the winning atmosphere of the team,” Gudas told iSport.cz, as translated by RMNB’s Alexandra Petáková. “They’ve been among NHL’s top teams for the past five years, everyone there knows how to win. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup a year ago, so I’m sure they’ll want to win it again. I think summer is too long for them this year, I’m sure they’ll all be motivated. I’ll be honored to be a part of one of the best teams in NHL.”
Hey, gamers and children under the age of 12 who love memorizing roster numbers. We’ve got some news.
The Washington Capitals have announced that recently-acquired defenseman, Radko Gudas, will wear number 33 during the 2019-20 season.
The Capitals landed Gudas in a trade on June 14 after dealing Matt Niskanen to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan made a rare appearance in front of the media on Thursday to discuss all the happenings of the team from injuries to the NHL Draft.
The most interesting part of the discussion came when Mac took questions on the team’s philosophy on moves this summer and beyond. The Capitals have a glut of middle and bottom six forwards that are free agents including Jakub Vrana, Andre Burakovsky, Brett Connolly, and Devante Smith-Pelly. Braden Holtby and Nicklas Backstrom are also unrestricted free agents the summer of 2021 and can begin negotiations on a new deal as soon as July 1.
We wrote about how the Capitals would like to bring back Andre Burakovsky, but are listening to offers. Here’s what MacLellan had to say on the others.
The Washington Capitals made their most significant move of the offseason last week. General manager Brian MacLellan dealt Matt Niskanen to Metropolitan Division rival Philadelphia for defenseman Radko Gudas. The trade provided the Caps $3.405 million of salary cap relief and also gave the team a solid bottom four defenseman.
Tuesday, Gudas talked to Capitals media for the first time since being dealt and said he was surprised by the trade.
“I was a little bit shocked, to be honest,” Gudas said. “But when I heard where I’m going I was pretty happy. I got traded to a team that’s well-known for their winning and their will to win every game they play. [I’m] very excited to play with a couple of my countrymen and some of the best players in the world. As I soaked it in more, I got more excited.”
I really like Washington’s trade on Friday of Matt Niskanen to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Radko Gudas. The trade has every hallmark of an expert-tier Brian MacLellan move: an under-appreciated target player acquired to address a specific team need.
In this case, it was two needs: defensive stability and cap relief.
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