Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Breaking Down the Capitals 2014 Free Agency Moves (Video)

Good analysis from the Caps POV with John Walton and Mike Vogel.
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Friday, January 10, 2014

Michal Neuvirth Gets 1st Star of #CapsLeafs

Well done Michal! He made some outstanding saves during the game after being off the ice for nearly two (2) months.

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Check Out Philipp Grubauer's Full Splits Save - Wow! (Video)

The Caps bet the Tampa Bay Lighting last night in a thrilling 4-3 game. The game included this INCREDIBLE save from Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer who goes to the full splits to rob Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat on a shorthanded odd-man rush.

Wow!

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Connor Carrick Gets Recalled By The Washington Capitals

I was a little surprised about this move given that the Washington Capitals put Alex Urbom on waiversRMNB has as excellent breakdown on the young defenseman.

Via Capitals Insider
Washington recalled rookie defenseman Connor Carrick from the AHL’s Hershey Bears Wednesday afternoon ahead of a grueling stretch of six games in the next nine days beginning with back-to-back contests Thursday and Friday.

Carrick, 19, started the year with the Capitals, appearing in the first three games of the season before he was assigned to Hershey on Oct. 11. He then skated in 13 AHL games before suffering an upper-body injury that has kept him out of the Bears’ lineup since Nov. 23. But Carrick, a 2012 fifth-round draft pick, regained his health in time to play for the United States in the World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden, recently.
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Will the Capitals Give Goalie Michal Neuvirth a Start?

None of the Caps goalies have stepped up to the plate this 2013-2014 season to be the number one guy. IMHO, this is a little bit on the coaching staff and Neuvirth's injury.

Now that Philipp Grubauer has come back down to earth a little and with Braden Holtby's confidence wavering, it's time to give Michal Neuvirth a chance.

Here's hoping he makes the most of his opportunity. After all, Neuvirth was part of the Hershey Bear's back-to-back Calder Cup run.

Via PHT
Washington is currently rolling with Philipp GrubauerBraden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth which, as most NHL coaches will tell you, isn’t an ideal situation — there are only two nets on the ice and with three goalies… do the math.

What’s more, none have made a solid claim for the job. Grubauer, a rookie, hasn’t been bad by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s lost four of his last five starts. Holtby‘s confidence was shaken after he allowed five goals on 11 shots on Saturday.

Washington isn’t scheduled to play again until Thursday, which gives Capitals coach Adam Oates plenty of time to mull over who he’ll start next.

“What if I go to (Neuvirth)?” Oates said, according to CSN Washington. “Neuvy deserves a start at some point, right?”

The answer, it would seem, is yes. Neuvirth, the club’s highest-paid netminder, has made only had five starts this season and has just seven total appearances, the last coming on Nov. 22 against Montreal. The former second-round pick — who, in 2010-11, posted 27 wins and four shutouts, backstopping the Caps to the second round of the playoffs — recently had his agent float the idea of a trade out of Washington, suggesting Neuvirth isn’t thrilled with the current three-goalie platoon.

As for Kolzig, he still believes Neuvirth can still emerge as a No. 1 once the situation gets sorted.

For Neuvy, I think it’s a matter of when that opportunity presents itself again take advantage of it,” he said.

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Alex Urbom Claimed Off Waivers By The New Jersey Devils

I really liked Urbom's game while he was here in D.C.but, this is a business and apparently, according to this Pro Hockey Talk post, the Devils weren't happy about letting him go in the first place.

The New Jersey Devils brought a familiar face back into the fold on Tuesday, claiming defenseman Alex Urbom off waivers from Washington.

Urbom, 23, was originally a third round pick of the Devils (73rd overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and debuted for New Jersey during the 2010-11 season.

The Caps acquired Urbom in early October after New Jersey placed him on waivers — with great unease, per GM Lou Lamoriello — and the Swedish rearguard went on to appear in 20 games for Washington, scoring one goal and two points. But with John Erskine returning to full health and Dmitry Orlov playing his way into the defensive rotation, Urbom became the odd man out.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Alex Ovechkin & Nicklas Backstrom Make Their Respective Olympic Teams

Alex Ovechkin will play for Team Russia (as if there was any doubt) and Nicklas Backstrom will play for Team Sweden at the Sochi Olympic Games.

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