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Capitals Insider: January 7, 2007 - January 13, 2007

New Deal For Johnson

Quick note: the Caps re-signed backup goaltender Brent Johnson to a two-year extension today, meaning the 29-year-old is under contract through the 2008-09 season. Johnson's game has improved dramatically over the past year and he's one of most popular guys in the dressing room. More in tomorrow's paper....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 12, 2007; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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The Other Alex

Alexander Semin hasn't reached star status in the NHL, but the 22-year-old left wing is certainly making a case for himself. In the Caps' 5-4 loss to the Lightning last night, Semin scored two more goals, giving him seven in four games. Let me repeat that: SEVEN! goals in FOUR!...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 12, 2007; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Big Night For Nycholat

Tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning will be No. 10 in the NHL this season for Lawrence Nycholat. That's a big deal for the 27-year-old defenseman, who has spent most of his career toiling away in the minor leagues. It means he is now subject to waivers. Under the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 11, 2007; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Caps Go For Sweep

All you need to know about the current status of the Capitals and Flyers is this: tonight at Verizon Center, Alex Ovechkin and Co. can complete Washington's first ever season sweep of Philadelphia. Yep, you read that right. Stunning, huh? And judging from the teams' (very) recent history, there's a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 9, 2007; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Bradley Set To Return

Winger Matt Bradley, who has missed the past 14 games with a broken finger, is expected to return to the lineup tomorrow night against Philadelphia, just a day after having a pin removed from the fractured digit. Is Bradley is a game breaker? No. But he's a solid NHL forward...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 8, 2007; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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