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Capitals Insider: July 1, 2007 - July 7, 2007

Caps Announce Development Camp Schedule

From the Caps: The club will hold its annual summer development camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex from July 11-14. The on-ice workouts, which will include multiple scrimmages, are open to the public. The off-ice workouts are closed to the public. Schedule: Tuesday, July 10 -- Players arrive Wednesday, July 11--...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 6, 2007; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Edmonton's Plan B

Five days after losing out on Michael Nylander, the Oilers have signed Buffalo's Thomas Vanek to an offer sheet. From TSN.ca: Sources tell TSN that the team has signed forward Thomas Vanek to a seven-year, $50 million offer sheet, a signing that carries a price tag of four first round...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 6, 2007; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Caps Make Minor Signings

The Washington Capitals have signed free agents Kyle Wilson and Jame Pollock to contracts. Wilson, a 22-year-old center, and Pollock, a 28-year-old defenseman, are expected to play for Washington's American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, Pa., next season. Wilson had 24 goals and 54 points in only 54 games for...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 5, 2007; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Edmonton's Side of the Story

Looks like Edmonton's assumed "deal" with Nylander went down pretty much the way we all suspected. From the Edmonton Journal: Lowe can understand buyer's remorse, players changing their minds after a night's sleep, but Lowe says he can't abide being left in the dark much of Monday after believing he...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 5, 2007; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nylander Is Still A Cap

And that doesn't appear likely to change. Here's a couple of graphs from my story in today's paper. (I always assume that people read my articles first, but I can never be too sure.) Because Nylander and Gillis did not return a signed standard player's contract to the Oilers after...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 4, 2007; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Oilers Say They Had Agreement With Nylander

The Oilers released this statement this evening: The Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club is compelled to clarify the unfortunate and unprecedented circumstances surrounding the Edmonton Oilers and Michael Nylander. On Sunday, July 1, 2007, Kevin Lowe, Oilers General Manager, and Mr. Mike Gillis, Certified Agent for Michael Nylander, negotiated and agreed...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 3, 2007; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ovechkin Speaks

As promised, here is some of the transcript from the Ovechkin teleconference. He was speaking from Moscow. How are you keeping up with the latest NHL news?: "I watch my computer and talk to my friends in Washington and if something happens with Washington, everybody calls me and texts me....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 3, 2007; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nylander Speaks

Here is a partial transcript of Nylander's teleconference with local media this afternoon. I am still typing up the Ovechkin teleconference. That will be a few more minutes. Make sure to read the whole thing. He makes a pretty funny joke about Backstrom at he bottom. Why did you choose...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 3, 2007; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Some Odds and Ends

*I spoke to Dainius Zubrus's agent, Jerrold Colton, this morning. The Caps did not pursue him seriously and he doesn't expect that to change, especially with Michael Nylander now in the fold. Colton did say that Zubrus has some offers from other teams and is currently weighing his options. Something...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 3, 2007; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Nylander (Back) to the Caps

It's a done deal. After nearly two full days of negotiations -- and a premature report out of Edmonton -- Michael Nylander, who was the Caps' top free agent choice, is headed back to Washington. It's a four year deal. I don't know the money yet, but will get that...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 2, 2007; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Report: Edmonton Gets Nylander

According to the Team 1260 in Edmonton, center Michael Nylander is headed to the Oilers. If true, that would be a bit of a blow to the Caps, but I've seen no confirmation of the signing yet. Check it out here. Update: I still haven't seen an official announcement. Update...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 2, 2007; 6:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
 
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McPhee, Poti Speak

From the media conference call: McPhee on Poti: "Our scouting staff thought that [Poti] had the best year of his career last year and that he's really coming into his own. We needed a left-handed shot for the power play, he's excellent on the penalty kill and moves the puck,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2007; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Kozlov signs with Cap

The Caps have confirmed that Viktor Kozlov is a now Cap. It's reportedly a two-year, $5 million deal. And they are still working....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2007; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Source: Caps Have Inquired About Yashin

I just got off the phone with one of my sources who said the Caps have shown some interest in signing center Alexei Yashin in recent days, but that they haven't made a formal offer and there have been no discussions today. Sounds to me like the Caps were just...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2007; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poti Signs With Caps

The Caps have made their opening move in free agency, signing defenseman Tom Poti to a reported four year deal worth $3.5 million. Another signing could be on its way, I'm told. So stay tuned. Poti, 30, seems to be a solid pickup by McPhee. He's big, moves the puck...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2007; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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