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Capitals Insider: July 15, 2007 - July 21, 2007

Yashin Headed Home

Obviously, the Caps' interest in the Russian center ended once they landed Michael Nylander. But since we spent so much time discussing whether Alexei Yashin might fit in Washington, I thought it was worth following up on his fate. Can't say I'm all that surprised that he's going home. From...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 20, 2007; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Put Cancer On Ice

Want to play hockey and help support a great cause at the same time? Here's your chance. From www.putcanceronice.org: This month's purse with be donated to Hockey Fights Cancer in recognition of the late Washington Times writer Dave Fay ... . Put Cancer on Ice will try to organize a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 20, 2007; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Caps Re-Sign Steckel and Hunt

Center Dave Steckel has agreed to a two-year contract. This is a critical year for the 25-year-old, who could earn a spot in Washington during training camp. He also could spend the year in Hershey. It's really up to him at this point. Jamie Hunt, a defenseman, has also re-signed....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 19, 2007; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clark's Deal

Clark is due to earn $1.1 this season. The extension will pay him $2.75 million, $2.65 million and $2.5 million, according to sources. Update 3 p.m. Here are a couple of quotes from Clark: Asked about the possibility of playing on a checking line next season, he said: "I got...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 18, 2007; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sad News to Report

Dave Fay of The Washington Times, a legend among hockey writers and soon to be member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, passed away last night after a long battle with cancer. He will be missed by all, and particularly by this scribe, who had the pleasure of knowing "Dr....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 18, 2007; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Clark Signs Extension

Though Chris Clark has a contract for next season, the Caps took no chances. They locked up their captain through the 2010-11 season, signing him to a three year extension today. The rugged right wing could have become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season. Details to follow....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 18, 2007; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Questions? I've Got Answers

Well, maybe. I'll take email questions about the Caps from viewers tonight on Washington Post Live. Send them to wpl@comcastsportsnet.com. (But please, please don't ask about Peter Bondra's chances of returning to Washington. I'm begging here.)...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 18, 2007; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Eminger and Sutherby Re-Sign

Keep an eye out for more of the same over the coming days and weeks. Restricted free agent signings generally trickle out in pairs. Eminger's deal is a one-year worth $1 million. Sutherby is also a one-year deal, but his is worth $800,000. Update: The Caps also have signed minor...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 17, 2007; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Second Wave of Free Agency

Free agency isn't over just because most of the big names have found new teams. From the CP: "The first week of free agency is 100 miles per hour," said agent Pat Brisson, who got Daniel Briere a big payday with Philadelphia on July 1. "After that you see a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 17, 2007; 6:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Downtime

With summer development camp over, the slowest part of the hockey calendar is officially upon us. I'm not expecting much in the way of news in the coming weeks, other than a handful of restricted free agents re-signing and a couple of salary arbitration hearings. That's probably a good thing...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 16, 2007; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Poor Buffalo (and Other Small Market Teams) ...

According to Bucky Gleason, who discusses front-loaded contracts in his Sunday column in The Buffalo News. In fact, big-market teams do have a distinct edge. Teams from larger (see: wealthy) markets, such as Philadelphia and New York, can offer longterm deals loaded with more money up front because they can...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 15, 2007; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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