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Capitals Insider: June 15, 2008 - June 21, 2008

Second Day Notes and Quotes

*With their first pick in the second round, the Caps selected lanky defenseman Eric Mestery of Tri-City at No. 57. (Remember they dealt No. 54 yesterday). Scouting reports describe the 6 foot 5, 195 pound native of Winnipeg as "unspectacular" but as a potentially steady and reliable player at the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 21, 2008; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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First Round Notes and Quotes (Updated)

First off, here's a list of all of the trades. It was a crazy day, indeed. *GM George McPhee said his scouts convinced him that Anton Gustafsson was "the guy" and that when he heard through the grapevine that other teams were planning to take him, he swooped in and...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 21, 2008; 12:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Caps Trade Eminger to the Flyers ...

... to move up again. This time to No. 27. More much later. Got to write a story, talk to Anton and call Steve....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 20, 2008; 10:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Caps Move Up Two Spots, Take Gustafsson

General Manager George McPhee has dealt the 23rd and 54th pick to New Jersey for the 21st, which he promptly used to take Anton Gustafsson, the son of former Washington great Bengt. I find it interesting that McPhee almost went out of his way to downplay Gustafsson when reporters asked...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 20, 2008; 9:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Stamkos, As Expected, Goes No. 1

The 2008 NHL Entry Draft is finally upon us, and Tampa Bay has -- surprise, surprise -- selected consensus top pick Steven Stamkos with the No. 1 overall pick. Get to know this kid, Caps fans. You're going to see a lot of him next winter....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 20, 2008; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Anderson Promoted In Atlanta

It's official: John Anderson -- Bruce Boudreau's best friend -- is finally getting his shot to coach in the big leagues. Thrashers.com confirmed the TSN report moments ago. When I called Anderson in December to ask him about Boudreau for a story I was writing about the Caps' new coach,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 20, 2008; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Caps Sign Osala; Leonsis Just 'Kicking It'

The Caps have signed left wing Oskar Osala, a fourth round pick in 2006, to a three-year entry level deal. Here's a link to the team's release. I hope to update with contract figures and the team's immediate plans for Osala at some point. But I'm going to be on...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 19, 2008; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (171)
 
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Talks Between Huet and Caps Continue

Stephen Bartlett, the agent for goalie Cristobal Huet, said he's "impressed" with the way the Caps have handled discussions on an extension for his client. But he was also quick to add that there's plenty of hard work left to be done -- work that could begin this weekend at...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 18, 2008; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McPhee: 'We'll match'

Caps' General Manager George McPhee declined to divulge specifics about the team's negotiations with restricted free agent Mike Green today, but he did issue a warning to any of his counterparts who might consider signing the defenseman to an offer sheet. "If someone puts an offer sheet in front of...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 16, 2008; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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