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Capitals Insider: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

After Draft, a Sense of Unfinished Business

Here's an early look at my story on the draft for tomorrow's paper: MONTREAL, June 27 -- The Washington Capitals completed a trade on the second day of the NHL draft. It's just not the one they had hoped to swing when the weekend began. General Manager George McPhee sent...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 27, 2009; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (168)
 
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NHL Draft Day 2: Live Updates

(Bruce Bennett - Getty Images) The second day of the draft has begun and the Caps have just selected puck-moving Russian defenseman Dmitri Orlov with the 55th pick. Orlov, who is listed at 6-feet, 197 pounds, plays for Novokuznetsk in the KHL and had one goal in 16 games...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 27, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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McPhee on Marcus: 'Quick, Smart, Competitive, Good Hands'

(Jamie Squire - Getty Images) A few quick notes about Caps first-round draft pick Marcus Johansson before I check out of the Bell Centre for the night: *Johansson is the third Swedish center the Caps have taken in the past four drafts, joining Nicklas Backstrom (fourth overall, 2006) and...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 27, 2009; 12:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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McPhee: Price for Pronger Too High (Again)

GM George McPhee said he was contacted by Anaheim about possibly trading for defenseman Chris Pronger. Pronger, if you haven't heard, ended up going to Philly in a deal that ending up costing the Flyers a lot. McPhee said the asking price was one of the Caps' goalie prospects (Simeon...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 26, 2009; 11:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Caps Draft Johansson

The Caps have drafted Marcus Johansson of Sweden with the 24th overall pick. The 5-foot-11, 186-pound forward notched five goals and five assists in 45 games for Farjestads BK, according to www.hockeydb.com. I'll have a lot more on this pick in a little bit. I have to crank out a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 26, 2009; 10:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Creeping Along At Centre Bell

According to my watch, we're nearly two hours into the draft only 12 picks have been made. So based on that pace, the Caps ought to be drafting sometime around 11. Ugh. That's putting a serious crimp in my post-draft plans. Anyway, I wanted to catch everyone up on what...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 26, 2009; 8:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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Catching Up With Coach

I caught up with Bruce Boudreau for a few minutes before he headed to the Caps' draft table on the floor here at Bell Centre. Like many of Washington's fans, the coach said he was sad to see Sergei Fedorov go. Boudreau and Fedorov were pretty tight, and they often...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 26, 2009; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Caps' Media Relations Staff Honored

The Caps' media relations staff has won the Dick Dillman Award for the third consecutive year, I'm told. The honor - each conference has a winner - goes to best media relation staff as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. These are the behind-the-scenes-folks who arrange interviews with players,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 26, 2009; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Ovechkin Nominated for Two ESPYs

Here's an excerpt from the press release: ARLINGTON, Va. - Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin has been nominated for two ESPY Awards - Best Play and Best NHL Player - with the winners determined by fan voting that is open now at ESPYS.tv. Voting continues in 37 categories through...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 26, 2009; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Next Season's Cap: $56.8 Million

It's official: As reported by TSN.ca earlier today, next season's salary cap will be $56.8 million, up $100,000 from last season's upper limit. From the NHL and NHLPA: The National Hockey League Players' Association and the National Hockey League announced today that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2009-10...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 26, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Four Hours and Counting

Bonjour from Montreal, Caps fans. I just arrived a little while ago and went straight into a Professional Hockey Writers' Association meeting at the media hotel. So I'm playing catch up at the moment. Anyway, I just wanted to post a quick note letting everyone know that I'll be at...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 26, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Fedorov Deal Is Done (Updated)

I was just putting the finishing touches on my story for tomorrow's paper when I got a phone call from a team official, who informed me that the Caps were just told that the Sergei-Fedorov-to-Russia deal is only "90-percent done." Not sure what exactly that means for Fedorov or the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 25, 2009; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Fedorov Tells Caps He's Leaving

A team spokesman told me moments ago that Sergei Fedorov's agent, Pat Brisson, has informed GM George McPhee that his client has signed a two-year deal with KHL club Metallurg Magnitogorsk. I'm not sure how surprised McPhee was by the news. But I heard earlier today that McPhee had expected...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 25, 2009; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Russian Reports: Fedorov Signs With Magnitogorsk (Updated)

According to three reports out of Russia this morning, Sergei Fedorov's NHL career is officially over. The 39-year-old ended more than a month of speculation about his future and has reportedly signed a two-year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. Here's one of the reports. Here is further confirmation...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 25, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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Brashear Expects to Hit Open Market

Pending unrestricted free agent Donald Brashear told The Post's Mike Wise moments ago that he has not been offered a contract extension by the Capitals and expects to hit the open market next week. "I'm just waiting for free agency to see what kind of offers I get from other...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 24, 2009; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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McPhee: Caps Will 'Come Up With a Good Player'

Earlier this week, George McPhee had a brief discussion with reporters about this weekend's draft in Montreal. Here's some of what the Caps' GM had to say, plus some additional notes to get you ready: * McPhee said he feels the first round drops off slightly after John Tavares and...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 24, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Morning Reading List: No Winter Classic for Caps?

First, GM George McPhee said he didn't think the Capitals would play in the Winter Classic because he hadn't heard anything and "you think we would know by this point." And now it seems even less likely, with reports from all over the place that it'll be the Boston Bruins...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 24, 2009; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Video: Previewing the Draft

On today's episode of Washington Post Live, Tarik offered an inside look at which players the Captials are looking at for Friday's draft. One possibility that's been thrown around a bit: Ray Ferraro's son, Landon. Check out the video below....

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 23, 2009; 7:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Boudreau to Play in Tiger's Pro-Am

Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau will be among the participants in the Earl D. Woods Memorial Pro-Am, held at Congressional Country Club on July 1. Press release from the Tiger Woods Foundation: AT&T National host Tiger Woods will be grouped with Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo during the Earl D. Woods...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 23, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Morning Reading List: Caps Hire Woods

In a decade-long relationship, new assistant Bob Woods, above, has played for and coached with Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau. (Just Sports Photography) The Caps announced yesterday that they've again dipped into the AHL coaching pool, plucking Bob Woods from his position as head coach of the Calder Cup champion...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 23, 2009; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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McPhee: 'We'll See if They Can Win a Third Cup Together'

Here is some of my story on Bob Woods's promotion for tomorrow's Post: For the second time in less than two years, the Washington Capitals have turned to their farm team to fill a coaching vacancy. Earlier today, the team promoted Bob Woods from the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 22, 2009; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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McPhee Doubts Caps Will Play in Winter Classic

Despite numerous reports suggesting that the Caps are a leading candidate to face the Bruins at Fenway Park on Jan. 1, GM George McPhee said he doesn't think his team will be in next year's Winter Classic. "I have not," McPhee said when asked if he had heard anything from...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 22, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Caps Hire Woods as Assistant Coach

The Caps have promoted Bob Woods from Hershey to Washington, where he will join his good friend, Bruce Boudreau, behind the bench. Woods, a former defenseman, replaces Jay Leach and presumably will work with the defense (that had been Leach's responsibility). Woods guided the Bears to the Calder Cup earlier...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 22, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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