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Capitals Insider: June 28, 2009 - July 4, 2009

Boudreau on Knuble: 'He's Going to Fit In Perfectly'

I caught up with Bruce Boudreau earlier this afternoon and asked him a few questions about the Caps' newest member, Mike Knuble, and the void at second-line center. As you might imagine, Boudreau, who often groused about his forward corps' reluctance to crash the net last season, is quite pleased...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 3, 2009; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
 
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Development Camp Schedule

The Caps just announced the schedule for development camp (a.k.a. your mid July hockey fix.) Here are the details:...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 2, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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Green Invited to Team Canada's Camp

Mike Green has received an invitation to Canada's National Team orientation camp, making him one of 16 defensemen battling for a spot on Canada's Olympic team that will compete next year in Vancouver. Whether Green secures one of those coveted spots, though, is far from certain. Green is coming off...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 2, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Morning Reading List: Caps Add Knuble

Wrong colors, buddy. (Getty Images) The Caps made a solid offseason acquisition yesterday, signing gritty veteran winger Mike Knuble to a two-year, $5.6 million deal. Knuble, who can play on both the power play and the penalty kill, has scored at least 21 goals in each of his last...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 2, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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Knuble: Caps Had 'Everything I Wanted'

Here's an early look at Tarik's story for tomorrow's paper: The Washington Capitals acquired precisely the type of player they've lacked in recent seasons, signing rugged veteran Mike Knuble to a two-year contract in the opening hours of free agency. Knuble, who spent the past four seasons playing for the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 1, 2009; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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Are Caps Done?

Given the Caps' signing of Mike Knuble earlier today and their proximity to the salary cap ceiling, it sounds like the team may be done signing free agents. Asked if that were indeed the case, GM George McPhee said moments ago: "Probably. I said yesterday that we're probably not going...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Done Deal: Caps Confirm Knuble Contract

I've just been informed that the paperwork is complete and that Mike Knuble is officially a Washington Capital. GM George McPhee is set to speak to reporters around 4 p.m. and I'm also hoping to hear from Knuble himself. So check back later for everyone's thoughts on the move. My...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
 
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Caps Sign Knuble, Brashear Bolts to Big Apple

The Caps have acquired the net presence they've lacked in recent seasons, signing veteran winger Mike Knuble to a two-year deal, according to various reports. Those reports are that the 36-year-old former Flyer will get $2.8 million per. Knuble skated in 82 games in three of the past four seasons,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2009; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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McPhee: 'Don't Be Surprised if We Sit This One Out'

Barring a trade (or two) to clear space under the salary cap, the Caps don't figure to be big players when the free agent market opens at noon tomorrow. It's just math, really. When you add up all the salaries of the players under contract (Ovechkin, Nylander, Semin, Clark, Backstrom,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 30, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (373)
 
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Boudreau Rocks the Red on the Blue Course

As promised, here's a video of Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau hitting the links at Congressional Country Club a few weeks ago. Check it out: And here's Dan Steinberg's story -- which will appear in Thursday's special AT&T National section -- on the highly entertaining outing:...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 30, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Golfing With Bruce Boudreau

By Tracy A. Woodward - TWP As part of a preview for the upcoming AT&T National, we followed Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau around Congressional Country Club as he, son Ben and club pro John Lyberger played a round of golf. Dan Steinberg's story and an accompanying video will be...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 30, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Caps Make Qualifying Offers

The Caps have extended qualifying offers to forwards Eric Fehr and Boyd Gordon, defensemen Milan Jurcina, Shaone Morrisonn and Jeff Schultz and prospects Chris Bourque, Kyle Wilson and Steve Pinizzotto, thus retaining the players' rights. The team also severed ties with prospects Andrew Joudrey, Daren Machesney, Travis Morin and Sasha...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 29, 2009; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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