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Capitals Insider: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

Morrison: 'I'm Back on Track'

Here are a few notes from the conference call with the newly acquired Brendan Morrison: *The soon-to-be 34-year-old said he's pretty much been told that he was signed in the hopes that he can fill the second-line center role. "That was the initial talks we've had and kind of what...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 10, 2009; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (286)
 
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Caps Sign Center B. Morrison

(Getty Images) The Caps have signed center Brendan Morrison to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million, I'm told. Morrison, who will turn 34 next month, amassed 16 goals and 31 points in 81 games last season with Anaheim and Dallas, which claimed him off waivers in March. It would appear...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 10, 2009; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Jurcina's Arbitration Date Set

Milan Jurcina's arbitration hearing is set for July 28 in Toronto. The defenseman still has until then to strike a deal with the Caps, but if that doesn't happen, his salary for next season will be determined by a third party....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 9, 2009; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Development Camp Roster (Updated)

The Caps just released the official roster for development camp, which starts Monday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. As expected, 2009 first-round draft pick Marcus Johansson won't be making the trip, but the team's other promising young Swede, Anton "Little Gus" Gustafsson is among the 24 prospects attending. From the Caps:...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 9, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Caps to Hold Convention at National Harbor

From the team's press release: The Washington Capitals will hold their first Capitals Convention on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Gaylord Convention Center at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. The all-day event will feature the entire 2009-10 Capitals team as well as Capitals alumni, who along with radio...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 8, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Obama on Ovechkin: 'He's Outstanding'

Finally, the hometown team gets some recognition from President Obama. From the D.C. Sports Bog: Barack Obama made it through this year's Washington Capitals playoff run without setting foot in Verizon Center, at least when the sheet of ice was down. I don't think we'll be able to say...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 7, 2009; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Ovechkin Named Ambassador for Sochi Games

From the Associated Press: NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin is offering his help to organizers of the first Winter Olympics in his native Russia. The Washington Capitals star, who has earned the Hart Trophy as league MVP the past two seasons, will be an "official ambassador" for the 2014 Sochi Games,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 6, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Jurcina Files for Arbitration

Defenseman Milan Jurcina is the only Cap who has filed for salary arbitration, I'm told. Jurcina led Washington's defensemen in hits (157), the team in blocked shots (131) and raised his level of play in the playoffs. He earned $912,500 last season, the third-lowest salary among the regulars on the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 5, 2009; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
 
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