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Capitals Insider: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

Three Stars of Camp: Dubuc, Perreault and Carlson

Development Camp just came to a close out here at KCI, thus kicking off the summer for folks in the hockey biz (and those who cover it). But before this scribe heads to the beach (I'm literally leaving in a few hours) I wanted to leave with you with a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 18, 2009; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
 
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Boudreau's New Charity and Other Notes

Here are a few development camp notes I didn't get around to posting earlier: *Coach Bruce Boudreau announced a new charity he's spearheading, The Bruce Boudreau-John Anderson Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament. It's set for July 27 at Lionhead Golf and Country Club in suburban Toronto and it will benefit kids...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 17, 2009; 9:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Gustafsson Sidelined Again

Anton Gustafsson won't participate in today's summer development camp sessions and likely will be out tomorrow after banging his head on the goal post yesterday. The 2008 first-round draft pick suffered a cut above his left eye that required 10 stitches to close and also has a mild concussion. That's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 17, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
 
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Video: A Strong Showing for Carlson

Here's a video on 19-year-old defenseman John Carlson, who made an impression while playing for Hershey during the Calder Cup playoffs. Now the 2008 first-round pick is turning heads at development camp. (Props to the video team and NFL editor Gene Wang for the narration cameo.)...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 17, 2009; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Woods Settling Into New Role With Caps

(John McDonnell - The Washington Post) Here's a feature from Bill Oram, another one of our most excellent summer interns: Bob Woods has been a fixture at Washington Capitals summer development camps. As a coach of the Hershey Bears, the Capitals' top minor league affiliate, he helped the organization...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 16, 2009; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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More on the Schultz Q.O. Mix-Up

Okay, here's what I'm told about Jeff Schultz's qualifying offer controversy. First, it doesn't seem like there was much controversy, after all. I'm told Schultz intended to re-sign with the Caps and did -- sort of. All Q.O.s were supposed to be faxed to both the NHL and the team...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 16, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
 
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Schultz Signs Q.O.

I don't have many details at the moment, but defenseman Jeff Schultz has accepted his qualifying offer, I'm told. It's a one-year, two-way deal worth $715,000. Still trying to figure out what all the confusion was about yesterday. Stay tuned....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 16, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Morning Reading List: Caps Open in Boston

The NHL released its 2009-10 regular-season schedule yesterday afternoon (viewed here in its entirety), and while the Caps certainly don't have an easy first 10 days -- they open in Boston and will then face the retooled Leafs, Flyers, Rangers and Red Wings -- GM George McPhee said he likes...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 16, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Local Sorkin Hopes to Impress Caps

Here's a feature on local kid Nick Sorkin from Ishita Singh, one of our hard-working summer interns: Nick Sorkin was All-Met Hockey Player of the Year. (Preston Keres - The Washington Post) Local Nick Sorkin is making strides at the Capitals' development camp. The Rockville native and recent Bullis graduate...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 16, 2009; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Sources: Schultz Did Sign Q.O.

In the past hour, I've spoken with two sources close to Jeff Schultz. Both of them indicated to me that the defenseman did, in fact, return his qualifying offer to the Caps. Assistant General Manager Don Fishman said the team has not received anything from Schultz. I'm waiting to hear...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 15, 2009; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Schultz Declines Q.O.; Fehr Accepts (Updated)

Jeff Schultz has declined his qualifying offer. The defenseman will remain a restricted free agent, but the team's one-year tender (which included a 5 percent raise) is now off the table. It's a curious strategy for Schultz. Perhaps the 23-year-old thinks he can negotiate a multi-year deal; perhaps he hopes...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 15, 2009; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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TV: NBC Extension, Post-Olympic Plans Shelved?

The NHL and NBC Sports have extended their contract through the 2010-11 season. Here's a bit of the press release: NBC Sports has achieved a number of ratings milestones including broadcasting the most-watched regular season game in 34 years (2009 Winter Classic) and the most-viewed NHL game overall in 36...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 15, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Caps Sign S. Morrisonn, Bourque and Pinizzotto

Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn and Chris Bourque have signed their qualifying offers, GM George McPhee said. Prospect Steve Pinizzotto, meantime, has signed a two-year, two-way contract. The deadline for the others is 5 p.m....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 15, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Caps Announce Regular Season Schedule

There will be no easing into next regular season for the Caps. They open in Boston on Oct. 1 in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's top two regular season teams from a year ago. That game kicks off what figures to be an exciting (and daunting) first week of...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 15, 2009; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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D. Hunter on Carlson: 'He's Very Smart'

Caps goalie Olie Kolzig uses his glove to wipe the face of teammate Dale Hunter, just as Hunter gave Detroit's Steve Yzerman a facewash. (1998 file photo by Rich Lipski - The Post) Earlier today, I had a chance to catch up with Capitals great Dale Hunter, who is...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 15, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
 
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Caps Announce Preseason Schedule

Get your pens and planners out. Here is the Caps' preseason schedule: Date Opponent Location Time TBA Sabres at Buffalo TBA Sept. 19 Blackhawks at Chicago 8:30 Sept. 21 Sabres at Verizon Center 7 Sept. 23 Blackhawks at Verizon Center 7 Sept 24 Rangers at New York 7 Sept. 27...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 14, 2009; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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Olympic Stadium Update

Here's the latest on the possibility of the Caps facing the Canadiens at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Nov. 28. According to sources, the Caps will be in Montreal on that date. And the idea of playing at Olympic Stadium that day has been discussed. But those discussions are in...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 14, 2009; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Caps vs. Habs at Olympic Stadium?

Today's edition of the Globe and Mail says it's possible. The Montreal Canadiens' regular-season game at Olympic Stadium is expected to be on the agenda when the 2009-10 NHL schedule is released tomorrow. The final tinkering to the 92nd NHL regular season will be made in the next 24 hours,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 14, 2009; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Caps Re-Sign Gordon

Center Boyd Gordon has accepted his qualifying offer. It's a one-year deal worth $761,250. The team's other RFAs -- Shaone Morrisonn, Eric Fehr, Jeff Schultz -- have until Wednesday to accept their Q.O.'s, or the offers come off the table....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 13, 2009; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Boudreau on Carlson: 'He's Way Ahead of the Curve'

Here are a few additional notes and quotes from a longish Day 1 of development camp at KCI: *Bruce Boudreau on becoming the longest-tenured head coach in Washington after the firing of National's Manager Manny Acta: "Jeez, yeah," Boudreau said. "I don't know if that's good or bad. We better...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 13, 2009; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Twittering Development Camp

Caps beat writer Tarik El-Bashir was at the Caps' training facility in Arlington and twittered the action from the 2:30 p.m. session, which featured 2008 first-round draft picks John Carlson and Anton Gustafsson. Check it out after the jump....

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 13, 2009; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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McPhee on Morrison, French and Gustafsson

GM George McPhee spoke to reporters on a variety of subjects earlier today. Here's some of what he had to say: *On newly-acquired center Brendan Morrison, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal on Friday: "He was the right player at the right price. We're playing a hunch that he's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 13, 2009; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Bears Promote French

Hershey has promoted assistant Mark French to head coach, the team announced this morning. French replaces Bob Woods, who was promoted to Washington after he guided the Bears to the Calder Cup this spring. Troy Mann, meanwhile, has been named French's assistant. Read the Caps' release here....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 13, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Development Camp Groups

The 24 prospects invited to this year's development camp -- which is starting right now at KCI -- is divided into two groups, A and B. Here's how the youngsters are divvied up: Group A: Joel Broda; Trevor Bruess; Greg Burke; Phil DeSimone; Dan Dunn; Joe Finley; Brett Flemming; Andrew...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 13, 2009; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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