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Capitals Insider: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

CSN to carry Games 3,4,5 of Calder Cup finals

Hershey Bears fans will be able to watch the Caps' minor league affiliate in the AHL's Calder Cup finals live on Comcast SportsNet, the network announced today. Here's part of the news release: Comcast SportsNet's live game coverage of the best-of-seven championship series will feature Hershey's three road contests from...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 4, 2010; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (438)
 
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Sources: Volchenkov not in Caps' plans

Contrary to a report out of Canada late last month that suggested the Caps are going to target pending unrestricted free agent Anton Volchenkov this summer, two sources have told me that the team does not, in fact, plan to pursue the Ottawa blue liner. The Caps "are not going...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 3, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
 
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Nats making big push to host Winter Classic

I'm writing a story for tomorrow's Post on the Winter Classic that's coming to Washington in a few years and wanted to share a few items of interest while waiting for a few phone calls to be returned: *According to Caps owner Ted Leonsis, the NHL has already/is planning to...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 3, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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McPhee: Corvo and Walker won't return

Defenseman Joe Corvo and winger Scott Walker have been informed that they won't be re-signed, GM George McPhee said today. Corvo and Walker - both pending unrestricted free agents - were acquired at the trade deadline to bolster the Caps' roster for the playoffs....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 2, 2010; 8:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
 
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Phoenix's Maloney edges out McPhee, Poile for top GM

The NHL announced moments ago that Phoenix's Don Maloney has won the first annual GM of the year award. Washington GM George McPhee and Nashville's David Poile were the other finalists for the honor. Voting for this new award was conducted among the 30 Club General Managers and a panel...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 2, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Caps retain three draft picks, cut ties with four others

A little housekeeping from Philly: The Caps announced earlier that they have extended bona fide offers to three 2009 draft picks ahead of today's deadline and relinquished the rights to four other other picks. The team has retained the rights to Ds Dmitri Orlov and Brett Flemming and RW Garrett...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 1, 2010; 7:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Former Caps broadcaster Ron Weber honored by Hockey Hall of Fame

Ron Weber is shown at his final game in 1997. (Rich Lipski/The Washington Post) Ron Weber, the former longtime play-by-play voice of the Capitals, will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced today. Weber broadcasted the first...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 1, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Carcillo in for Flyers?

The morning skates just wrapped up here at United Center, and it looks like the 'Hawks are going to stick with what worked (sort of) in Game 1 while the Flyers are contemplating some changes ahead of tonight's Game 2. Chicago Coach Joel Quenneville confirmed that Andrew Ladd (shoulder) skated...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 31, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Leighton or Boucher? Laviolette not saying (updated)

Flyers' Coach Peter Laviolette wouldn't say this afternoon whether he plans to start Michael Leighton or Brian Boucher in Game 2 on Monday. Boucher, of course, replaced Leighton in the second period Saturday after a shaky performance. "Let me start this press conference by saying that we will keep everything...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 30, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Blackhawks take Game 1

Well, that was a wild way to start the Stanley Cup finals, wasn't it? I'm not sure what's weirder. The fact that Chicago and Philadelphia combined for 11 goals in a wacky 6-5 Hawks' win, or that the Phillies' ace Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game to steal some of...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 30, 2010; 12:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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