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Capitals Insider: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

McPhee on trading for D.J. King and re-signing Tomas Fleischmann

George McPhee said he didn't trade for rugged winger D.J. King on Wednesday because of a specific incident last season or a concern that his players needed a bodyguard. Rather, the Caps GM said he made the move because he believes the oft-injured King can develop into more than a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 30, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (207)
 
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Changes coming on Caps beat

As you have probably heard by now, my run as Caps beat writer is coming to an end after five years. I'm terrible with goodbyes, so I'll keep this brief. It's been an honor and privilege to cover the hockey team I grew up watching for the newspaper I grew...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 30, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
 
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Caps acquire tough guy D.J. King from St. Louis [updated]

The Caps added some toughness to their lineup this afternoon, acquiring rugged right wing D.J. King from St. Louis in exchange for prospect Stefan Della Rovere. The Caps have yet to confirm the deal. The 26-year-old King signed a two-year extension with the Blues prior to being traded. King, who...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 28, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (351)
 
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Caps re-sign Tomas Fleischmann

The Caps re-signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year, $2.6 million contract tonight. The sides had been prepared to go to salary arbitration tomorrow in Toronto. Fleischmann, a 26-year-old center/left wing, set career highs in goals (23) and points (51) last season, despite missing the first 11 games of the season...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 27, 2010; 8:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (184)
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Winter Classic 2011: Caps, Pens attempt 'field goals'

As promised, here's some video of a few Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins players attempting to shoot the puck through the uprights at Heinz Field, site of the 2011 Winter Classic. After motioning for a stray camera man/Washington Post hockey writer to step out of the way, Caps winger Mike...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 27, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Caps-Pens Winter Classic logos unveiled

Update: Here's a quick video from Tarik, who says there shouldn't be a bad seat in the house when "cozy" Heinz Field hosts the Winter Classic. Check out the rink setup and a mini tour. (Photo via Tarik) Looks like the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins will be kicking it...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 27, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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NHLPA files grievance in Kovalchuk matter

The NHLPA, as expected, has filed a grievance over the league's rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk's 17-year, $102 million contract with the Devils. The union had until 5 p.m. today to file. Per the NHLPA's release: "The NHLPA has filed a grievance disputing the NHL's rejection of the Standard Player Contract between the New...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 26, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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