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Caps' summer schedule

It finally hit me this morning: The season really is over. So I did what I always do the Monday after it ends: I put together my keep-an-eye-on-list for the summer. And because many of you have inquired about important offseason dates, I figured I would share it.

May

7: IIHF World championships in Germany. Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Semyon Varlamov are expected to represent Russia, Brooks Laich is on Canada's roster and Michael Nylander (more on him later) is representing Sweden. Other players who are in their national pool, such as Mike Green, Tomas Fleischmann and Nicklas Backstrom, are believed to have declined invitations.

24-29: Draft combine in Toronto.

June

15-30: Buyout period. The big question: What to do with Nylander? Don't count on the Caps buying out the veteran center, though. His salary drops to a more manageable $3 million and his "no movement clause" evaporates.

18: Last possible day for Stanley Cup finals. If it's an intriguing matchup, I hope to be covering it for The Post.

23: NHL awards show in Las Vegas. Up for trophies are Green (Norris, Foundation), Ovechkin (Hart, possibly Pearson) and Jose Theodore (Masterton). This year I just hope to get more than two hours of sleep per night.

25-26: Entry draft in Los Angeles. A bunch of media types who are fans of "The Hangover" are planning to drive from Vegas to L.A. Not sure I want any part of this.

28: Qualifying offers due to restricted free agents Backstrom, Boyd Gordon, Eric Fehr, Fleischmann, Jeff Schultz and a handful of prospects.

29: RFAs who remain unsigned can begin talking to other teams.

July

1: Free agent signing period opens. After this year's first round disappointment, GM George McPhee figures to be busier than he had anticipated. Also, Theodore, Joe Corvo, Scott Walker, Shaone Morrisonn, Eric Belanger, Brendan Morrisonn, Milan Jurcina, Quintin Laing (and Alexander Giroux) become unrestricted free agents if not signed prior to this date.

5: Deadline for players to request salary arbitration. (Hearing dates are usually held in Toronto in late July and August). Boyd Gordon, Schultz, Fehr and Fleischmann are eligible.

12: Rookie camp in Arlington. I'll post exact dates and rosters when that info becomes available.

15: Deadline for RFAs to accept or decline qualifying tenders (unless the player has already elected salary arbitration.)

August

-Absolutely nothing. Everyone working in -- and writing/blogging about -- hockey goes on vacation.

September

-Training camp opens in Arlington mid-month. Exact dates and times TBA.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 3, 2010; 12:18 PM ET
 
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Comments

What I hate is that this team will have to wait 365 days to redeem themselves. There is nothing they can do over the 82-game regular season to erase these playoffs.

I'll be there at the games, cheering as always, but until the end of round 1 next year, it'll still be there.

It'll be tough for these guys to slog through the season when simply being in the top eight is the only real goal.

Relax over the summer, guys. Come back hungrier.

As Belanger said, you didn't get it done. No excuses.

Posted by: saintex | May 3, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I still feel bummed out. Was not anticpating a 1st round exit,in the remotest. I thought they would at least get to the 2nd or the Eastern Finals.

Posted by: ridgely1 | May 3, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, Lindsay, Gene: thanks so much for all your work this year. You provided countless updates and provided a forum for fans to have spirited discussions. (Could you work on developing a Pens troll blocker in your free time, though???) Anyway, I'll be going through CI withdrawal soon, and I look forward to next season with the Caps and CI.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | May 3, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

What I hate is that this team will have to wait 365 days to redeem themselves. There is nothing they can do over the 82-game regular season to erase these playoffs.
Posted by: saintex

Yeah that one is tough to swallow. I mean they would have to bomb to not make the playoffs. So really nobody will know what good the changes are until they make it deep into the playoffs. There is nothing left to win but a Cup.

Posted by: jdove80 | May 3, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

You know the season is really over when we have to start worrying about Nylander again...

Posted by: richmondphil | May 3, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Have faith......

Reference the 1981-82 Edmonton Oilers. This Wayne Gretzky led club, after being knocked out in the first round in their initial playoff appearance in 1979-80 and then defeated in round two in the post season in 1980-81, set the league on fire scoring an NHL record 417 goals! The Oilers notched 111 points and won their division, over the Vancouver Canucks, by 34 points (sound familiar?) but somehow got bounced in a best of five series by a Los Angeles Kings club that only amassed 63 points in the regular season.....Edmonton Coach Glen Sather stayed the course, made some minor personnel tweaks (added forward Ken Linesman from Philadelphia), and in 1982-83 they went to the Finals only to lose to the Islanders. But in 1984 and 1985 they were Stanley Cup Champions and in 1987 and 1988 they did that again.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | May 3, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

let all the Nylander, Kovalchuk and Forsberg rumors begin, look forward to hearing them for next 6 months...

Posted by: joek443 | May 3, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

It's a rough go being a Caps fan these last few days. Case in point; a friend of mine walked up to me a told me that the next time I'm at a bar to order and Ovechkin, a white Russian without a cup.

Looks like it's going to be a long summer...

Posted by: jake81 | May 3, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

@jake81 -

I know what you're saying. i'm the laughing stock of my team out here in LA. they couldn't wait to back up their dump truck of insults and dump it all over me. i could only say we lasted 1 more game than your kings. that just opened a bigger can of worms.

i said i'm a caps fan, it's what i've grown to expect, but i'll always be a fan.

Posted by: natresgroup | May 3, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Everyone and their mom are trying to make that joke.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 3, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey now..leave my Kings alone...

Posted by: richmondphil | May 3, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

That last joke ticked me off so bad I just broke my stick on the post. Oh wait, that was Crosby, not me.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 3, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

That joke is soooooo Round 1

Posted by: Fro_ | May 3, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Tarik - Thank you for the outstanding coverage this season and all your hard work. Looking forward to next season.

Posted by: JillC | May 3, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

BTW did any of you catch the Sharks/Red Wings game last night? On Red Wings 3rd goal, Holmstrom was in the paint and literally tangled with Nabakov when the puck ended up in the back of the net. Guess what? It counted. Holmstrom wasn't backed into by a defenseman causing him to go into the paint either. I know, I know, we should have never gotten to a game 7, or to that point in a game 7, but one has to wonder if the Caps would be headed to Game 2 right now if we had tied it at that point. Man, I have got to let this go.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 3, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

82-0 next year with another 1st round playoff loss is a complete failure of a season.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 3, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

It's really too bad GMGM didn't move Fleichmann at the trade deadline as expected when he started bringing in more experienced forwards. His regular season numbers might drive up the price if it goes to arbitration but I don't think they can really afford to keep him around for much based on his post-season play. Maybe they can trade his rights to Toronto and at least get something in return. Of the guys who are unrestricted free agents I'd probably only sign Belanger, Walker, and maybe Shaone Mo. Brendan is good for a 3rd line centre but I think Belanger is better for that position and neither of them are quite there for the 2nd line. Laing's probably worth signing too.

They still need a 2nd line center and could use that veteran defenceman who can clear guys from the front of the net people have been asking for the past three seasons. They'd never be able to get him, but a guy like Pavelski would be awesome. Maybe they could try and convince Calgary that trading Regehr for rights to some forwards would help their rebuilding, but that's not too likely either.

Posted by: Stu_c | May 3, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Green is a wanker. Bruce should have dragged him out by his short hairs to face the media last week. The man has no character.

Posted by: tim29 | May 3, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

82-0 next year with another 1st round playoff loss is a complete failure of a season.

Posted by: SA-Town

+1

Posted by: LloydChristmas | May 3, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

@fanhock1

I agree with you. The fact that we shouldn't have even been in game 7 has no effect on the fact that that was a horrible call and it will leave me wondering what may have happened if that was called correctly and called a goal.

Maybe the Caps would have lost anyways, maybe they would've lost in round 2, maybe not. I just would have liked to see what would have happened without that bad call. It leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

Posted by: sgm3 | May 3, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Here's your wish joek:

GMGM fails to sign a 2nd line center and move #92. Nyls comes into camp ready to go. The 2 make-up and put the differences behind them.

Nyls' final year of his contract buys another Swede, Johansson, a year to develop in Hershey. Marcus makes the roster full time at the trade deadline.

Weirder things have happen.

Posted by: puckman | May 3, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps went 82-0 next year, I would definetely not consider that a failure.

There has been 100+ Cup winners.

There has been no teams to complete a full season.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 3, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

82-0 next year with another 1st round playoff loss is a complete failure of a season.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 3, 2010 1:49 PM

not a failure if you can get $2 beers!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 3, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Tarik - The drive from Vegas to LA should be done at least once in everyone's lifetime.

Posted by: Catalyst_9 | May 3, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget the uppers, downers, screamers, laughers...

Hangover is overrated. Decent movie, but I don't see the big deal.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | May 3, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

At least Montreal is giving the Pens fits too... if only they could actually pull off another upset... it would (slightly)ease the pain of the Caps early exit...

Posted by: allCAPS | May 3, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Green decides to pout rather than go to the worlds.....that will make olympic team officials likely to pick him next time...NOT

Posted by: dshowler | May 3, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

trade Green for Carrie Underwood and what's his name...

Posted by: joek443 | May 3, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

As someone pointed out on twitter, it's Brendan Morrison.

Figured after a season with the guy you would be done with Natinals-esque mistakes.

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | May 3, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"It finally hit me this morning: The season really is over."

...It STILL hasn't hit me. I have to remind myself each morning that there will be no Caps hockey until October. It's pretty sad but I still can't believe it's over ;(

Posted by: rachel216 | May 3, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1 and sgm3: that bad call especially rankled when the refs reviewed the goalie interference call they made a few minutes later in the game. Why no review on the Ovi goal? We do have to let it go, but of course, every goalie interference call/non-call reminds us of that pivotal moment.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | May 3, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: fanohock1

I KNOW! OMG that's the same thing that crossed my mind when I was watching that game last night. (Very poorly officiated game by the refs, btw) Holmstrom brushed Nabokov just a little, so did Knuble on Halak, but neither player affected the goalie's ability to make the save. It's very frustrating.

The no-goal call is going to stick with me forever. But you're right, in that it never should've come down to that but that was a huge turning point. If that goal counts, (and it should've) then that's a entirely different game. They are really making it a point this year to protect the goalies, there were I think 3 goalie interference penalties last night. One really ridiculous one on SJ, where a Red Wing pushed a Shark into Howard.. SJ coach said "what the f***" But the refs cost DET the win last night. That was one of the worst officiated games I've ever seen. Lost some respect for the Sharks, they were diving all night.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 3, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Halak crumbled like a ton of bricks when Knuble "bumped" him.

I'd credit the call to Halak selling the call.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 3, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"It's pretty sad but I still can't believe it's over ;("

No reason to be sad, but blog topics like this one isn't helping anything. Also, if the Habs beat up on the Pens the way they did the Caps then it really doesn't look as bad. I got so tired of hearing everyone on hockey TV say how better the Pens were then the Caps. They all shut up after Sunday.

If anything I look at it like a positive. The Caps NEED defense and if they NEED to address it going into this summer.

If they don't then I think you can pretty much expect the same result until they do address it. Then we'll all be sad all over again. ;)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | May 3, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

... hey did Tarik ever find out that explanation as to what happen with that no-goal and why was it a no-goal? I think I read he was looking into it. I haven't heard any good explanation yet.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 3, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have access to ESPN Insider? The hockey page over there has a tease about Green moving to NYC in the Rumors section. Details?

Posted by: RedRedRed | May 3, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Green did address the media at Ketler today. Its on caps 365

Posted by: capsfansince74 | May 3, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

just noticed a new post from Tarik :)

Posted by: capsfansince74 | May 3, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Tarik, and all your "helpers" for your tireless efforts in providing us the latest info on our favorite team. It's going to be a long off-season, but I have faith they'll come back better. If I didn't, why be a fan?

Posted by: BEParkerVA | May 3, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

RedRedRed, the ESPN Insider article is quoting a Larry Brooks article from the NYPost:

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/caps_on_right_track_wxsKypBvSnhzRxdkSVEBmM

Not a rumor, just his "recommendation".

Posted by: BEParkerVA | May 3, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh well, maybe we should petition to bring back the first round 5-game playoff series? Then we would've beaten Montreal handily, right? :) Then again, the '84-'85 team losing to NYI in a 5-game series after winning the first two games in OT stuck in my craw forever...

Posted by: blackjack65 | May 3, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the full joke is an Ovechkin is a White Russian without the cup or the ice. Hope Montreal gives Little Cindy Boo-Hoo a real reason to cry.

Posted by: futbolclif | May 3, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

rachel216, Tarik never got back to the blog about the call, but the official explanation was that it was goalie interference and that the league is cracking down on that. Yeah, right. The ref who called did not have a line of sight for it, but he called it anyway. While I'm not sure if Halak "sold" it or if he was just dropping down to his default butterfly position, it was really obvious that Knuble in no way interfered with Halak's ability to play the puck.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | May 3, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

rachel216, Tarik never got back to the blog about the call, but the official explanation was that it was goalie interference and that the league is cracking down on that. Yeah, right. The ref who called did not have a line of sight for it, but he called it anyway. While I'm not sure if Halak "sold" it or if he was just dropping down to his default butterfly position, it was really obvious that Knuble in no way interfered with Halak's ability to play the puck.

Posted by: dccitizen1

Thanks dccitizen1. Yeah it was basically because Halak wasn't given a chance to make the save. BB said he did what he wanted to do, stretch out and try to make the save, but he couldn't get to it. If it was goalie interference they didn't even call a penalty. It's complete CRAP. They are REALLY cracking down on that... it's getting too much. Now these days goalies can't even been grazed of BRUSHED.. ridic!

Posted by: rachel216 | May 3, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

or brushed

Posted by: rachel216 | May 3, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

@Rachel216 et al.:

I'm with you on that.

Knuble did interfere with Halak's sight lines which is what a screener is supposed to do, IIRC. Any contact on Halak by Knuble was due solely to Gill's attempt to remove Knuble from in front of Halak--he pushed Knubs into Halak instead.

At least that's how I understood it until I learned about that other NHL rule book.

You know: the secret one?

Rule 69.8: Rules 69.1 through 69.7 shall be strictly applied when the attacking player is playing for the Washington Capitals; any possible goals scored under such circumstances must be disallowed.

Rule 69.9: Rules 69.1 through 69.7 shall not be applied at all when the attacking player is playing for an Original Six franchise, or when the goaltender is playing for the Washington Capitals; unless the interference on the goaltender is blatant (and sometimes even then), any goals scored under these circumstances shall be allowed.

I hope it's not true, but I'm afraid it might be.

Posted by: Rhino40 | May 3, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Made my day, Rhino40! That rule explains a lot!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | May 3, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

the refs will always screw up, doesn't matter what sport... just ask Mark Cuban whose Mavs always lose because of the zebras according to him.

Posted by: joek443 | May 3, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

oops, NBA refs don't wear the zebra uniforms, do they... my bad

Posted by: joek443 | May 3, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

RedRedRed, the ESPN Insider article is quoting a Larry Brooks article from the NYPost:

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/caps_on_right_track_wxsKypBvSnhzRxdkSVEBmM

Not a rumor, just his "recommendation".

Posted by: BEParkerVA | May 3, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

********

I cant get this outta my head.......John Tortorella head coach of the Rangers sparring at a press scramble with Larry Brooks - its happened a hundred times.... Tortorella: "no. never. I really don't care what you think. u understand? Are you with me Brooksie? Ah why don't you just ______ (vulgar)"

That's the Brooksie we are reading in the NY Post!

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | May 3, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

oops, NBA refs don't wear the zebra uniforms, do they... my bad

Posted by: joek443

HAHAHAHA. Guess you don't watch much NBA do you joek443? Haha! =)

Posted by: rachel216 | May 3, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Good info Tarik, Thanks!
And I'm still mad, when watching the playoffs.-it's gonna be a long summer.

Posted by: Hattrik | May 3, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Choking Dogs!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 4, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

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