July 10, 2013 |
The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Karl Alzner to a four-year contract extension worth $11.2 million, the team announced Wednesday. The deal carries an annual salary cap hit of $2.8 million and is a value signing for Washington, which has come to rely on the British Columbia native as one of its top two defensemen along with Mike Green . Alzner, who turns 25 in September, has averaged more than 20 minutes of ice time per game...
July 5, 2013 |
The first day of NHL free agency came and went Friday without so much as a depth signing by the Washington Capitals, who continue to have a quiet offseason after failing to advance past the second round of the playoffs for a sixth straight season. General Manager George McPhee makes his dislike of the inflated contracts that are a trademark of NHL free agency well known, and given that the Capitals still have to sign restricted free agents...
July 4, 2013 |
Nearly two months have passed since the Washington Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, and planning for next season is already in full swing across the league. But when NHL free agency — with its bidding wars and inflated contracts — opens at noon Friday, the Capitals likely won't make a significant addition to their roster. General Manager George McPhee, who rarely shows his hand when it comes to roster decisions or offseason targets, isn't particularly enamored with this year's...
May 15, 2013 |
After watching the Washington Capitals lose their seven-game playoff series to the New York Rangers, I've been thinking a lot about luck in sports. Most games and sports are some combination of skill and luck. Board games for little kids, such as Candyland and Chutes and Ladders, are almost all luck. You roll the dice or flip a card, and you move your piece. It doesn't take much skill. Some sports involve hardly any luck at all. In swimming, for example, the best and fastest swimmer wins.
May 13, 2013 |
There was a moment Monday, one that will be lost in yet another restless offseason, in which it seemed it could be Alex Ovechkin's night. In one first-period shift, the Washington Capitals right winger crushed helpless New York Rangers defenseman John Moore in the open ice. He then tracked down Steve Eminger and delivered another blow. And before he returned to the bench, he lined up Ryan McDonagh , jarring him. The boards rattled. Verizon Center roared. But as the clock...
May 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK — The all-too familiar refrain played on repeat in the visitors' dressing room at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night: The Washington Capitals can't afford to continue to take penalties, particularly those of the undisciplined and retaliatory variety, if they hope to advance past this first-round series against the New York Rangers . Washington took five minor penalties before the final horn in Game 6 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal,...