Capitals trade for heavyweight fighter D.J. King

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Photo by Jeff Roberson/AP

The Washington Capitals have traded for Blues Left Winger D.J. King. St. Louis will receive prospect Stefan Della Rovere in return. The news was first reported by Andy Strickland on Twitter and has since been confirmed by the Capitals.


Flash Back: Capitals Resign Tomas Fleischmann to 1 Year Deal

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Washington Capitals announced Tuesday evening that they have resigned forward Tomas Fleischmann to a 1 year contract avoiding a salary arbtration meeting, which was scheduled for Wednesday in Toronto, Ontario. The club did not disclose how much the deal is worth, but Tarik El-Bashir is reporting that Fleischmann will receive 2.6 million dollars next season. This would leave the Capitals $5.9 million below the salary cap for next season according to CapGeek.


Up Close: Dmitri Orlov

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Dmitri Orlov was the only Russian defenseman in development camp last week. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Stanislav Galiev impressed the hockey mavens who gathered at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex with their skillful shooting and agile skating. In the case of Orlov the general assessment was that he was a talented prospect who has yet to demonstrate his full potential.


Up Close: Marcus Johansson

Marcus Johansson showed up for development camp amid great expectations.  After six days, and some ups and downs, the 19 year-old Swede left camp with generally favorable notices from the Caps brain trust but also with the recognition that he has some challenges ahead of him.


The Shootout: Through Their Own Eyes

Saturday, July 17, 2010

After 60 minutes of regulation and 5 minutes of overtime the game between Team White and Team Red remained tied. A shootout would determine a winner. Here's what two key players had to say.

Cody Eakin:
It is something I have been working on a little bit.  I just kind of build up my speed and then when the goalie kind of reads your speed the last second I fire on the brakes and really slow down and try and beat him. . .I think it is a pretty strong move and I was lucky today that it happened to go in.”

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Development Camp Scrimmage, 7/17/10: Game


Development Camp Scrimmage, 7/17/10: Warmups/Festivities


Up Close: Braden Holtby

Friday, July 16, 2010

When he was growing up on a farm in Marshall, Saskatchewan Braden Holtby’s father set up a backyard rink under a large spotlight so he could train well into the night.
When Holtby went inside he spent countless additional hours firing pucks off the walls in the family basement.

“I had a way when I was young of shooting on myself somehow. I’d shoot off the wall and try to save it,” he recalled in an interview with Caps Snaps and Addison Huber of Russian Machine Never Breaks. “The walls are kind of looking a little worse for wear now.”

“I played hockey all day” he added. “There is not much else to do in Saskatchewan.”


Development Camp, 7/16/10: Group B


Caps Snaps Exclusive: Holtby and Kuznetsov Discuss Their Run-In During Thursday's Scrimmage

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Braden Holtby and Evgeny Kuznetsov got the coaches attention during the Thursday scrimmage—but not entirely in the way they might have wished. 


Up Close: Stanislav Galiev

The game winning maneuver in Thursday’s scrimmage occurred during the shoot-out when Stanislav Galiev showcased a fantastic deke move before he snapped it through the legs of the goaltender.

“It is my special move,” the 18 year-old Russian told Caps Snaps, speaking in the English he acquired since coming to North America to play junior hockey. “I skate from right side, try to get backhand and shoot to the five hole.”


Development Camp Scrimmage, 7/15/10

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Development Camp Scrimmage, 7/15/10: Warmups

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Development Camp Scrimmage, 7/14/10


Up Close: Evgeny Kuznetsov

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chelyabinsk, a gritty industrial city 900 miles southeast of Moscow, has produced its share of star hockey players. Alexander Semin began his career in the Traktor Chelyabinsk organization as did former Capitals defenseman Sergei Gonchar. The newest hockey phenomenon to emerge from this factory town is Evgeny Kuznetsov, an 18 year-old forward whom the Caps selected in the first round of this year’s draft.


Development Camp, 7/13/10: Group A

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Development Camp, 7/12/10: Group B

Monday, July 12, 2010

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Marcus Johansson speaks to the media

Marcus Johansson is one of the most promising players in the Capitals organization and has the potential to be key player in the lineup this coming year. After today's development camp workouts he spoke with the media.

It’s just one practice, but how does that feel?
"It feels good to get going.  I feel a little rusty, but you get over it..."