Sunday, May 27, 2007

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Capital Show: Episode 5

In this episode I’m going to do something a little bit different as I’ll take an in depth look back at Game 2 of the Hershey Bears Eastern Conference matchup with the Manchester Monarchs. And the Capitals locked up another big piece of the puzzle this week, I’ll take a look at Nicklas Backstrom and why there’s so much excitement surrounding his signing.

The Capital Show: Episode 5
The Capital Show: Episode 5

The Capital Show: Episode 5

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Capitals' Top RW Targets in FA

Here are the top 6 free agent right wings that the Capitals should target this off-season:

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(1) Jason Blake, N.Y. Islanders (33)

5’10” 185 lbs.

Last Year: 06-07 N.Y. Islanders 40 g, 29 a, 69 pts, 34 pim, in 82 gp

Other Key Stat: Last 4 Seasons has averaged: 28.75 g, 28.25 a, 57 pts, in 78.5 gp

Salary: $1.558 million

Assets: Is very fast and can forecheck extremely well. Always brings a bundle of energy to the rink. Has versatility and an improving offensive arsenal.

Analysis: He gets the #1 spot because of his combination of goal scoring and forechecking ability. He would fit right into the Capitals lineup that prides itself on outworking their opponents. Although he stands to get a nice raise in the free agent market, he shouldn't command more than $3 million a year which would be a steal.

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(2) Ruslan Fedotenko, Tampa Bay (28)

6’2” 195 lbs.

Last Year: 06-07 Tampa Bay 12 g, 20 a, 32 pts, 52 pim, in 80 gp

Other Key Stat: Career high 26 g and 41 pts in 80 gp with Tampa Bay in 05’06

Salary: $1.65 million

Assets: Shows a willingness to pay the price in front of the net. Has good hands and hockey sense. Scores big goals in big games.

Analysis: Plays a solid two way game and has the potential to grow offensively. He has good size and could be a valuable asset in front of the net on the power play. In the right situation he can be a key player as shown by his outstanding performance in Tampa's run to the Stanley Cup back in 2004. Still relatively young so he could be around for a long time to come.

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(3) Nik Antropov, Toronto (27)

6’6” 230 lbs.

Last Year: 06-07 Toronto 18 g, 15 a, 33 pts, 44 pim, in 54 gp

Other Key Stat: Missed 28 games last season with leg and ankle injuries.

Salary: $1.007 million

Assets: Can line up at all three forward positions. Plays with poise and patience. Owns good vision and two-way smarts.

Analysis: Obviously what stands out with Antropov is his size. At 6'6" and 230 lbs he has the ability to push people around on the ice. His ability to play all three forward positions makes him a valuable commodity. At only 27 he still has time to improve on his offensive numbers. He seems to be a poor man's Danius Zubrus.

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(4) Scott Walker, Carolina (33)

5’10” 196 lbs.

Last Year: 06-07 Carolina 21 g, 30 a, 51 pts, 45 pim, in 81 gp

Other Key Stat: 03-04 Nashville 25 g, 42 a, 67 pts, 94 pim, in 75 gp

Salary: $1.520 million

Assets: Has tremendous heart and leadership qualities. Is an excellent teammate. Can score, kill penalties and even fight if the need arises.

Analysis: He reminds me of Chris Clark, a solid two way forward with outstanding leadership. He can also provide enough goals for you to play on the top two lines. Prying him away from a division rival would also be an additional reason to go after him.

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(5) Jeff O'Neil, Toronto (31)

6’1” 195 lbs.

Last Year: 06-07 Toronto 20 g, 22 a, 42 pts, 54 pim, in 74 gp

Salary: $1.5 million

Assets: Has great hands and a lethal shot. Hits everything in sight. Excels at taking face-offs. Knows where to be to score goals.

Analysis: If we strike out on the four players above, O'Neil would be the next best option. He could be a player in the same way that Zednik was supposed to be for us last year. A lazer slap shot that could be lethal from the point on the power play. He can also play center so his versatility is a plus.

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(6) Arron Asham, N.Y. Islanders (29)

5’11” 205 lbs.

Last Year: 06-07 N.Y. Islanders 11 g, 12 a, 23 pts, 63 pim, in 80 gp

Salary: $950,000

Assets: Owns a solid work ethic and is strong along the boards. Is also willing to crash the net to create scoring chances or even drop the gloves.

Analysis: If all else fails, Asham would be a solid two way player for the third or fourth line. He would definitely be an improvement over Matt Bradley.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Welcome to Washington Backstrom

To quote Lou Brown from Major League, "It's starting to come together boys, things are really starting to come together."

Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Capital Show: Episode 4

In this episode the Hershey Bears have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, the IIHF World Championships have concluded, and the Capitals announce their admission plans for their Draft Day Party and Uniform Unveiling. All that and more on the fan’s voice of the Washington Capitals, the show.

The Capital Show: Episode 4
The Capital Show: Episode 4

The Capital Show: Episode 4

Upcoming Free Agent List

Here is a list of the upcoming free agents for 2007. For now they are not ranked, only listed in alphabetical order by team. Rankings in terms of importance for the Washington Capitals will come in the future. With the free agent market a month and a half away, this will give everyone an idea of the pool we have to pick from. (Source: The Hockey News)

Brad May, Anaheim (35) Eric Belanger, Atlanta (29)
Eric Boulton, Atlanta (30) Derek MacKenzie, Atlanta (26)
Pascal Dupuis, Atlanta (28) Keith Tkachuk, Atlanta (35)
Slava Kozlov, Atlanta (35) Daniel Briere, Buffalo (29)
Brad Larsen, Atlanta (30) Chris Drury, Buffalo (30)
Jeremy Reich, Boston (28) Danius Zubrus, Buffalo (29)
Petr Tenkrat, Boston (29) Marcus Nilson, Calgary (29)
Jeff Friesen, Calgary (30) Wayne Primeau, Calgary (30)
Jeff Hamilton, Chicago (29) Byron Ritchie, Calgary (30)
Brett McLean, Colorado (28) Josef Vasicek, Carolina (26)
Krys Barch, Dallas (27) Denis Arkhipov, Chicago (28)
Ladislav Nagy, Dallas (28) Michal Handzus, Chicago (29)
Kyle Calder, Detroit (28) Tyler Arnason, Colorado (28)
Peter Sykora, Edmonton (30) Ben Guite, Colorado (28)
Martin Gelinas, Florida (37) Pierre Turgeon, Colorado (37)
Ville Peltonen, Florida (34) Stu Barnes, Dallas (37)
Noah Clarke, Los Angeles (28) Eric Lindros, Dallas (34)
Scott Hartnell, Nashville (24) Patrik Stefan, Dallas (27)
Paul Kariya, Nashville (32) Robert Lang, Detroit (36)
Mike Rupp, New Jersey (27) Petr Nedved, Edmonton (35)
Chris Simon, N.Y. Islanders (35) Jozef Stumpel, Florida (35)
Ryan Smyth, N.Y. Islanders (31) Marty Murray, Los Angeles (32)
Richard Zednik, N.Y. Islanders (31) Wyatt Smith, Minnesota (30)
Brad Isbister, N.Y. Rangers (30) Wes Walz, Minnesota (37)
Todd Fedoruk, Philadelphia (28) Todd White, Minnesota (32)
Denis Hamel, Philadelphia (29) Radek Bonk, Montreal (31)
Nils Ekman, Pittsburgh (31) Peter Forsberg, Nashville (33)
Gary Roberts, Pittsburgh (40) Scott Nichol, Nashville (32)
Eric Perrin, Tampa Bay (31) Jerred Smithson, Nashville (28)
Bates Battaglia, Toronto (31) Jim Dowd, New Jersey (38)
Tyson Nash, Toronto (32) Scott Gomez, New Jersey (27)
Jeff Cowan, Vancouver (30) Viktor Kozlov, N.Y. Islanders (32)
Taylor Pyatt, Vancouver (25) Randy Robitaille, N.Y. Islanders (31)

Michael Nylander, N.Y. Rangers (34)

Dean McAmmond, Ottawa (33)

Mike York, Philadelphia (29)

Mike Ricci, Phoenix (35)

Jeremy Roenick, Phoenix (37)

Mark Smith, San Jose (29)

Andreas Karlsson, Tampa Bay (31)

Travis Green, Toronto (36)

Michael Peca, Toronto (33)

Yanic Perreault, Toronto (36)

Jan Bulis, Vancouver (29)

Josh Green, Vancouver (29)

Tommi Santala, Vancouver (28)

Brian Smolinski, Vancouver (35)

Teemu Selanne, Anaheim (36) Sean O'Donnell, Anaheim (35)
Jon Sim, Atlanta (29) Greg de Vries, Atlanta (34)
J-P Vigier, Atlanta (30) Shane Hnidy, Atlanta (31)
Adam Mair, Buffalo (28) Andy Sutton, Atlanta (32)
Tony Amonte, Calgary (36) Bobby Allen, Boston (28)
Eric Godard, Calgary (27) Nathan Dempsey, Boston (32)
Darren McCarty, Calgary (35) Jason York, Boston (36)
Anson Carter, Carolina (33) Teppo Numminen, Buffalo (39)
Scott Walker, Carolina (33) Roman Hamrlik, Calgary (33)
Peter Bondra, Chicago (39) Brad Stuart, Calgary (27)
Ian Laperriere, Colorado (33) Bret Hedican, Carolina (36)
Scott Parker, Colorado (29) David Tanabe, Carolina (26)
Mark Rycroft, Colorado (28) Glen Wesley, Carolina (38)
Matthew Barnaby, Dallas (34) Patrice Brisebois, Colorado (36)
Todd Bertuzzi, Detroit (32) Ken Klee, Colorado (36)
Josh Langfeld, Detroit (29) Ossi Vaananen, Colorado (26)
Kirk Maltby, Detroit (34) Bryan Berard, Columbus (30)
Tom Kostopoulos, Los Angeles (28) Anders Eriksson, Columbus (32)
Aaron Downey, Montreal (32) Derrick Walser, Columbus (28)
Mike Johnson, Montreal (32) Jon Klemm, Dallas (37)
Erik Rasmussen, New Jersey (30) Darryl Sydor, Dallas (35)
Arron Asham, N.Y. Islanders (29) Chris Chelios, Detroit (45)
Jason Blake, N.Y. Islanders (33) Danny Markov, Detroit (30)
Jed Ortmeyer, N.Y. Rangers (28) Mathieu Schneider, Detroit (38)
Brendan Shanahan, N.Y. Rangers (38) Jan Hejda, Edmonton (28)
Owen Nolan, Phoenix (35) Jamie Heward, Los Angeles (36)
Ron Petrovicky, Pittsburgh (30) Aaron Miller, Los Angeles (35)
Mark Recchi, Pittsburgh (39) Jaroslav Modry, Los Angeles (26)
Radek Dvorak, St. Louis (30) Mike Weaver, Los Angeles (29)
Bill Guerin, San Jose (36) Martin Skoula, Minnesota (27)
Rob DiMaio, Tampa Bay (39) Andrei Markov, Montreal (27)
Ruslan Fedotenko, Tampa Bay (28) Janne Niinimaa, Montreal (32)
Jason Ward, Tampa Bay (28) Sheldon Souray, Montreal (30)
Nik Antropov, Toronto (27) Kimmo Timonen, Nashville (32)
Jeff O'Neil, Toronto (31) Vitaly Vishnevski, Nashville (27)
Aleksander Suglobov, Toronto (25) Brad Lukowich, New Jersey (30)
Trevor Linden, Vancouver (37) Brian Rafalski, New Jersey (33)

Joel Bouchard, N.Y. Islanders (32)

Sean Hill, N.Y. Islanders (37)

Tom Poti, N.Y. Islanders (30)

Deron Quint, N.Y. Islanders (31)

Todd Simpson, N.Y. Islanders (34)

Sandis Ozolinsh, N.Y. Rangers (34)

Thomas Pock, N.Y. Rangers (26)

Jason Strudwick, N.Y. Rangers (31)

Tom Preissing, Ottawa (28)

Eric Cairns, Pittsburgh (32)

Joel Kwiatkowski, Pittsburgh (30)

Josef Melichar, Pittsburgh (28)

Rob Scuderi, Pittsburgh (28)

Scott Hannan, San Jose (28)

Craig Rivet, San Jose (32)

Doug Janik, Tampa Bay (26)

Nolan Pratt, Tampa Bay (31)

Luke Richardson, Tampa Bay (37)

Cory Sarich, Tampa Bay (28)

Rory Fitzpatrick, Vancouver (32)

Sami Salo, Vancouver (32)

Brent Sopel, Vancouver (30)

Bryan Muir, Washington (34)

J-S Giguere, Anaheim (30)
Brian Finley, Boston (25)
Joey MacDonald, Boston (27)
Ty Conklin, Boston (31)
Jamie McLennan, Calgary (36)
Patrick Lalime, Chicago (32)
Brian Boucher, Columbus (30)
Dominik Hasek, Detroit (42)
Jussi Markkanen, Edmonton (31)
Ed Belfour, Florida (42)
Sean Burke, Los Angeles (40)
Mathieu Garon, Los Angeles (29)
Nicklas Backstrom, Minnesota (29)
David Aebischer, Montreal (29)
Scott Clemensen, New Jersey (29)
Mike Dunham, N.Y. Islanders (35)
Kevin Weeks, N.Y. Rangers (32)
Robert Esche, Philadelphia (29)
Curtis Joseph, Phoenix (39)
Jocelyn Thibault, Pittsburgh (32)
Vesa Toskala, San Jose (30)
Johan Holmqvist, Tampa Bay (28)
Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Toronto (29)

Sunday, May 6, 2007

The Capital Show: Episode 3

In this episode a lot of stuff to get to as the Hershey Bears are sitting pretty in their series with the Penguins, while the NHL playoffs and World Hockey Championships continue to heat up. The South Carolina Stingrays have a new head coach and the Capitals have signed another recent draft pick to an entry level contract. All that and more on the fan’s voice of the Washington Capitals, the show.

The Capital Show: Episode 3
The Capital Show: Episode 3
The Capital Show: Episode 3

Friday, May 4, 2007

Capitals' Owner Sends to Moscow

Once again our owner is leading the way in discovering new ways to promote the Capitals. It's nice to know that he thinks so highly of the coverage the Caps get from their fans through blogs.