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All the Capitals connections to 2018 Olympic hockey rosters

All the Capitals connections to 2018 Olympic hockey rosters

The NHL may not be participating in the 2018 Olympics, but the Capitals will still be well represented in PyeongChang.

As the men’s hockey tournament is set to begin on Wednesday, here’s a look at all the players and coaches participating who have ties to Washington.

Team Canada

Assistant coach Scott Walker: Walker played nine games with the Caps in 2010. He was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes at the trade deadline in exchange for a seventh round draft pick. The highlight of his time with the Caps came in his very first game with Washington as he scored two goals against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Those would be the only two goals of his Capitals tenure. Walker was acquired to provide forward depth and played only one game in the playoffs. The 2009-10 season would prove to be the final season of his NHL career.

Justin Peters (G): The Caps signed Peters to a two-year deal as a free agent in the summer of 2014 to be the backup for Braden Holtby. Things did not work out as well as either had hoped. Peters struggled in that first season with a .881 save percentage and 3.25 GAA in just 12 games. Head coach Barry Trotz’s confidence in him was low enough that when Holtby fell ill during the playoffs, Philipp Grubauer was recalled and started over Peters in Game 2 of the team’s first round series against the New York Islanders. Peters spent the second year of his contract playing for the Hershey Bears in the AHL and left the organization as a free agent in 2016.

Chay Genoway (D): The Capitals acquired Genoway in March 2013, trading away a conditional seventh-round draft to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for the defenseman. He played in Hershey for the remainder of that season and for the next, totaling 64 games, five goals and 15 assists with the Bears. He signed in the KHL after his contract expired.

Derek Roy (F): With some questions in terms of center depth, Roy was brought into Caps training camp in 2015 on a professional try-out. Despite playing well in the preseason, Roy was cut following the final preseason game. Questions about the team’s center depth persisted leading to a mid-season signing of Mike Richards.

Christian Thomas (F): Thomas signed a one-year, two-way deal as a free agent with the Caps in 2016. He spent the entirety of that contract in Hershey where he scored 24 goals and 49 points in 65 games.

Wojtek Wolski (F): The Caps signed Wolski to a one-year deal in 2012, but his debut was delayed because of the NHL lockout. When the season did finally begin, Wolski played in only 27 games for Washington with four goals and nine points. He did not dress for any of the Caps’ playoff games that season and left as a free agent for the KHL.

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Team Czech Republic

Tomas Kundratek (D): Kundratek’s NHL career consists of 30 games, all of which he played with Washington. The Caps traded Francois Bouchard to the New York Rangers in exchange for Kundratek in Nov. 2011. He was recalled to Washington in January and played five games before he was sent back down to Hershey. The following season, Kundratek skated in 25 games for the Caps, registering one goal and six assists.

Martin Erat (F): Let’s move on.

Team USA

Assistant coach Keith Allain: Allain served as an assistant coach for Washington for four seasons under Jim Schoenfeld from 1993-97. The Caps would make the playoffs in each of his first three seasons there and even beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs in 1994. To date, that is Washington’s only series win over the Penguins.

Garrett Roe (F): Roe has no affiliation with the Capitals, but he is a native of Vienna, Va.

Chris Bourque (F): Bourque’s history with Washington is extensive and a bit unusual. He was a second round draft pick of the Capitals in 2004 and made his NHL debut in Nov. 2007, playing in four games that season. He played another eight for the Caps the following year and scored his first NHL goal Dec. 30, 2008 against the Buffalo Sabres. In 2009, he was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played 20 games for Pittsburgh before he was again placed on waivers and re-claimed by Washington. He played one game and was assigned back to Hershey and helped the Bears win their second successive Calder Cup, winning the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy in the process as playoff MVP with 27 points. That Bears team featured future Caps Mathieu Perreault, Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle and John Carlson, among others. Bourque spent the next season in Europe, then returned to the NHL and re-signed with Washington, was re-assigned to Hershey and led the AHL in scoring that season with 93 points in 73 games. He was traded to the Boston Bruins in May 2012 in exchange for forward Zach Hamill. After another season in Europe he played in the AHL with Hartford on a two-way deal with the New York Rangers then signed with Washington yet again in 2015. When that deal ended in 2017, he signed a new deal directly with Hershey.

David Leggio (G): The Caps signed Leggio to a one-year, two-way contract in 2013 and assigned him to Hershey. In his one season in the organization, Leggio registered a 2.63 GAA and .913 save percentage in 45 games with the Bears.

Ryan Stoa (F): Stoa signed as a free agent with Washington in 2012. He spent the entire season in Hershey and then re-signed for another year in April. The following season, he was recalled to the Capitals in March and played three games with the team. He was held to zero points and opted to play in Europe when his contract expired.

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Team Germany

Head coach Marco Sturm: Sturm’s brief tenure in Washington started in Feb. 2011 when he was claimed off waivers by the Caps from the Los Angeles Kings. He played in 18 regular season games tallying one goal and six assists. He would also play in all nine of Washington’s playoff games that season, adding another goal and two assists. He left the team as a free agent after the season.

Team Finland

Sami Lepisto (D): The Caps selected Lepisto in the third round of the 2004 draft and signed him to a two-year, entry-level contract in 2007. He spent the majority of the 2007-08 season in Hershey, but made his NHL debut on February 16, 2008 and played seven games for Washington. He played in another seven the following year. He recorded five assists total in those 14 games for the Caps and was traded in June 2009 to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a fifth round draft pick. Washington would select forward Caleb Herbert with that pick in the 2010 draft.

Oskar Osala (F): Osala was a fourth round draft pick for Washington in 2006 and signed in 2008. He was assigned to Hershey, but was recalled in December and played two games for the Caps. He was sent back down to the AHL and helped the Bears win the Calder Cup, scoring two goals in Game 1 of the finals. In March 2010, he was packaged with Brian Pothier and traded to Carolina in exchange for Joe Corvo. Today, Osala is teammates with Caps prospect Ilya Samsonov playing for Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL.

Team Sweden

Staffan Kronwall (D): Washington claimed Kronwall off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009. He played three games for the Caps, but spent the majority of his tenure in Hershey. He left as a free agent at the end of the season.

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

Alan May knows a thing or two about the trade deadline.

Over the course of his NHL career, May was traded five total times, four at the trade deadline. He sits down with Rob Carlin on a special edition of the Capitals Extra Podcast to tell stories from his playing days about what it was like getting traded.

This one's a can't miss for hockey fans. You can listen to the episode here on the Capitals Extra page or with the player below.

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NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?

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NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?

The Hart Trophy is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to their team. With the Caps currently struggling in almost every aspect of the game, consider this: Just where would they be without Alex Ovechkin?

Washington ranks 10th in the NHL in goals per game with 3.05. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 36. He has scored an incredible 19-percent of his team's goals. No one on the Caps is within 20 goals of the Caps' captain.

That's not a typo. Evgeny Kuznetsov ranks second on the team with 16 goals. No other team in the league has a larger separation between its top two scorers. In fact, only three teams have a difference that's in the double digits: Vancouver (11), San Jose (10) and New Jersey (10).

Ovechkin is almost singlehandedly propping up Washington as a top-ten offense. If you think about just where this offense would be without him, there's a pretty strong case to be made that Ovechkin is as valuable to his team this season as any other player in the league.

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Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:

John Carlson

In contention for: Norris

Carlson is fifth among all defensemen with 45 points, but his case goes beyond the numbers. With a blue line that has featured two rookies the majority of the season, an aging veteran in Brooks Orpik and that had to deal with an injury to Matt Niskanen, the Caps have asked a lot of Carlson this season and he has always been up to the task.

Alex Ovechkin

In contention for: Hart

Few players, if any, are as important to their team's offensive production and therefore its success than Ovechkin has been this season.

Check out who the top candidates are for the league's major individual awards in this week's 2018 NHL Awards Tracker!