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After a strong camp, Alex Chiasson signs one-year deal with the Caps


After a strong camp, Alex Chiasson signs one-year deal with the Caps

On Tuesday, the Capitals’ 23-man roster did not include forward Alex Chiasson.

On Thursday it will.

The Capitals signed the 27-year-old forward to a one-year, $660,000 one-way contract on Wednesday after a strong performance in training camp.

After scoring 12 goals and 24 points in 81 games for the Calgary Flames last season, Chiasson remained unsigned through the summer as an unrestricted free agent. He was brought in to Washington on a professional try out and certainly made the most of it.


“He took advantage of a situation, worked diligently every day and was noticed in every game that he played and every scrimmage,” Barry Trotz said following practice on Tuesday.

Chiasson will step in at Tom Wilson’s spot as right wing on the third line to start the season while Wilson serves a four-game suspension. After that, it is unclear what exactly his role will be.

Trotz indicated that he would move Chiasson throughout the lineup as he did during training camp. While most players would prefer consistency, Chiasson likely owes his new contract in large part to the versatility he was able to show by performing well on various lines.

“I think I’ve played with every guy in the locker room that's here, the forwards,” Chiasson said.

“I had the chance to prove what I could do with some good players, with some power play, some penalty kill. They put me in a different situation where I was able to showcase what I was capable of doing depending on who I was playing with. I thought that was great for me.”

In order to keep the roster at the 23-player maximum, the Capitals placed forward Chandler Stephenson on waivers.


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How Evgeny Kuznetsov could have changed Tuesday's outcome


How Evgeny Kuznetsov could have changed Tuesday's outcome

With the score tied at 0 in the second period, the Caps had a chance to put the first goal on the board on their second power play of the night. Specifically, Evgeny Kuznetsov had a chance to score the first goal of the game and his first of the season. But with a golden opportunity on his stick, Kuznetsov waited too long to shoot the puck the opportunity was lost. It is an issue that has seemingly plagued Kuznetsov throughout his career and one that may have cost the Caps a chance at two points on Tuesday.

After a scrum in the left corner, the puck was fed over to John Carlson on the right near the blue line. With some room to work with, he advanced to the top of the right circle and then fired a pass cross-ice to Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov had set up shop in Alex Ovechkin’s office in the left faceoff circle and the Leafs evidently forgot about him.


With the puck on his stick and no one between him and Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen, Kuznetsov waited. He waited so long in fact that forward Connor Brown was able to backcheck and turned what would have been a very good opportunity into a much easier save for Andersen.

“A guy caught him,” Barry Trotz said after the game. “Just get it off quick. Guys close quick on you defensively.”

Would Kuznetsov have scored if he had fired the shot? Would the Caps have won if he had scored? We don’t know, but Kuznetsov would have had a better chance at scoring had he shot the puck quickly and Washington would have been in a better position to win if they had gotten the first goal on the board.

It was just another moment that made fans watching in Capital One Arena and at home yell in unison, “Kuznetsov, shoot the puck!”


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Tarik El-Bashir's three stars from Caps vs. Maple Leafs

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Tarik El-Bashir's three stars from Caps vs. Maple Leafs

In a rematch of last year’s ridiculously entertaining first round playoff matchup, the high-flying Maple Leafs skated away with a 2-0 victory over the Caps on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. The Caps are now 3-3-1 on the season.

Here are Tarik’s three stars of the game.

1-Connor Brown, Maple Leafs

Most people had Brown scoring the decisive goal, right? The winger started the season on the fourth line but was promoted to the third line ahead of this game—and he made the most of the opportunity. At 5:53 of the third period, Brown fought off Evgeny Kuznetsov, pounced on a rebound and pounded the puck between Braden Holtby’s pads. Interestingly, the Leafs came into the game leading the league in goals per at 5.20.

2-Braden Holtby, Capitals

The Caps’ starter did all he could, turning away 28 of 29 shots he faced. Holts was at his best on the penalty kill, where he stopped all three shots the Leafs put on him. His best save of the game likely came in the opening moments of the game—a right pad stop on James van Riemsdyk, who was looking to finish a 2-on-1.

3-John Carlson, Capitals

With Matt Niskanen week-to-week with an upper body injury, the minutes load has fallen on No. 74’s shoulders. And it did again vs. Toronto. Carlson finished with 27:33 of ice time. He also had a couple of good looks early on but he couldn’t finish.

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