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Capitals announce development camp schedule

Capitals announce development camp schedule

The Capitals will host their 2016 development camp a week early this year, from Tuesday through Saturday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. All on-ice sessions are free and open to the public. 

Capitals development camp is an annual week-long summer session with on- and off-ice workouts designed to help Capitals prospects improve their games and allow the Capitals to evaluate their progress. This is the 10th straight year that the camp is being held at Kettler. Past development camps have been held in Odenton, Md., and Hershey, Pa. 

Attendees include Capitals prospects who are under contract and recent Capitals draft picks who have not yet been signed yet. Goaltending prospect Ilya Samsonov, who was the Capitals’ first pick of last year’s draft, is scheduled to be in attendance for the first time. One notable absence is forward Thomas DiPauli, a fourth-round pick of the Caps in 2012 who had a strong senior season at Nortre Dame with 14 goals and 32 points in 37 games. 

DiPauli, 22, has attended previous Caps development camps, so the club decided not to invite him this summer. According to a team spokesman the Caps remain interested in signing DiPauli by the NHL's Aug. 15 deadline.   

In addition, several undrafted and free agent amateur players will be in attendance. 

The Capitals will host Caps Fan Fest on Wednesday, featuring the Caps Alumni Exhibition at 7:30 p.m. at Kettler. In addition to the Caps Alumni Exhibition, this year’s Fan Fest will feature the team’s annual equipment sale, Q&A sessions and photo opportunities with members of the Capitals coaching staff and Capitals prospects, and kid zone activities from 3-7 p.m.

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Here is the schedule for the week:

Tuesday, June 28

9:15 a.m.: Defense on ice (Public rink)

9:15 a.m.: Forwards on ice (Capitals rink)

3:40 p.m.: Goalies on ice (Capitals rink)

4 p.m.: All players on ice (Capitals rink)

5:15 p.m. Media availability

Wednesday, June 29 - Capitals Fan Fest

11 a.m.: On-ice testing (Public rink)

11 a.m.: Goalies on ice (Capitals rink)

Noon: All skaters on ice (Capitals rink)

1 p.m.: Media availability

5 p.m.: Capitals prospects at Fan Fest

7:30 p.m.: Caps Alumni Exhibition

Thursday, June 30

 9:15 a.m.: Defense and goalies on ice (Capitals rink)

9:15 a.m.: Forwards on ice (Public rink)

10 a.m.: All skaters on ice (Capitals rink)

11 a.m.: Media availability

Friday, July 1

9:35 a.m.: Goalies on ice (Capitals rink)

10:15 a.m.: Forwards on ice (Public rink)

10:15 a.m.: Defense on ice (Capitals rink)

11:15 a.m.: All skaters on ice (Capitals rink)

12:15 p.m.: Media availability

Saturday, July 2

10 a.m.: Intrasquad scrimmage

Noon.: Media availability

*All practice times and media availability sessions are approximate and subject to change.

NUMERICAL ROSTER OF CAPITALS PROSPECTS

1 WILLIAMS, Jay G 6’2” 193 6/7/93 Miami University (NCAA) Free Agent

21 JOHANSEN, Lucas D 6’2” 176 11/16/97 Kelowna (WHL) Draft ‘16

22 BOWEY, Madison D 6’2” 209 4/22/95 Hershey (AHL) Draft ‘13

24 BARBER, Riley RW 6’0” 198 2/7/94 Hershey (AHL) Draft ‘12

30 SAMSONOV, Ilya G 6’3” 200 2/22/97 Magnitogorsk (KHL) Draft ‘15

34 SIEGENTHALER, Jonas D 6’2” 219 5/6/97 Zurich (Swiss) Draft ‘15

36 HOBBS, Connor D 6’1” 187 1/4/97 Regina (WHL) Draft ‘15

38 WILLIAMS, Colby D 6’0” 195 1/26/95 Regina (WHL) Draft ‘15

40 PILON, Garrett C 5’10” 175 4/13/98 Kamloops (WHL) Draft ‘16

45 JONSSON-FJALLBY, Axel LW 6’0” 170 2/10/98 Djurgarden Jr. (SWE-Jr.) Draft ‘16 47

MALENSTYN, Beck LW 6’2” 191 2/4/98 Calgary (WHL) Draft ‘16

50 PRISKIE, Chase D 6’0” 185 3/19/96 Quinnipiac (NCAA) Draft ‘16

51 ALDWORTH, Thomas RW 5’11” 190 4/30/95 Quinnipiac University (NCAA) Free Agent

54 BOYD, Travis C 5’11” 185 9/14/93 Hershey (AHL) Draft ‘11

57 LaPORTE, Nolan RW 6’0” 186 6/4/92 Western Michigan (NCAA) Free Agent

59 MARGONARI, Dylan C 6’1” 190 2/7/92 Minnesota State (NCAA) Free Agent

63 GERSICH, Shane C 5’11” 174 7/10/96 North Dakota (NCAA) Draft ‘14

64 PINHO, Brian RW 6’1” 186 5/11/95 Providence (NCAA) Draft ‘13

68 SPINNER, Steven RW 6’0” 197 12/15/95 Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA) Draft ‘14

71 ELGESTAL, Kevin RW 6’1” 176 5/29/96 Frolunda (Sweden) Draft ‘14

73 PARKER, John C 5’11” 185 1/11/92 Bemidji State (NCAA) Free Agent

75 McGAULEY, Tim C 6’0” 180 7/23/95 Brandon (WHL) Free Agent

78 LEWINGTON, Tyler D 6’1” 197 12/5/94 Hershey (AHL) Draft ‘11

81 CARLSON, Adam G 6’3” 180 2/13/94 Mercyhurst (NCAA) Free Agent

82 SANFORD, Zach C 6’4” 191 11/9/94 Boston College (NCAA) Draft ‘13

84 BINDULIS, Kristofers D 6’3” 205 9/18/95 Aston (NAHL) Free Agent

85 PITT, Josh C 6’3” 206 6/3/92 Western Michigan (NCAA) Free Agent

86 BURNSIDE, Josh LW 5’11” 186 2/11/95 Mississauga (OHL) Free Agent

94 RIAT, Damien LW 6’0” 172 2/26/97 Geneve (Swiss) Draft ‘16

95 ZAITSEV, Dmitriy D 6’0” 184 1/18/98 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (NAHL) Draft ‘16

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Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

When the Capitals acquired defenseman Michal Kempny on Monday, that put the team at the maximum of 23 players on the roster including eight defenseman.

Another move seemed likely and the Caps made it on Tuesday by placing veteran blueliner Taylor Chorney on waivers.

Teams now will have 24 hours to potentially claim Chorney. Should he clear at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, it is expected that he will be sent to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Whether he is claimed or sent to Hershey, his entire $800,000 cap hit will no longer count against the Capitals' salary.

One important thing to note, however, is that placing Chorney on waivers was not required in order for Washington to remain under the salary cap.

Having eight defensemen would mean scratching two every game — assuming the team does not dress seven and after that failed experiment in last year's playoffs, why would they — which means it would be a struggle to make sure everyone gets consistent playing time in the final weeks of the season.

Perhaps placing Chorney on waivers is the team trying to get him more playing time to keep him sharp in case the team suffers injuries on the blue line and he is called upon in the playoffs.

Or perhaps it could mean something else.

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Chorney played on Feb. 15, but that was during the mentor's trip. Barry Trotz's policy for those trips is to get everyone in at least one of those two games. Before that, Chorney had not played since Jan. 2. It certainly seems like the team was comfortable with him being the designated No. 7 and was not all that concerned about getting him regular playing time before now.

When asked if the Kempny trade would mean any roster moves, Trotz said Monday that he was not sure and hinted that perhaps more moves could be coming from general manager Brian MacLellan. Moving Chorney's salary off the books does not clear much cap room, but it does clear some.

Perhaps MacLellan has another move up his sleeve before Monday's trade deadline.

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Michal Kempny excited to move from last place Chicago to first place Caps

Michal Kempny excited to move from last place Chicago to first place Caps

On Sunday, Michal Kempny was a defenseman struggling for a spot in the lineup for a team poised to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008. On Monday, he became potentially an important piece on the roster of the first place Capitals.

The last few days have been quite the whirlwind for Kempny who tallied an assist for Chicago on Saturday in a 7-1 blowout against what is now his current team. While the Blackhawks may have gotten the better of Washington that night, Kempny is excited about the postseason opportunity that now lies in front of him.

"Nobody knows what's happening in Chicago, but I'm really happy and I'm really glad that I can be here," Kempny told reporters on Tuesday after his first skate with the team. "There is option of play a playoff and I'm very happy for it."

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The 27-year-old Czech defenseman played only 31 games for the Blackhawks this season, but considering Washington's need to shore up its defense before the trade deadline and the team's willingness to give up a third-round pick to acquire him, it is likely he will have a much more significant role with the Caps.

"I thought that I [was] going to get more space on the ice and more ice time, but I didn't play more than half games," Kempny said of his decision to originally sign with Chicago. "But now I'm here and I'm really glad that I'm here. Washington is amazing city and great organization and I hope I will get a chance to access myself on the ice more than in Chicago."

Kempny will not play in Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but did say he expects to play Thursday when the team visits the Florida Panthers.

When he does get into the lineup, it is unclear just how big a role he will play initially or how the team foresees utilizing him going forward. He is a left-shot defenseman and did tell reporters he prefers to play on that side. It seems unlikely the team would acquire him just to put him on his offside.

As of now, however, everything regarding his role in Washington is up in the air.

"I need everything settle down a little bit," he said. "New teammates, new people around here."

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