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Could Oates help Capitals land Parise?

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Could Oates help Capitals land Parise?

Adam Oates has not even had his introductory press conference that will come today at 3 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet and CSNwashington.com but its worth wondering if his hiring on Tuesday might work in the Capitals favor when the free agency bell rings on Sunday.

Oates has spent the past two seasons working with Devils superstar Zach Parise, who is expected to test the waters of unrestricted free agency on Sunday.

Parise, 27, has scored 30 or more goals in each of his last four full seasons in the NHL. He and Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter are considered the two biggest prizes in the free agent market and that could boost their salary demands into the 9 million per season range.

According to CapGeek.com the Caps have 17 players signed with 20.9 million in projected cap space, assuming the team does not re-sign UFAs Alexander Semin and Dennis Wideman.

One problem, aside from Parises price tag, is that the Capitals need a scorer from the right side and Parise shoots left and plays left wing. If Parises price is too high, would the Caps be interested in Anaheims disgruntled right wing Bobby Ryan, who said over the weekend that hed like to be traded?

Ryan, 27, is a right wing who shoots right and has three years remaining on a contract that carries a 5.1 million cap hit. Hes also netted 30 or more goals in his past four seasons with the Ducks.

What about you? If you had 20 million to spend on the Capitals, how would you spend it? On a forward? On a defenseman? Join the discussion.

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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.

SEE THIS WEEK'S 2018 NHL AWARDS TRACKER HERE

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!