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CSNMA to honor Craig Laughlin's 25th season as Caps broadcaster

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CSNMA to honor Craig Laughlin's 25th season as Caps broadcaster

BETHESDA, Md. – March 14, 2016 – CSN Mid-Atlantic will honor Craig Laughlin for his 25 seasons of service as its Washington Capitals game analyst during live coverage of the team’s matchup against the Nashville Predators on March 18, beginning with Capitals Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. and extending through Capitals Postgame Live.

Laughlin’s milestone and significant contributions to CSN’s coverage of the Capitals will be highlighted through several special features, including a video tribute, interviews with current and former colleagues, and prominent special guests. Laughlin will also be recognized by the Capitals at Verizon Center during the game, which will be presented live on CSN. Fans are invited to celebrate with Laughlin after the game at Penn Commons, a restaurant located adjacent to the arena.

Laughlin assumed his current position for the 1990-91 season, immediately following his retirement as a player. He has now contributed to live coverage of more than 1,500 Capitals games, serving alongside four play-by-play announcers: Jeff Rimer; Kenny Albert; Al Koken, who is currently CSN’s in-game reporter and gameday show host; and Joe Beninati, his full-time partner since the 1996-97 season. Laughlin, Beninati and Koken have now served together in their current roles for 19 consecutive seasons.

As a player, Laughlin spent six seasons as a forward for the Capitals from 1982-83 to 1987-88, appearing in 428 regular-season games, recording 110 goals and 173 assists, and 27 playoff games. He was named as one of the “40 Greatest Caps” as part of the team’s 40th anniversary celebration last year. Originally drafted by Montreal, where he spent his first NHL season, he joined the Capitals as part of a six-player trade with the Canadiens that included Rod Langway on Sept. 9, 1982.

Overall, Laughlin played in 549 games in eight NHL seasons with Montreal, Washington, Los Angeles and Toronto, recording 136 goals and 205 assists. He also spent part of three seasons with Nova Scotia of the American Hockey League and one season in Germany with EV Landshut. A native of Toronto, Laughlin played collegiately for Clarkson University, where he tallied 65 goals and 103 assists in 127 games. He is one of only four Golden Knights to have his jersey retired.

In addition to his position with CSN, Laughlin is an active member of the Capitals alumni association and regularly supports the team’s community initiatives. A longtime youth coach and instructor, he is president and owner of Network Hockey, a year-round development program. He also previously served as co-owner and general manager of the ECHL’s Richmond Renegades. He was named the league’s general manager of the year after guiding the Renegades to the 1994-95 Riley Cup.

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 CSN Mid-Atlantic, part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, is the official sports network of the NFL’s Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens, NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association. CSN Mid-Atlantic – the leading multiplatform sports media organization serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia – delivers more than 400 live events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.5 million homes. CSN Mid-Atlantic’s digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNmidatlantic.com, is the region’s top online source for written, video and interactive sports content. Follow CSN Mid-Atlantic on Twitter at @CSNMA.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

The Capitals got their trade deadline started early by trading for defensemen Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek. Washington has been struggling of late, but do their new acquisitions address the team's weaknesses?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir evaluate the two trades and talk about where they could fit into the lineup.

You can listen to the latest episode here on the Capitals Faceoff page or with the player below.

Want even more great Capitals coverage? Follow @TarikNBCS and @JJReganNBCS on Twitter!

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Caps make second blue line addition, acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal

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Caps make second blue line addition, acquire Jakub Jerabek from Montreal

The Capitals continued to retool their scuffling blue line on Wednesday, acquiring 26-year-old defenseman Jakub Jerabek from Montreal in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019.

The move comes a couple of days after GM Brian MacLellan dealt a conditional third-round selection to Chicago for swift skating Michal Kempny.

Both Jerabek and Kempny are left shot, puck-moving defensemen who move well and make crisp outlet passes. Both also hail from the Czech Republic.

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The team sees Jerabek as a No. 5 or 6, I’m told.

On Wednesday, the Caps also officially said goodbye to Taylor Chorney, who was claimed off waivers by Columbus. Chorney will report to the Blue Jackets.

The Caps were off on Wednesday as they made their way Florida for Thursday night’s meeting with the Panthers, so it’s unclear how Coach Barry Trotz intends to deploy his new defensemen.

But it’s probably safe to assume that Kempny will move into a spot within the top four with John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov and Matt Niskanen.

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That figures to leave Brooks Orpik and Jerabek on the third pair, while rookies Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey jockey for position as the next man up.

Kempny is expected to make his Caps’ debut on Thursday night.

Is the Caps’ D corps better? Well, that remains to be seen. But it had become clear to MacLellan and Co. in recent weeks that the status quo was not going to cut it. This month, in fact, the team has allowed 39 goals in 10 games. Only the Rangers (40) have allowed more in the same span.

With the trade deadline looming next Monday, the Caps now have roughly $617,000 in cap space, according to www.capfriendly.com, and are at the roster maximum of 23 players. So they would need to make a move in order to add another body.