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NHL and players still talking

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NHL and players still talking

Perhaps the only thing more annoying than watching the NHL and its players haggle over how to divide $3.3 billion is seeing NFL types tweeting erroneous information.

Early Saturday night former NFL quarterback and current NFL analyst Boomer Esiason tweeted, “My sources telling me, #NHL good to go. Let’s get it on boys! #NYR.”

About an hour later, Philadelphia television reporter Howard Eskin tweeted, “Starting to hear strong word that #NHL could cancel season in next 24 to 48 hours. Gary Bettman thinks too many issues to put together deal.”

“Just rumors,” an NHL player told CSNWashington.com when asked for the latest from New York.

While Esiason is an avid hockey fan and Eskin a trusted source for information on the Philadelphia Eagles, neither spent Saturday night in Manhattan, where representatives from the NHL and NHLPA met for more than 10 hours trying to end the 110-day lockout.

Under the guidance of federal mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh the two sides were still meeting face-to-face at 11 p.m. Saturday night.

The sticking point continues to be the owners’ proposed salary cap of $60 million for next season. The players have been pushing to raise that ceiling to $65 million but have been met with strong resistance.

Based on projected revenues, a $60 million salary cap could require players to place about 8.4 percent of their salaries in escrow in the first year, while a $65 million cap would mean about 15.7 percent in escrowed salaries, with that figure declining each season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has set a Friday deadline to either come to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement or cancel the season, but many believe a decision on the season could come in the next 48 hours.

If the NHL can settle its dispute in the coming days there remains hope of completing a 50-game season. If a deal is reached closer to Friday, the league will plan a 48-game slate.

Early projections were that teams could play division rivals seven times and other conference foes twice each in a shortened schedule, while other proposed schedules had four games against division opponents and three against other conference foes.

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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!