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Two former Caps named to IIHF Hall of Fame class

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Two former Caps named to IIHF Hall of Fame class

The International Ice Hockey Federation announced its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees and two former Caps made the cut. Peter Bondra and Sergei Fedorov will join Valeri Kamenski, Ville Peltonen and builders Pat Quinn and Ben Smith in the 2016 class.

Peter Bondra represented Slovakia in seven international competitions winning a gold medal in the 2002 IIHF World Championship and a bronze medal in the 2003 tournament.

According to the release: 

The defining moment in Slovakia’s hockey history occurred on 11 May 2002, in Gothenburg, Sweden. With exactly 100 seconds left in the third period of the Slovakia-Russia gold-medal game, Peter Bondra rifled a shot under the blocking arm of Maxim Sokolov, his second goal of the game, to give Slovakia a 4-3 win over Russia and its first ever gold medal.

It immediately became to Slovak sports what Paul Henderson’s goal was to Canada or Mike Eruzione’s goal to the United States.

Bondra spent 14 seasons with the Capitals. His 472 goals with the Caps stood as the most in franchise history until that mark was eclipsed in April by Alex Ovechkin.

Equally impressive was Bondra’s NHL career. Arguably the greatest Slovak to play in the league after Peter Stastny, Bondra had a career in which he eclipsed the vaunted 500-goal plateau and 1,000-game mark. After 16 years, 13 of which came with Washington, he retired in 2007 at age 39, his reputation solidified in both international and NHL circles.

Fedorov became a star player with the Detroit Red Wings and for his native Russia. He helped lead the Soviet Union to world championships in 1989 and 1990 and then Russia in 2008. He was traded from Columbus to the Caps in 2008 and scored one of the most famous goals in franchise history in the 2009 playoffs.

It's been a good year for Fedorov as he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 2015.

You can read the full profiles of both players here.

The IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in Moscow on May 22.

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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.

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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.