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After partying with the Capitals, the Stanley Cup will never be the same again

After partying with the Capitals, the Stanley Cup will never be the same again

Apparently, the Caps were just too lit with the Stanley Cup this year.

The Capitals won it all this year after an historic playoff run, and their ensuing summer-long celebration may have been even more legendary. Many of the Capitals stars went nuts with enthusiasm, partying nonstop from June to August.

One of the most enduring images from the run was seeing players perform keg stands out of the Stanley Cup, a tradition that apparently hadn't been done before. According to the Washington Post, it won't be a tradition for very long.

Philip Pritchard and the Hockey Hall of Fame have "politely" requested that the Capitals refrain from any more Cup stands, out of fear of damage to the hallowed trophy. Pritchard is quick to mention that the Capitals have treated the Cup with respect and reverence during their wild celebrations, but he is worried about a player being dropped or the Cup being altered in some way.

The team has rightfully celebrated with gusto and vigor, and they've earned the right to kick back and celebrate (responsibly). But even for champions, there are limitations, and the Caps appeared to have reached theirs.

RE-LIVING THE CAPS CELEBRATIONS

Partying in VA: Cup visits Arlington
Keep it going: Can't stop the party
Best of the celebrations: Best of the Best

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Capitals release 34-player roster for Phase 3 training camp

Capitals release 34-player roster for Phase 3 training camp

The Capitals released a 34-player training camp roster on Sunday for Phase 3 of the NHL's return to play plan. Training camp begins on Monday. The roster consists of 20 forwards, 10 defensemen and four goalies.

No notable names appear to be missing from the roster so presumably, no one has informed the team if they intend to opt-out of the postseason. The deadline to do so is 5 p.m. on Monday.

In addition to the regular NHL players, this roster includes a number of notable black aces: Forwards Shane Gersich, Philippe Maillet, Beck Malenstyn, Connor McMichael, Brian Pinho, Daniel Sprong, defensemen Alex Alexeyev, Martin Fehervary, Tyler Lewington and goalies Pheonix Copley and Vitek Vanecek.

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For Phase 3, teams are limited to 30 skaters and an unlimited number of goalies. That number will have to be trimmed down to 28 skaters and 31 total players when the team departs for the hub city of Toronto.

The team has been divided into two squads for training camp with the first practice starting at 10:50 a.m. on Monday. All practices are closed to the public.

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Will another Steven Stamkos injury put him in jeopardy to play the Capitals?

Will another Steven Stamkos injury put him in jeopardy to play the Capitals?

Tampa Bay Lightning player Steven Stamkos is a superstar, but has not had great injury luck over the course of his career. Bad luck has sprung up again for the Lightning captain as he suffered a lower-body injury during the team's Phase 2 voluntary workouts and will be limited at the start of training camp.

General manager Julien BriseBois told reporters Saturday that Stamkos is expected to be ready for the return of the season.

"We don't have a specific timeline for when he will be a full participant in camp," BriseBois said. "But we expect he will be ready in time for games."

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Tampa Bay will begin its postseason in a round robin tournament against the top seeds in the East. Their first game will be Aug. 3 against the Capitals.

Stamkos underwent core muscle surgery on March 2. The recovery timeline was six to eight weeks which he has clearly passed and it is believed this new injury is not related. Still, this will be a tough blow for Stamkos who will now have to be limited at the start of camp after missing the last seven games before the season was paused.

Washington was a perfect 3-0-0 against the Lightning this season. While Stamkos is expected to be ready for games, this is an injury the bears watching, especially if it drags further and further into camp.

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