One of the Capitals most heralded prospects had a rough night. Accordign to his now former head coach, goalie Ilya Samsonov reportedly suffered a concussion Thursday while playing for his KHL team Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
Samsonov came on in relief of starting goalie Vasily Koshechkin, but a collision with a player from the opposing team ended his night early. When asked about the young netminder after the game, head coach Ilya Vorobyov told reporters that Samsonov had suffered a concussion as translated by Google Translate.
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Given the nature of concussions, it is obviously too early to know his long-term prognosis or what his timetable for a return may be. For the season, Samsonov registered a .912 save percentage and 2.78 GAA.
Metallurg ultimately lost the game 3-1 which spelled the end of Vorobyov's tenure as head coach. Interestingly enough, former Capital Viktor Kozlov now takes over as interim head coach after serving as an assistant coach for the team.
Barry Trotz is now the head coach of the New York Islanders, a team that missed the playoffs and just lost their franchise player. So how does next season look on Long Island?
In the long summer months, the Capitals Faceoff Podcast will take a look at some of the Caps' competition next season. In this episode, it's the New York Islanders. Brian Compton of NHL.com joins Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir to talk about what Trotz brings to Long Island and what's left to work with.
Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.
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Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced an overhauled in-game entertainment experience for the 2018-19 Wizards and Capitals seasons on Wednesday.
These changes include a new DJ stage, new permanent 3D on ice/on court projection system, along with new Wizards and Capitals entertainment squads, as Capital One Arena undergoes $40 million in renovations.
“We are committed to putting on the best show possible for every fan who comes to a game at Capital One Arena,” said MSE President of Business Operations Jim Van Stone. “So, as we upgrade the facilities at the Arena this summer, we are also upgrading all of our in-game entertainment to keep the experience fresh and on the cutting edge.”
“We’re excited about these new changes to our game entertainment experience,” said Hunter Lochmann, MSE Senior Vice President of Marketing. “We work hard to create the best, most engaging entertainment experience in professional sports and we hope fans love this new, revamped energy.”
Some of the other improvement announced were:
- Digital signage experience throughout the fully-renovated concourses that will pull fans into an exclusively all-Wizards or all-Capitals team experience each night highlighting player and team imagery on each concourse
- Sponsored quadrants in the Arena where fans will experience concourse takeovers and can expect special offers and giveaways from sponsors
- Olympia ice resurfacer bus: groups of fans will be able to take pre-game and intermission rides
- Award-winning, chef-inspired dining experience featuring options from premiere chefs David Chang, Cat Cora and Alex McCoy
- A transformed and modernized PwC Club offering some of the best sightlines in the Arena and new 100-level lounge, both featuring top-of-the-line comfort seating and exclusive food and beverage options so fans can gather in style during the games
- A new in-bowl broadcasting platform for NBC Sports Washington
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