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Joe Beninati recognized by local Emmy chapter as the Board of Governors Award Honoree

Joe Beninati recognized by local Emmy chapter as the Board of Governors Award Honoree

To many, the voice of Joe Beninati is synonymous with the Capitals. He is truly one of the best of the business and it's not just me who thinks so. The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS-NCCB) announced Wednesday that Beninati will receive the 2020 Board of Governors Award.

Beninati will receive the award at the Emmy Awards Gala on Aug. 8.

"The Board of Governors Award reaches beyond those usually awarded for television news and production by recognizing achievements by individuals, organizations or companies in community service or other worthwhile endeavors within the National Capital Chesapeake Bay's region," a statement from the NATAS-NCCB read. "Historically, the Board of Governors Award is presented for truly outstanding achievement and unique accomplishment of some duration and durability."

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In his 25-year-tenure as the Caps' play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports Washington, Beninati has won 14 NATAS-NCCB Emmy Awards. Along with color analyst Craig Laughlin, the duo is the only television team many Caps fans have ever known.

“Joe Beninati makes an impact well outside of his role as an announcer,” said Chapter President, Jason Gittlen via the statement. “He has become a leading advocate and representative for the Capitals and NBC Sports Washington in the community, helping build the sport of hockey and giving back to those in need through his support of countless causes and events. Joe is also a selfless colleague and mentor to many, helping guide rising professionals through the ranks and providing advice to those looking to break into the field."

The last part of that quote is absolutely true. Beninati is a pleasure to work with and the award is well-deserved.

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John Carlson seen on his phone in the stands during Capitals-Lightning matchup

John Carlson seen on his phone in the stands during Capitals-Lightning matchup

While Capitals defenseman John Carlson couldn’t be on the ice for Monday’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he was spotted in the stands at Scotiabank Area, supporting his team –– even though he was caught taking a little break from the action to check his phone.

During the Caps’ first game back from the coronavirus break, Carlson was seen on the game’s broadcast as one of the lucky few allowed in the stands to watch the Capitals return. 

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After an awkward fall during the exhibition matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes last Wednesday, Carlson left the game in the third period with an injury. While GM Brian MacLellan believed it was minor and would not have an effect on his ability to play in games, especially after he returned to the ice for practice on Saturday, Carlson did not play in Monday’s matchup. 

Instead, he got to sit back and watch his team begin their road to the Stanley Cup. He was spotted with his phone in hand, and of course, fans took to Twitter to respond to the meme-worthy moment.

Even if Carlson couldn’t be helping his team on the ice today, he still deserves some praise for helping the country by wearing his mask throughout the game. 

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Capitals won't discuss contract extension with Alex Ovechkin until after playoffs

Capitals won't discuss contract extension with Alex Ovechkin until after playoffs

Alex Ovechkin was always going to be eligible for a contract extension on July 13, but current circumstances have created an unprecedented situation. 

The Capitals will begin Round Robin play Monday and if everything goes well, will play into late September. Until the playoffs conclude, the team won't be discussing an extension with their franchise player. 

"We're waiting until after the playoffs to see how everything pans out here," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said, per NHL.com's Tracey Myers. "I think it's constantly been changing the whole year. I don't think anybody could have predicted. We're going to wait and assess where we're at at the end of the year and make decisions then."

This echoes Ovechkin's sentiments on the day he became eligible for a new deal, where he said was "not even thinking" about it. 

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It doesn't appear Ovechkin's future with the team is in jeopardy, as neither side has shown any intentions of not coming together on a deal. It just seems like a timing issue during a year where everything was thrown off completely by a global pandemic. 

There's also an issue fo the salary cap. If Ovechkin wants a long-term deal for big money, the flat cap will make it difficult for the Caps to realistically make that happen. Of course, you make things work for a player of Ovechkin's caliber, but the challenges still remain. 

For now though, Ovechkin and the Caps as a whole can focus on winning another Stanley Cup. They can talk money later. 

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