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Madison Bowey's contract is why he is headed to Hershey, not his play

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Madison Bowey's contract is why he is headed to Hershey, not his play

Madison Bowey has been re-assigned to the Hershey Bears, the Capitals announced Tuesday. Bowey has not played since Feb. 20 after Washington's blue line suddenly became rather crowded with the additions of Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek.

Bowey, 22, has played in 51 games this season after making his NHL debut on Oct. 26. He has tallied 12 assists, ranking eighth among rookie defensemen.

Washington has struggled to move the puck out of their own zone this season and having two rookie defensemen in the top-six was a harrowing prospect for the playoffs. To address that, the Capitals acquired Kempny and Jerabek.

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Since then, Bowey has been the odd-man out.

While the move from NHL to the AHL is easy to think of as a "demotion," Bowey's contract likely had more to do with his being sent to Hershey than his play.

With spots on the blue line open in training camp, Bowey established himself as one of the team's top six players. Yet, he began the season in Hershey. The reason why was because Bowey, unlike fellow rookie Christian Djoos, is waivers exempt. He was recalled after an injury to Matt Niskanen and has been with the Caps ever since except for some paper transactions to Hershey for cap reasons.

Bowey has had his share of mistakes this season, but overall has played well for a rookie. The team's confidence in him was reflected with the waiving of Taylor Chorney after trading for Kempny. Rather than send Bowey to Hershey, risk-free, the Capitals opted to place Chorney on waivers where he was claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Losing Chorney brought the number of defensemen on the roster down to seven. Now with eight again after the addition of Jerabek, it makes sense to send Bowey to Hershey where he can get playing time. That's not an option for Djoos who, again, would have to clear waivers.

It would not be a surprise to see Bowey back on the roster before the playoffs, especially given that Hershey seems unlikely to reach the postseason in the AHL.

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

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 announces major improvements for in-game experience at Capitals and Wizards games

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Monumental announces major improvements for in-game experience at Capitals and Wizards games

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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