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NHL Awards tracker: A sprint to the finish

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NHL Awards tracker: A sprint to the finish

A week by week look at where the race for the major individual NHL awards stands and which Caps could be in contention.

No more breaks, no more resets. The longest break the Caps have between games from no to the end of the season is three days. They will play the remaining 32 games of the season over a 65-day stretch. That leaves the team's possible award candidates with plenty of opportunities to make their case for some hardware.

Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:

John Carlson

In contention for: Norris

Only two defensemen among the NHL's top ten in points were not extended invites to the All-Star Game. Carslon, currently No. 3 with 40 points, was one of them.  While that and the fact that he ranks fifth in the NHL in time on ice per game was not good enough to get him to Tampa, it should be enough to at least warrant Norris consideration.

SEE THIS WEEK'S 2018 NHL AWARDS TRACKER HERE

Braden Holtby

In contention for: Vezina

Holtby is second in the NHL in wins with 26. His save percentage and GAA are not among the league's leaders, but considering he is playing behind a blue line with two rookies in the top six, the fact that he keeps winning is pretty impressive.

Alex Ovechkin

In contention for: Hart

Alex Ovechkin leads the league in goals with 30. Washington has scored 155 goals this season which means Ovechkin has contributed over 19-percent of his team's offense. That's higher than Nikita Kucherov, John Tavares and Auston Matthews. In fact, it is the highest percentage in the NHL.

Barry Trotz

In contention for: Jack Adams

Let's turn the clock back to before the season. No one knew what to expect from the Caps this season. Maybe they were a playoff team, maybe they weren't. The fact that Barry Trotz has coached this team to first place in the Metropolitan Division at this point, especially given the injuries the team faced earlier in the season, may be a bigger surprise than it would have been if the Caps were on the outside looking in at a playoff spot. So long as Vegas continues winning, Gerard Gallant is going to win this award, but a case can be made that this is Trotz's best season since coming to Washington.

Check out who the top candidates are for the league's major individual awards in this week's 2018 NHL Awards Tracker!

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

Defenseman Madison Bowey re-signed with the Capitals on Thursday, inking a two-year extension that will carry an average of $1 million.

Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.

The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.

Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.

With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)

Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.

Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.

Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to www.capfriendly.com.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

In the present, the Capitals are the Stanley Cup champions. But what does the future hold?

The voice of the Hershey Bears, Zack Fisch, joins JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir to talk all things prospects!

Who stood out at development camp? How will Pheonix Copley look as backup? Which Hershey prospects could push for a spot in the NHL? All that and more on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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