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Citi Open: Andy Murray headlines 2015 field

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Citi Open: Andy Murray headlines 2015 field

Two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray and 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard headline the field for the 2015 Citi Open. 

Murray, No. 3 in the world, is the first top-4 player in the annual event since 2003. Other notables in the men's field include No. 5 and 2014 U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori; 2014 U.S. Open winner and World No. 9 Marin Cilic; and World No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov. American John Isner is among the eight top 20 players in the men's field.  

Others committed to 47th tournament include former Washington champions Lleyton Hewitt (2004) and Alexandr Dolgopolov (2012); Americans Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Tim Smyczek and Donald Young.

In the women’s field, former World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka makes her Washington debut. Current World No. 8 Ekaterina Makarova and No. 12 Bouchard have also committed to play along with Sloane Stephens and Taylor Townsend.  

Mike and Bob Bryan, World No. 1 men’s doubles champions, who have compiled a record 106 titles, are part of the doubles field. 

The Citi Open is scheduled for August 1-9, 2015 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. 

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

DALLAS—The Caps are “really close” to signing star defenseman John Carlson to a long-term extension, GM Brian MacLellan said Friday night.

“We’re getting closer,” MacLellan said following the first round of the NHL Draft. “Hopefully we can get it done here over the next few days. We’re really close.”

Earlier in the day, the Caps cleared significant space under the salary cap ceiling by trading Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to Colorado for a second round draft pick (47th overall). 

That space will now be used to lock up Carlson, who could become the best defenseman on the open market if he were to reach it.

MacLellan met with Carlson’s agent, Rick Curran, here on Thursday night.

MacLellan did not divulge any figures, but it’s expected that Carlson’s new contract could come in at eight years and $8 million per—or perhaps a bit more. 

He earned $4 million last season.

Carlson had a career year in 2017-18 and was critical during the Caps' run to the Stanley Cup. He led all defensemen in the regular season with 68 points (15 goals, 53 assists). The 28-year-old also skated a career-high 24:47 per game.

MacLellan has long said that re-signing Carlson was the Caps’ top priority this offseason. And now it looks like that could happen within days, assuming the talks do not hit any snags.

“We’re going to do our best to sign John,” MacLellan said. “We’ve said it all along. We waited until the end of the year. We’ve had discussions. We’re close and hopefully we can close the deal here over the next 24 hours.”

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Capitals go to the WHL again, select defenseman Alex Alexeyev with first-round pick

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Capitals go to the WHL again, select defenseman Alex Alexeyev with first-round pick

The last time the Washington Capitals had a first-round draft pick, they selected a WHL defenseman. They did not go off script on Friday.

With the last pick of the first round, selecting for the first time as defending Stanley Cup champions, the Capitals selected Alexander Alexeyev, a left-shooting, two-way defenseman from St. Petersburg.

Alexeyev, 18, certainly boasts NHL size at 6' 4", 196 pounds. He currently plays for Red Deer in the WHL, a junior league that has become a major pipeline for the Capitals. In his second season with Red Deer, he tallied 37 points in 45 games.

The NHL Central Scouting's rankings list Alexeyev as the 22nd best North American skater of the draft. TSN projects him to be a top-four, two-way defenseman.

Analyst Craig Button described Alexeyev as a "Smart, effective defenceman who moves the puck, plays with a calm and doesn't make things complicated for himself."

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