As we move into day four of free agency, it should come as no surprise thatany report linked to the local NBA franchise involves a perimeter player. Notsure if part of the new Verizon Center signage plan involves a "3-pointshooters welcomed" message, but that is the apparent mantra even afterdrafting Bradley Beal.In this space on Tuesday, I wrote about the Wizardschecking in with Cartier Martin, Washington's leading 3-point shooter lastseason at 39 percent. Obstacles remain - interest from other teams and playingtime, for example - but there some believe there is a "good chance"the swingman returns.One potential roadblock not discussed, the Wizards adding other wingplayers. Another one of the Wizards' free agents, Roger Mason, remains an option.According to one report, the soon-to-be 32-year-old also remainsan option for the New Orleans Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder.Again, Mason makes logical sense since he offers accuracy from long range -38 percent from beyond the arc last season - and a veteran presence in anotherwise youthful backcourt. In addition, he comes with a cap-friendlycontract that would not demand excessive minutes.Showing interest in former Houston Rockets guard Courtney Lee, as reportedby Yahoo's Marc J. Spears, does not.Well, let me rephrase. The 26-year-old ranks higher on the overall freeagency list than Martin or Mason and is a solid option across the board and a40 percent shooter from 3-point territory. However, the Wizards are stocked atthe off-guard spot with Jordan Crawford and Beal. No point - none at all - in taking away playing time or growth opportunity from the emerging pair.Whereas roles for Martin andMason figure to be more precise, Lee averaged 30 minutes per game last seasonfor the Rockets, who withdrew their qualifying offer for the four-year veteranthis week.Based on money and potential minutes, Lee's best bets lay elsewhere. Interms of what the Wizards are building, so do theirs.
The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.
Who will that player be?
It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.
The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.
But what about the Caps?
Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.
Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?
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The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game.
Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.
Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.
It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...
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