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Fishing on the Potomac: Waking Up!

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Fishing on the Potomac: Waking Up!

The river is cooling a bit and clearing too! Last weeks break in the heat and rain cooled the river, but hasnt made a muddy mess. Water temperatures around 80 in the early part of the day rising to about 85 as the week warms. Another moving bait week!

An early morning low tide and cloudy skies should make for an excellent topwater bite this week! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Typical July in DC! Highs in the low to mid 90s early in the week with afternoon thunderstorms a possibility. Cooling to upper 80s on Wednesday and Thursday under cloudy skies before the July pattern returns for Friday with the weekend looking good!

With low water early, topwaters like Lucky Crafts G-Splash and walkers like Lucky Crafts Gunfish worked over submerged wood and grass should produce. Try wake baits like Manns Waker tied to braid to snap this lure out of grass. Burn in clear water and slower in stained!

As the tide rises, and the topwater bite slows, Manns Baby 1-Minus in firetiger patterns on 16-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line and a KVD cranking rod will pick off aggressive fish. BlackBlue chatter jigs and Manns Stone jigs with a HardNose craw in the same patterns will run even deeper as high tide approaches in the afternoon. If there are clouds, moving lures will continue to produce.

During sunny afternoons with higher tides, dock fishing and pad edges are good targets for pitching Mizmo tubes, Texas rigged on a Mustad 30 Ultra Point tube hook. Soaking in Jacks Juice bait spray will get fish to hold on. Try swimming the tube in the pads and killing on the edges. GAMMA 16-pound test fluorocarbon line is best for the heavy cover.

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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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