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Philipp Grubauer may have moved on to Colorado but he's still having summer fun in the nation's capital

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Philipp Grubauer may have moved on to Colorado but he's still having summer fun in the nation's capital

Philipp Grubauer has had himself anything but an ordinary summer. After helping the Washington Capitals claim their first-ever Stanley Cup in June, the netminder was traded to the Colorado Avalanche as a restricted free agent penning a three-year deal worth $10 million. 

Just weeks after the trade, the 26-year-old spent his day with the Cup in his hometown of Rosenheim, Germany. 

Despite no longer being a Washingtonian, per say, Grubauer is still having fun in the nation's capital. 

The netminder showed the kid within, throwing on a pair of rollerblades to play pickup hockey in front of the White House Wednesdsay. 

It won't be long before Grubauer reports to training camp where he will have a chance to compete against Colorado's Semyon Varlamov for a slot that will award first-team reps between the pipes. 

Grubauer is coming off a season where he appeared in a career-high 35 games while posting a 2.35 GAA and .923 SV%.  

 

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Philipp Grubauer's day with the Cup is scheduled for August 13 in his hometown of Rosenheim, Germany

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Philipp Grubauer's day with the Cup is scheduled for August 13 in his hometown of Rosenheim, Germany

Capitals former netminder Philipp Grubauer has officially been scheduled for his day with the Stanley Cup slated for August 13. 

Last month, the Caps sent defenseman Brooks Orpik, 37, and goalie Philipp Grubauer, 26, to the Avalanche for a second-round pick, No. 47 overall, in the 2018 draft.

"This was a difficult move, but the one we felt we needed to make in order to give some flexibility moving forward,'' Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said following the decision. "Philipp has been a consummate professional and a great teammate and we wish him all the best. 

Grubauer's youth hockey team, the Starbulls Rosenheim, made the announcement Thursday. 

The 26-year-old began playing for the junior (U18) team in 2006 at the age of 15. During the 2007-08 season, Grubauer played 23 games with the Starbulls U18 team and five games with the senior club. 

In Washington, he was 15-10-3 in 35 games this season with a .923 save percentage and a 2.35 goals against average.

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Capitals deal Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik ahead of the draft

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Capitals deal Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik ahead of the draft

DALLAS—The Capitals have dealt backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer and veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik to Colorado for a second round pick, the team announced shortly before the NHL Draft kicked off Friday at American Airlines Center.

After the moves, the Caps had more than $21 million in space under the salary cap ceiling, according to www.capfriendly.com, and potentially enough room to accommodate new contracts for John Carlson and other key free agents.

GM Brian MacLellan was widely expected to deal Grubauer, a 26-year-old who wanted the opportunity to be a No. 1. As a restricted free agent with arbitration rights who was also coming off a strong season, Grubauer was due a significant raise.

“We would like to thank Brooks and Philipp for all of their contributions to our organization,” MacLellan said in a statement. “Philipp has been a consummate professional and a great teammate and we wish him all the best.”

Trading Orpik, on the other hand, was a bit unexpected, particularly considering how much the 37-year-old’s rugged play and leadership meant to the Caps during their run to the Stanley Cup.

By dealing Orpik, MacLellan shed his $5.5 million cap hit for next season—an important development given the Caps’ tight salary cap situation and the number of key players who need new contracts. Carlson, Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek are unrestricted free agents, while Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly, Travis Boyd and Madison Bowey are restricted free agents.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Avalanche are expected to help Orpik land a preferred spot, whether via trade or buyout. By taking on Orpik in the deal, Friedman reported, the Avs only had to give up one pick.

“Brooks,” MacLellan continued, “was a great leader and a tremendous role model for our young players in his four years with our organization. This was a difficult move, but the one we felt we needed to make in order to give some flexibility moving forward.”

Will moving out Grubauer and eliminating Orpik’s cap charge allow MacLellan to ink Carlson, who's set to become the top defenseman on the free agent market? That’s unclear, but it will sure help the Caps’ cause. Carlson is expected to command an extension in the eight-year, $8 million per neighborhood. 

Dealing Orpik also opens up a spot for a young and inexpensive defenseman such as Christian Djoos or Madison Bowey to take on a bigger role in 2018-19.

Without Grubauer, the Caps are likely to turn to Pheonix Copley, who is due to earn the NHL minimum of $650,000 next season, as their backup next season. And if Copley starts the year in Washington, that allows 2015 first round pick Ilya Samsonov to take the reins in Hershey.

The second round pick the Caps received in exchange for Grubauer and Orpik is the 47th overall selection.

MacLellan is expected to speak to reporters following the first round later Friday night. The Caps currently hold the 31st overall pick.

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