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Burakovsky wants Caps 'bro-mance' to continue

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Burakovsky wants Caps 'bro-mance' to continue

While Brooks Laich and Alex Ovechkin were busy getting engaged to television stars and Russian models over the summer, Tom Wilson, Michael Latta and Andre Burakovsky were feeling a little lonely, unable to cultivate the bro-mance they started as roommates midway through last season.

With training camp upon us, the Capitals’ three fun-loving bachelors are back together, tweeting like high schoolers while attracting thousands of followers.

Combined, @Tom_Wilso (37.7K), @Latta17 (21.6K) and @andreburakovsky (14.6K) have nearly 74,000 Twitter followers who have been entertained by, among other things, Wilson and Burakovsky lip-synching “It Wasn’t Me” on Instagram, Burakovsky sharing a taco night photo from their apartment and Latta sharing Wilson’s obsession with the movie Titanic.

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Which brings us to this season. There are rumblings Latta, 24, Wilson, 21, and Burakovsky, 20, are considering a trial breakup, and while that news may not carry the same weight as Niall, Louis, Harry and Liam disassembling One Direction, it’s certainly been weighing on the mind of Burakovsky, who seems intent on staying with his “Brobeans.”

“I’m not sure what we’re going to do yet,” said Burakovsky, who lived with fellow Swede Nicklas Backstrom last season before moving in with Wilson and Latta said. “Sooner or later I have to find my own place.

“The only thing keeping me there is we have so much fun. We’re like brothers. We hang out all the time. We eat together, we watch movies, we do everything together. If I move it would be kind of tough to leave the guys.”

Burakovsky didn’t stop there.

“Our friendship is so huge,” he said. “It feels good to have someone around you all the time. When you live alone you have private time, but still you’re alone and by yourself and that’s the bad thing about it.

“Sooner or later I’ll have to find my own place. I can’t live with two roomies my whole life, but right now it’s fun and we’ll see if I stay around or not. We’ll take each day as it comes.”

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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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