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Capitals have plenty to spend, but don't


Capitals have plenty to spend, but don't

The Capitals were incredibly quiet on the first day of NHL free agency Sunday, but that doesnt mean they wont be opening their wallets on Day 2.

One year after signing Roman Hamrlik, Joel Ward and Jeff Halpern on July 1, 2011, Capitals general manager George McPhee went the entire afternoon on Sunday without making a trade or a signing.

The biggest signings of the day came when forward Ray Whitney went to the Dallas Stars for two years and 9 million, and forward PA Parenteau signed with the Colorado Avalanche for four years and 16 million.

There were reports that Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter was close to signing with the Detroit Red Wings but that decision apparently will not be made until Monday. The same apparently goes for Devils forward Zach Parise, who reportedly was offered a 13-year contract in excess of 100 million.

With more than 20 million in salary cap space, the Capitals have enough money to sign Parise or Suter but are not believed to be in the running for either player.

There are a handful of unrestricted free agents still on the market if the Capitals are interested in acquiring a top six forward andor a defenseman.

Veteran forwards Shane Doan, Jiri Hudler and Jaromir Jagr remain unsigned, as well as veteran defensemen Matt Carle and Bryce Salvador.

But if Sundays market was any indication, all of those players will be getting lucrative offers after general managers have had a night to sleep on todays events.

As for former Capitals, it was a quiet day for Alexander Semin, Mike Knuble and Halpern, each of whom did not sign with any other NHL teams.

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!


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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan


Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

Say it ain't so.

Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.

Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.

Insert dramatic music.

"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.

Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.

Shame, shame.

The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.

"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.

A likely story.

Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.