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Caps pay tribute to Nicklas Backstrom for his 500th assist

Caps pay tribute to Nicklas Backstrom for his 500th assist

The Capitals held a ceremony prior to Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers to honor Nicklas Backstrom for his 500th NHL assist. Backstrom recorded the assist on Jan. 7 in Ottawa becoming the first player in franchise history to hit that mark.

The ceremony began with a video tribute that included messages from several teammates congratulating Backstrom on the achievement.

Ted Leonsis then came onto the ice, along with Backstrom's fiancee and two children, and presented the Caps center with a golden stick.

Backstrom currently leads the Caps in points with 40 on the season, including 28 assists. Coming into Sunday's game, he is enjoying a five-game point streak in which he has registered ten points.

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Capitals reveal vintage look for their third jersey in 2018-19 NHL season

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Capitals reveal vintage look for their third jersey in 2018-19 NHL season

The Capitals have really taken the philosophy of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” to heart this season.

First, they returned almost their entire roster from last year’s championship run. Now, they’re bringing back a classic look.

The Capitals revealed their third jersey for the season on Monday, and it should look very familiar:

The NHL made the switch to Adidas as its jersey manufacturer prior to the 2017-18 season. Because of the move, the league announced there would be no third jerseys that first season to allow Adidas to keep up with demands. Now in the second season with Adidas, however, the third jerseys are back.

A number of teams have already released alternate looks for the upcoming season ranging from glorious to hideously bland. Washington decided to stick with their vintage look going with their original red jersey, a look the team used as its alternate prior to the switch to Adidas.

The decision is a smart one considering the original red jersey is the best look this team has sported in its history.

If you’re not a fan, however, or if you’re someone who looks forward to new jerseys, first your opinion on jerseys is invalid because the classic red is glorious. Second, just remember that it could always be worse.

No, seriously, it could be much worse.

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Capitals sign first round draft pick Alex Alexeyev to entry-level contract

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Capitals sign first round draft pick Alex Alexeyev to entry-level contract

After an impressive first NHL training camp, Alex Alexeyev has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Capitals. Alexeyev took to social media to make the announcement.

Alexeyev, 18, was Washington’s first round draft pick in the 2018 draft. He was among the first round of cuts from the training camp roster, but it was not because of his play. The team was pleased with how he performed as evidenced by the new contract.

“[Alexeyev] continues to show his ability to play in a number of different ways,” head coach Todd Reirden said after Alexeyev’s lone preseason appearance. “Just really some high skill plays in tight areas where he’s executing passes that normally guys at that size and that age probably don’t do as defensemen.”

Alexeyev was returned to his junior team, the Red Deer Rebels, for the start of the season. This will be his third season in the WHL. Last year, he recorded seven goals and 30 assists to lead the team’s defensemen in points (37). Now two games into the new season, the Russian blue liner has already recorded two goals.

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