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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Alex Ovechkin’s son Sergei turned one this week. And the celebration? According to Ovi’s wife’s Instagram, it was a success:
The caption translates to 'Happy birthday, our beloved boy! Grow healthy and the happiest!'
In typical Ovechkin fashion, a simple celebration just won't suffice, so the Caps' star made sure to make it a day to remember.
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Former Capitals defensive prospect Chase Priskie has agreed to terms with Metropolitan Division rival Carolina Hurricanes, the team announced.
Priskie was a sixth-round draft pick of the Capitals in 2016. Despite being a late-round pick, Priskie developed into one of the top college defensemen in the country at Quinnipiac and was named one of the top 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as the top college player in 2018-19.
"Chase was one of the best defensemen in college hockey last season," Carolina general manager Don Waddell said via a statement. "We believe he has a bright future in the NHL, and we're thrilled that he has chosen to come to Carolina."
The move is a blow for Washington. While the team has an abundance of left-shot defensemen, Priskie is a right-shot. Finding such a valuable player with a sixth-round draft pick was a coup for the Caps and its scouting staff...or at least would have been had the team been able to keep him.
“My dream is to play in the NHL and I feel like I've given myself every advantage to achieve that goal,” Priskie told NBC Sports Washington in March. “I think with the right motivation this summer, having a good summer, good training, I'm going to go into training camp and try to earn a roster spot.”
Priskie informed the Caps that he intended to become a free agent on Aug. 15.
Priskie joins a crowded blue line in Carolina as defense was certainly one of the team’s strengths last season. There is room in just about any NHL roster, however, for a right-shot puck-moving defenseman. If Priskie pans out the way he is expected to, he will be playing in the NHL, and against the Caps, sooner rather than later.
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