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Caps re-sign restricted free agent Liam O'Brien

Caps re-sign restricted free agent Liam O'Brien

The Caps re-signed the organization's final restricted free agent on Friday afternoon, inking rugged left wing Liam O'Brien to a one-year extension.

The contract is a two-way deal that will pay O'Brien $650,000 in Washington and $85,000 in AHL Hershey. Last season, his salaries were $630,000/$70,000.

The 22-year-old appeared in one game for the Caps in 2016-17, skating 6:08 in a 4-1 win in Montreal on Jan. 9.

O'Brien had a career-year with the Bears, accumulating personal highs in goals (10) and assists (20) to go along with 117 penalty minutes, the third highest total on the team.

His call-up in January was a reward from the organization for his play in the minors. Through the Bears' first 28 games, he had already totaled 18 points--two more than he produced the previous season. 

"He deserved to come up," Caps Coach Barry Trotz told The Washington Post shortly after O'Brien's promotion. "He's been playing very well for probably the last eight weeks, and he has been a difference maker. You try to reward someone who's done very, very well, so it's just on merit."

The stint was O'Brien's second in the NHL. He spent 13 games with the Caps during the 2014-15 season, racking up a goal and an assist.

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Capitals vs. Blues preseason Game 5: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Capitals vs. Blues preseason Game 5: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

The Washington Capitals' preseason continues Tuesday night as they head to St. Louis to take on the Blues.

The Caps first preseason game vs. the Boston Bruins ended in a 1-2 shootout, followed by losses against the Bruins, Canadiens and Hurricanes respectively. 

The Stanley Cup champions will face the Blues once again on Sunday, September 30 at Capital One Arena before preparing to raise their championship banner during the season opener on Wednesday, October 3. 

Ahead of Tuesday's matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.

CAPITALS-BLUES PRESEASON GAME 5: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues

Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri

When: Tuesday, September, 25, 8:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Blues preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Blues preseason on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

CAPITALS-BLUES PRESEASON TV SCHEDULE: 

8:00 PM: NHL Preseason: Capitals @ St. Louis Blues (LIVE)
10:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)

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The Flyers' new mascot, Gritty, is here to haunt your dreams

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The Flyers' new mascot, Gritty, is here to haunt your dreams

On Monday morning, just a week shy of the official start to the 2018-19 NHL season, the Philadelphia Flyers triumphantly announced their new mascot and, full disclosure, it’s terrifying.

Meet Gritty.

The furry orange abomination is a cross between fabled Canadiens' (and Expos) mascot Youppi, The Muppet Show’s Animal, and something that would probably murder you in your sleep.

He’s named Gritty, because, according to the Flyers’ official webpage, is supposed to reflect the strength, tenacity, and raw passion of the team and their fanbase.

His portly figure and bouncy, gyrating hips are not the problem. In fact, watching him move is kind of delightful.

No, the real problem here is his eyes. Those oddly realistic googly eyes,  following his every movement and hip circle ike a car accident you just can’t look away from. His mouth, always agape, is the icing on the nightmare fuel cake..

Hockey fans online went into a tizzy after the reveal. Monday's primary activity was to lay into the Flyers' new mascot with heavy heat.

Despite their divisional rivalry, the Caps’ own loveable eagle Slapshot welcomed Gritty to the family in a very diplomatic manner. 

Other teams in the Metropolitan division, namely the Pittsburgh Penguins however, were not so kind.

According to his official bio, “recent construction at the Wells Fargo Center disturbed [Gritty’s] secret hideout forcing him to show his face publicly for the first time.” We think this is supposed to be charming and mysterious in the same way that everyone describes Bigfoot, but it mostly works at convincing us to head for the hills. 

You can also book him for event appearances. We’d recommend him as a supportive presence at divorce hearings, or as the featured guest at your horrible cousin’s wedding.

It’s worth noting that other Metropolitan teams are not without mascot sins. In 2011, the Columbus Blue Jackets had a NSFW cannon named Boomer, who barely survived half a season before being retired. 

Thankfully, Caps fans only have to handle Slapshot's themed costumes for special events this season.

Philly, we’re happy for you, but you can keep Gritty within city limits.

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