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Caps send defenseman to Hershey, await 10 more cuts

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Caps send defenseman to Hershey, await 10 more cuts

Barry Trotz says he likes everything about defenseman Madison Bowey and his potential to be a top-four blue liner in the NHL. But that didn’t stop the 20-year-old defenseman from being one of four players assigned to the Hershey Bears on Tuesday.

Bowey, taken by the Caps with the 53rd pick of the 2013 draft, joined forwards Carter Camper, Chris Bourque and Paul Carey on the list of players assigned to the Bears.

'Having Madison Bowey as a seventh defenseman wouldn't make a whole lot of sense," Trotz said. "For me, Madison's got to be in your top six or he's better off in Hershey playing."

The Caps now have 19 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goalies remaining on their training camp roster. Trotz said he would like to go into the season with 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies. Rosters must be submitted to the NHL one week from today.

Among the forwards battling for one roster spot are Derek Roy, Chris Brown, Sean Collins, Liam O’Brien, Zach Sill, Chandler Stephenson and Stan Galiev.

On the blue line, Ryan Stanton, Aaron Ness, Taylor Chorney and Connor Carrick remain in the hunt for the role of seventh defenseman.

Goaltenders Justin Peters and Philipp Grubauer remain in contention for the role of backup to Braden Holtby, but barring injury, Peters is expected to be assigned to Hershey since Grubauer almost definitely would be claimed if placed on waivers. 

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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