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Caps sign Wolski to one-year deal

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Caps sign Wolski to one-year deal

The Capitals have signed left wing Wojtek Wolski to a one-year contract worth a reported 600,000.

Wolski, 26, recorded 12 points four goals, eight assists in 31 games with the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers in 2011-12.

He was acquired by Florida on Feb. 25, 2012, from New York in exchange for defenseman Mike Vernace and a third-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. In addition Wolski appeared in six games with Connecticut of the American
Hockey League AHL, tallying three goals and two assists.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound forward has collected 258 points (95 goals, 163 assists) and is a plus-16 in 424 career NHL games with Colorado, Phoenix, the New York Rangers and Florida.

Wolski was originally drafted by Colorado in the first round 21st overall of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Four current Capitals were drafted in the first round of the 2004 draft (Alex Ovechkin, Wolski, Jeff Schultz and Mike Green) and Wolski ranks tied for sixth in scoring among his 2004 draft class.

He registered career highs in goals 23, assists 42 points 65 and games played (80) and tallied four goals and one assist in seven playoff games during the 2009-10 season with Colorado and Phoenix. In 29 career playoff games Wolski has recorded eight goals and nine assists.

The Zabrze, Poland, native participated in the 2007 NHL YoungStars game with fellow Capitals Mike Green. He was named to the Ontario Hockey Leagues First All-Star Team in 2004 and in 2006 won the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHLs most outstanding player, as well as the William Hanley Trophy as the OHLs most sportsmanlike player. He was also named to the OHLs Second All-Star Team in 2006, his final season with Brampton.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!

After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.

Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.

But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.

Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

[D.C. sports and Second Rounds, I know right?]

Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.

While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.

In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020. 

Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short. 

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