The NHL coaches either hold the Caps in high regard or they are just trolling the fanbase. TSN polled 25 of the league's 30 head coaches and Washington is the clear frontrunner to win the Eastern Conference and hoist the Cup this season.
When asked who would win the Cup, Washington received 10 votes. Right behind them was the Pittsburgh Penguins at 8, Bruce Boudreau's Minnesota at 3 and Chicago at 2.
The Caps' margin for the conference is much wider as they received 15 votes to win the East, well ahead of Pittsburgh's 8.
Not surprisingly, Sideny Crosby (16 votes) and Connor McDavid (7 votes) are the clear runaway choices as the best players in the NHL, but the only other players to receive votes were Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom who each earned one vote apiece.
Braden Holtby also received two votes as the league's best goalie, tying him for third with Carey Price. Sergei Bobrovsky led the way with 14 votes followed by Devan Dubnyk with 7.
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Defenseman Madison Bowey re-signed with the Capitals on Thursday, inking a two-year extension that will carry an average of $1 million.
Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.
The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.
Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.
With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)
Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.
Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.
Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to CapFriendly.
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