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Green, Carlson close to signing new deals

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Green, Carlson close to signing new deals

As of Saturday the Capitals had more than 16 million in salary cap space. By the end of the weekend they may have a lot less.

The deadline for restricted fee agents to accept NHL qualifying offers is Sunday and according to general manager George McPhee, defensemen Mike Green and John Carlson are close to being re-signed.

When youre negotiating in good faith and trying to get it done, I dont think anybody is trying to squeeze anybody on the other side, McPhee said. In some ways, Sunday is an artificial deadline.

In other words, if Sundays deadline passes negotiations can continue.

I think we had healthy discussions with both players and there are deals to be made there. I dont expect Sunday to be a big day. Its something that will get done sooner than later. They will be deals they can live with and we can live with.

Green, 26, recently completed a four-year, 21 million contract that carried a 5.25 million cap hit. Injuries have limited him to just 81 of a possible 164 games the past two seasons, which could drop his earning power below last years numbers.

Carlson, 22, is coming off a three-year, entry level contract that paid him 2.625 million and carried a cap hit of 845,833. He played in all 82 games the past two seasons, totaling 16 goals and 53 assists.

As a potential top two defenseman, Carlson will receive a big raise in his new deal, possibly setting the stage for Karl Alzner, who becomes a restricted free agent after next season.

Were talking and I think theres a deal to be made there, McPhee said. Hopefully, we can iron it out today or tomorrow.

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!

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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

Say it ain't so.

Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.

Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.

Insert dramatic music.

"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.

Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.

Shame, shame.

The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.

"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.

A likely story.

Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.

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