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Hendricks eager to work with Oates

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Hendricks eager to work with Oates

By Ben Raby
CSNwashington.com

STE CATHERINES, ONTARIO Matt Hendricks served as a guest instructor last week at Bruce Boudreaus Golden Horseshoe Hockey School in Southern Ontario, fulfilling a commitment he had made to his former head coach nearly a year in advance.

But as Hendricks shared laughs and reminisced with Boudreau- who coached him both in Hershey and Washington- the Capitals forward also looked forward to working with the Caps newest bench boss, Adam Oates.

Im excited and Ive heard great things about him from a players standpoint, Hendricks told CSNWashington.com after an on-ice session with about 25 campers.

Former New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise told me this summer at a charity game in Minnesota that Oates was a lot of fun to work with Hes a knowledgeable hockey guy and hes always coming up with new things to throw at players that most coaches wouldnt even think to look for. He did a phenomenal job with New Jerseys power play and thats something we need to work on as well.

Hendricks, Jay Beagle and former Caps forward Keith Aucoin all saw their ice time and responsibilities shoot up considerably under head coach Dale Hunter last season, but Hendricks says hes eager to begin working with Oates.

His playing career was obviously outstanding, and his coaching career has been good too- he was with a good Tampa Bay team in 2009-10 and now hes with a New Jersey team that goes to the Stanley Cup Final so hes coming here, not with a whole lot of years, but hes been in a lot of places and seen a lot of things at the coaching level already.

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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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