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John Carlson not the only Cap ruled out for Bruins game

John Carlson not the only Cap ruled out for Bruins game

John Carlson and Brett Connolly are not traveling with the Capitals to Boston for Saturday’s game, Coach Barry Trotz said following practice at Kettler Iceplex on Friday.

Carlson has missed the past two contests with a lower body injury and did not practice Friday.

Connolly, meantime, came down with an illness on Thursday. The third line winger also did not practice Friday.

“They’re day-to-day,” Trotz said.

Trotz added that Carlson is questionable for Sunday’s season finale against Florida, while Connolly is likely to play vs. the Panthers at Verizon Center.

Otherwise, the Caps are healthy and Trotz expects everyone to suit up in Boston. Trotz said he even expects to get eighth defenseman Taylor Chorney into his first game since Feb. 25.

Trotz also said spare forward Paul Carey will replace Connolly in Boston.

It’ll be Carey’s first game in the NHL since March 2—and it’ll come in his home state of Massachusetts.

“Carey will go in and it’s the first time he’s played in the Boston Gardens, and he’s from that area,” Trotz said. “His mom and dad will be at the game. I told him to call the family [but] it’s going to cost him a little bit [for tickets].”

Boston will be shorthanded, as well. Leading scorer Brad Marchand will sit out the second game of a two-game suspension while defenseman Torey Krug is out with a lower body. 

The Bruins also announced that backup goalie Anton Khudobin will get the start.  

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It's early, but John Carlson is easily living up to his new contract

It's early, but John Carlson is easily living up to his new contract

Whenever a player has a career year in the last year of his contract, there is always some trepidation the next season. Was he really worth all those years or all that money that come with his new deal or did he just cash in on one great season?

John Carlson got the big contract and now is silencing all the doubters with his outstanding play.

Carlson scored his fifth goal of the season Monday as he chipped in a great feed from Jakub Vrana past Vancouver Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson.

On the final year of his deal in 2017-18, Carlson was brilliant with 15 goals, 53 assists and 68 points, all of which were career highs.

It’s rare to see a bonafide No. 1 defenseman hit the open market, meaning there would have been plenty of teams lining up to pay him the big bucks. The Caps never let it get that far and they re-signed Carlson to an eight-year deal worth $64 million before free agency opened. His $8 million cap hit ties him for second among all defensemen.

That’s a whole lot of money to spend on a player whose previous career high was 55 points. Carlson would not have been the first player to regress in the first year after signing a big deal and he certainly would not be the last.

For now, however, he looks like he is worth every penny.

Carlson’s 68 points last season led all defensemen and he looks like he’s on pace to shatter those numbers. His goal Monday was his 11th point on the season. It took him 15 goals to reach that mark last season and 43 games to reach five goals.

Despite a career year, Carlson was not invited to the All-Star Game, he was not a finalist for the Norris Trophy and he was not named a first or second-team All-Star at season’s end. At his current rate of play, however, he will be impossible to ignore. 

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With Caps in Vancouver, Jay Beagle receives his ring

With Caps in Vancouver, Jay Beagle receives his ring

On June 7 in Las Vegas, Jay Beagle was in a Capitals uniform as they hoisted their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Three weeks later, the 33-year-old signed a four-year, $12-million contract with the Vancouver Canucks

The Capitals begin a four-game, Canadian road trip this evening in Vancouver. Beagle did not attend the Capitals ring ceremony at the Palm three weeks ago so the Caps awarded Beagle with his ring today.

Each ring contains 252 diamonds, 35 rubies and one sapphire. Beagle was impressed but isn't sure how much use the ring will get.

“Not sure I’ll wear it again. It’s like wearing my truck.”

Jay Beagle will not be on the ice tonight against his former team. Beagle broke his forearm when he blocked a shot against the Florida Panthers on October 13th. Beagle is expected to be sidelined for another five weeks.

Despite the injury, it has still been a great week for Beagle. 

A shiny, new ring AND a baby girl. Not too shabby.

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