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MacLellan: Connolly remains in Caps' plans despite postseason benching

MacLellan: Connolly remains in Caps' plans despite postseason benching

Although Brett Connolly didn’t see the ice much in the playoffs, it sounds like the Capitals are very interested in re-signing the winger.

Capitals GM Brian MacLellan confirmed on Tuesday that the team has already engaged in substantive discussions with Connolly’s agent.

“We have his rights,” MacLellan said. “We’ve talked a couple of times about contract with his representative. We’ve been close a couple times.”

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MacLellan indicated that he envisions Connolly’s role in 2017-18 to be similar to the one he played this season—on either side of the third or fourth forward lines.

Connolly, who was signed to a one-year, $850,000 contract last summer, had a career year this winter, amassing 15 goals and 8 assists in 66 games. The 25-year-old overcame a slow start and became an integral part of the Caps’ third line in the second half of the season.

In the playoffs, though, Connolly did not record a point against Toronto, then did not see the ice after Game 1 of the Pittsburgh series.

“I’d like to have him back,” MacLellan said. “He’s a young guy who still has some upside. I thought he had a very good year this year.”

Connolly said recently that he wants to return to Washington and believes he can build on the breakout campaign he enjoyed this past season.

“Again, I’d love to be back,” he said. “I thought it was a good fit, and I feel that I can take the next step with this organization and be a better player next year than I was this year.”

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Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan finally got his day. 

Over the weekend, MacLellan played host to the Stanley Cup, taking it home to his offseason house in Minnesota. 

MacLellan brought the Cup to Powderhorn Park, where a youth hockey tournament was being put on by the Herb Brooks Foundation. 

MacLellean talked with local media about the experience:

"It's a fun day, a fun day to see people react to the Cup," MacLellan told FOX 9 TV. "You know, it brings a lot of smiles to people's faces, people that sometimes don't get a chance to get close to it are getting an opportunity and it's fun to watch them enjoy it."

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This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat

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This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat

Since the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time over one month ago, Caps fans, (and players), have rushed to their local tattoo parlor to get some ink commemorating the win.

We've seen the classic Capitals logo with the Stanley Cup, but nothing that comes close to the masterpiece that is Shane Peacher's tattoo.

Peacher tweeted to Joe B and Courtney Laughlin the finished tat: a work of art featuring Alex Ovechkin kissing the Stanley Cup for the first time as it's hoisted over his head.

Joe B replied making sure Shane had enough room on his other tricep for next year.

Shane replied that he's thinking of Evgeny Kuznetsov's iconic celebration that has since been dubbed the "birdman."

Shane got his Caps tattoo at the Helix Tattoo Lodge in Rising Sun, Maryland, by tattoo artist, Justin Holcombe.

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