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NHL would face big challenge getting players home

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NHL would face big challenge getting players home

If the NHL’s players and owners can come to agreement on a new CBA by Oct. 25, teams would open training camps on Oct. 26 and the regular season would begin on Nov. 2.

That’s a pretty ambitious proposal on the part of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. But is it feasible?
 
“I think it’s do-able,” Capitals forward Matt Hendricks said. “For the most part guys are staying in shape and staying on the ice as much as they can without burning out.

“They proposed the season would go until the end of June, so you’re adding a couple weeks, but in my opinion it’s similar to a few years ago [2010] when we had the Olympic break. We had a schedule that was packed a little more tightly.”

According to multiple reports, teams would begin their seasons following the same schedules they were given over the summer. That means the Capitals would open up at home against the Bruins on Friday, Nov. 2 and work the 10 October games they missed into the remainder of the schedule.

“It’s definitely do-able,” Caps forward Jay Beagle said. “We haven’t missed that much time. We want to play.”

The biggest problem facing teams would be getting all of their players back from overseas. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is playing in Russia, Brooks Laich is in Switzerland, Michal Neuvirth is in the Czech Republic and Marcus Johansson is in Sweden.

On Wednesday only six Capitals were on the ice at Kettler – Hendricks, Beagle, Nicklas Backstrom, Jason Chimera, Mike Green and John Carlson. Hendricks said all of them have been working out twice a week together under the supervision of a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym in Arlington.

As for getting his 18 teammates back together in less than 10 days, Hendricks said he’s taking a wait-and-see approach.

“There’s a lot of ground to cover before we can get to that,” he said.

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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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