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Oates, Caps staff to coach in Hershey

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Oates, Caps staff to coach in Hershey

As Braden Holtby and Dmitry Orlov joined their fellow Bears for the start of Hershey's training camp this weekend, they also joined a few familiar faces from Washington.

The Capitals announced today that head coach Adam Oates will co-coach the AHL affiliate this season with Bears head coach Mark French. Calle Johansson and Olie Kolzig will join the staff as well while NHL play remains suspended.

The call was made by Caps general manager George McPhee, who decided his staff would be best served offering their services in Hershey rather than riding out the lockout in Washington.

The Hershey reunion will also allow the coaches in the Capitals organization to synchronize their system. As Capitals senior writer Mike Vogel points out, the Caps utilized the same system at every level during Bruce Boudreau's four years in Washington but when Dale Hunter replaced Boudreau in November of 2011, bringing his own system with him, a disconnect resulted between the franchises.

We think its a great opportunity for all of our coaches in the organization to work together to learn the nuances of our system of play, McPhee told Vogel. We also think its a great opportunity for our NHL coaches to get to work with our young players and frankly to give them something to do. Theres no sense in them sitting in Washington when they could be active in Hershey.

As French and Oates work together through the lockout, Capitals assistant coaches Johansson, Tim Hunter and Blaine Forsythe will lend take their talents to both Hershey and the Caps' new ECHL affiliate in Reading.

We obviously think the learning environment will be that much improved, McPhee explained to Vogel. You dont have many opportunities to do this in our business. Were looking for the silver lining and trying to make the best of the situation.

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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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