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Players' counter offer could save season or kill it

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Players' counter offer could save season or kill it

When the NHL released to the media full details of its 50-50 proposal to save an 82-game season, there was more to it than simply setting the record straight.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman also wanted to drum up some public support.

“That’s all it’s about right now,” Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer told CSNChicago. “We feel they want to get more media on their side.

“We feel it’s been pretty one-sided. We’ve been logical, telling the truth, making sure all our information is disclosed. That’s why everyone’s been able to relate very well to the players’ position.

“[The owners] making this move is a media ploy, but hopefully it’s a very good starting point on negotiations in the next couple weeks.”

Although both sides said earlier they would not negotiate publicly, it will be interesting to see if the NHLPA releases to the public its counter proposal to the NHL, expected later today in Toronto.

The nature of that counter-proposal could determine if there is a 2012-13 hockey season. The NHL has made three proposals so far, moving the players’ share of league revenue from 43 percent to 47 percent to 50 percent.

Each time, the players’ union has responded by adjusting its own counter-proposal, which is structured very differently from the NHL’s and does not call for immediate rollbacks. If NHLPA executive director Don Fehr makes a counter directly off Wednesday’s proposal by the owners, a season can be saved.

If he goes back and makes adjustments to the players’ first two proposals, there’s a good chance the entire regular season is placed in jeopardy.
 
“We need to be cautiously optimistic,” Capitals left wing Jason Chimera said. “We don’t want to get in a PR battle. We need to do what’s right.

“We came up with some pretty creative ways to do things before. Hopefully, it’s a good step in the process. We want to play 82 games. If we can do that, the PA is going to do everything in its power to do that.”

Brouwer shares the opinion of most NHL players – that a season can be saved if the owners and players can find some common ground on each of their proposals. And so far, there hasn’t been much of that.

The players simply do not want to place 12.3 percent of their 2012-13 salaries in escrow and hope the NHL’s profits exceed the $3.3 billion of last year. If league revenue stayed the same this season the players would not see any of that 12.3 percent.

“The league was wanting us to make a counter proposal on what they proposed,” Brouwer said. “But when you don’t agree with what they’re proposing, it’s tough to make a counter proposal in their terms.

“We’ve been making proposals all along. The league keeps saying we’re not making new proposals, but every time they [make one] they’re just a different philosophy.

“Apparently, they’re not recognizing our proposals as proposals. So it’s tough to talk to guys when they’re not recognizing what you’re trying to do.

“This is a real good starting point where both sides have a deadline we believe is possible to reach. But there are a few hidden gems you have to break down to understand and a few things we can’t quite accept yet. But they’re on the way.”


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NHL Stanley Cup Final 2018: Capitals vs. Golden Knights full schedule announced, date, time, TV channel, how to watch

NHL Stanley Cup Final 2018: Capitals vs. Golden Knights full schedule announced, date, time, TV channel, how to watch

The Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights are the only two hockey teams left standing and will meet to decide the 2017-18 NHL Stanley Cup champion.

The Capitals advanced to the Stanley Cup FInal for the first time since 1998, thanks to a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Golden Knights, in their inaugural season, shocked the NHL world, defeating the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets to become the first team in major American professional sports history to reach the championship game in the franchise's first season.

The Capitals and Golden Knights met twice during the regular season, with Vegas coming out on top in both games. The Golden Knights blanked the Caps 3-0 in the Caps' first trip to Sin City, and bested the Caps 4-3 at Capital One Arena on Feb. 4.

Game 1 of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and Golden Knights takes place on Monday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC and is available to be streamed online by using the NBC Sports App.

NBC Sports Washington will broadcast pre- and postgame coverage of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Capitals and Golden Knights,  with Caps FaceOff and Caps GameTime preceding Capitals vs. Golden Knights puck drop and Caps Extra and Caps OverTime following the end of each game. 

2018 STANLEY CUP FINAL HOW TO WATCH

Game 1: Capitals at Golden Knights
Date: Monday, May 28
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
TV Channel: NBC 
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 2: Capitals at Golden Knights
Date: Wednesday, May 30
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
TV Channel: NBCSN
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 3: Golden Knights at Capitals
Date: Saturday, June 2
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Capital One Arena. Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBCSN
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 4: Golden Knights at Capitals
Date: Monday, June 4
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Capital One Arena. Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBC 
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 5 (If Necessary): Capitals at Golden Knights
Date: Thursday, June 7
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
TV Channel: NBC 
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 6 (If Necessary): Golden Knights at Capitals
Date: Sunday, June 10
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Capital One Arena. Washington, D.C.
TV Channel: NBC 
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)

Game 7 (If Necessary): Capitals at Golden Knights
Date: Wednesday, June 13
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
TV Channel: NBC 
How To Watch Live StreamingNBC Sports App Live Stream
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan)
 

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Alex Ovechkin scored the goal that sent the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Final

Alex Ovechkin scored the goal that sent the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Final

On June 4, 1998, Joe Juneau scored the biggest goal in the history of the Washington Capitals.

In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, Juneau attacked the crease and shot in a rebound past a helpless Dominik Hasek in overtime to defeat the Buffalo Sabres and win the Eastern Conference.

That goal sent the Capitals to its first and, before 2018, only Stanley Cup Final.

Alex Ovechkin’s name was already etched in the history books for the Capitals several times over, but on Wednesday he added it again with the biggest goal of his career. His goal in Game 7 stood as the game-winner meaning it was the goal that sent the Capitals to their second Cup Final.

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It did not come in overtime and was not quite as dramatic as Juneau’s. In fact, no one knew the significance of the goal at the time. It came just 62 seconds into the contest. It was a significant goal, but no one realized right away that it would be an historic one.

How fitting is it that Ovechkin scored the game-winner? Ovechkin -  who this team was built around - who reignited the franchise and built Washington into a hockey city. After all the criticism over the years, all the talk about how he can’t win, all talk about how the team should take away the C and all the talk about how the Caps should trade him and start over, this goal was not just a moment of history, but one of vindication.

When we look back on Ovechkin’s career, at all the individual awards and accomplishments, this one single goal will stand above the rest. This was the biggest game of his career and he scored the biggest goal of his career just 62 seconds in.

There’s one way he can top that: lead the Caps past Vegas for their first Stanley Cup.

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