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Report: Capitals re-sign Aucoin

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Report: Capitals re-sign Aucoin

The Capitals reportedly have re-signed center Keith Aucoin to a one-year contract worth 650,000 at the NHL level and 350,000 at the AHL level.

Aucoin's signing was first reported by RDS hockey reporter Renaud P. Lavoie.

Aucoin, 33, has spent most of his 12-year pro career in the AHL and was seeking a one-way contract with an NHL team.

It was our understanding that if he didnt get it, hed go to Europe to play, Capitals general manager George McPhee said earlier this month.

When Aucoin did not receive a one-way offer from another NHL team, he came back to the Capitals and worked out a new agreement. Last season, Aucoin made 525,000 at the NHL level and 300,000 at the AHL level.

Aucoin became a fixture on the Capitals fourth line down the stretch last season, playing in 22 of the Caps final 23 games and all 14 playoff games. He finished with three goals and eight assists in 27 regular season games and with two assists in the playoffs.

Aucoin was leading the AHL scoring race with 70 points in 43 games when the Caps recalled him. In all likelihood, Aucoin will serve a similar role next season as a depth forward who can split time between the AHL Bears and the Caps.

Of the Capitals unrestricted free agents, only Alexander Semin and Mike Knuble remain unsigned.

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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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