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Semin not in talk with Capitals


Semin not in talk with Capitals

Barring a last-minute offer from Capitals general manager George McPhee, Alex Semins days in Washington will end on Sunday at noon, his agent Mark Gandler confirmed on Friday.

Gandler told he has had no contract negotiations with the Capitals for the 28-year-old winger and does not expect any to begin in the next 48 hours. He also said he does not anticipate the Capitals trading Semins rights to another NHL team, as they did with goaltender Tomas Vokoun and defenseman Dennis Wideman,

The Caps picked up a seventh-round draft pick from the Penguins for Vokoun, and a fifth-rounder and a prospect for Wideman.

Gandler said he has not been given permission by the Capitals to work out a deal with another NHL team prior to Sundays noon start of free agency.

I dont think theyll give permission, Gandler said. Theres still time to trade Semins rights if thats what they want to do. But with every day theres less and less opportunity. ... There are no backdoor conversations.

Semin has spent his entire NHL career with the Capitals, recording 408 points 197 goals and 211 assists in 469 games over seven seasons. Semins salary has escalated in each of his past four seasons in Washington, from 4.2 million in 2008-09, to 5 million in 2009-10, to 6 million in 2010-11, and 6.7 million last season.

Semins production, however, has declined dramatically in recent years. After scoring a career-high 40 goals and 84 points in 2009-10, Semin recorded 54 points in each of his last two seasons with the Caps and saw his goal production drop from 28 two seasons ago to 21 last season.

Semin was unhappy with his ice time under coach Dale Hunter last season but, apparently, the hiring of new coach Adam Oates has not enticed him to stay in Washington.

Asked if Semin is excited about entering unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career, Gandler said, I wouldnt use the word exciting. Hes not 18 years old before the draft. Thats exciting. This is a process you go through.

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

💛 @aleksandrovechkinofficial #hello #hellorussia @hello__ru

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!


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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan


Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

Say it ain't so.

Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.

Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.

Insert dramatic music.

"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.

Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.

Shame, shame.

The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.

"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.

A likely story.

Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.