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Teammates support Ovechkin signing

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Teammates support Ovechkin signing

They wont come right out and say it because, well, they're not permitted to do so.But its a safe bet Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, generalmanager George McPhee and head coach Adam Oates are not embracing the idea oftheir captain, Alex Ovechkin, playing for Dynamo Moscow of the KontinentalHockey League.Do they want their 27-year-old franchise player to stay inshape? Yes. Do they want him to skate? Yes. Do they want to see him throwinghis body all over the ice and risking injury?Of course not.But if you ask Ovechkins teammates how they feel about theircaptain playing overseas, they overwhelmingly support it.I do, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said afterparticipating in an hour-long skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. If he wantsto play there thats perfect. Thats his hometown and his home team, so thatsperfect.Backstrom returned to the Washington area two weeks ago and is hopefulthe Swedish Elite League drops its provision of signing NHL players to one-yearcontracts that do not allow players to return to the NHL in the event of a laboragreement.I think theyre keeping us locked out, too, Backstromsaid.Capitals left wing Jason Chimera said that if NHL team ownersare concerned about their players getting injured overseas they should get to thebargaining table and hammer out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.The owners are not too concerned because theyre not tryingto get a deal done, Chimera said. Guys want to play hockey. Were not onstrike; were locked out.You risk getting an injury driving to the rink today moresothan playing hockey. There are more bad drivers out there than bad skaters.Guys want to play and thats the bottom line.Earlier this week, Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth agreedin principle to a contract with Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga. Thatcontract is expected to be finalized in the coming days, allowing Neuvirth to practicewith his former team. Once that contract is finalized Neuvirth will join Ovechkinas the two Capitals who have committed to play in Europe.That number is expected to grow in the coming weeks.The longer were locked out the more of a chance there isthat more players are going to go play, Capitals forward Matt Hendricks said. Forus to sit out and not play an entire season is crazy. We cant afford to dothat. We need to keep playing this game. We love the game; itspart of who we are. The longer this continues the more guys I suspect will bejumping over the pond.

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Capitals stars react to losing Barry Trotz as head coach

Capitals stars react to losing Barry Trotz as head coach

LAS VEGAS—Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom weren’t expecting to lose their head coach less than two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup.

But business is business, Ovi said, and Barry Trotz is handling his by attempting to capitalize on claiming the championship.

“It’s sad,” Ovechkin said on the red carpet at the NHL Awards, where he accepted his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy on Wednesday night. “Obviously, we won together.”

The Caps’ captain also thanked Trotz for directing him—and his teammates—to new heights.  

“First of all, [I want to] thank him for a great job to be our coach, to be our dad, to give us a chance to win,” Ovechkin said. “But then again, it’s a business. You never know what’s going to happen. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be fine and I wish him luck.”

Backstrom, meanwhile, said he was caught off guard by Trotz’s decision to step down over a contract stalemate with the team. Trotz asked for $5 million per for five seasons; the Caps balked over the terms Trotz’s camp sought.   

“I was a little surprised, obviously,” Backstrom said. “I heard the scenario.”

Like Ovechkin, though, Backstrom praised the job Trotz did during his four-year tenure.

“He’s done a great job in Washington,” Backstrom said. “We obviously have him to thank for a lot. He’s done a tremendous job of schooling us and winning a championship. No one is going to take that away from him.”

Trotz’s next move is unclear, but he’s a free agent and currently eligible to negotiate with any team. The Islanders are the only team with an opening for a head coach.

As for Washington, GM Brian MacLellan said that associate coach Todd Reirden will get the first crack at replacing Trotz.

Ovechkin said he thinks Reirden would be a good fit.

“We all respect Todd,” Ovechkin said. “We all like him. Again, it’s not our thing to say who’s going to be head coach, but if it’s going to be Todd, it’s going to be fun.”

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A drawing of the moment Ovi lifted the Stanley Cup makes the moment joyful all over again

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A drawing of the moment Ovi lifted the Stanley Cup makes the moment joyful all over again

How do you make a photo of Alex Ovechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time even more memorable?

You make it out of all the Capitals' game scores this year, of course.

Capitals fan and artist Daniel Duffy (@RealArtOfWords) posted a phenomenal finished piece commemorating the Cup win on Wednesday, June 20. It's a little meta and astounding to look at, but very fun to try and read. If you want to relive the glory that was the parts of the 2017-18 Capitals season, check out the piece.

The piece, which appears to be done in a traditional medium like pen or marker, holds the team faced, arena played at, and final score of every game. It uses six colors and over sixty lines of text. Ovechkin roars as he holds the Stanley Cup overhead, the white away jersey shaded with bits of grey text. It takes a skilled eye to sort text and colors into shapes and shading, but Daniel did a fantastic job! It's awesome to see a fanbase create different interpretations of iconic moments. We'll surely see more of Ovechkin in this moment.

Just as we thought we were going to get tired of the celebration, fans find new ways to surprise us. Stay creative, Caps fans!

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