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T.J. Oshie re-signs with Caps in long-term deal

T.J. Oshie re-signs with Caps in long-term deal

The Capitals won't have to worry about their biggest pending free agent anymore. T.J. Oshie signed an eight-year, $46 million contract that will carry a cap hit of $5.75 million per year to remain with Washington, the team announced Friday.

With one fan favorite on his way to Vegas in Nate Schmidt, the Capitals made sure to keep another fan favorite in Oshie. Acquired by the Caps in 2015 via a trade with the St. Louis Blues, Oshie was tied for the team lead in goals last season with 33. In two years with Washington, he has scored 59 goals and 107 points, solidifying his place as the right wing on the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

“T.J. is an invaluable member of our team and we felt it was imperative for us to re-sign him in a competitive free agent market,” said general manager Brian MacLellan. “T.J. is a highly competitive player with a tremendous skill set; he epitomizes the kind of player our team must have in order for us to continue to put ourselves in a position to compete in this League.”

Re-signing Oshie is a bit of a surprise for a Capitals team that was facing major cap constraints this offseason. As one of the top free agents available, Oshie could certainly have made more money on the open market. Instead, the Caps managed to keep him with a very long-term deal.

At 30 years old, Oshie will be 38 years old when the new contract expires. So while the Capitals were able to sign him for less money than perhaps many expected, the tradeoff was a much longer contract.

With Oshie re-signed and the Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky and Dmitry Orlov all restricted free agents in need of new deals, this likely means the end of Justin Williams and Karl Alzner's time in Washington.

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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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