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Where will Caps' latest signing play next season?

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Where will Caps' latest signing play next season?

During Capitals development camp two weeks ago, Hershey Bears coach Troy Mann lamented he may have to go into next season with three rookie defensemen in his lineup. With Friday’s signing of free-agent defenseman Ryan Stanton, that may no longer be the case.

Stanton, 26, agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Capitals and is expected to challenge Taylor Chorney for a spot as the Caps’ seventh defenseman. A physical defenseman, Stanton played in 54 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season, netting three goals, eight assists and 35 penalty minutes. Chorney, 28, appeared in seven games with the Penguins last season.

If Stanton winds up in Hershey, he’ll help guide a young blue line that includes Connor Carrick, Madison Bowey, Christian Djoos and Tyler Lewington.

A 6-foot-2, 208-pounder from St. Albert, Alberta, Stanton ranked fourth among Canucks defensemen in hits (93) and blocked shots (113). He recorded 16 points (one goal, 15 assists) and 32 penalty minutes in 64 games with Vancouver in 2013-14, setting career highs in games played, assists and points. In 119 career NHL games with Chicago and Vancouver, Stanton has earned 27 points (four goals, 23 assists) and 69 penalty minutes.

Stanton has also played in 224 career AHL games, recording 60 points (nine goals, 51 assists) and 332 penalty minutes for Rockford.

New start times: The start times for three Capitals’ games at Verizon Center have been changed by the NHL. The Caps’ home games against the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 8, the Florida Panthers on Feb. 2 and the New York Islanders on Feb. 4 have been changed from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

Barry Trotz is now the head coach of the New York Islanders, a team that missed the playoffs and just lost their franchise player. So how does next season look on Long Island?

In the long summer months, the Capitals Faceoff Podcast will take a look at some of the Caps' competition next season. In this episode, it's the New York Islanders. Brian Compton of NHL.com joins Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir to talk about what Trotz brings to Long Island and what's left to work with.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Monumental announces major improvements for in-game experience at Capitals and Wizards games

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Monumental announces major improvements for in-game experience at Capitals and Wizards games

Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced an overhauled in-game entertainment experience for the 2018-19 Wizards and Capitals seasons on Wednesday. 

These changes include a new DJ stage, new permanent 3D on ice/on court projection system, along with new Wizards and Capitals entertainment squads, as Capital One Arena undergoes $40 million in renovations.

“We are committed to putting on the best show possible for every fan who comes to a game at Capital One Arena,” said MSE President of Business Operations Jim Van Stone.  “So, as we upgrade the facilities at the Arena this summer, we are also upgrading all of our in-game entertainment to keep the experience fresh and on the cutting edge.”

“We’re excited about these new changes to our game entertainment experience,” said Hunter Lochmann, MSE Senior Vice President of Marketing.  “We work hard to create the best, most engaging entertainment experience in professional sports and we hope fans love this new, revamped energy.”

 

Some of the other improvement announced were:

  • Digital signage experience throughout the fully-renovated concourses that will pull fans into an exclusively all-Wizards or all-Capitals team experience each night highlighting player and team imagery on each concourse
  • Sponsored quadrants in the Arena where fans will experience concourse takeovers and can expect special offers and giveaways from sponsors
  • Olympia ice resurfacer bus: groups of fans will be able to take pre-game and intermission rides
  • Award-winning, chef-inspired dining experience featuring options from premiere chefs David Chang, Cat Cora and Alex McCoy
  • A transformed and modernized PwC Club offering some of the best sightlines in the Arena and new 100-level lounge, both featuring top-of-the-line comfort seating and exclusive food and beverage options so fans can gather in style during the games 
  • A new in-bowl broadcasting platform for NBC Sports Washington

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