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Caps Ink Ovechkin to Extension

Caps captain signs five-year deal to stay in D.C. through the 2025-26 season

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Way back on the night of Jan. 10, 2008, the Caps announced the signing of left wing Alex Ovechkin to a 13-year contract extension worth a total of $124 million. The announcement came from majority owner Ted Leonsis, who announced the signing in the midst of a season ticket holder event at Capital One Arena, which was still known as Verizon Center at the time.

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Caps Deal Dillon to Jets

Washington obtains a pair of second-round picks from Winnipeg

by Mike Vogel / washingtoncaps.com

Two days after the conclusion of the 2021 NHL Draft, the Caps have announced a trade that lands them a second-round pick in each of the next two drafts. Washington sends defenseman Brenden Dillon to Winnipeg in exchange for the Jets' second-round choices in the 2022 and 2023 NHL Drafts.

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Caps Pick Six on Saturday in 2021 NHL Draft

Caps draft class of 2021 includes a quartet of defensemen, a center and a goaltender

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

A year after they made five picks without selecting any defensemen in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Caps went for blueliners with each of their first three choices - and four of six overall - in the 2021 NHL Draft this weekend.

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Caps to Make First of Five Picks at No. 55

Washington holds five picks heading into this weekend's NHL Draft; here's a look at the history of those draft slots

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

For the second straight summer, the NHL will conduct its annual draft of amateur players remotely. Last year's draft also took place remotely on Oct. 6-7, 2020 after the COVID pandemic forced postponement of the event, which was originally slated to be held in Montreal in June of 2020. The first round of this year's draft will start at 8 p.m. tonight on ESPN2; rounds 2-7 will be conducted starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, airing on The NHL Network.

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Caps Unveil 2021-22 Regular Season Schedule

Washington opens upcoming campaign on Oct. 13 when it hosts the New York Rangers

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Two distinctly different versions of the NHL's 2021-22 schedule have been hanging in the balance for the last several weeks, as the League awaited final word on whether its players would or would not participate in the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. Although the NHL's participation in the 2022 Olympics is anticipated but not yet confirmed at this time, the 32 NHL teams released their 82-game regular season schedule for the upcoming 2021-22 season today.

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Creating the Kraken: Protected Lists Unveiled

Caps and 29 other NHL clubs submit protected lists as expansion Seattle Kraken gets set to shape its roster on Wednesday

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

This Wednesday night, the NHL's 32nd team will begin to take shape. The city of Seattle was officially granted an expansion franchise in December of 2019, and the club unveiled its logo and name - Seattle Kraken - last summer. On Wednesday, Kraken general manager Ron Francis will start filling those new sweaters with bodies ahead of the team's on-ice debut in October at the outset of the 2021-22 NHL season.

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Caps Mourn Loss of Bryan "Bugsy" Watson

After ending a 16-year playing career in the NHL, the legendary Watson stayed in the area and operated Bugsy's, a popular sports bar/pizzeria in Old Town

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

He made his name elsewhere and was as well-known as any player in the NHL when he arrived here in the DMV area nearly 45 years ago, and he was one of the first former Capitals who chose to make his home in this area after his playing days were over.

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POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Bruins 3, Caps 1

Caps lose fourth straight game to Bruins as season comes to a first-round halt for third year in a row, Sheary breaks long-standing franchise mark, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

It's All Too Much - Too early in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoff set with the Boston Bruins, the Caps found themselves chasing the series. They couldn't catch up, and their season is over after Sunday's 3-1 loss to the B's at Capital One Arena.

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Caps Bow Out with 3-1 Game 5 Loss

Caps' '20-21 season comes to an end with a fourth straight loss to B's in best-of-seven first-round series

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Less than a week ago, the Caps were less than three minutes away from taking a 2-0 series lead over the Boston Bruins. On Sunday night in the District, the Caps quietly exited the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoff tournament, losing their fourth straight game, 3-1 in Game 5 of their best-of-seven set with the Bruins.

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SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate 5/23

Caps ready for must-win Game 5 at home, seeking more offensive contributions from top players, Samsonov starts three straight for first time in career, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Time Has Come Today - Down 3-1 in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Boston Bruins, the Caps are out of wiggle room. Any loss in the next three games ends their season. Sunday's Game 5 in Washington is the Caps' first elimination game in the playoffs this spring, and their focus is and has to be on today's game and today's game only.

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