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A Midsummer's Look at the Caps

With Jakub Vrana signed, we look at the Caps' last couple of months of roster building and take a peek ahead to '19-20 before embarking on summer vacation

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Now that the Caps have signed left wing Jakub Vrana to a two-year contract, virtually all of the offseason's heavy lifting is finished. Only two Caps - restricted free agent defenseman Christian Djoos and RFA forward Chandler Stephenson - remain to be signed ahead of the 2019-20 season, and both of those deals will get done one way or another; both have arbitration hearings slated to be heard in the next couple of weeks.

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Caps Add Trio of Bottom-Six Wingers

Caps fortify third and fourth lines with additions of Panik, Hathaway and Leipsic on Day One of free agency

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

When the NHL opened its randomly stocked free-agent shelves at noon on Monday, the Capitals weren't among the teams with the fattest wallets. But that didn't stop Washington general manager Brian MacLellan from making a quick dash through the aisles of the UFA emporium, and plucking a trio of bottom six forwards for his team.

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Caps Move Burakovsky to Avs

Washington gets second- and third-round picks in return for accommodating winger's trade request

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

A few minutes into his first NHL game, as a 19-year-old on opening night of the 2014-15 NHL season, Andre Burakovsky scored a goal against the Montreal Canadiens. In Game 7 of the Caps' first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes just over two months ago, Burakovsky also scored.

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Caps Deal with Cap Squeeze

It won't be easy, but the Caps may be able to fit new contracts for Andre Burakovsky and Jakub Vrana within a tighter than expected '19-20 salary cap

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

It wasn't until after the last of the 217 prospects' names had been called from the draft floor in Vancouver this past weekend that we learned the salary cap for the 2019-20 NHL season will be $81.5 million. That upper limit figure represents a modest $2 million increase from last season, and it came in short of the league's midseason projection of $83 million.

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One-on-One with Brooks Orpik

Shortly after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday, Brooks Orpik chatted with Dump 'n Chase one final time

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Hours after announcing his retirement from the NHL, Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik held court for the local media in a short press conference. After that, he granted a handful of one-on-one interviews, including this one with Dump 'n Chase. As always, we are grateful for Orpik's time and his candor, and we wish him all the best in everything that comes up next in his life.

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Orpik Calls it a Career

Nineteen years and one day after he was drafted in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik announces his retirement from the NHL

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Nineteen years ago yesterday, Brooks Orpik began his NHL journey when the Pittsburgh Penguins called out his name in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft in Calgary. The Pens used the No. 18 pick overall to select Orpik, a 19-year-old blueliner who had just finished his sophomore season at Boston College.

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A Deep Dive into the Caps' 2019-20 Schedule

The NHL released the 2019-20 regular season schedules for each of its 31 teams on Tuesday, and we've got an in-depth look at Washington's 82-game slate

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Last week we learned that the Caps will open the 2019-20 season in St. Louis on Oct. 2 when they face the Blues in a battle of the last two Stanley Cup champions, and the NHL also released the date of Washington's home opener, on Oct. 5 against Carolina. Today, the league unveils the full schedule for '19-20, and we get our first look at the Capitals' entire 82-game slate for the upcoming season.

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Caps Add Three Players to Stable on Second Day of '19 Draft

Washington made a pair of trades to turn quantity into quality, choosing three more players on Saturday to fill out its 2019 draft class

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

A day after picking up a forward in the first round of the NHL Draft for the first time in five years, the Caps stayed up front with their next two picks. Washington reeled in center Brett Leason with its second-round pick, then engineered a deal with New Jersey for a third-round pick to take Leason's junior teammate, center Aliaksei Protas late in the third round.

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Caps Add Connor McMichael in 1st Round of '19 Draft

Washington chooses goal-scoring London Knights pivot with 25th overall pick in NHL Draft

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

It's been a while, but the Caps have added some first-round forward talent to the prospect pipeline for the first time in half a decade. With the 25th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Capitals chose center Connor McMichael of the OHL's London Knights. Longtime Caps captain and former Washington coach Dale Hunter is the bench boss in London, where Caps defenseman John Carlson also played his junior hockey.

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Caps Set to Pick at No. 25 in 2019 NHL Draft

A look at the history of the 25th overall pick over the last five decades of the NHL Draft

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

As the NHL prepares to hold its annual draft in Vancouver on June 21-22, the Caps currently hold five picks in the seven-round draft, the first of which is a first-round choice, the 25th overall selection.

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