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Ovechkin joins youth players at Centennial Fan Arena

Capitals forward takes part in game with friends from American Special Hockey Association

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin's appearance Friday was supposed to be a surprise, but some of players from the American Special Hockey Association had suspected that the Washington Capitals forward was going to show up.

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prospect

Haapala 'ready as I can be' for jump to NHL

23-year-old aiming to make Panthers after leading Finland's top league in scoring last season

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Rookie left wing Henrik Haapala arrived from Finland three weeks ago with the intention of using the time before beginning his first NHL training camp with the Florida Panthers to get used to his new surroundings.

Hurricane Irma threw a wrench into that plan, forcing Haapala to evacuate to Boston for a few days along with many of his new teammates and team employees. For the 23-year-old, the experience was a bit of an eye opener.

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news

Boyle has leukemia, aiming to play in Devils opener

Veteran forward believes there is 'good plan of attack'

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia.

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prospect

Roykas Marthinsen lives out fantasy during Capitals training camp

Norway-born seventh-round pick skated three days on same line with Ovechkin

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Forward Kristian Roykas Marthinsen's first NHL training camp with the Washington Capitals has been more like a hockey fantasy camp.

When he arrived from Norway last week, Roykas Marthinsen, the Capitals' seventh-round pick (No. 213) in the 2017 NHL Draft, never imagined he'd skate on a line with captain Alex Ovechkin, who was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players last season. He did a double take when he looked at the posted list of practice groups for the first day of on-ice sessions Friday and saw his name at right wing on a line with Ovechkin at left wing and center Lars Eller.

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Season Preview

Ovechkin optimistic despite turnover on Capitals roster

Forward says 'I think we still have a good team'

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin is heading into his 13th NHL season, so maybe that's why the Washington Capitals captain sounded so subdued following the first day of training camp practices Friday.

With his 32nd birthday Sunday, Ovechkin is still chasing the Stanley Cup and, following an offseason when the Capitals lost a number of key players, it would be understandable if it felt further from his grasp than ever. But Ovechkin remains optimistic that the championship he seeks is an attainable goal.

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NHL Insider

Orlov growing into role as top Capitals defenseman

Game has evolved to where he's ready to play 'big minutes and in big moments'

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- When the Washington Capitals opened training camp two years ago, Dmitry Orlov was an unknown commodity.

The Russian defenseman was coming off a lost 2014-15 season, when a lengthy recovery from surgery on his left wrist limited him to a three-game conditioning stint with Hershey of the American Hockey League. It would have been impossible to envision then how important Orlov is to the Capitals now, with their first on-ice sessions of training camp beginning Friday.

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NHL Insider

Crosby enthusiastic about Penguins' three-peat bid

'Just a matter of making sure we're ready for the challenges,' captain says

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Sidney Crosby began Thursday by skating with the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects at their practice facility in Cranberry, Pennsylvania, in the morning before flying up to participate in the NHL Player Media Tour here at the NBC Sports complex in the afternoon.

With training camp starting on Sept. 15, Crosby didn't want to miss a day on the ice.

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NHL Insider

Eichel confident he'll sign long-term contract with Sabres

'It's going to get done at some point,' center says

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Though it's possible Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel won't agree to a contract extension before this season begins, it's only a matter of time before a deal is done and he can look forward to a long future with the Sabres, he said Thursday.

Eichel, 20, is entering the final season of the three-year, entry-level contract he signed after being selected by the Sabres with the second pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. He confirmed Thursday that his agent, Peter Fish, has been talking with Sabres general manager Jason Botterill about an eight-year extension.

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NHL Insider

MacKinnon hopes Duchene stays with Avalanche

'If he's on the team, that would be great,' center says of trade rumors

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon doesn't claim to possess any psychic powers, so he isn't trying to predict center Matt Duchene's future, with trade rumors heating up again and NHL training camps opening next week.

But MacKinnon wouldn't mind if Duchene is a member of the Avalanche when they open their season against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 5.

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31 in 31

Three questions facing Washington Capitals

Ovechkin's scoring, rookie defensemen among concerns

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three questions facing the Washington Capitals.

After winning the Presidents' Trophy in each of the past two seasons, the Washington Capitals are entering a transition phase.

Although much of their core remains intact, there are some holes in the lineup because of the departures of forwards Justin Williams (signed with Carolina Hurricanes) and Marcus Johansson (traded to New Jersey Devils), as well as defensemen Karl Alzner (signed with Montreal Canadiens), Kevin Shattenkirk (signed with New York Rangers) and Nate Schmidt (selected by Vegas Golden Knights in NHL Expansion Draft).

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