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Samsonov ready to take next step with Capitals

Goaltender to train, play in North America after three seasons in Russia

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Ilya Samsonov signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals on May 4, but it went largely unnoticed because the Capitals were in the middle of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins and on their way to winning the Stanley Cup.

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Summer with Stanley

Ovechkin has memorable weekend with Cup in Russia

NHL.com's Tom Gulitti reflects on two days with Capitals captain

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

MOSCOW -- Now I know what it's like to travel in the entourage of a rock star.

At least that's what it felt like following around Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin while he had the Stanley Cup in Moscow on Saturday and Sunday.

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Summer with Stanley

Ovechkin surprises tourists by taking Stanley Cup to Red Square

Capitals captain makes unannounced visit to iconic Moscow site

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

MOSCOW -- Alex Ovechkin gave stunned tourists in Red Square the surprise of their lives when the Washington Capitals captain walked in carrying the Stanley Cup on Sunday.

Unlike his first day with the Cup in Moscow on Saturday, Ovechkin spent most of Sunday out of the spotlight in private moments, including a visit to his childhood apartment. 

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Summer with Stanley

Ovechkin shares Stanley Cup with thousands in Moscow

Capitals captain takes photos with fans, has quiet moment with father, trophy

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

MOSCOW -- The biggest issue for Alex Ovechkin during the first of his two days with the Stanley Cup in Moscow was time.

The Washington Capitals captain wanted to give as many people in his hometown as possible the opportunity to see the Cup on Saturday. But even with the help of a police escort to navigate Moscow's notorious traffic, he felt like he was racing against the clock.

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Summer with Stanley

Ovechkin begins Cup party in Moscow

Capitals captain huge hit at World Cup Fan Fest, Dynamo Hockey School

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

MOSCOW -- When Alex Ovechkin was asked last month about what he planned to do with the Stanley Cup when he brings it to his native Moscow, the Washington Capitals captain lit up with excitement.

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Alexeyev hopes to join Capitals' Russian contingent next season

Defenseman prospect kept tabs on Orlov, Ovechkin, Kuznetsov during Cup run

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alexander Alexeyev already followed the Washington Capitals and their three Russia-born players, forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov and defenseman Dmitry Orlov, before the Stanley Cup champions selected the native of St. Petersburg, Russia with the No. 31 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Alexeyev, a left-shot defenseman, lists Orlov as one of the players he tries to model his game after, along with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman. He hopes to pick Orlov's brain at training camp in September.

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Summer with Stanley

Carlson keeps Stanley Cup 'home,' spends holiday in Washington

Capitals defenseman celebrates Fourth of July with trophy, fans

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- John Carlson celebrated this July 4 differently than he had in years past.

That's because the Washington Capitals defenseman had a special guest for the day - the Stanley Cup.

Carlson was born in Natick, Massachusetts and grew up in Colonia, New Jersey, but he lives in the Washington area year-round after playing nine seasons for the Capitals. So after they won the Cup for the first time in their 43-season history, it was a no-brainer for Carlson to spend his day with it in the place he will continue to consider home after signing an eight-year contract on June 24.

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NHL Insider

Capitals brace for unfamiliar role of defending Stanley Cup champions

In reversal, GM leaving big changes to challengers

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Like many NHL fans, Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan was keeping an eye on whether John Tavares was going to return to the New York Islanders or sign with another team as an unrestricted free agent July 1.

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Wilson 'big priority' for Capitals to re-sign, GM says

Restricted free agent forward had NHL career highs in goals, assists, points for Cup champions

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Todd Reirden was formally introduced as coach of the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, meaning their next order of business is to re-sign restricted free agent forward Tom Wilson.

General manager Brian MacLellan has had ongoing discussions with Wilson's agent, Mark Guy, and said he planned to talk to him again Tuesday.

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Best remaining free agents include de Haan, Maroon, Lehner

Orpik, Duclair also among those available

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The opening of NHL free agency Sunday at noon ET sparked a flurry of signings. Many of the top unrestricted free agents were snatched up quickly, including the biggest name, center John Tavares, who left the New York Islanders to sign a seven-year, $77 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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