We're Back

Posted on January 14, 2013 by admin

It's Wednesday, Feb. 24 and that means the Washington Capitals -- most of them, anyway -- were back on the Kettler Capitals Iceplex surface today. It also means that we are back in the blogging business here on washingtoncaps.com. I started this blog on Wordpress at the outset of the 2006-07 season. We moved it from there to caps.com about 18 months ago, but the user interface left a lot to be desired and ultimately led to the ongoing dormancy of Dump 'n Chase. But now, we've got Wordpress interface and we're on caps.com, and we've got the domain name, so no unwieldy URL issues, either. So from here on out, you'll be hearing a lot from me (Mike Vogel) and my caps.com cohort, Brett Leonhardt in this space. I'll handle most of the writing and Stretch will work his video magic as only he can do. After a 10-day break, the Caps hit the ice today at Kettler for a strenuous session of practice that included an entertaining display of two-on-two, cross-ice hockey. With goaltender Semyon Varlamov still in Vancouver as the third goaltender on the Team Russia roster, and with Michal Neuvirth still in Hershey (and/or ailing), Stretch manned the nets along with Jose Theodore for today's practice. Defenseman Tom Poti and left wing Jason Chimera missed the last couple games prior to the break with lower body injuries. Both were back on the ice today, as was right wing Matt Bradley. Bradley, you'll recall, got kabonged by the Blues' Cam Janssen in the last game prior to the break, a shootout loss in St. Louis on Feb. 13. All three participated in Wednesday afternoon's session, although Chimera went off early because he was feeling a bit sore. With a week until the Caps get back to business, there was no reason to push the speedy winger today. "Everybody seemed to be really ready to go," observes Caps coach Bruce Boudreau.  "It's not like training camp where guys come into camp in great shape because they've been skating. A lot of these guys didn't do nothing for 10 days. They were dragging their butts a little bit out there." Boudreau intimated that today's practice, which stretched to over an hour in length, might be the easiest of the week. The Caps will practice again on Thursday and Friday mornings. Then they'll take Saturday off before hitting the Kettler sheet again on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in preparation for the stretch drive that starts with Wednesday's visit to Buffalo. Boudreau plans to re-introduce video and systems work as the week progresses. Washington is still without Varlamov, Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom and Tomas Fleischmann, all of whom are still in Vancouver representing their respective countries in the Olympics.

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Oh, Canada

January 14, 2013

Just finished watching the Canada-USA game for the gold medal in women’s hockey. I have to say, the Canadian women went with a similar formula as the one used by Team Canada to take down Russia in men’s hockey on Wednesday. Keep it simple, grab an early lead, and suffocate. The USA women rarely had

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