What can be said for the Capitals 1993-94 team calendar that hasn’t already been said about a JCPenney’s catalog from the 1990s? Rather than just go with the usual in-game action shot (or more recently snuggling up to dogs), the Caps took a hard-left when it came to the calendar and put the players in forced comfortable setting, like when you’re at a family reunion trying to care about the story of your third cousin’s Lasik surgery. While I don’t doubt the Caps went out and about to places in Baltimore and DC to spend their off-days, I do know for a fact Randy Burridge does hang out on above the right field scoreboard at Camden Yards as that was his assigned section for selling peanuts on game nights.
If Russia is to do the unthinkable and actually perform well in an international tournament, it will have to be on the backs of its forwards. Luckily, Russia boasts a talented collection of scorers and skaters; many of them even play in the NHL! Most! That seems like a positive step. Team Russia Forwards Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks Evgeny Dadonov, SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL) Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning Nikolay Kulemin, New York Islanders Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins Vladislav Namestnikov, Tampa Bay Lightning Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks Vadim Shipachyov, SKA Saint
After the best regular season in franchise history, the Washington Capitals almost lost two assistant coaches to other NHL teams. Todd Reirden was a finalist for the Calgary Flames' head coaching job and Lane Lambert for the Colorado Avalanche's. The Flames hired Glen Gulutzan in June, and then after the abrupt resignation of Patrick Roy the Avalanche hired Jared Bednar last week. Trotz was selfishly glad to still have Reirden and Lambert on the bench, especially considering the Capitals have most of their players back and are again a Cup favorite.