Manuel was a favorite of outfielder Jayson Werth when he managed the Phillies from 2005 through 2013, and his level of experience fits one of general manager’s chief qualities for the opening.
Carrier, who was acquired just before the start of the regular season, has excelled as a run blocker for the Redskins. With Reed out against Atlanta because of a concussion, Carrier, a former wide receiver, is ready to contribute in the passing game.
The Redskins will be playing without Culliver and Reed against the Atlanta Falcons, as well as receiver DeSean Jackson and corner DeAngelo Hall. The team was hoping Culliver would be able to play, but his variety of left leg injuries will keep him out.
Oshie’s popularity grew after his performance in the United States’ shootout victory over Russia during the Sochi Olympics, and he’s hoping that he can reach other goals after a trade to the Capitals in July.
Entering his second year as the Capitals’ coach, Trotz guided his team to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season. Now, he’s ready to see what the team can do with its players and scheme already in place.
Shanahan, the Redskins’ former offensive coordinator, is in his first season in that capacity with the Falcons, who have rolled to a 4-0 start after winning just six games last year.
Ovechkin reached elite company last season, when he cleared the 50-goal mark for the sixth time. Over the past decade, few other players have been able to come close to that level.
Holtby earned a long-term contract extension after reaching several career bests last season, but the Capitals’ goaltender knows that the team will expect more of him now that he’s reached a productive level.
Culliver did not cause any structural damage to his left knee by playing the entire game against the Eagles last week. However, the cornerback is dealing with pain that could impact his status for Sunday against the Falcons.
Korn, the Capitals’ goaltending coach, spoke to The Washington Times about the marks set by Holtby, his start in hockey and the influence his unorthodox training methods have had around the NHL.
A mid-level manager for DraftKings, one of the leaders in daily fantasy sports, won $350,000 in a contest run by FanDuel, its main competitor, last week. Questions of impropriety are naturally being raised on Capitol Hill.
The Wizards displayed their offensive makeover in a 129-95 rout of the 76ers in their preseason opener on Tuesday. Once all of the adjustments are made, they should be able to reach a new level.