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With Cameron Schilling joining Tomas Kundratek and Steve Oleksy in the lineup, half the Caps' defense corps was with Hershey when the NHL season began.
The defenseman is by far the Caps' leader in ice time, averaging 26:33 a game before the injury. In the meantime, the team leaned heavily on John Carlson.
In an alternate universe where NHL owners and players got a deal done over the summer to prevent a lockout, Adam Oates would be coaching the Washington Capitals. He'd be spending his early mornings at the practice facility and 41-plus nights at Verizon Center.
Cameron Schilling likes to play it safe. He bought clothes with his first paycheck from the Washington Capitals, and he drives a used Audi.
Stan Galiev was 16 when he chose to leave Russia and become adjusted to hockey in North America with the dream of playing in the NHL. He has no doubt he made the right decision.
The Washington Capitals' power play has been a popular punching bag for the past couple of months, and deservedly so.
Five points and a minus-1 rating doesn't scream progress. But Dmitry Orlov's stats don't tell even half the story.
Here's Dmitry Orlov, with the Washington Capitals, getting his first taste of the NHL at the tender age of 20.
There's an ill-placed column in one of the alternate locker rooms at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. It cuts off the corner of the room and makes one or two players have to deal with it while getting ready.
At the NHL level, the Washington Capitals are seeking their first Stanley Cup. But their top minor league affiliate, the Hershey Bears, are used to the sweet taste of victory: They've won 11 Calder Cup championships in the American Hockey League, including three in the past six seasons.
With the clock ticking down and the Capitals trailing the Flyers by a goal in an exhibition rookie game, Dmitry Orlov was in his element. Not once but twice he kept the puck in the offensive zone and ratcheted up the pressure with the net empty 170 feet behind him.
When Washington Capitals prospect Dmitry Kugryshev departed for Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, it didn't create too many shock waves around the organization.
Stepping off the ice at Washington Capitals development camp, coach Bruce Boudreau entered his media scrum to a question about how great it was to have restricted free agent defenseman Karl Alzner signed.
"We often say in hockey there's no time to think, it's all about reaction," French said.
Orlov won't be able to play this weekend for the Bears, French said, though he was hopeful about the following weekend.