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Matthew Paras

Matthew Paras

Matthew Paras is a digital sports writer for the Washington Times, covering the Washington Capitals and whatever else is needed. Originally from Chicago, he attended DePaul University and was the editor in chief of the student newspaper, The DePaulia. He had previous internships with the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Northwest Herald. He can be reached at

Articles by Matthew Paras

FILE - In this Monday, May 1, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals' Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates with T.J. Oshie (77) after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 3 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Capitals committed big money to winger T.J. Oshie with a $46 million, eight-year deal, but theyre unlikely to re-sign Shattenkirk, Williams, Karl Alzner and Daniel Winnik. Shattenkirk wants to be a No. 1 defenseman and is a good bet to sign the richest contract of any free agent. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Karl Alzner signs with Montreal Canadiens

Former Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner has a new home. Alzner signed a five-year, $23.125 million with the Montreal Canadiens as free agency began Saturday. Published July 1, 2017

Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9), from Russia, goalie Braden Holtby (70), defend as Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel (81) moves in during the first period of Game 5 in the second-round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Capitals re-sign Dmitry Orlov to six-year contract

Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said he'd be open to giving defenseman Dmitry Orlov a long-term extension and he delivered Friday, signing Orlov to a six-year, $30.6 million contract. Published June 30, 2017

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws during the eighth inning of Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Cubs know what trading for a closer can do

As the Nationals mull trading for a closer before next month's trade deadline, the Chicago Cubs took a similar gamble last year -- and won a World Series because of it. Published June 29, 2017

President Donald Trump holds up a Chicago Cubs jersey and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant holds a "45" sign as the president met with members of the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs, Wednesday, June 28, 2017,  in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Albert Almora denies flipping off President Trump

A widely circulated photo on Twitter made it appear as if Albert Almora was sticking out his middle finger Wednesday during a group photo with President Trump. The Cubs outfielder defended himself. Published June 29, 2017

FILE - In this July 8, 2016, file photo, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson answers questions during a news conference at the team's training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y. The Knicks and Jackson parted ways Wednesday morning, June 28, 2017, ending a three-year tenure that saw plenty of tumult and not a single playoff appearance. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Knicks part ways with Phil Jackson

The Zen Master is out of a job as the New York Knicks and Phil Jackson "mutually agreed" to part ways Wednesday. Published June 28, 2017