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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 [email protected].

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)

Capitals will rely on youth to fill defensive holes

Nate Schmidt, Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkrik are all on different teams for next season after making significant contributions to the Capitals' defense. How will the Caps fill those holes? Published July 5, 2017

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, right, comes in to score on a double by Daniel Murphy as New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera, left, looks on during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 11-4. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Harper, Murphy power Nats over Mets 11-4

The Nationals rested players Tuesday, including All-Star Ryan Zimmerman. But with Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy in the lineup, Washington had plenty of firepower in an 11-4 win over the Mets. Published July 4, 2017

Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon runs to first during a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Scherzer, Nats making All-Star case for Rendon

Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon is one of five finalists for the final spot on the National League All-Star game, but has to be voted in by fans to make it. Nationals teammates Daniel Murphy and Max Scherzer made their case as to why Rendon deserves it. Published July 3, 2017

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals right wing Justin Williams (14) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Washington. The Carolina Hurricanes opened free agency Saturday, Jauly 1, 2017,  by bringing back 35-year-old forward Justin Williams on a two-year deal worth $9 million.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

What are the cash-strapped Capitals going to do?

The Capitals still have to re-sign restricted free agents Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky and Philipp Grubauer with only $12.45 million of cap room remaining. But more concerning, how much money will be left to fill out the bottom of the roster? Published July 2, 2017

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