Emily Engel-Natzke, the incoming video coach for the Hershey Bears, got her love of sports from her father, Tom, who died of covid-19 in April.

Engel-Natzke, 29, was previously at the University of Wisconsin, where she was the assistant director of operations/video coordinator.

  • Analysis

The Capitals don’t have a lot of salary cap space to work with a month into the offseason.


Kevin McCarthy, who will primarily work with Washington’s defensemen, has been a long-time assistant coach under Peter Laviolette,

As the teams sorts out its blue line pairings, it adds another option to the mix by resigning the 23-year-old who played in 64 games last season.

Washington also added Cameron Schilling and Paul LaDue.

The longtime New York Rangers goalie, who signed with the Capitals on Friday, follows in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, Bruce Smith and more.

Lapierre, who has a complicated injury history, was ranked 13th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Brenden Dillon signed a four-year contract with an average annual value of $3.9 million with the Capitals.

John Carlson's career season made him a Norris Trophy finalist for the first time in his career.

  • Perspective

After experimenting with yet another first-time coach, the Capitals now turn to a straight-talking Stanley Cup winner, who seems like a perfect fit.

Both sides have agreed to keep in touch throughout the free agency period.

Washington started its coaching search after firing Todd Reirden in August.

Todd Reirden was previously an assistant coach with the Penguins before he joined the Capitals organization.

“There is so much parity in the league that you can’t afford to have some of the best talent on the ice and kind of go halfway in when it comes to coaching,” NHL analyst Anson Carter said.

  • Perspective

The Caps need a veteran voice to get back them where they want to be: competing for the Stanley Cup.

Reirden, who was in his first head coaching job, had earned high praise from his players, especially from the defensemen he helped mold.

Even before the novel coronavirus took control of the NHL season, there were signs that pointed to a possible early exit.

NBC Sports Washington informed Carlin earlier this month that his contract would not be renewed.

  • Perspective

After a second consecutive first-round flameout, it’s fair to ask: Are the Capitals' days as an annual title contender in the past?

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