Braves prepared to go to arbitration hearing with Martin Prado

Braves prepared to go to arbitration hearing with Martin Prado

As Matthew mentioned earlier, Martin Prado requested $7.05 million and was offered $6.65 million from the Braves when arbitration figures were exchanged today. With such a small gap between the two sides, one would think that it wouldn’t take much work to get a deal done, but Braves general manager Frank Wren told David O’Brien…

Ovechkin named finalist for Messier Leadership Award

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Ovechkin named finalist for Messier Leadership Award

There is only one trophy Alex Ovechkin has his sites set on these days as the Caps continue their playoff trek, but he has been named a finalist for yet another individual honor. Ovechkin was named by the NHL as one of three finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award on Wednesday. The award is presented "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season.”

John Tavares of the New York Islander and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators were also nominated.

Ovechkin's on-ice exploits are well known—50 goals, 71 points in a Presidents' Trophy winning season—but he also is very active in the community.

Ovechkin has been a very vocal advocate for American Special Hockey Association and he continued that work this year as an official spokesman hosting a skating session for the organization at the team's practice facility at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in October. He also continued his Ovi’s Crazy 8s program, which provides Capitals season tickets for Most Valuable Kids and ASHA.

The winner of the award will be announced during the 2016 NHL Awards on June 22.

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Capitals Pulse: Caps look to even series in Game 4

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Capitals Pulse: Caps look to even series in Game 4

The Capitals will look to even the series against the Penguins in Game 4 in Pittsburgh. Join the conversation HERE on Capitals Pulse and tune in to CSN following the game for postgame coverage.

Revere expected to return to Nationals for series vs. Cubs

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Revere expected to return to Nationals for series vs. Cubs

By DAVE SKRETTA

TRAINER'S ROOM:

OF Ben Revere (right oblique strain) will join the Nationals in Chicago on Thursday and be evaluated before being activated. He played nine innings in centerfield for Triple-A Syracuse in his fifth rehab game on Tuesday.