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Penguins goalie Matt Murray will dress for Game 7 but is not expected to start

Penguins goalie Matt Murray will dress for Game 7 but is not expected to start

Health has been an issue for the Pittsburgh Penguins all series, but it looks like they will have one major player back for Game 7, though they certainly hope they will not need him.

Goalie Matt Murray, who was expected to be the Penguins’ starter this postseason before a lower-body injury forced him out of the lineup, took part in Pittsburgh’s morning skate and will dress for Game 7.

“[Murray’s] just taking the next step,” Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said. “He’s been practicing now for a number of days and he’s ready to take the next step and join the team. He’s just continuing that process.”

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Murray led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2016, playing in 21 playoff games with a 2.08 GAA and .923 save percentage. Heading into this postseason, he was again expected to be Pittsburgh’s No. 1 in net, but suffered the injury during warmups of Game 1 of Pittsburgh’s first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has not dressed for any game yet this postseason.

Fleury stifled the Caps through the first four games of the series, but, like the rest of his team, struggled in the past two outings giving up nine goals on 58 shots. Still, you should not expect any curveballs from Sullivan for Game 7 in terms of the starter.

Sullivan did not specifically confirm if Murray would be the backup and called his lineup a game-time decision, but Fleury practiced in the starter’s net on Wednesday and was the first goalie off the ice which typically suggests he will start.

Murray’s presence at morning skate does not indicate he is going to retake the starting job, but it could mean Fleury’s leash got a bit shorter.

When asked if he would feel comfortable putting Murray into the game if the circumstances dictated, Sullivan said, “When players dress, it means they're healthy and they're capable of playing.”

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Caps release key offseason dates

Caps release key offseason dates

The Stanley Cup has not yet been awarded, but the offseason has already begun for the Caps. The team released a list of key offseason dates for the summer on Monday. Here are some of the more important ones to mark on your calendar.

June 17: Deadline to submit protected list for the Vegas expansion draft

Every team is going to lose one player to Vegas in the expansion draft, but there are rules in place to help teams protect their top players. Each team will have the option of protecting either seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie or eight skaters and a goalie. That list must be submitted by June 17. Here's the fun part. For the unrestricted free agents not on the protected list, Vegas will be able to negotiate with those players prior to the actual draft. That means Vegas could potentially come to an agreement with a free agent, select someone else in the draft, then wait to sign that player when free agency starts.

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June 21: NHL Awards Show and Vegas expansion draft revealed

Braden Holtby will be there as a Vezina Trophy finalist. Also, during the awards the 30 players the Vegas Golden Knights have selected in the expansion draft will be revealed so we will officially know who from the Caps is Vegas bound.

June 23-24: NHL Draft

The Caps do not pick until the fourth round as of now, but there's a long way between now and then. Perhaps general manager Brian MacLellan pulls off a trade or two to try to get some earlier picks back.

June 26: Deadline for submitting qualifying offers to restricted free agents

Brett Connolly, Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov Nate Schmidt, Dmitry Orlov, Philipp Grubauer all will be restricted free agents this offseason. To retain their rights, teams must submit a qualifying offer by this date. Otherwise, those players automatically become unrestricted free agents.

June 26 - July 1: Caps' development camp

Fans will get a chance to see the Caps of tomorrow in action as they descend upon Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the team's annual development camp. The camp wraps up with a scrimmage that fans can watch on July 1.

July 1: Start of NHL free agency

Given the team's salary cap constraints don't expect to see general manager Brian MacLellan handing out too many contracts.

July 5: Deadline for player-elected arbitration

July 6: Deadline for team-elected arbitration

Of the team's RFAs, Connolly, Kuznetsov, Schmidt, Orlov, and Grubauer are all eligible for arbitration.

July 15: Deadline for players to accept qualifying offers

If RFAs do not accept qualifying offers by this time, those offers expire. The players remain RFAs and the team retains their rights, however. New contracts can still be negotiated.

Sept. 9-12: Rookie tournament

Just prior to training camp, Caps' rookies will take part in a four-team tournament against the Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning. The tournament will take place in Estero, Fla.

Mid-September: Training camp and preseason

The official date has not yet been announced, but the Caps will return to Washington in mid-September to begin training for another quest for the Stanley Cup.

Oct. 4: Opening night of the NHL season

The Caps' schedule has not yet been released, but the new NHL season officially begins on Oct. 4.

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Ovechkin's dog debuts camo onesie at Dulles Aiport

Ovechkin's dog debuts camo onesie at Dulles Aiport

Are dog onesies the new male romper?

Alex Ovechkin's dog, Blake, is bound to become a doggo-fashion icon after dawning a camoflauge onesie before catching a flight at Dulles Airport.

Featured on Ovechkin's wife, Nastasiya's Instagram story, (h/t: RMNB) Ovi can be seen wearing navy sweatpants playing dress up with dog, Blake. 

Blake waits patiently, tail wagging as Ovi places Blake's legs in the onesie one-by-one. Nastasiya and Ovi can be heard laughing as Blake struts around, modeling the onesie for nearby passengers, including a child who sits with Blake on the floor.

Although it is unclear where the onesie was purchased, Ovi shows off some of its features including a pocket, possibly to hold treats and a hole for Blake's tail, which is wagging nonstop.

If there were an America's next top doggo, Blake and his onesie would take the prize. What a good boy.