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T.J. Oshie looks poised to return to game action on Saturday

T.J. Oshie looks poised to return to game action on Saturday

The Capitals got Brooks Orpik back on Thursday and look like they may get T.J. Oshie back as well on Saturday for their game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The veteran winger was back on the top line for Friday's practice and Tom Wilson was practicing at his normal spot on the fourth, a sign that the team expects to have Oshie back.

"Felt pretty good so we'll see how ever we go here in the next 24 hours," Oshie said following practice. "I think it's looking pretty good for right now."

"He's getting real close," head coach Barry Trotz said. "Maybe tomorrow."

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Oshie has missed four games with an upper-body injury he suffered on Feb. 22. He also missed time earlier in the season for another upper-body issue, but he insisted the two were not related.

"It's something different," Oshie said. "Something that I don't think will affect me going forward at all. Just got to get 100 percent over it before I go back."

Getting to 100 percent is especially important as the Caps prepare for the playoffs.

With the team gearing up for a run at the Stanley Cup, a lingering injury to a top-line winger is a major concern and many may be surprised to see Oshie returning so quickly. But according to him, there's no reason to worry about whether he may be coming back too soon.

"The trainers are the guys that are not rushing me back and I'm the guy trying to get back so I think it balances itself out with them," Oshie said. "No one likes sitting out for whatever reason it is. The good side is that the team's playing well right now, we're winning some games. It's different when the team's not doing well. It's a little easier to sit on the sidelines when the team's winning."

Oshie suffered the most recent injury in a game against Philadelphia. Now it looks like he will be returning Saturday just in time to play...Philadelphia.

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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 Airport

Ovechkin's dog debuts camo onesie at Dulles Airport

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.