Digest: Capitals re-sign T.J. Oshie to eight-year, $46 million deal
From Sun staff and news services|
Jun 24, 2017 | 1:15 AM
The Washington Capitals have made their first splash of the summer, and it's keeping a key part of its team from the past two seasons. Before the first round of the NHL draft started Friday night, Washington re-signed right wing T.J. Oshie to an eight-year, $46 million deal that will carry an annual salary cap hit of $5.75 million. Oshie was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and this deal will run until he's 38. Oshie tied captain Alex Ovechkin for the team lead in scoring with 33 goals, and he also had the league's highest shooting percentage at 23.1. The Capitals acquired Oshie from St. Louis before the 2015-16 season, sending forward Troy Brouwer, goaltender prospect Pheonix Copley and a draft pick to the Blues. In the two years since, Oshie has scored 107 points and twice set career marks in goals. He has spent the majority of those two seasons as the right wing complement to Ovechkin and center Nicklas Backstrom. The massive deal could handcuff Washington from making a splash with other offseason moves. The Capitals still have five restricted free agents, including Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov, who could receive long-term deals, and general manager Brian MacLellan has said that he won't be buying out any players this summer. One potential wish-list item for Washington is a top-four defenseman after Nate Schmidt was taken in the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft, but it's unclear if the Capitals will be able to afford that without a corresponding move to clear roster.
CB Flythe is Terps' 6th commit this month; WR Obasi to Virginia
H.D. Woodson (D.C.) cornerback Vincent Flythe committed to Maryland on Friday, the Terps' sixth pledge this month and fifth in the past nine days. Of their 13 commits in the Class of 2018, 11 are from Maryland, Virginia or Washington. A three-star prospect rated the District's No. 9 prospect by the 247Sports.com composite rankings, Flythe also had offers from Georgia, Louisville, Kentucky, Temple and Wisconsin. Flythe, the first cornerback prospect in the Terps' class, was named an All-Met honorable mention by The Washington Post after his junior season. Three-star Bishop McNamara offensive tackle Spencer Anderson committed to the Terps on Thursday night. Rated the No. 73 tackle and No. 17 in-state recruit by the 247Sports.com composite rankings, Anderson, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound Class of 2018 prospect, also claimed offers from Rutgers, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Kentucky and others.
More: Milford Mill wide receiver Ugo Obasi, an All-Metro first-team selection as a junior, committed to Virginia on Friday night. The rising senior had cut his list to Temple, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and the Cavaliers on Thursday. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Obasi caught 49 passes for 1,178 yards last season, an average of 24 yards per catch, and had 13 touchdowns in helping lead the Millers to the Class 3A North regional final. Obasi, who also plays basketball for Milford Mill, is unranked on ESPN.com and 247Sports.com but is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Carden's 6 total TDs lead Brigade over Valor, 51-41
Rookie quarterback Shane Carden completed 21 of 31 passes for 251 yards and five touchdowns and ran for one to lead the host Baltimore Brigade (3-6) to a 51-41 win over the Washington Valor in an Arena Football League game Friday night in front of an announced 6,095 at Royal Farms Arena. Reggie Gray caught nine passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns for the Brigade. Quarterback Sean Brackett threw five touchdowns to lead the Valor (1-8).
Honors: Katie Ledecky (swimming) and Maryland's Zoe Stukenberg (lacrosse) are among the 12 finalists for the Collegiate Women's Sports Award. Ledecky, a Bethesda native, swims for Stanford and won five national titles. Stukenberg, a Marriotts Ridge graduate, helped the Terps to a 23-0 season and national championship and was named the Tewaaraton Award winner as the nation's top player. The Honda Cup will be awarded to the winner on Monday in Los Angeles.
Varsity track and field: Franklin junior Nyjari McNeil, The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Girls Track Performer of the Year, was named Gatorade Maryland Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Frederick Douglass senior Kollin Smith was picked Gatorade Maryland Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year after winning the 110-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump state championships at the Class 2A state meet this past season.
Women's college lacrosse: Towson defender Olivia Conti, Maryland defender Megan Doherty (Mount Hebron) and attacker-midfielder KaliHartshorn, Navy attacker Kelly Larkin, Robert Morris midfielder Annie Sachs (Dulaney) and Notre Dame freshman Savannah Buchanan (McDonogh) and Florida midfielder Brianna Harris (Broadneck) were named to the Inside Lacrosse Women All-Rookie team.
Horses: The Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show presented by Beyond the Wire will take place Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. in the infield at Pimlico Race Course. All proceeds from ticket sales and entry fees will go to benefit Beyond the Wire, a thoroughbred aftercare program launched last year by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. More than $15,000 in prize money is available in In-Hand, Leadline, Low, Children/Adult and Open Hunter classes, plus four Open Jumper classes. Ring 1 begins at 8 a.m. followed by Ring 2 at 9 a.m. and Ring 3 at 11 a.m. Since 2012, the show has raised more than $60,000 to benefit thoroughbred aftercare organizations. For entry fees, forms and further information, go to pimlico.com/events/tbred-horse-show.
Women's college volleyball: Navy hired Megan Shifflett as an assistant coach. Shifflett, who won three national championships as a setter-defensive specialist at Penn State, has been a part of the coaching staff at Western Oregon for the past two seasons, a stint that included her serving as the interim head coach at the Division II program for several months.