October 26, 2014

Washington Capitals Practice Update & Audio for April 3: Oates, Ribeiro, Schmidt

The Washington Capitals held an optional practice Wednesday morning in advance of the NHL trade deadline. Most of the heavy ice-time skaters took the day off, including Alex Ovehckin, Nick Backstrom and Braden Holtby.

Mike Ribeiro, who has been the discussion of trade rumors, also took the day off, but he did meet with the media following practice. He indicated that he felt he would not be traded — or signed — before the deadline and was concentrated more on winning tomorrow against the Islanders and getting into the playoffs.

It was also the Caps debut for defenseman Nate Schmidt, just signed from University of Minnesota. Schmidy wore No. 88 in practice and head coach Adam Oates said they haven’t decided how they’ll utilize the puck-moving defenseman.

Below please find audio from Oates, Ribeiro, Schmidt and Jason Chimera, who’s name was bandied about in the national media as potentially on the block as well.

04-03-13 Adam Oates Practice RAW

04-03-13 Jason Chimera Practice RAW

04-03-13 Mike Ribeiro Practice RAW

04-03-13 Nate Schmidt Practice RAW

04-03-13 Troy Brouwer Practice RAW

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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