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>WASHINGTON 鈥?Amid another lost season and the other off-the-field drama surrounding the Burgundy and Gold this week Mike McGlinchey Jersey 49ers , you may have missed the rather major legal proceeding taking place. It has flown somewhat under the radar and details have been surprisingly scant and hard to come by.After former general manager Scot McCloughan was fired this March, he filed a grievance against the team for the $2.8 million left on his contract that ownership refused to pay him. The team would have to show just cause in firing him to withhold that money. The hearing for the grievance began Monday in D.C. and while a ruling isn鈥檛 expected for months, the proceeding is expected to wrap up Wednesday.According to USA Today, the team鈥檚 evidence centers around McCloughan鈥檚 well-documented struggles with alcohol, an issue the entire league knew full well about when Washington hired him. It was publicly reported as the reason after he was let go from both the 49ers and Seahawks, despite his professional success at each spot. He also spent time in rehab before coming to Washington.As CBS Sports鈥?Jason LaCanfora pointed out earlier this month, evidence regarding the availability and consumption of alcohol on team property seem likely to be presented in McCloughan鈥檚 defense. That evidence isn鈥檛 hard to come by, even on social media.As a reader reminded me, Chris Cooley said Bruce Allen tossed him a beer after telling him he was cut. pic./0aUSSCAmaY— Dan Steinberg (dcsportsbog) December 11, 2017IF Scot firing ends up in legal battle, it wouldn't take much to demonstrate 'culture of drinking in office' tolerated in DC(Top left) pic./TFYKMCeYSP— Chad Ryan (ChadwikoRCC) March 10, 2017Pro Football Talk posted the NFL鈥檚 Alcohol and Tobacco Policy in their own piece earlier this week, language that seems to speak pretty directly to the anecdote and image above (emphasis ours):鈥淣FL policy prohibits the use or presence of alcohol beverages Ronald Jones II Color Rush Jersey , including beer, in any club setting, including in locker rooms, practice or other facilities, or while traveling, including on team buses or flights at any time during the preseason, regular season or postseason, including during the practice week and on game day,鈥?the policy states. 鈥淭his prohibition extends not only to players, but to all team personnel, as well as to other guests traveling with the team or who have access to club facilities.鈥滻n the grand scheme of an NFL budget, $2.8 million is hardly a seismic amount of money. Refusing to pay would seem to be more about pride and keeping up appearances for why McCloughan was let go. As Mike Jones 鈥?the reporter for that USA Today piece and the former team beat reporter for The Washington Post 鈥?told The Sports Junkies last winter, a number of people claimed Allen was jealous of the credit McCloughan had gotten for the team鈥檚 turnaround.Washington went 17-14-1 under McCloughan鈥檚 tenure Cheap Customized Atlanta Falcons Jerseys , making the playoffs two years ago before just missing them last year, despite a second straight winning season. The team is a combined 34-60 under Allen, finishing with a winning record just once 鈥?RG3鈥檚 rookie year.The team has been quiet about the issue all week, but unless the two sides come to a settlement, the result will surface publicly eventually. If the arbitrator Peter Harvey sides with McCloughan, Washington will be out $2.8 million and any credible excuse for letting their best talent evaluator in years walk out the door. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow WTOP on to engage in conversation about this article and others.漏 2017 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. The sight of Evgeny Kuznetsov clutching his left arm and leaving the ice after a hit from Brayden McNabb isn’t as big a threat to the Washington Capitals‘ title hopes as it might seem.
Not after the Capitals withstood three games without Nicklas Backstrom. Not after they missed Kuznetsov for most of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final and still beat the Vegas Golden Knights to tie the series.
They’d love to have their leading scorer in the lineup Saturday night in Washington, but with superstar captain Alex Ovechkin and several top players producing and filling the void, the Capitals are built to handle life without Kuznetsov if it comes to that.
”We’ve had some guys been out here and there these playoffs,” Backstrom said. ”It’s hard to replace Kuznetsov the way he’s been playing, but if that’s the case it is what it is and we just have to have other guys step up.”
Coach Barry Trotz provided no update on Kuznetsov on Thursday other than to say the Russian center is day to day. The team practices again Friday.
It didn’t look very good for Kuznetsov when he went down the tunnel in the first period Wednesday night and didn’t return. But Ovechkin scored his first career Stanley Cup Final goal on the power play, and Lars Eller, bumped up the lineup to fill in for Kuznetsov, had a goal and two assists.
No one player can make up for the potential loss of Kuznetsov Connor Williams Jersey , who has 11 goals and 14 assists in 21 playoff games, though Washington’s depth down the middle looks solid with Backstrom, Eller, Jay Beagle and, if need be, Chandler Stephenson. Eller played a key role in two big victories against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference final without Backstrom, and will once again be one of the most important players on the ice if Kuznetsov isn’t healthy.
”Nick has gone out or Kuzy has been out, Lars has elevated his game and comes up in a more prominent role,” Trotz said. ”I think he embraces the challenge. He takes the moments very seriously that he has to step up and try to find a way to produce, and he has. He’s a veteran player who has good hockey sense, and he’s strong on the puck, and I think his game translates well in the playoffs.”
It doesn’t hurt that the Capitals can lean on Ovechkin in times of need, and they have received strong performances from top-six wingers Tom Wilson Authentic Seth Jones Jersey , T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrana and defenseman John Carlson.
It’s the kind of production Vegas is looking for from its top line of Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith. Going on the road means coach Gerard Gallant can’t pick matchups, so he’s counting on his best players to play like it.
”I don’t care who they play against,” Gallant said. ”We’re going to play well and work hard and compete hard. (Wednesday) night they didn’t have the offensive outburst they usually have. You’re not going to be at your best every night. I expect them to be really good for us like they have all season long.”
Gallant tipped his hat to the Capitals, saying they deserved to win Game 2 based on how they performed after losing Kuznetsov. It would be more difficult to sustain that effort and adrenaline for an entire game without him, though it’s a test they passed without Backstrom earlier in the playoffs.
”It’ll be a big loss, but as you saw in the Pittsburgh series when Nick went down, sometimes that kind of energizes some other guys to get in there and be able to make some plays,” Oshie said. ”So we’ll roll with the punches.”
Rolling with the punches has become somewhat of the Capitals’ identity this season and into the playoffs. They got some more in the form of a ground stop at the airport after they landed on Thursday as lightning kept them from getting off the plane.
Trotz considers it just another roadblock for his team to get over.
”Our guys are fine,” he said. ”It’s another layer of adversity that we have to go through all the time.”
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