Capitals Rumors & News

  • Nicklas Backstrom is trying really hard not to get frustrated with lack of goals

    NBC Washington "Nicklas Backstrom has made a career out of setting up other players, but what many forget is that he is a pretty darn good scorer in his own right. Just not these days. Backstrom had three goals in the first six games of the season, but since then he has been held scoreless. His last goal game..." November 20

  • Ovechkin returns after being badly bloodied by puck to face

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s still relatively early on Saturday night, and both the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals could eventually provide further updates that derail this optimism. With that out of the way, at the moment, the theme of the night might just be teams dodging big injury bullets, even if the..." November 19

  • Capitals forward Brett Connolly is expected to play vs. Oilers

    Washington Post "Capitals forward Brett Connolly was medically cleared earlier this week after he suffered the first concussion of his career on Oct. 26 in Vancouver, and it appears that Sunday’s contest against Edmonton will mark his official return. “That was kind of the game circled on the calendar for me,”..." November 11

  • Capitals' Holtby becomes 2nd fastest goalie in NHL history to reach 200 wins "Braden Holtby initially tried to downplay the significance of the milestone, but couldn't deny that having his name in the company of a goaltender as prestigious as Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden meant something. Holtby became the second-fastest goaltender in NHL history to reach 200 wins,..." November 11

  • Capitals' Backstrom mired in longest scoring drought of career "Nicklas Backstrom doesn't hide from the numbers. The Washington Capitals center called them "reality," and the harsh reality is that he's gone seven consecutive games without a point, which is the longest drought of his 11-season NHL career. It's not something Backstrom or the Capitals are..." November 10

  • Tom Wilson keeps trying to beat up the Schenn brothers

    Pro Hockey Talk "There are probably plenty of players across the NHL that have a healthy dislike for Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson. He is physical. He is always kind of close to crossing the line. His job is to make you mad and get under your skin. The Schenn brothers, Luke (Arizona) and Brayden (St...." November 07

  • Best NHL trade targets with Duchene off the market

    Pro Hockey Talk "Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, and other teams must feel a little left out after this weekend. While those GMs either were afraid to pay the sticker price or weren’t in the conversation, the bottom line is that the Ottawa Senators got Matt Duchene,..." November 07

  • Capitals top prospect Ilya Samsonov suffers concussion during KHL game

    Pro Hockey Talk "More bad news if you’re a fan of the Washington Capitals (as if the team’s 6-6-1 start wasn’t enough), as one of their top prospects was injured in the KHL on Thursday. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov suffered a concussion in Mettalurg Magnitogorsk’s 3-1 loss to the Lada Togliatti, according to former..." November 03

  • Ovechkin on buying homeless man clothes: ‘Every human can do something’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Every now and then, an athlete will warm your heart with a random act of kindness. In the case of a kind act by Alex Ovechkin in Edmonton, it came down to warmth. As a local cafe first revealed, Ovechkin was seen giving a homeless man clothing. (Ovechkin later revealed that he went to a store..." October 28

  • Caps' Burakovsky out 6-8 weeks after surgery

    TSN "Washington Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured left thumb. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks. The 22-year-old suffered the injury during the third period of Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers. The Caps placed..." October 24

  • Barry Trotz thinks Alex Ovechkin will be fine after injury scare at practice

    NBC Washington "Alex Ovechkin limped to the locker room late in Monday’ practice and did not return, but Coach Barry Trotz said he thinks the Caps’ captain is going to be okay. Ovechkin, who is tied for the league lead in goals with 10, was participating in a spirited 2-on-2 battle drill when he got “tangled..." October 23

  • Ovechkin passes Jagr for most regular-season overtime goals "Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals made some more history on Friday. After T.J. Oshie scored the game-tying goal with 1:01 remaining in the third period, Ovechkin became the first NHL player with 20 regular-season overtime goals when he scored at 1:56 of OT to give the Capitals a 4-3..." October 21

  • A solution to the NHL’s advanced stats problem

    New York Post "During a recent casual conversation with someone who has been intimately involved in the NHL for decades, he jokingly said this: “You ever think that all of these off-ice officials are actually the same people in every arena?” It was a funny take on this gaggle of people in each city who keep..." October 20

  • Capitals’ Barry Trotz compares Leafs’ Auston Matthews to Mario Lemieux

    Sportsnet "The Washington Capitals host the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday, which means the Auston Matthews show rolls through town. Barry Trotz saw first hand what the young American is capable of when his team faced the Maple Leafs in the playoffs this past April. This week the Capitals head coach has made..." October 17

  • Report: NHL might scrap All-Star Game in favor of international event

    CBS Sports "The NHL All-Star Game has been somewhat of a shapeshifting beast over the years. A lot about the annual midseason event has changed, from the game's format to the way teams are picked and how players are voted in. But soon the league's All-Star Game may cease to exist altogether. According to a..." October 17

  • Capitals place D Niskanen on LTIR

    TSN "The Washington Capitals placed veteran defenceman Matt Niskanen on long term injured reserve Saturday. Niskanen, 30, is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. The former Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins blueliner has an assist in five games for the Caps this year." October 14

  • Wilson is ready to prove he's more than just a goon as he returns to the lineup

    NBC Washington "This is a big season for Tom Wilson. As a former first-round pick whose career high is currently seven goals, the team is ready to see more production out of him. A four-game suspension is not the way he wanted things to start. ”It obviously wasn't the best start to the year for me,” Wilson..." October 13

  • Ovechkin credits sister-in-law for historic scoring binge "Watch out, NHL. Alex Ovechkin is back. After a down 2016-17 season, the Washington Capitals left wing is scoring goals in bunches again. And he's opened the season at a pace the League hasn't seen in 100 years. Ovechkin equaled his NHL career high with four goals in the Capitals' 6-1 victory..." October 09

  • Walker gets call from Australia's Prime Minister after historic NHL debut "Nathan Walker got a long distance phone call on Sunday. On the other end of the line was Australia's Prime Minister. After making history as the first Australian player in the history of the NHL, Walker received a congratulatory call from Malcolm Turnbull, the head of Parliament back in his..." October 09

  • Alex Ovechkin makes history with 2nd straight hat trick

    Fanrag Sports "Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin accomplished a feat Saturday evening in his team’s game against the Montreal Canadiens that the National Hockey League has not seen since 1917. Ovechkin scored three of the Capitals’ four first-period goals, giving him his second hat trick in as many..." October 08

  • Nathan Walker of Capitals set to become NHL's first Australian player "When Nathan Walker was 6 years old, he laced up his in-line skates to play organized hockey for the first time in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. His relentless, havoc-causing playing style quickly earned him the nickname Stormy. "He used to skate the fastest from one end of the rink to..." October 06

  • Capitals ink Alex Chiasson to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Washington Capitals have signed winger Alex Chiasson to a $660,000, one-year contract. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Wednesday, the day before the Capitals open the regular season in Ottawa. The 27-year-old Chiasson made the team on a training camp tryout after he..." October 04

  • Tom Wilson gets four-game suspension (this time counting in regular season)

    Pro Hockey Talk "This time around, Tom Wilson‘s preseason suspension won’t stay in the preseason. The Washington Capitals’ polarizing, hard-hitting winger received a four-game suspension for boarding Sammy Blais of the St. Louis Blues. This comes shortly after Wilson received a two-game preseason suspension for..." October 03

  • Blues Coach Mike Yeo calls Tom Wilson's hit on Sunday 'predatory'

    CSN Washington "For the second time this preseason, Tom Wilson was involved in a controversial hit on a St. Louis player. The first one resulted in a two exhibition game suspension for the rugged Caps winger. The second, well, we don’t know yet. In the second period of Washington’s 4-3 win at Scottrade..." October 02

  • After injury scare, Caps' T.J. Oshie felt good on Friday

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "T.J. Oshie returned to practice Friday morning and after a bit of an injury scare against New Jersey. In the third period of Wednesday’s 4-1 defeat, Oshie was knocked down near the net by Devils defenseman John Moore. Oshie got up, raced across the ice and slammed into the boards as he lined up..." September 30

  • Trotz on Capitals’ struggles: Last year’s finish ‘took a piece of us’

    Sportsnet "That the Washington Capitals are approaching the 2017-18 season with caution and tempered expectations shouldn’t be surprising. Such is the case when you’re coming off two seasons of not only disappointment, but also identical fates. Over the past two campaigns, Washington has twice finished..." September 30

  • Kuznetsov taking on more responsibility with Capitals "That Evgeny Kuznetsov responded to the question with a question didn't make the center's answer any less revealing. Heading into his fourth full season with the Washington Capitals, having signed an eight-year, $62.4 million contract on July 2, does Kuznetsov envision himself taking on more of..." September 30

  • NHL Board of Governors discuss place of anthems before games

    Sportsnet "“It” wasn’t supposed to even be on the agenda at Wednesday’s NHL Board of Governors meeting. This was supposed to be a regular, run-of-the-mill meeting in New York City to rubber stamp a rule change, and get regular updates from various league departments. “It” was a discussion about..." September 29

  • Olympic roster decisions starting to take shape

    Sportsnet "As the parent of a five-year-old, my interest in minor hockey has grown exponentially the last few years. He’s a decent skater, but isn’t sure he wants to play. Despite that, you’re trying to learn everything you can. Toronto is a funny place for minor hockey. A friend of mine who used to coach..." September 28

  • NHLPA issues statement in support of players’ peaceful protests

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association officially joined the political conversation on Wednesday. In an email sent to players by executive director Donald Fehr, the NHLPA stated that any players who would like to participate in peaceful protests of their own “would of course have the full support of the..." September 28

  • Trotz: Anthem protests honor flag, condemn racial injustice

    Washington Post "Ahead of the Washington Capitals’ final preseason home game on Wednesday night, Coach Barry Trotz said he has not had a conversation with his team regarding any potential demonstrations around the national anthem. Over the weekend, more than 200 NFL players participated in various methods of..." September 27

  • Huge step? Doctors may find a way to identify CTE in living NHL players

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper and TSN’s Rick Westhead pass along what could be a breakthrough Boston University study – or at least the early stages of a breakthrough – in how concussions/CTE are handled in sports. The key: after only being able to study brains of deceased athletes, there’s a..." September 27

  • A new No. 1: McDavid edges Crosby in TSN's Top 50 player poll

    TSN "Not even back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies were enough for Sidney Crosby to hold off Connor McDavid for one more year. For the first time in the eight-year history of TSN’s Top 50 player poll, Crosby was knocked off his perch as the projected No. 1 player in the NHL, as decided by a panel of 22..." September 26

  • NHL’s Bettman says he respects players’ views on political issues

    Sportsnet "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman says he respects players’ views on political and social issues and "people are going to have to decide what makes them comfortable." Several pro hockey players have commented President Donald Trump’s call for protesting NFL players to be fired...." September 26

  • IIHF release Olympic hockey schedule

    TSN "Canada opens defence of its Olympic men's hockey gold Feb. 15 versus Switzerland and women's gold Feb. 11 against Russia. The International Ice Hockey Federation released the ice hockey schedules and matchups Monday for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada's women, who are..." September 25

  • Wilson to have hearing with NHL Player Safety

    TSN "The NHL announced that Washington Capitals' forward Tom Wilson will have a hearing with Player Safety for interference on St. Louis Blues' forward Robert Thomas. Wilson checked Thomas near the boards while he did not have control of the puck in the third period of play in the Capital's 4-0..." September 23

  • Capitals' Wilson suspended 2 preseason games for hit on Blues' Thomas

    Sporting News "Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended for two preseason games stemming from his hit on St. Louis Blues rookie Robert Thomas, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced on Saturday. According to the league, Wilson checked Thomas 'well past' where Thomas was eligible to be..." September 23

  • Capitals Coach Barry Trotz wants to see Alex Ovechkin eliminate slashing penalties

    Washington Post "Before the puck dropped to start the third period at Bell Centre on Wednesday night, Alex Ovechkin was talking with two referees on the ice. Both sides had their say, and then Ovechkin returned to the penalty box to finish serving his second slashing penalty of the game. “I asked them, ‘You..." September 22

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Barry Trotz counting on Capitals’ youth to replace departing vets

    Sportsnet "Take a glance at the Washington Capitals‘ depth chart and it looks thinner than when they last took the ice. But that doesn’t mean expectations are any different for the perennial NHL frontrunners. “I actually like our team,” head coach Barry Trotz said. “With some of the departures, we’re..." September 15

  • Ovechkin: ‘It sucks’ NHL players won’t be allowed to compete in 2018 Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin has been defiant at times that he will compete for Russia in the 2018 Olympic hockey competition. Even into early August, there were reports the Washington Capitals star was still hopeful he was going to South Korea to play for his country. It’s possible NHL players go to the..." September 15

  • Russian hockey head says Alex Ovechkin ‘has to accept’ he won’t play in Olympics

    Washington Post "Despite Alex Ovechkin’s repeatedly stated intention to defy the NHL and represent Russia in the upcoming Winter Olympics, it is looking less and less likely the Washington Capitals captain even will be given the chance to do so. On Wednesday, Vladislav Tretiak, the head of the Russian Hockey..." September 13

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Alex Chiasson joins Capitals training camp on professional tryout agreement

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals added another name to their depth forward competition at the team’s upcoming training camp by signing right wing Alex Chiasson to a professional tryout agreement. Chiasson, 27, is the second player to join Washington’s training camp on such an agreement; defenseman Jryki..." September 09

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Capitals might address some D departures with PTO for Jokipakka

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a move that’s only really a gamble for area copy editors/copy-paste-adverse fans, the Washington Capitals announced that they handed defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka a PTO invite for training camp. Jokipakka deserves some credit for amassing 150 regular-season games of experience at the NHL level..." September 05

  • Capitals prospect Djoos trying to bulk up before season

    Pro Hockey Talk "After losing Karl Alzner, Kevin Shattenkirk and Nate Schmidt this offseason the Washington Capitals are going to have some big openings on their blue line, a development that presents a great opportunity for skilled prospect Christian Djoos to get his first look in the NHL. Djoos, a..." September 04

  • After being traded this summer, Marcus Johansson making transition from Caps to Devils

    Washington Post "As though the clock on the Washington Capitals’ offseason had been turned back, forward Marcus Johansson stepped onto the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Monday morning wearing a Washington practice jersey, as he had so many times during his seven-year career here. The only change: Johansson’s new..." September 02

  • Thinner Ovechkin arrives early to skate with Capitals teammates "A thinner Alex Ovechkin was skating at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday to prepare for the start of training camp on Sept. 15. The Washington Capitals forward appears to have taken seriously the challenge from management and the coaching staff to get in better condition this offseason and..." August 29