Capitals Rumors & News

  • Caps re-sign Christian Djoos, who could get his NHL shot next season

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Christian Djoos to a two-year, $1.3 million contract. It’s a two-way deal in 2017-18, and a one-way deal the following season. Djoos, 22, is expected to push for an NHL spot next season, along with Madison Bowey and possibly Tyler..." June 22

  • Capitals’ Karl Alzner doesn’t sign with Vegas Golden Knights during three-day window

    Washington Post "One advantage the Vegas Golden Knights had during their 72-hour window to build their inaugural team was an early crack at pending unrestricted free agents left unprotected in the expansion draft. While those players officially hit the open market on July 1, Vegas had an opportunity to meet with..." June 21

  • Philipp Grubauer, Nate Schmidt left exposed by Caps in expansion draft

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The deadline for teams to submit their list protected players from the expansion draft to the NHL has now come and gone and the Washington Capitals did not have any last minute surprises. Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reported out Washington's protected list. The list is what..." June 18

  • Wild Acquires 2018 Fifth-Round Pick in Exchange for Tyler Graovac

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a fifth-round selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward Tyler Graovac (pronounced GRAY-oh-vack). Graovac, 24 (4/27/93), totaled nine..." June 14

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • Braden Holtby supports equality, marches in Capital Pride Alliance parade

    NHL.com "Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby was among the crowd that turned out for Capital Pride Alliance's 2017 Parade in Washington D.C. on Saturday afternoon. Holtby, accompanied by wife Brandi, showed support for the LGBTQ community just as he did in 2016. Holtby posed for pictures with..." June 11

  • Williams meets with Caps GM, will meet again

    Pro Hockey Talk "Perhaps Justin Williams‘ return to Washington is more likely than first thought. Williams, an unrestricted free agent come July 1, looked like he’d head to market after the Caps crashed out of the playoffs. He turns 36 this fall and, given GM Brian MacLellan has a number of other important..." June 10

  • Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Pending RFA likely to be retained

    CBS Sports "Re-signing Kuznetsov, a pending restricted free agent, is a priority for Capitals GM Brian MacLellan, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "We're going to do everything we can to bring them back," MacLellan said, referring to Kuznetsov and defenseman Dmitry Orlov. "They are going to be a big part of our..." June 04

  • George McPhee on trading for Alex Ovechkin: 'That's not going to happen'

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "With Alex Ovechkin set to turn 32 in September, another early playoff exit has led some to wonder if it is time for the Capitals to move on from the Great 8. Even if general manager Brian MacLellan was thinking of making such a move – which he has already said he is not – Ovechkin's cap hit would..." June 04

  • Caps re-sign Aussie forward Nathan Walker, who ‘has a good chance’ of playing in NHL next season

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nathan Walker has already made history as the first Australian hockey player selected in the NHL Draft. He could further the story in the fall as the first Aussie to play an NHL game. On Thursday, the Washington Capitals re-signed the 23-year-0ld winger to a two-year, two-way contract. The..." June 02

  • Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals to Play Outdoor Game Next Season

    Complex "The Stanley Cup Finals may still be underway, but the NHL is already busy planning next season's festivities. Along with an assuredly interesting Entry Draft and the introduction of the league's newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, there will be plenty of special moments during the NHL's..." June 02

  • Capitals not ruling out trade of Alex Ovechkin: Three potential destinations

    CBS Sports "While the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators square off for championship glory, the Washington Capitals are left to juggle questions about the future of their franchise centerpiece, Alex Ovechkin. Such is life for a team that, after another disappointing but unsurprising exit from the..." June 01

  • Capitals keeping Oshie depends on salary cap

    TSN "Whether or not T.J. Oshie re-signs with the Washington Capitals appears to depend on whether or not the NHL raises the salary cap for the 2017-18 season. Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said Tuesday that the team will likely need the salary cap to increase by $4 million to keep..." May 31

  • NHL to consider ‘centralized’ decision-maker for goalie interference challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was the offside challenge that drew most of the attention last night, but according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there could be a change coming to the process of goalie interference challenges. Daly was asked Monday if it might be better to have just one person in Toronto, with one..." May 31

  • Capitals general manager addresses possibility of trading Alex Ovechkin

    USA Today "The Washington Capitals won’t strip the captaincy from Alex Ovechkin, however general manager Brian MacLellan appeared to be open to trading the All-Star forward in the future if the right deal materialized. MacLellan told reporters on Tuesday that Ovechkin is “a big part of the franchise” and..." May 30

  • Barry Trotz to Return as Capitals Head Coach for Final Year of Contract

    Bleacher Report "Despite three straight disappointing exits from the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Washington Capitals will bring back head coach Barry Trotz for the 2017-18 season. Per Brian McNally of 106.7 The Fan, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said during an interview with reporters Trotz would..." May 30

  • NHL officially won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

    The Comeback "Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media about a variety of topics concerning the league. The interviews went great if you hate ads on jerseys, mediocre..." May 30

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • CSKA in talks with Caps D Orlov

    TSN "According to a report Sport-Express' Igor Eronko, CSKA Moscow of the KHL has opened contract talks with Washington Capitals defenceman Dmitry Orlov. Orlov, 25, is slated to become a restricted free agent on July 1. He posted six goals and 33 points in 82 games with the Capitals this season and..." May 26

  • Looking at the NHL’s top 12 buyout candidates in 2017

    Sportsnet "Under-performing players, albatross contracts and a relatively flat 2017-18 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon hand you a get-out-jail card. But it ain’t free. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to..." May 24

  • Nicklas Backstrom has become the vocal leader of the Caps

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The playoff failures of the Washington Capitals rarely come with silver linings anymore, but there was one positive to come out of this year’s postseason as a vocal leader emerged from the within the locker room. No, it wasn’t the captain, Alex Ovechkin, who seems to have more of a “lead by..." May 21

  • AHL goalie and potential Caps' backup suffered groin muscle pulled off the bone

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Hershey Bears’ season ended on Wednesday in a Game 7 loss to the Providence Bruins, but starting goalie Pheonix Copley’s season ended earlier than that with a lower-body injury. Now we know more about the injury. According to Hershey head coach Troy Mann, Copley had a groin muscle pulled..." May 21

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • Panthers to interview Reirden for head coach

    TSN "Washington Capitals associate head coach Todd Reirden is the latest to join the Florida Panthers' list of head coaching candidates. TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli reports Reirden, who is also a potential candidate for the Buffalo Sabres' head coach opening, will have an interview..." May 15

  • Daniel Winnik faces another offseason of uncertainty

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Capitals’ Game 7 loss did not just end the season, it may have also ended Daniel Winnik’s time in Washington. Winnik is among the pending free agents coming off the books for the Capitals this offseason. Winnik became a Capital in 2016 as part of a trade deadline deal and cemented a spot on..." May 15

  • Evgeni Malkin is basking in Alex Ovechkin’s misery

    Yardbarker "The Washington Capitals may have won the Presidents’ Trophy for the second consecutive year, but that meant nothing earlier this week when they were ousted in yet another Game 7. For Alex Ovechkin, it was just another bitter moment in a long history of bitter moments. He has never advanced past..." May 14

  • T.J. Oshie, Kevin Shattenkirk have different free-agent plans

    NHL.com "Forward T.J. Oshie, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, said Friday his preference is to stay with the Washington Capitals. Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said he'll explore the market. "Right now, I'm a Capital, and I feel like that's where I'll be," Oshie said. "If something..." May 13

  • Backstrom to play in Worlds, Johansson reportedly will miss due to injury

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Alex Ovechkin is not the only Cap who will miss the IIHF World Championship due to an injury. Marcus Johansson will also miss the tournament due to a previously unknown fracture to his finger, according to a report by Swedish outlet Aftonbladet. In the report, Johansson said that he would have..." May 12

  • Kevin Shattenkirk wants No. 1 role next season

    TSN "Kevin Shattenkirk wants be more than an offensive defenceman regarded as a power-play specialist. The Washington Capitals defenceman, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July, said he wants to take a No. 1 role next season. He said he will see if he and Capitals can work out..." May 12

  • Capitals owner after loss to Penguins: ‘I’m sorry we didn’t deliver’

    Sportsnet "As the Washington Capitals pack their bags and head into another summer without a Stanley Cup, team owner Ted Leonsis would like to apologize to fans. “Sports teams impact the psyche of a city, and I feel terrible that we have let you down,” Leonsis wrote on his blog, Ted’s Take. “I’m sorry we..." May 12

  • Ovechkin injured knee on Kadri hit, won't need surgery

    TSN "Alex Ovechkin confirmed Friday he injured his knee on a hit by Nazem Kadri in the Washington Capitals' first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ovechkin exited Game 5 of the series between the Capitals and Leafs in the first period on April 21 but returned for the start of the..." May 12

  • Russia: Ovechkin played through 'pain numbing injections'

    TSN "Alexander Ovechkin will not play in the world hockey championship due to a lower-body injury, Team Russia announced Thursday. In a statement, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation said Ovechkin told Russian coaches he finished the NHL playoffs playing through pain numbing injections. "During a..." May 11

  • Fleury, Penguins eliminate Capitals in Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Pushed to the brink by the Washington Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins responded like the defending Stanley Cup champions. Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist scored goals, Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves, and the Penguins defeated the Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 of their Eastern..." May 10

  • Capitals win, force Game 7 against Penguins

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Down but not out, the Washington Capitals pushed anxiety aside. They not only won their second game in a row in their Eastern Conference semifinal, but they dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 in Game 6 on Monday night at PPG Paints Arena to avoid elimination. "Since Game 3,..." May 08

  • Trotz: Capitals can't hide from the past, but can change the future

    NHL.com "Up to this point, the Eastern Conference Second Round between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins has followed roughly the same script as the second-round series between the teams last year. Like then, the Capitals trailed 3-1 in the best-of-7 series, but won Game 5 at home at..." May 08

  • How the Capitals can force Game 7 against Penguins

    USA Today "The Washington Capitals, owner of the NHL’s best regular-season record, face elimination for the second time Monday when they face the Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Capitals stayed alive Saturday by posting a 4-2 win at home in Game 5. Can they do it again on the road? Here is what the Capitals,..." May 08

  • Capitals talk about need to ‘loosen up a bit’ heading into Game 5

    Pro Hockey Talk "If you’re a Washington Capitals fan you have no doubt seen this movie before. Entering Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, the team is facing elimination against its long-time arch nemesis and postseason tormenter after what was a wildly successful regular season. It is a..." May 06

  • Capitals beat Penguins, stave off elimination

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he needed his top players to step up in Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. They certainly did. Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin scored third-period goals, Braden Holtby made 20 saves and the Capitals..." May 06

  • Ovechkin skates with third line at Capitals practice

    Sportsnet "Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, six-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy-winner and three-time league MVP, skated on the third line at the club’s Friday morning practice. The famed Russian sniper took the ice with bottom-sixers Lars Eller and Tom Wilson, according to the Washington..." May 05

  • Woman says she was sexually assaulted during Penguins game

    Pittsburgh's Action News 4 "A woman says she was sexually assaulted in a bathroom during Game 4 of the Penguins-Capitals playoff series at PPG Paints Arena. Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler sent the following statement via email early Thursday evening: "We are investigating a report of a sexual assault..." May 05

  • Alex Ovechkin says his ’stupid decisions’ put Capitals in 3-1 hole

    Sporting News "With his Capitals on the verge of yet another playoff elimination, Alex Ovechkin says he is to blame. Despite playing against a seriously short-handed Penguins squad, supposedly dead in the water without their concussed captain Sidney Crosby, Ovechkin and the mighty Caps failed to take..." May 04

  • Penguins continuing on tradition of resiliency against Capitals

    USA Today "When you think of Pittsburgh Penguins tradition, you think showtime offense. Mario Lemieux. Jaromir Jagr. Ron Francis. Paul Coffey. Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin. The Penguins have a history of magical scorers. But the tradition that no one discusses, but everyone in the organization..." May 04

  • LeBrun sees Devils among teams trying to land Shattenkirk

    Fanrag Sports "The overtime winner scored by Kevin Shattenkirk in Game 3 on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins may end up turning around what’s been a lackluster postseason for the talented Washington Capitals defenseman, but will any of his playoff results really matter when it comes to getting the..." May 04

  • Without Crosby, Pens open 3-1 series lead on Caps

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins had to overcome the absence of injured star center Sidney Crosby. They didn't find a particular substitute offensively. They did it primarily with sterling defense and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury, facing a barrage as he has been in most of..." May 03

  • Alex Ovechkin talks about play that led to Sidney Crosby concussion

    Sportsnet "Alex Ovechkin addressed the play that led to Sidney Crosby’s latest concussion for the first time Wednesday and the Washington Capitals captain echoed the sentiments of his head coach Barry Trotz. “This stuff happens,” Ovechkin told reporters in Pittsburgh. “It’s hard to see a player go down..." May 03

  • Capitals' Niskanen says he regrets cross-check on Penguins' Crosby

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Matt Niskanen has not reached out to Sidney Crosby to apologize for the cross-check to the head that gave the Penguins captain a concussion in Game 3 on Monday night, but he said he will in the future. “I don't think there's anything I can say that's going to make him feel better about it,”..." May 03

  • NHL unveils list of players exempt from expansion draft

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL has revealed a list of players exempt from the expansion draft as agreed upon with the NHLPA: Dave Bolland, Craig Cunningham, Chris Pronger, Cody McCormick, David Clarkson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale, Ryan Clowe, Mikhail Grabovski, Pascal Dupuis, Nathan Horton and Stephane Robidas. As..." May 03

  • Capitals win in OT; Penguins lose Crosby to injury

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The story of the only NHL playoff game on the schedule Monday might have belonged solely to Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, about how he rebounded from some tough games this postseason to score in overtime to give the Capitals a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins..." May 02