Capitals Rumors & News

  • Capitals free agent David Kolomatis signs in Finland

    Washington Post "Former Capitals and Hershey Bears defenseman David Kolomatis has signed a one-year contract with Tappara in Finland, the team announced on its website, making him the second Washington two-way free agent headed overseas to the top-tier Liiga in the past week. This past season, his fifth full..." July 27

  • Free agent Hershey forward Matt Watkins headed to Austria

    Washington Post "Forward Matt Watkins, one of 10 “Group 3″ unrestricted free agents for the Capitals, is headed to Austria after signing a one-year deal with, fittingly enough, the Vienna Capitals. “Exactly the type of player we have been looking for,” first-year coach Tom Pokel said, according to a Google..." July 27

  • After time in Nashville, Joel Ward brings unique outlook on new Capitals Coach Barry Trotz

    Washington Post "Joel Ward’s fourth head coach in four seasons happens to be an old friend, so when the forward arrived at the team’s practice facility for its annual offseason blood drive on Saturday afternoon, he came as the unofficial liaison for Barry Trotz, the player who best knows what makes the new bench..." July 26

  • Walker, first Australian ever drafted, signs with Capitals

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nathan Walker has taken another step forward in his journey to make the NHL from the unusual starting point of Australia. The Washington Capitals have signed him to a three-year, entry-level contract, per the Monumental Network. The 20-year-old forward became the first Australian ever drafted..." July 26

  • Maria Kirilenko says she ended her engagement to Alex Ovechkin

    Washington Post "One of D.C.’s great power couples is no more. The press service of the Russian Tennis Federation announced Sunday that Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and Russian tennis pro Maria Kirilenko have broken off their engagement. R-Sport reported the sad news with a quote from Kirilenko. “I have decided..." July 21

  • Does Mike Green still fit in Capitals puzzle?

    CSN Washington "Just as Barry Trotz has visions of multiple forward line combinations dancing in his head, Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden has a variety of defensive pairings he’d like to see once training camp rolls around in September. “It’s going to be a competitive situation,” Reirden said last week..." July 17

  • First-round pick Jakub Vrana signs with Capitals

    Washington Post "First-rounder Jakub Vrana, drafted No. 13 overall last month, has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Washington Capitals. His NHL cap hit would be $832,500 for all three seasons and $70,000 per season in the AHL, according to the Capitals. The Czech Republic native joins his..." July 16

  • Capitals sign second-round pick Vitek Vanecek to three-year deal

    Washington Post "Goaltender Vitek Vanecek, picked this June in the second round of the 2014 NHL draft, has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Washington Capitals, the team announced Tuesday. With a desire to secure a netminder after drafting winger Jakub Vrana 13th overall, the Capitals traded up to..." July 15

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    #capitals signed G Vitek Vanecek, 2nd round pick in 2014. ELS contract at $776 000 AAV (2 way) #tvasports

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    Mike Vogel @VogsCaps

    The two-way contract #Caps defenseman Nate Schmidt signed today will pay him $625,000 at the NHL level and $110,000 in the AHL.

  • Coaches, Ovechkin influenced Niskanen in picking Caps

    Pro Hockey Talk "As a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, defenseman Matt Niskanen had his fair share of experience playing against the rival Washington Capitals, but he was also watching them for a different reason. “Really my whole career, I’ve always kind of kept an eye on the Caps, because of (Alex)..." July 13

  • Leonsis: Capitals have deepest defense since he became owner

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ted Leonsis has been a part of the Washington Capitals’ ownership group since 1999, and if you ask him, this is the deepest defense he’s ever seen since taking over the franchise. He pumped up that group and also the sense of unity in the newly revamped front office in a press conference on..." July 13

  • Vrana turning heads at Caps development camp

    CSN Washington "Every summer Capitals assistant general manager Ross Mahoney has one full week to reap what his scouting staff has sewn. Through five days of development camp and two full scrimmage games, Mahoney is pleased with what he’s seen, especially from 2014 first-round selection Jakub Vrana. Taken..." July 12

  • In development camp scrimmage, Caps try Andre Burakovsky at center

    Washington Post "When the puck dropped at the Capitals’ first developmental camp scrimmage on Thursday evening, their top prospect was smack in the middle, crouched down with his stick wound up, ready for the faceoff. For the first meaningful time in his career, Andre Burakovsky lined up at center, a directive..." July 11

  • Capitals sign goaltender Edward Pasquale to two-way deal

    Washington Post "Goaltender Edward Pasquale, acquired on draft day and expected to serve as the backup goaltender in Hershey this season, signed with the Washington Capitals for a one-year, two-way deal, the team announced Wednesday. A restricted free agent this offseason, Pasquale was among four players in the..." July 09

  • Caps’ Wilson now sidelined until after training camp begins

    Washington Post "Forward Tom Wilson, who injured his ankle this offseason, is not expected to return to the ice until after training camp opens this September, a Capitals representative said Wednesday. According to the spokesman, doctors determined the expected timetable for Wilson’s recovery after evaluating..." July 09

  • Mike Green appears best fit for Red Wings, who need a right-handed shooting defenseman

    Michigan Live "As soon as the Washington Capitals committed $11.25 million in salary cap space to free-agent defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik on July 1, Mike Green's fate seemingly was sealed. Green is destined to be traded. The Detroit Red Wings, desperately seeking a right-handed shooting..." July 08

  • Ovechkin ‘upset’ at Grabovski departure, happy with defensive signings

    Pro Hockey Talk "When Mikhail Grabovski signed with the New York Islanders, you had to wonder how Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took the news. Turns out it wasn’t a happy moment for him. In an interview with ITAR-TASS in Russia (translated by Russian Machine Never Breaks), Ovechkin gives his..." July 07

  • Trotz helped sway free agents to chose Capitals

    Pro Hockey Talk "Barry Trotz’s first game as Washington’s bench boss in still months away, but he’s already having an impact on what the Capitals look like. He acted as a lead salesperson for the team during the free agent period and helped the seal the deal for some players. “When I met with Barry and saw what..." July 06

  • Capitals send a strong message to Holtby

    CSN Washington "When the Capitals began their search for a free-agent goaltender to back up Braden Holtby, they had several factors to consider. Should they go with an established veteran like Tomas Vokoun, who had familiarity with the Capitals as a former player and with their new coaching staff, for whom he..." July 06

  • Niskanen says he's 'ready for that challenge'

    CSN Washington "It’s safe to say that Matt Niskanen will never experience anything quite like the four days that led to him becoming a Washington Capital. His extended weekend began on Saturday when he married his local sweetheart, Katie Garrick, near the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minn. The next..." July 04

  • Do the Caps need more depth up front?

    CSN Washington "Near the end of his news conference on Tuesday, after fortifying his blue line with the signings of Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, and adding to his goal crease with the addition of Justin Peters, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan was asked if he thought the Caps have enough depth at the..." July 03

  • Capitals' Tom Wilson suffers ankle injury after fall

    CBSSports.com "The Washington Capitals could be without hard-hitting forward Tom Wilson for training camp after the 20-year-old injured his ankle in a fall in Ontario. According to the team's Dump 'n Chase blog, the extent of the right-winger's injury will not be known until he is fully evaluated by doctors in..." July 03

  • After free agency splash, Capitals hope to help get Mike Green ‘back on track’

    Washington Post "The speculation had frothed since the season ended, wondering whether Mike Green would remain part of his team’s plans, no louder than after the Capitals left free agency with $69 million committed to two new defensemen. Green’s status, as an unrestricted free agent next summer with a hefty..." July 03

  • Capitals sign Orpik: Defenseman bonded with Ovechkin at Olympics while trying to urinate

    TheScore.com "With the addition of Brooks Orpik via free agency Tuesday, the Capitals welcomed a former foe into the fold; the 33-year-old defenseman spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom Washington had a hot rivalry at the peak of the Sidney Crosby / Alex Ovechkin hype-machine. As..." July 02

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Niskanen 7 yrs, $40.25M with WASH

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Michael Latta got a one-way deal from the #caps. Pays him $575,000 each of the next two seasons.

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    Andy Strickland @andystrickland

    Justin Peters signs with Washington #Caps

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Hearing WASH to make a hard run at Brooks Orpik...CAL, COL, FLA also there

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    Larry Brooks @NYP_Brooksie

    Brooks Orpik to Caps....

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    D.Boyle expects 4 offers. Washington is believed to have joined a group of teams that also includes Tor, Mtl, Det, NYR and Tampa Bay. #FAF

  • Matt Niskanen among free agent candidates for Capitals

    Washington Post "With the salary cap ceiling set and the Washington Capitals holding significant room to address their offseason needs, General Manager Brian MacLellan has made clear his top priority. “Defensemen,” he said Friday, in no uncertain terms. Given his expressed hope that Washington would sign “one,..." June 30

  • Caps make draft history by picking Australian

    CSN Washington "Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan orchestrated his first NHL draft this weekend, fortifying the organization with, among others, a player who models his game after Marian Gaborik, a goaltender they traded up to get, an Australian who was introduced to hockey by watching the movie “Mighty..." June 29

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    Chuck Gormley @ChuckGormleyCSN

    Caps GM Brian MacLellan tells me Mikhail Grabovski asking too much for his liking. #CapitalsTalk

  • Trotz wants ‘less glide’ in Ovechkin’s game

    Pro Hockey Talk "Barry Trotz can appreciate some of what Alex Ovechkin has to endure as the face of the Washington Capitals. “I think he’s like a coach sometimes,” the Caps’ new bench boss said Saturday. “When they win, he gets a little bit too much credit, and when they lose, he gets too much blame. … My job..." June 28

  • Caps add goalie depth, acquire Pasquale from Jets

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals made a minor move on Day 3 of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, acquiring Winnipeg farmhand Eddie Pasquale in a deal that featured a swap of late-round picks. Pasquale, 23, has spent his entire career in the Thrashers/Jets organization but has yet to make his big-league debut...." June 28

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    2014 NHL Draft Day Rumors - Live Blog

    PSD Staff The 2014 NHL Entry Draft goes on Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia. While this year's NHL draft will certainly not be able to match the talent pool of Thursday's NBA Draft, or even most other NHL Drafts for that matter, there are still some extremely talented players available. The best part... June 28

  • Capitals will host Blackhawks in Winter Classic

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2014-15 NHL schedule is out and one of the obvious highlights will be the 2015 Winter Classic. We already knew that the Washington Capitals were going to host the event, but the NHL has confirmed that the Chicago Blackhawks will be their opponents. The game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET on..." June 22

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    CHI will be WSH's opponent in the 2015 Winter Classic.

  • Should Capitals take a shot at Dion Phaneuf?

    CSN Washington "Let’s assume that Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan is earnest in his pursuit of a left-handed defenseman who can play alongside the right-handed shooting Mike Green on the Caps’ blue line. Let’s also assume the salary cap escalates to $70 million, providing the Capitals with roughly $14..." June 18

  • Capitals seeking a veteran goaltender to back up Braden Holtby

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals remain committed to Braden Holtby as their starting goaltender while pursuing a veteran option to serve as his backup, general manager Brian MacLellan said Monday. “I think we can get more out of Holtby,” MacLellan said on a teleconference. “My plan would be as of now to..." June 17

  • Broken wrist expected to sideline Dmitry Orlov until late September

    Washington Post "Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov, injured early into Russia’s gold-medal run during the IIHF World Championships last month, is facing a recovery process that could extend into the beginning of October, a team spokesman said Wednesday. Though the injury was initially cited as a broken left arm,..." June 14

  • Capitals pass on Baltimore Hockey Classic for 2014

    CSN Washington "The Capitals have put the Baltimore Hockey Classic on hold for at least one season, and will play all of their home preseason games at Verizon Center next fall. “The Baltimore Hockey Classic was a terrific event and we were overwhelmed with the support from the city of Baltimore, Baltimore..." June 05

  • Laich wants no part of a possible buyout

    CSN Washington "One of the many decisions facing new Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan is whether he should use the final compliance buyout he inherited from outgoing general manager George McPhee. As part of the NHL’s labor settlement last year teams were granted two compliance buyouts. The Caps used..." June 03

  • Former players on Barry Trotz: ‘He taught me how to be a pro’

    Washington Post "Barry Trotz had always recognized the power that comes with being a hockey head coach, so to test his players he sometimes floats balloons — not literal balloons, just something to see if they can tell whether Trotz is messing with them. “You look like you were out all night,” Trotz might tell..." May 31

  • On the "Blessing in Disguise" of an Ovechkin Defection to Russia

    Japers' Rink "Last summer Ilya Kovalchuk dropped a bomb on the NHL community (this time off the ice) when he retired from the NHL, giving up a lucrative contract in the process, and returned to Russia to play in the KHL (for another lucrative contract). His decision - which the structure of his contract..." May 30

  • Alex Ovechkin does throat slash, parties with Vladimir Putin after worlds win

    Yahoo! Sports "Seeing how Alex Ovechkin reacts to winning anything – even the IIHF world championships – makes us a little sad that we haven’t seen the Washington Capitals star hoist the Stanley Cup or capture Olympic gold. Because, in the words of hockey’s most celebrated poet: “Is party now..." May 27

  • Capitals name Brian MacLellan general manager, Barry Trotz coach

    Washington Post "After a month-long search, the Washington Capitals have decided who will be the next to lead them behind the bench and in the front office. Washington named Brian MacLellan general manager and Barry Trotz coach Monday, giving the organization familiarity and experience, respectively, as it aims..." May 27

  • Have the Capitals already zeroed in on their next GM?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals reportedly are close to locking down former Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz as their new bench boss, but the team still doesn’t have a new general manager. As these types of situations go, hiring a new coach before a new GM is in place would be a rare move, but as..." May 26

  • Ovechkin, Malkin score as Russia finishes dominant worlds with gold

    CBSSports.com "Russia might have had a disappointing showing at the Olympics in Sochi this year but they made up for it in a small way with a dominant showing at the IIHF World Championships. The Russians, with loads of NHL talent including Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Bobrovsky, completed a..." May 25