Capitals Rumors & News

  • Kuznetsov doesn't want to hear talk of Capitals' regression: 'That's bull' "Three months have passed since the Washington Capitals lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round, but the disappointment remains after coming up short again in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup. With the start of training camp in September rapidly..." August 15

  • Capitals home renamed Capital One Arena "The Washington Capitals home was renamed Capital One Arena on Wednesday. The building, which opened in 1997 as MCI Center, had been known as Verizon Center since 2006. Signage around the arena is expected to be completed by the fall. "Capital One is one of the most influential local..." August 09

  • Ovechkin on Olympics: 'Always a chance'

    TSN "Alexander Ovechkin said when the NHL announced its decision not to allow players to attend the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang he would be going anyways. Now, however, the Washington Capitals superstar sounds slightly more subdued in his plans for next February. "We’ll hope I’ll be..." August 08

  • Alex Ovechkin still hoping to represent Russia at 2018 Winter Olympics

    Washington Post "While the NHL has been firm on its position to not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is still hopeful he can represent his native Russia in PyeongChang, South Korea. “We’ll hope I’ll be allowed to participate,” he said in Russian to..." August 07

  • Capitals prospect Walker looking to make NHL history this season

    Pro Hockey Talk "After being selected in the third-round of the 2014 NHL draft by the Washington Capitals, Nathan Walker had a chance to make some history by being the first player from Australia to play a regular season game in the NHL. After spending the past four seasons in the American Hockey League for the..." July 29

  • Malkin wants to see Ovechkin win a Stanley Cup

    Pro Hockey Talk "Evgeni Malkin‘s career is far from over, but he’s already accomplished so much. The 30-year-old has won three Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe Trophy, a Hart Trophy, two Art Ross Trophies and a Calder Trophy. Fellow countryman Alex Ovechkin has also won a number of individual awards, but he..." July 27

  • Brian MacLellan wants you to know that the Caps are still ‘a good team’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals will look pretty different when training camp opens. Alex Ovechkin, Niklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie, Braden Holtby and Evgeny Kuznetsov will all be back, but players like Justin Williams, Marcus Johansson, Kevin Shattenkirk, Nate Schmidt and Karl Alzner are starting new..." July 26

  • Amid offseason upheaval, Capitals’ GM says: ‘We’ve got a good team.’

    Washington Post "Brian MacLellan has read the assessments of his work, mulled over the notion that the Washington Capitals had the worst offseason in the entire National Hockey League, and wonders how the tale got away from him. The general manager is analytical by training and by nature, thinks through..." July 26

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Caps' Kuznetsov cashed in on KHL interest

    TSN "Kuznetsov cashed on an eight-year, $62.4 million contract as a restricted free agent earlier this month and Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLennan admitted KHL interest led to the team paying extra to keep the Russian centre. Kuznetsov will carry an annual $7.8 million cap hit..." July 19

  • Capitals Re-sign Liam O’Brien

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals have now signed all their remaining restricted free agents, inking Liam O’Brien to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level. O’Brien, 22, played in one game last season for the Capitals, going without a point. He has 14 career NHL games under his belt..." July 15

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov says he considered KHL before signing huge Capitals deal

    CBS Sports "One of the rare highlights of the Washington Capitals' cap-strapped offseason might have been general manager Brian MacLellan locking up 26-year-old center Evgeny Kuznetsov on an eight-year extension. But even that might not have come to fruition had MacLellan not offered a lucrative $62.4..." July 12

  • Is the Stanley Cup title window closing for the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals?

    ESPN "During a conference call on July 1 with reporters, free-agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk made it clear that he'd decided to sign with the New York Rangers for reasons in addition to their potential to win their first Stanley Cup since 1994. When he was 5. Joining the Blueshirts would fulfill..." July 12

  • Development camp standout Shane Gersich is headed back to college

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "A standout performance in last year’s development camp led to a three-year entry-level contract for Zach Sanford. The same will not be true for Shane Gersich who will be headed back to college for his junior season. There was plenty of buzz surrounding Gersich heading into development camp..." July 10

  • Shirtless Ovechkin steals the show at his own wedding

    Sportsnet "He can skate, he can shoot, and he can score. But can Alex Ovechkin dance? Well… that’s still up for debate. Ovechkin and his wife, Nastasiya, got married last summer, but the couple officially celebrated the marriage with a huge wedding reception this past weekend. The event, which saw..." July 10

  • In Devante Smith-Pelly, Caps see a player with 'untapped potential'

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Devante Smith-Pelly went from potential star in 2014 to a buyout in 2017. Now the Caps are hoping they can tap back into that potential he showed with the Anaheim Ducks. “I think there's some untapped potential,” general manager Brian MacLellan said to reporters in a conference call Monday. “I..." July 09

  • The Caps and Philipp Grubauer are closing in on a contract extension

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Goaltender Philipp Grubauer and the Capitals are closing in on a contract extension, a source told CSN on Wednesday. Grubauer, who chose not to file for salary arbitration ahead of Wednesday's 5 p.m. deadline, is the final restricted free agent from last year's roster the Caps have yet to sign...." July 06

  • Caps sign G Grubauer to one-year, $1.5M deal

    TSN "The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a one year, $1.5 million contract extension. Grubauer, a restricted free-agent, posted a 13-6-2 record with a .926 save percentage and a 2.04 goals against average in 24 games last season with the Capitals. The 25-year-old..." July 06

  • Washington Capitals Re-Sign Andre Burakovsky To Bridge Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Washington Capitals have signed a key forward today inking Andre Burakovsky to a two-year, $6MM deal. Getting Burakovsky in for a relatively low price of $3MM per season was imperative for the team after it found itself in cap trouble this offseason. Mike Vogel of the team site gives us the..." July 04

  • Capitals GM on suffering Stanley Cup hangover (without the Stanley Cup)

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals are no stranger to painful losses, but falling – again – to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round cut especially deep this time around because this was their best shot. That doesn’t mean this is their last shot, mind you. Still, GM Brian MacLellan admitted..." July 03

  • Capitals re-sign center Evgeny Kuznetsov to 8-year $62.4 million extension

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Capitals announced Sunday that center Evgeny Kuznetsov signed an eight-year, $62.4 million contract with the team. Kuznetsov became a restricted free agent Saturday. The 25-year-old had 59 points in 82 games last season, his second consecutive season playing every game. Kuznetsov led the..." July 03

  • Caps sign Smith-Pelly to two-way deal

    TSN "Devante Smith-Pelly has joined the Washington Capitals. The team announced on Monday that they have agreed to terms with the 25-year-old Scarborough, Ont. native to a one-year, two-way deal. Smith-Pelly will earn $650,000 at the National Hockey League level and $300,000 in the American Hockey..." July 03

  • Capitals trade Marcus Johansson to Devils for pair of picks

    Sportsnet "The Washington Capitals have traded Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils for a pair of draft picks in 2018. Johansson has spent his entire seven-year career with the Capitals organization. The 26-year-old recorded a career-best 58 points on 24 goals and 34 assists in 2016-17. A native..." July 03

  • Karl Alzner excited for new opportunity with Habs: Montreal is hockey

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "After nine years as a Capital, Karl Alzner couldn’t leave without saying goodbye. Washington’s longtime Iron Man stopped by Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Saturday to shake hands and say thank you to the Capitals’ training and medical staffs as well as other members of the front office. “It’s..." July 02

  • Kevin Shattenkirk signs four-year deal with New York Rangers

    Sportsnet "Kevin Shattenkirk is heading to his home state as the New Rochelle, N.Y., native has signed with the New York Rangers. It’s a four-year deal, as first reported by Kevin Weekes‏, and according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports it comes with an annual salary cap of $6.65 million." July 01

  • Kevin Shattenkirk will sign with Rangers for four years at $6.9M per year....or maybe he won't

    CBS Sports "The biggest name of NHL free agency appears to be headed to the Big Apple. Kevin Shattenkirk is expected to sign with the New York Rangers, according to NHL Network's Kevin Weekes. Weekes, sharing "unofficial" word via Twitter Saturday morning, said he believes the Washington Capitals..." July 01

  • Capitals Re-sign Brett Connolly "The Washington Capitals have re-signed left wing Brett Connolly to a two-year, $3 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Connolly, 25, registered 23 points (15g, 8a) in 66 games with the Capitals during the 2016-17 season, posting career..." July 01

  • Capitals Sign Anthony Peluso "The Washington Capitals have signed right wing Anthony Peluso to a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000/$250,000), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Peluso, 28, has recorded 14 points (4g, 10a) in 142 career NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets. The 6'3",..." July 01

  • Karl Alzner, Canadiens agree to five-year deal

    TSN "Karl Alzner and the Montreal Canadiens have agreed on a five-year deal, worth roughly $4.5 million per season, according to TSN Hockey Contributor Aaron Ward. The 28-year-old had a down year in 2016-17 with only three goals and 10 assists in 82 games, but was 13th among NHL defencemen with a..." July 01

  • Justin Williams likely to sign with Hurricanes

    TSN "According to TSN Hockey Contributor Aaron Ward, Justin Williams seems likely to return to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. The 35-year-old had 24 goals and 24 assists for 48 points in 80 games with the Washington Capitals. Williams added three goals and six assists in 13 games played in the..." July 01

  • Trotz isn’t worried that he doesn’t have a contract extension

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Capitals head coach Barry Trotz says he isn’t worried about entering the final year of his contract. “No,” he said Friday, asked if it changes his approach at all. It has “0.0 effect on me, actually. Not at all. I think it might have [had] an effect 10, 12 years ago for me. Not now. It has..." June 30

  • Dmitry Orlov re- signs longterm with new six-year, $30.6 million contract "The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a six-year, $30.6 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Orlov, 25, registered 33 points (6g, 27a) in 82 games with the Capitals during the 2016-17 season, recording career..." June 30

  • Capitals Re-sign Chandler Stephenson

    Monumental Network "The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Chandler Stephenson to a two-year, $1.3 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Stephenson’s contract is two-way ($650,000/$125,000) during the 2017-18 season and one-way ($650,000) during the..." June 29

  • Alzner wants long-term deal, says he’s interested in Habs

    Pro Hockey Talk "You can hardly blame Karl Alzner for wanting to cash in July 1. Not that he’s hard up for money or anything, but the last contract Alzner signed in Washington was a club-friendly deal that paid him $11.2 million over four years. That’s a cap hit of just $2.8 million for a guy that plays..." June 27

  • Capitals re-sign restricted free agent forward Brett Connolly

    Washington Post "Forward Brett Connolly has re-signed with the Washington Capitals on a two-year, $3 million deal that will carry an annual cap hit of $1.5 million, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Connolly is the first of Washington’s five restricted free agents from last season’s NHL roster to be extended. On..." June 27

  • Washington Capitals Re-sign Brett Connolly

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Washington Capitals re-signed forward Brett Connolly to a two-year deal worth $1.5MM a year, reports TSN’s Bob McKenzie. The 25-year old was a pending unrestricted free agent this summer after the Capitals did not appear to submit a qualifying offer. Connolly had 15G and 8A in 68 games..." June 26

  • Capitals, coach Barry Trotz, haven’t talked contract extension

    Sportsnet "When the Arizona Coyotes parted ways with Dave Tippett last week, the 55-year-old instantly became the best coach available on the market. As we head into the summer months, it appears more and more likely another respected coach will go into the 2017-18 season as a lame duck. Barry Trotz..." June 26

  • Lightning reach out to UFA Kevin Shattenkirk

    Tampa Bay Times "Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he planned to explore free agency for potential needs, which include bolstering his blueline and adding another wing or two. And it sounds like Tampa Bay is kicking the tires on the biggest fish in the free agent market, veteran defenseman Kevin..." June 25

  • Capitals will explore all options to find help on defense "When the Washington Capitals' prospects hit the ice for their first practice of development camp on Tuesday, they might see a "Help Wanted" sign hanging at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. That's essentially the state of general manager Brian MacLellan's quest to fill the gaping hole on defense after..." June 25

  • Capitals made ‘a couple good offers’ to keep Vegas from drafting Nate Schmidt

    Washington Post "Two nights after the Capitals saw defenseman Nate Schmidt plucked from their roster by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, General Manager Brian MacLellan said he made an effort to keep the puck-moving blue-liner in Washington. “We made a couple good offers, I think,” MacLellan..." June 25

  • Caps continue to strengthen defense in draft

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Capitals tried to move up a couple of times on Day 2 of the NHL Draft, but those deals did not materialize. Instead, GM Brian MacLellan and his staff used the four picks they began the day with...and continued a trend the organization has established in recent drafts: selecting..." June 24

  • Capitals re-sign T.J. Oshie to eight-year, $46-million contract

    Sportsnet "The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward T.J. Oshie to an eight-year, $46-million contract, the team announced Friday. The deal carries an average-annual salary cap hit of $5.75 million. “T.J. is an invaluable member of our team and we felt it was imperative for us to re-sign him in a..." June 23

  • 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 "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 "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