Capitals Rumors & News

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Braden Holtby wins Vezina Trophy

    NHL.com "Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals won the Vezina Trophy as the League's top goaltender at the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Holtby tied an NHL record with 48 wins and helped the Capitals win the Presidents' Trophy as the team with the most points (120) during the regular..." June 22

  • Barry Trotz Wins Jack Adams as Coach of the Year

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "When Barry Trotz took over as the head coach of the Washington Capitals the summer 2014, the team was in disarray, with a myriad of self-inflected wounds from the tenure of Adam Oates, who was soon run out of town. Just two years later, Trotz led the Caps to a 56 wins, the most in franchise..." June 22

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • Brian MacLellan: Marcus Johansson’s Salary Comparables Are Making Caps GM Uncomfortable

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Tuesday, Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan held a conference call with the media from Las Vegas, where the 2016 NHL Awards are taking place. MacLellan touched on his plans for the Caps’ restricted free agents, his thoughts on hockey coming to Vegas, and his worries about the..." June 21

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Where the Capitals stand with their restricted free agents

    Washington Post "Marcus Johansson’s last two contract negotiations have been prolonged, with the skilled forward filing for player-elected arbitration last season and going a similar route in 2013, remaining unsigned as a restricted free agent until the eve of training camp, when he inked a two-year, $4 million..." June 19

  • Philipp Grubauer’s first season as a backup required adjustments

    Washington Post "As Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby compiled his historic season, tying the single-season wins record with 48, Philipp Grubauer had the best view of it. He watched an learned from Holtby in their practice sessions, and then again when he was on the bench in most games and Holtby was in..." June 18

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Former first-round pick Jakub Vrana likely will make NHL debut next season

    Washington Post "On the night he was drafted two summers ago, a grinning Jakub Vrana accepted a phone call from Alex Ovechkin, his new future teammate. Standing in a hallway of Hershey’s Giant Center recently, Vrana remained giddy over a future of playing beside Ovechkin, and with the possibility seeming..." June 13

  • Lake Erie Monsters win AHL’s Calder Cup, sweeping Hershey

    Yahoo! Sports "While the Columbus Blue Jackets’ season didn’t go as planned, their AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, made the organization proud on Saturday night by winning the Calder Cup over the Hershey Bears. Oliver Bjorkstrand, who was named playoff MVP after scoring 10 goals and 16 points in 17..." June 12

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • Washington Capitals and Goaltender Braden Holtby to Participate in Capital Pride Parade June 11

    Capitals Today "The Washington Capitals and goaltender Braden Holtby are proud to announce their support and take part in the Capital Pride Alliance’s 2016 Capital Pride Parade presented by Marriot Rewards, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, in Washington, D.C...." June 07

  • Patrik Laine says he'll equal Ovechkin in 5 years

    The Score "One day after proclaiming he should be selected first overall, Patrik Laine continued to talk himself up at the NHL Draft Combine in Buffalo on Saturday. The 18-year-old compared himself to six-time Rocket Richard Trophy-winner Alex Ovechkin, telling TSN's Gino Reda it will take him five years..." June 04

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Capitals prospect Bowey escapes disciplne for high hit, possible slur

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Capitals prospect Madison Bowey will not face further discipline after he was investigated for using a homophobic slur in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Eastern Conference Finals on Friday. In a series in which everything has been going right for the Hershey Bears, something went very wrong on Friday..." May 29

  • Capitals prospect Bowey in hot water after high hit, possible slur

    The Score "Washington Capitals farmhand Madison Bowey appeared to direct a homophobic slur at Toronto Marlies forward Kasperi Kapanen in Game 4 of the American Hockey League's Eastern Conference Final on Friday night. The exchange happened while the Hershey Bears defender was being escorted off the ice..." May 28

  • Taking on a bigger role, Matt Niskanen had his best season

    Washington Post "At the Washington Capitals’ annual “breakdown day” last year, defenseman Matt Niskanen told reporters his goal for the following season would be to bring more offensive production. He succeeded; after he scored 31 points last year, he scored 32 this year. “Beat my total by one point, an..." May 27

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Could Chandler Stephenson be the Capitals’ third-line center of the future?

    Washington Post "Chandler Stephenson was training camp’s surprise feel-good story, the young center garnering encouragement from Capitals Coach Barry Trotz. “You should believe you can make this team,” Trotz told him in September. He was among the last cut before opening night only to get recalled before the third..." May 23

  • The case for trading Alex Ovechkin

    ESPN "Despite leading the league with 120 points, the Washington Capitals have made another second-round exit, which extends their playoff series record to 5-8 since the 2007-08 season. Having failed to advance past round two since the franchise's one and only appearance in the Stanley Cup finals in..." May 19

  • Third line is an offseason priority for the Capitals

    Washington Post "Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said Monday that building a more offensive third line will be among his priorities this offseason. Speaking to reporters for the first time since the Capitals’ second-round playoff exit against the Penguins last week, MacLellan said he would like to see..." May 17

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Caps want to turn Tom Wilson into Joel Ward

    Pro Hockey Talk "There have always been plenty of ideas about what Tom Wilson might become in Washington. Now, GM Brian MacLellan has the latest: Joel Ward 2.0. “We miss Joel Ward — he’s the kind of guy we need in the playoffs,” MacLellan said on Monday, per the Washington Times. “You know, you make..." May 16

  • How Capitals’ Kuznetsov formed unique bond with Canadian filmmaker

    Sportsnet "The game that has brought so much joy to Evgeny Kuznetsov’s life delivered a callous bit of heartbreak these last few weeks. After the Washington Capitals were ousted from the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he proclaimed that the 77 points he delivered during a breakout season amounted..." May 15

  • Ovechkin: Preparing for another long offseason is not fun

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Pro football has Dan Marino and Barry Sanders. Pro basketball has Charles Barkley and Karl Malone. Major league baseball has Ted Williams and Ty Cobb. The NHL has Marcel Dionne and … Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is battling like crazy not to be in the fraternity of Hall of Fame athletes..." May 15

  • Don't blame Alex Ovechkin for another Capitals early exit

    The Comeback "If Washington Capitals fans are feeling a bit of deja vu again after another heartbreaking playoff exit, no one would blame them. This was supposed to be the year that those playoff demons would be exorcised. The Caps had a goaltender who tied the NHL record wins in a regular season, they had..." May 15

  • Where do the Washington Capitals go from here?

    Sportsnet "There will be a time to panic in Washington, to blow it all up and start with a clean slate. Now is not that time. Not even close. Yes, the Capitals have reached the post-season eight times in the Alex Ovechkin era and failed to survive past Round 2 all eight times. Depite fighting back..." May 12

  • Penguins win crazy Game 6, eliminate Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins' season is lasting far longer than was expected only a few months ago. The Washington Capitals' season is over far sooner than was expected only a few days ago. Nick Bonino scored 6:32 into overtime and the Penguins overcame Washington's frantic..." May 11

  • Kuznetsov: Caps 'have lots of balls' for forcing Game 6

    The Score "The quotes are flying ahead of a huge Game 6 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. Down 3-2, Washington faces elimination again after responding in Game 5 to send the series back to Pittsburgh, despite being written off before that contest. "Seventy-five percent of people..." May 10

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Trotz: Never any doubt Capitals would respond in must-win Game 5 versus Penguins

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals aren’t out of the woods yet. Not even close. Sure, they were able to stave off elimination in a must-win Game 5 on home ice Saturday, led by two great performances from Alex Ovechkin, who was able to solve rookie puck stopper Matt Murray early on, and goalie Braden..." May 08

  • Jamie Benn, Braden Holtby and Patrick Kane are the finalists for Ted Lindsay Award

    NHLPA.com "The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today the three finalists for the 2015-16 Ted Lindsay Award: forward Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, goaltender Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and forward Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Ted Lindsay Award is..." May 06

  • Jack Adams Award finalists: Barry Trotz, Lindy Ruff, Gerard Gallant

    SB Nation "Three coaches of division-winning teams will be up for the NHL's coach of the year award for the 2015-16 season. The NHL announced on Thursday that Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers, Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars and Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals are the finalists for the Jack..." May 06

  • Hornqvist's OT winner gives Pens command of series vs. Caps

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Overtime finally was the Pittsburgh Penguins' time. Now, the weary, disappointed Washington Capitals' time might be up unless they can stage a remarkable turnaround. Patric Hornqvist scored 2:34 into overtime and the Penguins seized a 3-1 series lead over the NHL regular season..." May 05

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Why Hockey Needs Alex Ovechkin to Lift the Cup

    Vice Sports "Good news for the NHL's public image: Patrick Kane already is out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Alexander Ovechkin is still here. The less said about Kane—and whatever havoc he may wreak on upstate New York this summer—the better. But Ovechkin? He's worth talking about. In fact, if the..." May 05

  • Penguins take 2-1 series lead with win over Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins don't have a goal yet in the series from Sidney Crosby. Or a power-play goal. What they do have is a 2-1 lead over the Washington Capitals. And a player who barely played in the first five months of the season is the reason. Rookie goalie Matt..." May 03

  • Alex Ovechkin: Penguins Don't Like to Play Physical

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Maybe the Capitals know something the rest of us don’t. Maybe they believe they have the Pittsburgh Penguins right where they want them as they head into Game 4 of their best-of-seven series trailing two games to one. That’s certainly how it sounded inside the visiting locker room of Consol..." May 03

  • Capitals accuse Letang of leaving his feet, hitting Johansson in head

    Pro Hockey Talk "Get this: the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins seem divided on the legality of Kris Letang‘s hit on Marcus Johansson. (Take a moment to gather your thoughts amid this shocking revelation.) You can watch the hit over and over in the video above. This post features some takes on..." May 03

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  • Emotional Orpik says he deserved suspension

    DK Pittsburgh Sports "Brooks Orpik faced the music on Monday afternoon in the visitor’s locker room at Consol Energy Center. The defenseman acknowledged that he deserved the three-game suspension that the NHL gave him on Sunday night. When asked about his relationship with Olli Maatta, Orpik became emotional. He..." May 02