Capitals Rumors & News

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    Mike Vogel @VogsCaps

    In wake of back to back concussions, Patrick Wey has elected to retire and pursue educational interests. Great kid, wish him the best. #Caps


    Capitals Today "The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Jay Beagle to a three-year, $5.25 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. “We are pleased to re-sign Jay to a new three-year contract,” MacLellan said. “Jay is a hard-working player who plays..." June 29

  • Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger lead 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class

    CBS Sports "The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 2015 class of inductees and is it ever a good one. Former NHL defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were all elected this year, as was forward Sergei Fedorov. Angela Ruggiero, a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Team and one of..." June 29

  • Washington Capitals take four in NHL draft, turn to free agency

    Washington Post "Once the final pick of the 2015 NHL draft had been announced and the suits began scattering, Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan weaved through the crowd and, with an uneventful Saturday afternoon behind him, looked ahead toward the next checkpoints of summer. He had made four..." June 28

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    Tom Gulitti @TGfireandice

    Rangers have made another trade. Trade pick 57 to Washington for 62 and 113.

  • Capitals take goalie Ilya Samsonov in first round

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals’ first-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft arrived at BB&T Center without any family members in tow because his parents couldn’t take vacation from work back home in Russia. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov had not attended the scouting combine in Buffalo three weeks ago, either,..." June 27

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    Teams can speak with pending UFAs starting today. Joel Ward's drawing some interest. Heard six teams (4 EC, 2 WC) have so far asked to meet.

  • Capitals' Ovechkin collects Maurice Richard Trophy "Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin claimed his third consecutive and fifth career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the League's goal-scoring leader, adding to the ones he earned in 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13 and 2013-14. Ovechkin became the sixth player in NHL history to record six..." June 25

  • Green and Fehr decide on their future with the Caps

    CSN Washington "Defenseman Mike Green and center Eric Fehr will not be returning to the Capitals next season and will test the unrestricted free agent market on July 1, the agent for both players told on Thursday. “The Capitals have been open and transparent and honest and I think both..." June 25

  • NHL to announce opening of formal expansion process

    CBS Sports "The NHL is expected to announce that the league's board of governors has approved the opening of a formal expansion process, barring something unforeseen, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. This does not necessarily mean the league will expand, but this will allow the league to gauge..." June 24

  • Alex Ovechkin only cares about team success

    ESPN "There’s never a dull moment when it comes to Alex Ovechkin, who was sporting a new Washington Capitals jersey, ball cap and matching shoes on Tuesday. Nominated for the Hart Trophy -- he’s already won it three times but is a long shot this year with Montreal netminder Carey Price the odds-on..." June 24

  • Report: 3-on-3 overtime coming to NHL, pending board approval

    CBS Sports "It appears the NHL will have a new overtime format for the 2015-16 regular season. That should be music to the ears of anyone that despises the shootout. The NHL GMs and NHLPA agreed Monday to recommend a five-minute three-on-three overtime period for regular season games not decided in..." June 24

  • 10 NHL players who could be traded

    CBC Sports "The NHL's free-agent signing period opens on Canada Day, but the wheeling and dealing could begin much earlier for teams willing to go the trade route to upgrade their rosters. Get the scoop on 10 players considered to be on the block in this interactive graphic from The Canadian Press:" June 23

  • NHL sets 2015-16 salary cap at $71.4 million

    CBS Sports "The NHL salary cap will see a nearly two-and-a-half million dollar increase for the 2015-16 season. The league and the NHLPA announced on Tuesday afternoon that the salary cap for next season has been set at $71.4 million, with a salary floor of $52.8 million. The cap this past season was..." June 23

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    Sounding more and more likely Joel Ward hits unrestricted free agency on July 1. Searching for four years. GMBM's spoken about the term gap.

  • Talks between Caps and Holtby stuck in neutral

    CSN Washington "While Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan was able to come to terms with restricted free agents Philipp Grubauer and Nate Schmidt this week, he does not appear to be any closer to locking up the biggest piece of the Caps’ free-agent puzzle – goaltender Braden Holtby. Reached at his summer..." June 21

  • Caps d-man Kundratek signs in KHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "Washington blueliner Tomas Kundratek has signed with Latvian-based KHL club Dinamo Riga, the team announced on Friday. Kundratek, 25, has appeared in 30 games for Washington over the last four years, though none in the last two — he’s been playing exclusively for the Caps’ AHL affiliate in..." June 19

  • 5 possible trade destinations for Patrick Sharp

    The Score "It's been less than a week since the Chicago Blackhawks took over the headlines by winning their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. Forward Patrick Sharp's name was front and center after the win, with storylines including a helicopter spying on the Cup trophy in his home and his adorable..." June 18

  • Caps sign defenseman Schmidt to two-year contract "The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Nate Schmidt to a two-year, one-way contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Schmidt will earn $750,000 during the 2015-16 season and $875,000 in 2016-17. Schmidt, 23, registered four points (one goal,..." June 17

  • Report: Backstrom's rehab could last 5 months

    CSN Washington "Less than three weeks after undergoing hip surgery Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has returned to Sweden and, according to a report in a Swedish newspaper, may be facing a rehab lasting five months. “I have been in pain since November sometime so we had to correct it,” Backstrom told Gefle..." June 15

  • Capitals Re-sign Philipp Grabauer

    Capitals Today "The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a two-year, one-way contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Grubauer will earn $650,000 during the 2015-16 season and $850,000 in 2016-17. Grubauer, 23, has appeared in 20 NHL..." June 15

  • Capitals optimistic about new deal for Holtby

    ESPN "To make everything fit this offseason for the Washington Capitals, there’s an order in which GM Brian MacLellan plans to address the expiring contracts. He has three restricted free agents he’d like to re-sign before anything else: goalie Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus..." June 14

  • Should the Capitals try to trade for Phil Kessel?

    CSN Washington "If the Caps hope to trade for a top-line right wing before or during the NHL draft later this month – and the key word is hope – there’s a guy named Phil Kessel being dangled just north of the border. At 27, Kessel is in the prime of his career but is coming off his least productive season in..." June 10

  • Capitals forward Eric Fehr has elbow surgery "Forward Eric Fehr had successful elbow surgery Wednesday, the Washington Capitals said. "According to the doctors who performed the surgery, if rehabilitation goes well, Eric will be healthy for the start of the 2015-16 regular season," the Capitals said in a statement. Fehr is set to become..." June 04

  • Capitals renew affiliation with Hershey Bears

    CSN Washington "When Brian MacLellan took over as Capitals general manager last summer one of his goals was strengthening the relationship between the Caps and their American Hockey League affiliate Hershey Bears. Both teams hired new head coaches – Barry Trotz and Troy Mann – and both teams returned to the..." June 04

  • Caps Nicklas Backstrom undergoes successful surgery

    CSN Washington "Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom underwent successful arthroscopic hip surgery on Wednesday, a team spokesman confirmed. "Based on the nature of this procedure we are confident that Nick will be completely healthy prior to the start of the 2015-16 regular season," a team spokesman confirmed by..." May 28

  • Joel Ward seeking new contract with Capitals before July 1

    Washington Post "Five weeks and one day from the start of free agency, the Washington Capitals have plenty pressing contractual matters on the docket for June, chief among them the statuses of four restricted free agents. Speaking recently, General Manager Brian MacLellan categorized re-signing Braden Holtby,..." May 27

  • Jay Beagle ‘would be honored’ to re-sign with Capitals

    Washington Post "Last Monday, when General Manager Brian MacLellan rattled through the Washington Capitals’ primary free agency plans, he lumped forward Jay Beagle among the restricted free agents. This was not a mistake: MacLellan knew Beagle would become unrestricted July 1, free to sign with any team seeking..." May 24

  • In new system, a career offensive year for Karl Alzner

    Washington Post "Three days after the Winter Classic, when his slick sunglasses set a new standard for coolness in outdoor hockey, Karl Alzner celebrated his second-period strike against the Florida Panthers by hollering, amid the swarming cluster of fellow Washington Capitals, “That’s my career high!” It was a..." May 23

  • Slava Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from playing in NHL

    CBS Sports "Slava Fetisov, a former NHL defenseman that is now a senator in Russia, has called for the country to place a ban on young Russian players from playing in the NHL, restrictions that used to be in place until the late 1980s when Fetisov himself was one of the first players from the country to make..." May 23

  • What does the future hold for Eric Fehr?

    CSN Washington "In rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov, the Capitals found themselves a second-line center who can play behind Nicklas Backstrom for the next six or seven years. If the price and term are right, the Caps may also have a third-line center for the next three years in Eric Fehr. “I really enjoy playing here,”..." May 22

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    MacLellan said a 1RW is "on the shopping list" and "is a'd like to have more stability there."

  • Barry Trotz reflects on debut season with the Capitals

    Washington Post "It wouldn’t have been a Barry Trotz news conference at Kettler Capitals Iceplex without the Zamboni roaring in the background, the ground rattling from the laundry machines and one answer branching off into four. He had met reporters almost every day since his debut season coaching the Washington..." May 17

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case

    Deadspin "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • What the Capitals need to do to break from their vicious Game 7 cycle

    Washington Post "The setup was all too familiar: The Washington Capitals found themselves facing another Game 7 after taking a 3-1 series lead. And, even with a chance to change their narrative, the Capitals’ results begat the same sad familiarity. It started off well. Team captain Alex Ovechkin scored the..." May 15

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    Igor Eronko @IgorEronko

    Alex Ovechkin will join team Russia at the #IIHFWorlds tomorrow #Caps

  • Derek Stepan’s OT goal lifts Rangers to thrilling Game 7 win

    New York Post "The anxiety hung in the Garden like a fog. The Rangers’ season was on the line, a Game 7 hanging in the balance — so close to going home for the summer and so close to going on to meet Tampa Bay with a spot in another conference final. Game 1 is Saturday is at 1 p.m. And then it exploded, the..." May 14

  • Ovechkin to represent Russia at 2015 IIHF World Championship

    Capitals Today "Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will represent Russia at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic. Ovechkin will travel this afternoon and will join the team prior to their semifinal game against the United States on Saturday, May 16 at O2 Arena. Ovechkin, 29, will..." May 14

  • Fehr replaces Glencross in Caps’ Game 7 lineup

    Pro Hockey Talk "With their season on the line, the Washington Capitals are favoring a familiar face over a trade deadline find. Eric Fehr steps back in the Caps’ lineup in place of Curtis Glencross against the New York Rangers in Game 7. Fehr, 29, has missed the past 10 games. He hasn’t scored in the three..." May 13

  • Ovechkin stands by guarantee, doesn’t ‘care what everybody thinks’

    CSN Washington "Alex Ovechkin plays the game of hockey like an untamed bull, so it should come as no surprise that on Tuesday he did not back down from his prediction that the Capitals would come back to win their playoff series against the New York Rangers with a victory in Game 7 Wednesday night in New..." May 13

  • Barry Trotz not yet tipping his hand for Game 7 lines

    Washington Post "Not long into the Washington Capitals’ Game 6 loss, Coach Barry Trotz decided he had seen enough. The New York Rangers had taken a fast 1-0 lead at the 40-second mark, and soon an entirely new set of trios had formed. After keeping the corps stable for most of the postseason, an early deficit had..." May 13

  • Trotz 'loves' Ovechkin's bold prediction

    CSN Washington "Twenty-one years ago Mark Messier stood in front of cameras and microphones and guaranteed a New York Rangers victory in Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals. The next night he recorded a hat trick to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Meadowlands, tying..." May 12

  • Staring down their haunted past, Trotz wants Capitals to ‘change that history’

    Washington Post "Because league rules require coaches to be available to the media each day during the Stanley Cup playoffs, Coach Barry Trotz spoke for roughly 15 minutes inside an otherwise empty practice facility Monday afternoon, while the Washington Capitals rested following their Game 6 loss to the New York..." May 11

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    Trotz said Burakovsky and Gleason both got "banged up" and had equipment issues, which caused them to leave the ice.

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    Trotz said Eric Fehr is still day-to-day but "probably unlikely for Game 7."

  • Alexander Ovechkin guarantees Game 7 win

    New York Post "Alex (All Series, Baby, All Series) Ovechkin hasn’t scored since Game 2 of Round 2 against the Rangers, but that didn’t stop No. 8 from issuing a guarantee for Wednesday’s Game 7 at the Garden following his team’s 4-3 Game 6 home defeat Sunday. “We’re going to play our game and we’re going to..." May 11

  • Rangers somehow survive thriller, force Game 7 against Capitals

    New York Post "You could see it Henrik Lundqvist’s face, in his hunched-over demeanor, in the ebb and flow of his voice — from utter excitement to utter exhaustion. “This was the toughest one so far,” the Rangers goalie said, still struggling to catch his breath and relax on Sunday night in Verizon Center,..." May 11

  • Glencross accepts responsibility for game-ending mistake

    CSN Washington "Curtis Glencross stood in front of the cameras and voice recorders, beads of sweat rolling down his forehead, quietly dissecting one of the most emotional games of his nine-year NHL career. After scoring arguably the biggest goal of his life to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead midway through the..." May 09

  • Rangers avoid elimination, defeat Capitals in OT

    New York Post "Heart palpitations, all the way to back to Washington. These calm and cool Rangers, they always had this one in the bag, right? The one when the end of their season was less than two minutes away? The one when overtime teetered, and wobbled, and finally allowed the Garden to breathe, and then..." May 09

  • Burakovsky lifts Caps past Rangers 2-1 for 3-1 series lead

    CSN Washington "Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 2-1 win over the New York Rangers Wednesday night at VerizonCenter in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifnals: How it happened: One night after Barry Trotz described him as having “boy strength,” 20-year-old rookie Andre Burakovsky flexed his biceps in a big..." May 07