Capitals Rumors & News

  • Defenseman Matt Niskanen looking to add more offense to his game

    Washington Post "Ahead of last season, defenseman Matt Niskanen and associate coach Todd Reirden mapped out their goals for the year together as they do before every season. Niskanen said he wanted to contribute more offensively, and after the departure of Mike Green in free agency, Reirden needed the blue line to..." September 26

  • Capitals’ Brett Connolly, a low-risk signing, has potential to be an offensive ‘gem’

    Washington Post "Here came another low point in Brett Connolly’s career, the onetime top-10 NHL draft pick being informed that the Boston Bruins weren’t going to extend him a qualifying offer, essentially letting him walk for nothing. But when Connolly unexpectedly became an unrestricted free agent, it created..." September 25

  • Capitals' Karl Alzner: On the ice for start of training camp

    CBS Sports "Alzner (pelvis) was on the ice Friday for the start of training camp, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports." September 23

  • Capitals, Dmitry Orlov still expected to reach one-year deal for this season

    Washington Post "With the start of Capitals training camp just days away, there is now optimism that the team will reach a one-year deal with restricted free agent defenseman Dmitry Orlov, according to multiple sources. While Orlov has been playing for Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, his..." September 21

  • Capitals Re-Sign Dmitry Orlov

    NHL.com "The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a one-year, $2.57 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Orlov, 25, registered 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) in 82 games with the Capitals last season. The 5'11",..." September 21

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • Alex Ovechkin Says He’ll Play in 2018 Olympics, Even if NHL Doesn’t Participate

    The Hockey Writers "Alex Ovechkin told ESPN Thursday that no matter what the NHL decides on the 2018 Olympics, he plans on lacing up for Russia. If the NHL decides not to pause the season for the 2018 Games, he would risk suspension to head to South Korea and play for his country. He said as much prior to the 2014..." September 15

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • Dmitry Orlov on whether he’ll re-sign with Caps: ‘It’s hard to say’

    Washington Post "As Dmitry Orlov’s contract negotiations with the Washington Capitals have dragged on, there’s been uncertainty building about the restricted free agent defenseman’s future with the organization. Speaking after Team Russia’s World Cup of Hockey practice Sunday night at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex,..." September 12

  • Alex Ovechkin named Team Russia captain

    NHL.com "The announcement Wednesday that Alex Ovechkin had been selected as captain for Team Russia for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 didn't seem to surprise the players. Some had been expecting it since training camp opened at Yubileyny Sports Palace on Monday. "Is it official now?" asked center..." September 07

  • Daly: NHL is happy with CBA, no ‘storm clouds on the horizon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league is happy with how the current CBA is working and doesn’t think “there is anything major that would need fixing.” Translation: Daly doesn’t foresee another work stoppage, at least from the NHL’s perspective. “I think there’s a general..." September 06

  • NHL to add meldonium to banned substances list

    The Hockey News "Meldonium use has become a hot-button issue over the past several months, and the NHL is taking steps to ensure its players aren’t taking the substance. Russian news outlet TASS reported Tuesday that meldonium will be added to the list of substances banned by the NHL ahead of the coming season...." August 31

  • Power shifting from West to East in NHL

    SI "In any sport, league conferences are rarely created equal, and the NHL is no exception. Since 2010, the West has branded itself as the modern, faster-paced incarnation of hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cups in 2010, '13, '15) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, '14) have done the loudest talking..." August 31

  • Dmitry Orlov is still unsigned, but the Capitals see a greater role for him

    Washington Post "If there’s any uncertainty about whether Dmitry Orlov will be with the Capitals next season, Washington’s coaching staff hasn’t shown it. A restricted free agent defenseman, Orlov is still unsigned with training camp less than a month away, but when Coach Barry Trotz and Todd Reirden, recently..." August 30

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • Alex Ovechkin marries Russian model Nastya Shubskaya

    CBC Sports "Alex Ovechkin will enter his 12th NHL season like no other — as a married man. The 30-year-old Russian superstar recently tied the knot with Russian model Nastya Shubskaya in small, private wedding, informing his 2.26 million Twitter followers and others on Sunday. Next month, Ovechkin will..." August 29

  • Nathan Walker aims to be first Australian in NHL

    NHL.com "Washington Capitals prospect Nathan Walker is aiming to make history by becoming the first Australian player to reach the NHL. "All my friends back home, the hockey community there, they're all rooting for me." Walker told CSN Mid-Atlantic on Thursday. "Every time I go home, they keep asking me..." August 27

  • Braden Holtby: Carey Price should start at World Cup

    NHL.com "Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby is the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, but he doesn't think that means he's the favorite to start for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Holtby says Carey Price should be. "All of us want to play, but if Carey's healthy, there's no reason to..." August 27

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Former Capitals draft pick Thomas DiPauli reportedly to sign with Penguins

    Washington Post "Center Thomas DiPauli will reportedly sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to CBC Sports’ Tim Wharnsby. DiPauli was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2012, and after he didn’t agree to a deal with Washington before Aug. 16, he became an unrestricted free agent. Contacted by phone..." August 18

  • Capitals prospect Thomas DiPauli set to become free agent, source says

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "As expected, prospect Thomas DiPauli won't sign a contract with the Capitals prior to Monday's deadline and, as a result, will become an unrestricted free agent at midnight, a league source told CSN. DiPauli was selected by the Capitals in the fourth round (100th overall) in 2012. The..." August 17

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • With World Cup looming, Backstrom, Carlson are training earlier (and harder) than usual

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "For pro hockey players, there's a natural flow to every offseason. They take some time off to rest and heal up. Most return to the ice mid-summer. And then they begin to gradually ramp up their workouts as training camp approaches. For some NHLers participating in next month’s World Cup of..." August 13

  • Ovechkin's jersey from 1st NHL game sells for more than $14K at auction

    SI "The jersey worn by Washington Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin in his first NHL game sold for $14,340 at auction on Thursday. Ovechkin wore the sweater during pre-game warmups and in the first period of his NHL debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct 5, 2006. This jersey is..." August 13

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Capitals refute report Ovechkin could miss World Cup

    Sportsnet "A Washington Capitals representative has denied a report out of Russia suggesting Alex Ovechkin is currently dealing with a lower-body injury that could throw his status for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey into doubt. Capitals public relations representative Sergey Kocharov refuted a reports from..." August 09

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Alex Ovechkin put on a show rollerblading through the streets of Russia

    Fox Sports "Alex Ovechkin seems to be really enjoying what is left of his offseason. The Washington Capitals star is still hanging out back in his native Moscow, Russia until he reports stateside to strap on the skates, but for now he's in full rollerblade mode. On Sunday, the 30-year-old sniper took to..." August 08

  • Capitals are 'optimistic' about re-signing Dmitry Orlov

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Ready for your first-week-of-August-Dmitry-Orlov-contract-situation update? Here you go: The Capitals and the 25-year-old defenseman’s representative still are in negotiations. Although that’s not a whole lot different than what was reported a week ago, a source told CSN on Thursday that the..." August 05

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Dmitry Orlov still needs a contract as summer winds on

    Washington Post "It’s already been a monumental summer for Dmitry Orlov. He recently celebrated his 25th birthday, got married and he’ll play for Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey in September. But Orlov still has a contract extension to navigate with the Washington Capitals, as he’s the lone player unsigned..." July 28

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Ex-NHLers Bellemore, Collins sign with KHL’s Chinese club

    Pro Hockey Talk "HC Kunlun Red Star, the Beijing-based expansion team that will begin playing in the KHL next season, has added a pair of former NHLers. Sean Collins, who appeared in a pair of games for the Capitals last season, and Brett Bellemore, a veteran of over 100 contests with the Carolina Hurricanes,..." July 26

  • Las Vegas NHL team asked permission to speak with Capitals assistant GM

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s been 10 days since George McPhee was officially announced as general manager of the expansion Las Vegas franchise. Based on a report Friday, it appears he’s looking to possibly add a familiar face from the Washington Capitals to his staff. Building a front office beyond his position is..." July 23

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Capitals Re-sign Marcus Johansson

    Capitals Today "The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Marcus Johansson to a three-year, $13.75 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Johansson will earn $4.25 million in 2016-17 and $4.75 million in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Johansson, 25, registered..." July 20

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • Capitals, Johansson struggling to reach long-term deal

    Washington Post "With arbitration hearings in the NHL being rare occurrences, Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson appears poised to become the unique player that goes through the process twice. Players or teams have filed for arbitration 307 times since 2006, but a hearing has been needed just 42 times,..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Mike Richards hopes to continue NHL career

    Puck Drunk Love "Mike Richards wants to extend his unlikely comeback next season. “I plan to play hockey next year. So, it will just be what is the best fit for me,” Richards told Ryan Young of Kenora Online. Richards’ career features past highs and recent lows. He has an impressive résumé. He was a 30-goal..." July 11

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Capitals Sign Brad Malone

    Monumental Network "The Washington Capitals have signed center Brad Malone to a one-year, two-way contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Malone, 27, registered six points (two goals, four assists) and 75 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last..." July 03

  • Caps sign Connor Hobbs to three-year, entry-level contract

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Connor Hobbs to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced on Friday morning. Hobbs was drafted by the Capitals in the fifth round last summer, and was on the ice for development camp when his deal was released. Hobbs, 19, scored 41..." July 01

  • Capitals sign Connolly to 1-year, $850K deal

    The Score "The Washington Capitals have added even more depth to their forward crop, signing Brett Connolly to a one-year contract worth $850,000, according to TSN's Gord Miller." July 01

  • Kings ink Latta to 1-year deal, worth reported $600K

    The Score "The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Michael Latta to a one-year contract, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman." July 01