Capitals Rumors & News

  • 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 "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 "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

    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 "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

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    gary lawless @garylawless

    Trotz deal with #capitals is close but not complete. If things proceed as expected - announcement could come early this week #nhl

  • Ovechkin 'not 100 percent,' will play for gold medal

    CSN Washington "Alex Ovechkin had an assist and a game-high five shots on goal as Russia beat Sweden 3-1 in the semifinals of the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championships. With the win, Russia has advanced to Sunday’s gold medal game where they will face Finland. The Finns beat the Czech Republic 3-0 in Saturday’s..." May 25

  • By making a play for Wayne Gretzky, Washington Capitals’ next move could be a Great One

    Washington Post "The rumors have been swirling for a few days now: The Washington Capitals have been talking to Wayne Gretzky about becoming team president. Those rumors are probably just aimless speculation around a general manager job that has been vacant for nearly a month, but the idea is worth..." May 24

  • Ovechkin cleared to play against France on Thursday

    CSN Washington "Depending on your perspective, the good news out of Belarus this morning is that Alex Ovechkin is back in the lineup for today's quarterfinal game between Russia and France in the IIHF World Championships in Minsk, Belarus. Ovechkin, who appeared to suffer a right knee injury on Sunday when he..." May 22

  • Trotz has interview with Capitals

    CSN Washington "The Capitals’ search for a new coach and general manager took an interesting twist on Wednesday when TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported that Barry Trotz was in Washington on Tuesday to interview for the club’s coaching vacancy. Dreger also reported that Wayne Gretzky, rumored to be..." May 22

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    Barry Trotz spent yesterday in Washington, talking to the Capitals.

  • Canucks are going to make a bid for Ryan Miller

    Pro Hockey Talk "Since we can cross the St. Louis Blues off Ryan Miller’s list, here are some other teams with which the 33-year-old goalie could sign as an unrestricted free agent this summer: — Anaheim Ducks. Probably the favorite option. It’s been widely speculated that Miller wants to play in California in..." May 20

  • Wayne Gretzky and Doug MacLean to the Washington Capitals?

    Yahoo! Sports "With the Vancouver Canucks set to name Boston Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning as their new general manager, the Washington Capitals saw one candidate drop out of the pool for their vacancy. Don Sweeney, the veteran NHL defenseman and an assistant GM for the Bruins as well, has reportedly..." May 20

  • Plenty of questions surround Caps' GM search

    CSN Washington "Is Wayne Gretzky still under consideration to be the next president of the Capitals? Is Dick Patrick prepared to forfeit that title and the responsibilities that go with it? Has Ray Shero emerged as the leading candidate to replace George McPhee as general manager? If so, would he hire..." May 20

  • Alex Ovechkin's injury at Worlds not believed to be serious "Disaster may have been averted at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, as the apparent injury sustained by Alex Ovechkin in Russia's preliminary-round game against Germany is not believed to be serious. ccording to Russian team staff, Ovechkin underwent an MRI Sunday after taking..." May 19

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    Slava Malamud @SlavaMalamud

    Alex Ovechkin is back in the team hotel. Walking on his own, no crutches, but limping. Team doctor says it's "better than expected" #Caps

  • Capitals extend affiliation with Hershey Bears

    Washington Post "Washington tied up one of its many offseason loose ends Tuesday, extending its affiliation with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears through the 2014-15 season. Next year will mark a decade of partnership between the teams, which both face pivotal summers after failing to reach the..." May 14

  • Capitals sign 2009 pick Mitchell to one-year contract "The Washington Capitals on Tuesday signed forward Garrett Mitchell to a one-year, two-way contract. Financial terms were not disclosed. Mitchell, 22, had two assists and 44 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League this season, and has 47 points (21 goals,..." May 13

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    Slava Malamud @SlavaMalamud

    Dimitry Orlov, his left arm in a sling, has just said he will be going to DC to consult a physician. Whether surgery is needed is not known