Capitals Rumors & News

  • NHL announces details of 2018 All-Star Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "We know who’s going to Tampa this week for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, and now we know what events will make up this year’s Skills Competition. On Saturday night (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN), there will be six events focusing on individuality, with the winning player taking home $25,000 for each victory...." January 23

  • Brian MacLellan puts cards on the table, says he wants Carlson back 'no matter what'

    NBC Sports Washington "One of the biggest questions facing the Caps this season has been what will the team do with defenseman John Carlson? Carlson is on the final year of his contract and, as his current deal pays him just under $4 million, is due a significant raise. But the Caps already have over $58 million..." January 13

  • Cooper, Trotz, Laviolette, Gallant to coach at NHL All-Star Game "The National Hockey League announced today that Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic), Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators (Central), Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan) and Gerard Gallant of the Vegas Golden Knights (Pacific) will serve as the head coaches for..." January 07

  • IIHF head will do 'everything in his power' to get NHL players in 2022 Olympics

    Sporting News "The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation is going to do all he can to get NHL players back into the Olympics in 2022. The NHL decided its players would not participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 for several reasons. For one, the 14-hour time..." January 05

  • Caps' top prospects: Axel Jonsson-Fjallby is turning heads

    NBC Sports Washington "The World Juinor Championship always gives young players the chance to catch our attention. Capitals prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjallby is doing just that with team Sweden. Fjallby has one goal and two assists in five games, helping lead Sweden to a 5-0-0 record including a quarterfinal win over..." January 03

  • McDavid, Subban, Ovechkin, Stamkos named All-Star captains

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released its captains for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game after the results of a fan vote. The four captains for their respective divisions are Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan Division), Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (Pacific Division), P.K. Subban of the..." January 03

  • Why the Winter Classic is still an NHL home run

    New York Post "The Winter Classic no longer creates the national footprint it did when the NHL’s outdoor extravaganza was created 10 years ago. It no longer makes for appointment viewing. Fact is, the national TV audience that peaked at 2.5 million for the 2009 game at Wrigley Field between the Blackhawks and..." January 02

  • The Washington Capitals are up to their old tricks again

    Pro Football Talk "The Washington Capitals are doing that thing again. It seems every year they find a way to work themselves into the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. They’ve finished first in their division seven times out of the past 10 seasons and second twice. Only once — a fifth-place showing — have..." December 19

  • Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin is showing no signs of slowing down

    Washington Post "When a then 22-year-old Alex Ovechkin signed a $124 million, 13-year contract extension in 2008 — the first $100 million deal in NHL history — many, including myself, didn’t think it would be a good deal for the Washington Capitals franchise due to how forwards age in the NHL. A study released..." December 18

  • All signs point to T.J. Oshie returning to the Caps' lineup in Dallas

    NBC Sports Washington "T.J. Oshie is back. Almost, anyway. The Caps’ star winger practiced with his teammates on Monday morning, marking the first time he’s been a full participant in a team setting since getting his head smashed into the boards by San Jose’s Joe Thornton on Dec. 4. Oshie resumed skating on..." December 18

  • Caps GM Brian MacLellan meeting with prospect Ilya Samsonov in Russia

    Washington Post "Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan is in Russia meeting with prospect Ilya Samsonov as part of a push to get the goaltender playing in North America next season, according to a source familiar with the situation. Washington drafted Samsonov in the first round of the 2015 NHL draft, and..." December 12

  • Oshie skates but will not travel to Brooklyn with the Caps

    NBC Sports Washington "T.J. Oshie hit the ice Sunday in Arlington, where he skated on his own for about 30 minutes prior to Caps’ practice. Oshie has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury that he sustained against San Jose. Sunday’s twirl marked Oshie’s first time on the ice since getting his head..." December 11

  • 2018-19 Salary Cap Projected At $78-82MM

    Pro Hockey Rumors "At the board of governors meeting today, the league shared projections for next season’s salary cap. According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, that number is set to fall between $78-82MM depending on how the NHLPA uses their escalators. That’s an increase from this year’s $75MM ceiling, giving..." December 09

  • The NHL is political, whether you like it or not

    Sporting News "In the immediate aftermath of raising his fist, Lightning forward J.T. Brown received death threats. Brown, in the eyes of some hockey fans, had broken the cardinal rule of combining sports and the vague concept of politics. For, in the NHL, the best player is a quiet player who keeps his head..." December 08

  • Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin believes Russians should still participate in the Olympics

    Washington Post "Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said he would support Russian athletes participating in the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea, even though the Russian flag and anthem will be absent after the International Olympic Committee decided to ban the Russian federation as punishment for..." December 07

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams "NHL team values are up 15% over last year to an average of $594 million, the biggest increase in three years. Deal-making in and out of hockey has been a boon to the NHL, most notably the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets (NBA), the $1.2 billion price for the Miami Marlins (MLB) and the..." December 05

  • Sharks take exception to Caps’ ‘premeditated’ fight with Thornton

    San Jose Mercury News "What started as a promising road trip wound up being “pretty average” in the words of Sharks captain Joe Pavelski. After winning the first two games of their East Coast trip, the Sharks dropped back-to-back games to the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals, finishing with a 2-2..." December 05

  • Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky on schedule to return to the lineup early next week

    Washington Post "Forward Andre Burakovsky participated in the Capitals’ morning skate on Monday, the first time he’s been on the ice with the team since he had surgery on his thumb in late October. Burakovsky’s left thumb is still wrapped and he said his timing with the puck doesn’t feel quite right yet, but he’s..." December 04

  • John Carlson could be on his last season with the Washington Capitals

    iSportsweb "The Washington Capitals are focused on playing the best of their ability now. Five points back from the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Capitals as a team have been good not great. But the season is early, and as we progress through the season the team will work better together and come..." December 01

  • Oilers Claim Nathan Walker Off Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Nathan Walker became the first Australian-born player to play in the NHL earlier this season and he’ll soon become the first Australian-born player to play for a Canadian NHL team as well. The young forward was placed on waivers by the Washington Capitals yesterday and the Edmonton Oilers..." December 01

  • The goalie saga in Pittsburgh shows why trading Grubauer may not be such a good idea

    NBC Sports Washington "Throughout the summer and the season, it has been assumed by many that the Caps hold a rather large trade chip in goalie Philipp Grubauer. Washington has a Vezina-caliber starter in Braden Holtby who, at 28, is still in his prime. The team also has a future starter in Ilya Samsonov who is..." November 29

  • Washington Capitals Place Aaron Ness On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Washington Capitals have placed Aaron Ness on waivers according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, likely with the intention of sending the 27-year old defenseman back to the minor leagues. Christian Djoos returned to practice yesterday for the Capitals, meaning the team has eight healthy..." November 28

  • IIHF backs Russia’s participation in Pyeongchang Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "The International Ice Hockey Federation doesn’t want to see hockey suffer at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. With the International Olympic Committee set to rule on whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games next week, the IIHF threw its support behind Russia’s..." November 28

  • With Christian Djoos back at practice, Capitals face an impending roster decision

    Washington Post "Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos took a step toward returning to the lineup Monday, practicing with the team for the first time since suffering an undisclosed “upper-body” injury two weeks ago. It’s unclear whether Djoos will be cleared to play in Washington’s next game, against the Los..." November 27

  • Alex Ovechkin has extra-meaningful hat trick in win vs. Toronto

    ESPN "Alex Ovechkin was at his high-scoring best -- again. "Sometimes you are just feeling it," the Russian forward said. Ovechkin had a hat trick to help the Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Saturday night. Ovechkin scored two of his three goals in the opening period...." November 26

  • Nicklas Backstrom is trying really hard not to get frustrated with lack of goals

    NBC Sports Washington "Nicklas Backstrom has made a career out of setting up other players, but what many forget is that he is a pretty darn good scorer in his own right. Just not these days. Backstrom had three goals in the first six games of the season, but since then he has been held scoreless. His last goal game..." November 20

  • Ovechkin returns after being badly bloodied by puck to face

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s still relatively early on Saturday night, and both the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals could eventually provide further updates that derail this optimism. With that out of the way, at the moment, the theme of the night might just be teams dodging big injury bullets, even if the..." November 19

  • Capitals forward Brett Connolly is expected to play vs. Oilers

    Washington Post "Capitals forward Brett Connolly was medically cleared earlier this week after he suffered the first concussion of his career on Oct. 26 in Vancouver, and it appears that Sunday’s contest against Edmonton will mark his official return. “That was kind of the game circled on the calendar for me,”..." November 11

  • Capitals' Holtby becomes 2nd fastest goalie in NHL history to reach 200 wins "Braden Holtby initially tried to downplay the significance of the milestone, but couldn't deny that having his name in the company of a goaltender as prestigious as Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden meant something. Holtby became the second-fastest goaltender in NHL history to reach 200 wins,..." November 11

  • Capitals' Backstrom mired in longest scoring drought of career "Nicklas Backstrom doesn't hide from the numbers. The Washington Capitals center called them "reality," and the harsh reality is that he's gone seven consecutive games without a point, which is the longest drought of his 11-season NHL career. It's not something Backstrom or the Capitals are..." November 10

  • Tom Wilson keeps trying to beat up the Schenn brothers

    Pro Hockey Talk "There are probably plenty of players across the NHL that have a healthy dislike for Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson. He is physical. He is always kind of close to crossing the line. His job is to make you mad and get under your skin. The Schenn brothers, Luke (Arizona) and Brayden (St...." November 07

  • Best NHL trade targets with Duchene off the market

    Pro Hockey Talk "Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, and other teams must feel a little left out after this weekend. While those GMs either were afraid to pay the sticker price or weren’t in the conversation, the bottom line is that the Ottawa Senators got Matt Duchene,..." November 07

  • Capitals top prospect Ilya Samsonov suffers concussion during KHL game

    Pro Hockey Talk "More bad news if you’re a fan of the Washington Capitals (as if the team’s 6-6-1 start wasn’t enough), as one of their top prospects was injured in the KHL on Thursday. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov suffered a concussion in Mettalurg Magnitogorsk’s 3-1 loss to the Lada Togliatti, according to former..." November 03

  • Ovechkin on buying homeless man clothes: ‘Every human can do something’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Every now and then, an athlete will warm your heart with a random act of kindness. In the case of a kind act by Alex Ovechkin in Edmonton, it came down to warmth. As a local cafe first revealed, Ovechkin was seen giving a homeless man clothing. (Ovechkin later revealed that he went to a store..." October 28

  • Caps' Burakovsky out 6-8 weeks after surgery

    TSN "Washington Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured left thumb. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks. The 22-year-old suffered the injury during the third period of Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers. The Caps placed..." October 24

  • Barry Trotz thinks Alex Ovechkin will be fine after injury scare at practice

    NBC Sports Washington "Alex Ovechkin limped to the locker room late in Monday’ practice and did not return, but Coach Barry Trotz said he thinks the Caps’ captain is going to be okay. Ovechkin, who is tied for the league lead in goals with 10, was participating in a spirited 2-on-2 battle drill when he got “tangled..." October 23

  • Ovechkin passes Jagr for most regular-season overtime goals "Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals made some more history on Friday. After T.J. Oshie scored the game-tying goal with 1:01 remaining in the third period, Ovechkin became the first NHL player with 20 regular-season overtime goals when he scored at 1:56 of OT to give the Capitals a 4-3..." October 21

  • A solution to the NHL’s advanced stats problem

    New York Post "During a recent casual conversation with someone who has been intimately involved in the NHL for decades, he jokingly said this: “You ever think that all of these off-ice officials are actually the same people in every arena?” It was a funny take on this gaggle of people in each city who keep..." October 20

  • Capitals’ Barry Trotz compares Leafs’ Auston Matthews to Mario Lemieux

    Sportsnet "The Washington Capitals host the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday, which means the Auston Matthews show rolls through town. Barry Trotz saw first hand what the young American is capable of when his team faced the Maple Leafs in the playoffs this past April. This week the Capitals head coach has made..." October 17

  • Report: NHL might scrap All-Star Game in favor of international event

    CBS Sports "The NHL All-Star Game has been somewhat of a shapeshifting beast over the years. A lot about the annual midseason event has changed, from the game's format to the way teams are picked and how players are voted in. But soon the league's All-Star Game may cease to exist altogether. According to a..." October 17

  • Capitals place D Niskanen on LTIR

    TSN "The Washington Capitals placed veteran defenceman Matt Niskanen on long term injured reserve Saturday. Niskanen, 30, is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. The former Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins blueliner has an assist in five games for the Caps this year." October 14

  • Wilson is ready to prove he's more than just a goon as he returns to the lineup

    NBC Sports Washington "This is a big season for Tom Wilson. As a former first-round pick whose career high is currently seven goals, the team is ready to see more production out of him. A four-game suspension is not the way he wanted things to start. ”It obviously wasn't the best start to the year for me,” Wilson..." October 13

  • Ovechkin credits sister-in-law for historic scoring binge "Watch out, NHL. Alex Ovechkin is back. After a down 2016-17 season, the Washington Capitals left wing is scoring goals in bunches again. And he's opened the season at a pace the League hasn't seen in 100 years. Ovechkin equaled his NHL career high with four goals in the Capitals' 6-1 victory..." October 09

  • Walker gets call from Australia's Prime Minister after historic NHL debut "Nathan Walker got a long distance phone call on Sunday. On the other end of the line was Australia's Prime Minister. After making history as the first Australian player in the history of the NHL, Walker received a congratulatory call from Malcolm Turnbull, the head of Parliament back in his..." October 09

  • Alex Ovechkin makes history with 2nd straight hat trick

    Fanrag Sports "Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin accomplished a feat Saturday evening in his team’s game against the Montreal Canadiens that the National Hockey League has not seen since 1917. Ovechkin scored three of the Capitals’ four first-period goals, giving him his second hat trick in as many..." October 08

  • Nathan Walker of Capitals set to become NHL's first Australian player "When Nathan Walker was 6 years old, he laced up his in-line skates to play organized hockey for the first time in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. His relentless, havoc-causing playing style quickly earned him the nickname Stormy. "He used to skate the fastest from one end of the rink to..." October 06

  • Capitals ink Alex Chiasson to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Washington Capitals have signed winger Alex Chiasson to a $660,000, one-year contract. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Wednesday, the day before the Capitals open the regular season in Ottawa. The 27-year-old Chiasson made the team on a training camp tryout after he..." October 04

  • Tom Wilson gets four-game suspension (this time counting in regular season)

    Pro Hockey Talk "This time around, Tom Wilson‘s preseason suspension won’t stay in the preseason. The Washington Capitals’ polarizing, hard-hitting winger received a four-game suspension for boarding Sammy Blais of the St. Louis Blues. This comes shortly after Wilson received a two-game preseason suspension for..." October 03

  • Blues Coach Mike Yeo calls Tom Wilson's hit on Sunday 'predatory'

    CSN Washington "For the second time this preseason, Tom Wilson was involved in a controversial hit on a St. Louis player. The first one resulted in a two exhibition game suspension for the rugged Caps winger. The second, well, we don’t know yet. In the second period of Washington’s 4-3 win at Scottrade..." October 02

  • After injury scare, Caps' T.J. Oshie felt good on Friday

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "T.J. Oshie returned to practice Friday morning and after a bit of an injury scare against New Jersey. In the third period of Wednesday’s 4-1 defeat, Oshie was knocked down near the net by Devils defenseman John Moore. Oshie got up, raced across the ice and slammed into the boards as he lined up..." September 30