Capitals Rumors & News

  • Capitals Coach Barry Trotz wants to see Alex Ovechkin eliminate slashing penalties

    Washington Post "Before the puck dropped to start the third period at Bell Centre on Wednesday night, Alex Ovechkin was talking with two referees on the ice. Both sides had their say, and then Ovechkin returned to the penalty box to finish serving his second slashing penalty of the game. “I asked them, ‘You..." September 22

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Barry Trotz counting on Capitals’ youth to replace departing vets

    Sportsnet "Take a glance at the Washington Capitals‘ depth chart and it looks thinner than when they last took the ice. But that doesn’t mean expectations are any different for the perennial NHL frontrunners. “I actually like our team,” head coach Barry Trotz said. “With some of the departures, we’re..." September 15

  • Ovechkin: ‘It sucks’ NHL players won’t be allowed to compete in 2018 Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin has been defiant at times that he will compete for Russia in the 2018 Olympic hockey competition. Even into early August, there were reports the Washington Capitals star was still hopeful he was going to South Korea to play for his country. It’s possible NHL players go to the..." September 15

  • Russian hockey head says Alex Ovechkin ‘has to accept’ he won’t play in Olympics

    Washington Post "Despite Alex Ovechkin’s repeatedly stated intention to defy the NHL and represent Russia in the upcoming Winter Olympics, it is looking less and less likely the Washington Capitals captain even will be given the chance to do so. On Wednesday, Vladislav Tretiak, the head of the Russian Hockey..." September 13

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Alex Chiasson joins Capitals training camp on professional tryout agreement

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals added another name to their depth forward competition at the team’s upcoming training camp by signing right wing Alex Chiasson to a professional tryout agreement. Chiasson, 27, is the second player to join Washington’s training camp on such an agreement; defenseman Jryki..." September 09

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Capitals might address some D departures with PTO for Jokipakka

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a move that’s only really a gamble for area copy editors/copy-paste-adverse fans, the Washington Capitals announced that they handed defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka a PTO invite for training camp. Jokipakka deserves some credit for amassing 150 regular-season games of experience at the NHL level..." September 05

  • Capitals prospect Djoos trying to bulk up before season

    Pro Hockey Talk "After losing Karl Alzner, Kevin Shattenkirk and Nate Schmidt this offseason the Washington Capitals are going to have some big openings on their blue line, a development that presents a great opportunity for skilled prospect Christian Djoos to get his first look in the NHL. Djoos, a..." September 04

  • After being traded this summer, Marcus Johansson making transition from Caps to Devils

    Washington Post "As though the clock on the Washington Capitals’ offseason had been turned back, forward Marcus Johansson stepped onto the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Monday morning wearing a Washington practice jersey, as he had so many times during his seven-year career here. The only change: Johansson’s new..." September 02

  • Thinner Ovechkin arrives early to skate with Capitals teammates "A thinner Alex Ovechkin was skating at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday to prepare for the start of training camp on Sept. 15. The Washington Capitals forward appears to have taken seriously the challenge from management and the coaching staff to get in better condition this offseason and..." August 29

  • After offseason of change, Caps' Holtby hopes camp competition creates a more intense environment

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Earlier this month, Capitals defenseman John Carlson said he hopes the “fresh faces” who’ll join the team this season can bring new “energy” to the lineup. On Wednesday, Braden Holtby echoed those sentiments. The all-star goalie, who turns 28 next month, hopes the prospects will create a..." August 24

  • Oshie says young Capitals must emerge this season "Forward T.J. Oshie knows who the Washington Capitals lost this offseason, but he believes they have the players to replace them. "We lost a lot of really, really good players, and I think we knew that was going to happen," Oshie said Monday. "Now we're going to need a lot of younger guys to..." August 23

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • Evgeni Kuznetsov glad to see the Caps rely on youth more

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Caps' offseason roster turnover has been well-documented, but Evgeni Kuznetsov doesn't think that's necessarily a bad thing. Speaking to Igor Eronko of Sport-Express, Kuznetsov took a more optimistic approach to what'll be a much different looking team come October." August 20

  • Kuznetsov doesn't want to hear talk of Capitals' regression: 'That's bull' "Three months have passed since the Washington Capitals lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round, but the disappointment remains after coming up short again in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup. With the start of training camp in September rapidly..." August 15

  • Capitals home renamed Capital One Arena "The Washington Capitals home was renamed Capital One Arena on Wednesday. The building, which opened in 1997 as MCI Center, had been known as Verizon Center since 2006. Signage around the arena is expected to be completed by the fall. "Capital One is one of the most influential local..." August 09

  • Ovechkin on Olympics: 'Always a chance'

    TSN "Alexander Ovechkin said when the NHL announced its decision not to allow players to attend the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang he would be going anyways. Now, however, the Washington Capitals superstar sounds slightly more subdued in his plans for next February. "We’ll hope I’ll be..." August 08

  • Alex Ovechkin still hoping to represent Russia at 2018 Winter Olympics

    Washington Post "While the NHL has been firm on its position to not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is still hopeful he can represent his native Russia in PyeongChang, South Korea. “We’ll hope I’ll be allowed to participate,” he said in Russian to..." August 07

  • Capitals prospect Walker looking to make NHL history this season

    Pro Hockey Talk "After being selected in the third-round of the 2014 NHL draft by the Washington Capitals, Nathan Walker had a chance to make some history by being the first player from Australia to play a regular season game in the NHL. After spending the past four seasons in the American Hockey League for the..." July 29

  • Malkin wants to see Ovechkin win a Stanley Cup

    Pro Hockey Talk "Evgeni Malkin‘s career is far from over, but he’s already accomplished so much. The 30-year-old has won three Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe Trophy, a Hart Trophy, two Art Ross Trophies and a Calder Trophy. Fellow countryman Alex Ovechkin has also won a number of individual awards, but he..." July 27

  • Brian MacLellan wants you to know that the Caps are still ‘a good team’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals will look pretty different when training camp opens. Alex Ovechkin, Niklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie, Braden Holtby and Evgeny Kuznetsov will all be back, but players like Justin Williams, Marcus Johansson, Kevin Shattenkirk, Nate Schmidt and Karl Alzner are starting new..." July 26

  • Amid offseason upheaval, Capitals’ GM says: ‘We’ve got a good team.’

    Washington Post "Brian MacLellan has read the assessments of his work, mulled over the notion that the Washington Capitals had the worst offseason in the entire National Hockey League, and wonders how the tale got away from him. The general manager is analytical by training and by nature, thinks through..." July 26

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Caps' Kuznetsov cashed in on KHL interest

    TSN "Kuznetsov cashed on an eight-year, $62.4 million contract as a restricted free agent earlier this month and Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLennan admitted KHL interest led to the team paying extra to keep the Russian centre. Kuznetsov will carry an annual $7.8 million cap hit..." July 19

  • Capitals Re-sign Liam O’Brien

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals have now signed all their remaining restricted free agents, inking Liam O’Brien to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level. O’Brien, 22, played in one game last season for the Capitals, going without a point. He has 14 career NHL games under his belt..." July 15

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov says he considered KHL before signing huge Capitals deal

    CBS Sports "One of the rare highlights of the Washington Capitals' cap-strapped offseason might have been general manager Brian MacLellan locking up 26-year-old center Evgeny Kuznetsov on an eight-year extension. But even that might not have come to fruition had MacLellan not offered a lucrative $62.4..." July 12

  • Is the Stanley Cup title window closing for the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals?

    ESPN "During a conference call on July 1 with reporters, free-agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk made it clear that he'd decided to sign with the New York Rangers for reasons in addition to their potential to win their first Stanley Cup since 1994. When he was 5. Joining the Blueshirts would fulfill..." July 12

  • Development camp standout Shane Gersich is headed back to college

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "A standout performance in last year’s development camp led to a three-year entry-level contract for Zach Sanford. The same will not be true for Shane Gersich who will be headed back to college for his junior season. There was plenty of buzz surrounding Gersich heading into development camp..." July 10

  • Shirtless Ovechkin steals the show at his own wedding

    Sportsnet "He can skate, he can shoot, and he can score. But can Alex Ovechkin dance? Well… that’s still up for debate. Ovechkin and his wife, Nastasiya, got married last summer, but the couple officially celebrated the marriage with a huge wedding reception this past weekend. The event, which saw..." July 10

  • In Devante Smith-Pelly, Caps see a player with 'untapped potential'

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Devante Smith-Pelly went from potential star in 2014 to a buyout in 2017. Now the Caps are hoping they can tap back into that potential he showed with the Anaheim Ducks. “I think there's some untapped potential,” general manager Brian MacLellan said to reporters in a conference call Monday. “I..." July 09

  • The Caps and Philipp Grubauer are closing in on a contract extension

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Goaltender Philipp Grubauer and the Capitals are closing in on a contract extension, a source told CSN on Wednesday. Grubauer, who chose not to file for salary arbitration ahead of Wednesday's 5 p.m. deadline, is the final restricted free agent from last year's roster the Caps have yet to sign...." July 06

  • Caps sign G Grubauer to one-year, $1.5M deal

    TSN "The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a one year, $1.5 million contract extension. Grubauer, a restricted free-agent, posted a 13-6-2 record with a .926 save percentage and a 2.04 goals against average in 24 games last season with the Capitals. The 25-year-old..." July 06

  • Washington Capitals Re-Sign Andre Burakovsky To Bridge Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Washington Capitals have signed a key forward today inking Andre Burakovsky to a two-year, $6MM deal. Getting Burakovsky in for a relatively low price of $3MM per season was imperative for the team after it found itself in cap trouble this offseason. Mike Vogel of the team site gives us the..." July 04

  • Capitals GM on suffering Stanley Cup hangover (without the Stanley Cup)

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals are no stranger to painful losses, but falling – again – to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round cut especially deep this time around because this was their best shot. That doesn’t mean this is their last shot, mind you. Still, GM Brian MacLellan admitted..." July 03

  • Capitals re-sign center Evgeny Kuznetsov to 8-year $62.4 million extension

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Capitals announced Sunday that center Evgeny Kuznetsov signed an eight-year, $62.4 million contract with the team. Kuznetsov became a restricted free agent Saturday. The 25-year-old had 59 points in 82 games last season, his second consecutive season playing every game. Kuznetsov led the..." July 03

  • Caps sign Smith-Pelly to two-way deal

    TSN "Devante Smith-Pelly has joined the Washington Capitals. The team announced on Monday that they have agreed to terms with the 25-year-old Scarborough, Ont. native to a one-year, two-way deal. Smith-Pelly will earn $650,000 at the National Hockey League level and $300,000 in the American Hockey..." July 03

  • Capitals trade Marcus Johansson to Devils for pair of picks

    Sportsnet "The Washington Capitals have traded Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils for a pair of draft picks in 2018. Johansson has spent his entire seven-year career with the Capitals organization. The 26-year-old recorded a career-best 58 points on 24 goals and 34 assists in 2016-17. A native..." July 03

  • Karl Alzner excited for new opportunity with Habs: Montreal is hockey

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "After nine years as a Capital, Karl Alzner couldn’t leave without saying goodbye. Washington’s longtime Iron Man stopped by Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Saturday to shake hands and say thank you to the Capitals’ training and medical staffs as well as other members of the front office. “It’s..." July 02

  • Kevin Shattenkirk signs four-year deal with New York Rangers

    Sportsnet "Kevin Shattenkirk is heading to his home state as the New Rochelle, N.Y., native has signed with the New York Rangers. It’s a four-year deal, as first reported by Kevin Weekes‏, and according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports it comes with an annual salary cap of $6.65 million." July 01

  • Kevin Shattenkirk will sign with Rangers for four years at $6.9M per year....or maybe he won't

    CBS Sports "The biggest name of NHL free agency appears to be headed to the Big Apple. Kevin Shattenkirk is expected to sign with the New York Rangers, according to NHL Network's Kevin Weekes. Weekes, sharing "unofficial" word via Twitter Saturday morning, said he believes the Washington Capitals..." July 01

  • Capitals Re-sign Brett Connolly "The Washington Capitals have re-signed left wing Brett Connolly to a two-year, $3 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Connolly, 25, registered 23 points (15g, 8a) in 66 games with the Capitals during the 2016-17 season, posting career..." July 01

  • Capitals Sign Anthony Peluso "The Washington Capitals have signed right wing Anthony Peluso to a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000/$250,000), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Peluso, 28, has recorded 14 points (4g, 10a) in 142 career NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets. The 6'3",..." July 01

  • Karl Alzner, Canadiens agree to five-year deal

    TSN "Karl Alzner and the Montreal Canadiens have agreed on a five-year deal, worth roughly $4.5 million per season, according to TSN Hockey Contributor Aaron Ward. The 28-year-old had a down year in 2016-17 with only three goals and 10 assists in 82 games, but was 13th among NHL defencemen with a..." July 01

  • Justin Williams likely to sign with Hurricanes

    TSN "According to TSN Hockey Contributor Aaron Ward, Justin Williams seems likely to return to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. The 35-year-old had 24 goals and 24 assists for 48 points in 80 games with the Washington Capitals. Williams added three goals and six assists in 13 games played in the..." July 01

  • Trotz isn’t worried that he doesn’t have a contract extension

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Capitals head coach Barry Trotz says he isn’t worried about entering the final year of his contract. “No,” he said Friday, asked if it changes his approach at all. It has “0.0 effect on me, actually. Not at all. I think it might have [had] an effect 10, 12 years ago for me. Not now. It has..." June 30

  • Dmitry Orlov re- signs longterm with new six-year, $30.6 million contract "The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a six-year, $30.6 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Orlov, 25, registered 33 points (6g, 27a) in 82 games with the Capitals during the 2016-17 season, recording career..." June 30

  • Capitals Re-sign Chandler Stephenson

    Monumental Network "The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Chandler Stephenson to a two-year, $1.3 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Stephenson’s contract is two-way ($650,000/$125,000) during the 2017-18 season and one-way ($650,000) during the..." June 29