Capitals Rumors & News

  • Ovechkin: 'I can't wait' to meet Penguins in playoffs once again

    The Score "Alex Ovechkin is ready. The Washington Capitals' superstar winger scored a pair of goals in Monday's first-round series win over Columbus, and the Metropolitan Division winners are once again set to meet Pittsburgh in Round 2 as a result. Even after being eliminated in each of the past two..." April 24

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Backstrom provides more playoff heroics for Capitals

    NHL.com "Nearly a year later, Nicklas Backstrom has not forgotten the disappointment and anger he felt when the Washington Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He doesn't want to feel that way again. Backstrom didn't have the best regular season of his career, but the 30-year-old..." April 22

  • Trotz: Capitals will need 'killer instinct' to eliminate Blue Jackets in Game 6

    The Score "Guarantees are nice. Heck, winning streaks in the playoffs are even better. But, for Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, he knows exactly what he wants out of his club on Monday night if it hopes to knock off the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games and advance to the second..." April 22

  • Carlson has been bargain for Capitals

    Fanrag Sports "Although the playoff fate of the Washington Capitals remains uncertain, one thing has become fairly clear headed toward the offseason: John Carlson is going to get paid. The veteran defenseman’s six-year contract is in its final months and his production in both the regular season and early..." April 20

  • Capitals lose Burakovsky for rest of Blue Jackets series

    Pro Hockey Talk "Capitals coach Barry Trotz shared bad news with reporters (including the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan): Andre Burakovsky will miss at least the remainder of the series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Burakovsky required “minor surgery” for an upper-body injury suffered thanks to a..." April 20

  • Can Tom Wilson be an X-factor for Caps after finding redemption in Game 3?

    NBC Sports Washington "When Mike Babcock essentially dismissed any concern over the impact Tom Wilson could have on a series, Wilson responded. In the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2017, the Caps' forward scored the overtime winner in Game 1 and saved the series in Game 3 with a sweep of the puck off..." April 19

  • Holtby retains starting job for Capitals in Game 4 against Blue Jackets

    NHL.com "Braden Holtby didn't just win his first start of the Eastern Conference First Round for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, the goaltender got his job back too. Holtby on Wednesday was named starter for Game 4 at Nationwide Arena on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS2, FS-O, NBCSWA), one day..." April 18

  • No more tandem, Braden Holtby's Game 3 performance has brought clarity to Caps' goalie situation

    NBC Sports Washington "As the postseason began, the refrain from Barry Trotz has been how confident he is in both netminders and that the decision on who will start would be on a game-by-game basis. That tone changed sharply on Wednesday in the wake of Braden Holtby's Game 3 performance. On a conference call with the..." April 18

  • Ovechkin: We're going back to Washington tied

    The Score "The Washington Capitals might find themselves buried in a menacing 2-0 hole against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but Alexander Ovechkin isn't sweating it. In fact, on Tuesday, Ovi reiterated that he expects to head back to D.C. for Game 5 with the series all square - a bold statement given the..." April 17

  • Capitals' Andre Burakovsky to miss two games with upper-body injury

    Sporting News "Andre Burakovsky left Sunday night's playoff game against the Blue Jackets with an upper-body injury during the first period and will miss the team's next two games, The Washington Post reported Monday. The Capitals forward slammed into the boards by Boone Jenner and appeared to injury his..." April 16

  • NHL Linesman Steve Barton suffers dislocated knee cap, torn quadriceps in game

    USA Today "NHL linesman Steve Barton will undergo surgery after suffering a dislocated knee cap and torn quadriceps during the Columbus Blue Jackets-Washington Capitals playoff game Sunday night. The ugly injury occurred when Barton was skating backwards and nicked the skate of Columbus forward Josh..." April 16

  • Ovechkin 'has to have impact' for Capitals in Game 2 against Blue Jackets

    NHL.com "Alex Ovechkin believes he needs to elevate his play for the Washington Capitals in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Capital One Arena on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS2, NBCSWA, FS-O). Ovechkin, who led the NHL with 49 goals and the..." April 15

  • Capitals' Philipp Grubauer: Will have chance to avenge Game 1 loss

    CBS Sports "Grubauer will make his second consecutive playoff start at home versus the Blue Jackets for Game 2 on Sunday, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports. The Capitals may have surprised some hockey fans by starting Grubauer over 2016 Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby in the series opener,..." April 14

  • Tom Wilson says his hit on Alexander Wennberg ‘cost us the game’

    Sportsnet "Toronto’s Nazem Kadri is facing a suspension Friday and although it appeared Washington’s Tom Wilson also deserved to be reviewed for supplementary discipline, it appears he avoided a hearing for a hit thrown on Alex Wennberg. Wilson, the big-bodied right winger for the Washington Capitals,..." April 13

  • Report: Wilson, Anderson avoid suspensions for Game 1 hits

    The Score "There will be no supplemental discipline coming in the aftermath of a chippy Game 1 between the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets. Both teams had a player involved, as Caps winger Tom Wilson charged Alexander Wennberg, while Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson caught Michal Kempny..." April 13

  • How Vegas may have saved the Capitals' season by passing on Philipp Grubauer

    NBC Sports Washington "Heading into the playoffs, one advantage the Capitals have is two starting-caliber goalies on the roster in Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer. Considering how many teams struggle to find just one, having two is a luxury not seen too often in today’s NHL. “I think we're in a good situation..." April 11

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Capitals' Grubauer says he's starting Game 1 over Holtby

    The Score "Philipp Grubauer says he will start over Braden Holtby for the Washington Capitals' Game 1 matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Grubauer was the Caps' superior goaltender this season, posting a .923 save percentage and a 2.35 goals-against average in 35 games. " April 10

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Capitals 'a different team right now' entering playoffs

    NHL.com "During the 20 years since the Washington Capitals last advanced beyond the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they've been asked about the past so often they have little new to offer on the subject. They've gone into the playoffs under the spotlight as Presidents' Trophy winners and..." April 09

  • Potentially the Capitals’ playoff goaltender, Philipp Grubauer took a patient path here

    Washington Post "Trade discussions involving Philipp Grubauer would ultimately end over a difference of opinion. The Washington Capitals were confident he’d be a No. 1 goaltender for a team that didn’t already have Braden Holtby, a Vezina Trophy finalist the past two years and the 2016 winner of the award..." April 08

  • Alex Ovechkin Comes Up Just Short in Valiant Effort for Another 50-Goal Season

    SI "In the final fading moments of a meaningless final game, Alex Ovechkin was hunched over one knee near the New Jersey Devils net, chest heaving and utterly gassed. He had spent the past 110 consecutive seconds on the ice, a monstrous shift logged for a worthy cause. No NHL player besides Ovechkin..." April 08

  • Devils, Blue Jackets sit top players for rest in Game 82

    Washington Post "MVP front-runner Taylor Hall will sit out the New Jersey Devils’ regular-season finale after the team clinched a playoff spot despite seeding being at stake. New Jersey is resting Hall, fellow forwards Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac, and defenseman Sami Vatanen in Game 82 at Washington, and it..." April 07

  • Capitals won't decide on re-signing Trotz, Carlson until after playoffs

    NHL.com "The Washington Capitals will wait until after the Stanley Cup Playoffs before deciding whether to try to bring back coach Barry Trotz and defenseman John Carlson next season, general manager Brian MacLellan said Friday. Trotz and Carlson each is in the final season of his contract and helped..." April 06

  • Ovechkin in lineup for Capitals game against Predators

    NHL.com "Alex Ovechkin will be in the lineup when the Washington Capitals play the Nashville Predators on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSWA, NHL.TV). Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with 46 goals, didn't practice Wednesday and was listed as day to day after he was slow to get up after crashing feet first..." April 05

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Snoop Dogg is the playoff good luck charm the Capitals need

    NBC Sports Washington "The NHL is doing things. The 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs begin next week, and with the Capitals locked in to the No. 1 Metro Division seed, the team is once again eyeing a deep playoff run. We won't give you a history lesson because you are probably aware, but if there was ever a time for..." April 05

  • Ovechkin could miss next game for Capitals

    NHL.com "Alex Ovechkin sat out practice for the Washington Capitals on Wednesday for maintenance and it is unknown whether the forward will play against the Nashville Predators on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSWA, NHL.TV). Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with 46 goals, was slow to get up after crashing..." April 04

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Capitals sign Providence College forward Brian Pinho to two-year, entry-level deal

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals have signed forward Brian Pinho, the team’s 2013 sixth-round draft pick, to a two-year, entry-level contract beginning this season. Pinho’s contract will carry an average annual value of $833,750, and he’s expected to join the Capitals today. Washington is burning the..." April 04

  • With regular season winding down, Caps recall a couple of prospects

    NBC Sports Washington "Travis Boyd and Madison Bowey were recalled by the Caps on Tuesday to add some depth to the bottom end of the roster as the team wraps up its regular season. Boyd, who has appeared in seven games for Washington this season, figures to join a group of forwards competing for roles on the third..." April 04

  • Philipp Grabauer is now the Washington Capitals’ No. 1 goalie

    Toronto Star "The Washington Capitals won their third consecutive Metropolitan Division title Sunday night after defeating their bitter rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1 at PPG Paints Arena. The more significant development may have been backup Philipp Grubauer cementing himself as the team’s No. 1..." April 03

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Alex Ovechkin to play in 1,000th NHL game vs. Penguins

    Sporting News "Alex Ovechkin will have another feat to add to his already impressive resume as he is expected to play in his 1,000th career NHL game Sunday against the Penguins. The Capitals left wing will become the first player in franchise history to play in 1,000 games and the first player selected out..." April 01

  • Capitals are thrilled they aren't Stanley Cup playoff favorites: 'The crown gets pretty heavy'

    CBS Sports "As the 2017-18 Stanley Cup playoffs draw near, the top of the NHL is populated with no shortage of hyped-up contenders, from the league-leading Nashville Predators, the battered but bludgeoning Boston Bruins, the record-breaking Toronto Maple Leafs, the high-scoring Tampa Bay Lightning and the..." March 31

  • T.J. Oshie exited Friday's loss with a lower body injury

    NBC Sports Washington "T.J. Oshie did not finish Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes due to a lower body injury. It’s unclear what happened to the Caps’ winger, but Oshie appeared to pull up lame with about 13 minutes to go. He took one more short shift and then exited the game. “He’ll be reevaluated,” Coach Barry..." March 31

  • Why the Washington Capitals aren’t really Stanley Cup contenders

    Sportsnet "Ever since the Washington Capitals captured their first Presidents’ Trophy in 2009-10, pundits have been predicting “this is the year” for Alex Ovechkin’s team. And no matter what, something always goes wrong. Whether it’s running into Jaroslav Halak on the hottest streak of his life, or just..." March 29

  • Capitals, Trotz must decide on goalie before playoffs begin

    NHL.com "Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz doesn't view it as a goaltending controversy. But Trotz knows he will have to make a decision on whether Braden Holtby or Philipp Grubauer will start Game 1 when the Stanley Cup Playoffs get underway in roughly two weeks. Holtby made a strong case to..." March 29

  • Why a sign-and-trade makes sense for John Carlson, under the radar execs

    The Athletic "I present to you John Carlson as a second potential case for the salary-cap era’s first sign-and-trade deal. I detailed the potential merits of a John Tavares sign-and-trade a couple of weeks ago, perhaps a long shot, but a possibility no less that his camp is making sure to cover in its..." March 28

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Capitals Sign Tobias Geisser

    NHL.com "The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Tobias Geisser to a three-year entry-level contract beginning in the 2018-19 season, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Geisser's contract will carry an average annual value of $867,000. The Capitals selected..." March 22

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • We have ourselves a goalie rotation in Washington

    NBC Sports Washington "It’s happened. The Caps no longer seem to have a No. 1 goalie anymore, they have a No. 1 and 1a. That’s right, we have a goalie rotation in Washington. “There's no sense riding one,” Barry Trotz said after practice on Monday. “[Braden Holtby] is coming back and looking better every game and..." March 19

  • Caps’ Holtby discusses fatigue before return

    Pro Hockey Talk "Tampa Bay Lightning goalie (and Vezina hopeful) Andrei Vasilevskiy isn’t the only netminder who’s acknowledging being tired, at least to some extent. Braden Holtby, the Washington Capitals’ frequent workhorse, admitted as much while praising the recent work of upstart backup Philipp Grubauer,..." March 16

  • Kuznetsov exits after crashing into boards

    TSN "Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov left the game in the second period against the New York Islanders with an upper-body injury and will not return, the team announced. He was tripped up on a rush to the net and crashed hard into the end boards near the end of the second period. He..." March 16

  • Ovechkin becomes 4th-fastest player to score 600 career goals

    The Score "Alex Ovechkin didn't need long to hit the 600-goal plateau Monday night against the Winnipeg Jets, following up his first-period marker with the milestone goal early in the second. The Washington Capitals star became the 20th player, and fourth-fastest in league history, to hit the 600 mark." March 12

  • Struggles endure for T.J. Oshie, but recent games have been ‘a lot better,’ he says

    Washington Post "The last time T.J. Oshie scored, his head dropped back as he looked toward the ceiling and lifted both arms, a celebration he sheepishly admitted was “dramatic.” But it was the picture of relief after 13 games without a goal. The Washington Capitals right wing had been even more disappointed in..." March 11