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  • Despite re-aggravating injury at Worlds, Lars Eller healthy heading to training camp

    NBC Sports Washington "A lower-body injury limited Lars Eller in the playoffs and cut his World Championship short after just three games, but it is not going to limit him heading into training camp. “I’m over that,” Eller told NBC Sports Washington. “Taken good care of that and..." August 24

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov accepts IIHF suspension for cocaine while Capitals, NHL lay out next steps

    NBC Sports Washington "After news broke of Evgeny Kuznetsov’s four-year suspension by the IIHF for testing positive for cocaine, the Capitals center released a statement Friday accepting the suspension and expressing his regret for the situation  Said Kuznetsov: "Recently, the..." August 23

  • IIHF suspends Evgeny Kuznetsov 4 years for testing positive for cocaine

    The Score "Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended by the IIHF for four years after testing positive for cocaine at the 2019 World Championship. "The prohibited substance was found in a doping control which occurred on 26 May 2019 at the 2019..." August 23

  • What will Alex Ovechkin do when his contract expires?

    NBC Sports Washington "Let’s get some perspective on Gretzky’s record. With 658 goals, Ovechkin still trails Gretzky by 236. Even if Ovechkin scores 50 goals in each of the next two seasons,  which would be absolutely insane given his age, he is still going to need 136 just to tie..." August 22

  • Top 10 entry-level players of the salary cap era

    The Score "With a ton of restricted free-agent chatter around the league - but little action - we thought it would be interesting to review which players performed the best while on their entry-level deals since the salary cap era began in 2005-06. Our list summarizes the 10 most productive..." August 22

  • NHL free agency 2019: Full list of signings, best available players

    Sporting News "Charles Dickens opened "A Tale of Two Cities" with: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" - or, what the hockey world calls, free agency. Some of the biggest names in the game will be..." August 22

  • Michael Kempny expected to be ready for Capitals training camp

    NHL.com "Michal Kempny appears on track to be on the ice for the start of training camp with the Washington Capitals next month after recovering from a torn left hamstring. The defenseman was at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday for a physical and general manager Brian MacLellan is..." August 21

  • Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby extension talks in Capitals' plans before camp

    NHL.com "Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby each will get to begin preliminary talks on a contract extension with the Washington Capitals before the start of training camp in September, general manager Brian MacLellan said Wednesday. Backstrom, a center, and goalie Holtby are each entering..." August 21

  • Report: Dmitrij Jaskin expected to sign contract with Dynamo Moscow

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Dmitrij Jaskin was not expected to return to the Washington Capitals after the team did not extend him a qualifying offer in late June. Two months later, it appears Jaskin has found his landing spot and will move to the KHL next season after apparently not receiving a suitable offer..." August 21

  • The best (and worst) NHL teams of the past decade

    ESPN "A lot changed in the NHL standings during the past decade. There was an expansion team added, another that relocated and another that was renamed. There were six divisions when the decade began, with the top eight teams in each conference advancing to the playoffs; by 2014, we were..." August 21

  • NHL farm system rankings: Best, worst prospect pipelines for 2019-20, from 1 to 31

    Sporting News "The general managers who run NHL front offices, with support from their staff, use a variety of methods to identify, develop and assess the future talent within their own organizations. Unfortunately for the general public, they tend to keep us in the dark about the inner workings, which is why..." August 20

  • TJ Oshie healthy and hungry for another Stanley Cup run with Capitals

    The Score "Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie can't wait to compete for a second Stanley Cup after an injury ended his 2019 postseason prematurely. The 31-year-old was hit awkwardly into the boards during Game 4 of the team's opening playoff round against the Carolina..." August 20

  • #NHLTopPlayers: Top 20 Defensemen

    NHL.com "Whether it's breaking up a big play, setting up a goal, or scoring on the power play, some defensemen can do it all. NHL Network producers and analysts chose the top 20 defensemen in the League for a special program that premiered Sunday as the third in a nine-part series leading up to the..." August 19

  • Making the case for each of the Capitals’ four goalies

    NBC Sports Washington "Goalie may not be the most important position in hockey, but it is certainly the most impactful. No player has a bigger effect on a single game than a goalie, so teams better make sure they have a good plan for who can lead them in the crease heading into each season. The..." August 19

  • The All-Decade Team for all 31 NHL clubs

    ESPN "In 2009-10, the New Jersey Devils were confident that 25-year-old Zach Parisewould help define their next decade in the NHL. Ditto the Washington Capitals, and their 25-year-old, 40-goal scorer Alex Semin. The Columbus Blue Jacketshad a 25-year-old franchise player..." August 19

  • Forecasting Canada's roster for potential 2021 World Cup

    The Score "With news that the NHL is "cautiously optimistic" that current CBA talks might lead to a World Cup in February 2021, we've decided to predict what each team's roster could look like should the tournament take place. We adopted the NHL's format for the..." August 16

  • ‘Cautiously optimistic’ NHL CBA talks could result in 2021 World Cup

    Sportsnet "Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the direction of collective bargaining talks with the NHL Players’ Association and believes the sides are committed to staging the next World Cup in February 2021 if they can extend or renew the..." August 16

  • Ranking the NHL's top 5 defensive pairings

    The Score "After analyzing the NHL's best forward lines, our focus now shifts to the league's top defensive pairings. These pairings are weighed against each other through a series of advanced statistical categories that quantify their on-ice impact at even strength. Of course,..." August 16

  • 2019-20 NHL Fantasy Hockey Sleepers include goalie great Henrik Lundqvist

    CBS Sports "There are always tough decisions to make early on in Fantasy hockey drafts, but it's hard to go wrong when there are a plethora of superstars still on the board. However, things become much less straightforward in the mid-to-late rounds when big-name players become increasingly scarce...." August 15

  • If the Caps wanted to re-sign Braden Holtby, could they even make it work?

    NBC Sports Washington "Projecting out to 2020, the Capitals will have 10 forwards, four defensemen and one goalie under contract for just over $62 million. That means they will need three forwards and three defensemen in addition to Holtby. This does not include restricted free agents Chandler Stephenson, Travis..." August 14

  • Capitals VP of Communications Sergey Kocharov Wins $1M Powerball Prize

    Bleacher Report "Barely a year after his team won its first Stanley Cup, Washington Capitalsvice president of communications Sergey Kocharov scored an even more notable victory. According to the Virginia Lottery website, Kocharov won a $1 million Powerball prize on what he called an impulse..." August 13

  • What Tyler Lewington gives the Caps that no one else can

    NBC Sports Washington "It is not hard to project who the Capitals’ seven defensemen for next season will be...if money were not an issue. John Carlson, Michal Kempny, Nick Jensen, Dmitry Orlov, Radko Gudas, Jonas Siegenthaler and Christian Djoos are all signed for next season. In addition to those..." August 11

  • Ranking the NHL's 5 best lines

    The Score "A really good line can start clicking for a number of reasons. Sometimes, it's simply due to the individual talent of the three forwards in question, but it isn't always that easy. Putting the best three players together doesn't always pay dividends. Often, it's more..." August 09

  • Alex Ovechkin not ready to discuss retirement, focused on season with Capitals

    NHL.com "Alex Ovechkin said he doesn't want to talk about speculation he might retire when his contract with the Washington Capitals expires following the 2020-21 season. "We will talk about that after two years," the Capitals captain told NHL.com Thursday in a telephone..." August 08

  • Alex Ovechkin visits China as ambassador: 'It's a good country to raise hockey'

    NHL.com "Alex Ovechkin was getting ready to leave China following a memorable five-day visit as an international ambassador for the NHL and the Washington Capitals forward was already talking about coming back. "It was a great experience for me," Ovechkin said in a telephone..." August 08

  • Predicting the NHL's latest 'lottery ticket' contracts

    ESPN "This may come as a shock, but National Hockey League teams are known to hand out a contract or two that they later regret. Sometimes it's because the signing was ill-advised in the first place. Sometimes it's because of unforeseen circumstances, like a player suffering through..." August 07

  • Top available NHL free agents by position

    The Score "With free agency underway, here's a roundup of all the best players still available. The biggest names are off the board, but some potentially helpful talent remains up for grabs. Left wing Thomas Vanek Patrick Marleau Pat Maroon Jamie..." August 06

  • Big spenders? How Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom’s deals look now 9 years later

    NBC Sports Washington "In 2010, the Capitals took what looked at the time to be a major gamble. With Alex Ovechkin already signed to a 13-year contract, Washington signed center Nicklas Backstrom to a ten-year deal. The team committed in a big way to an Ovechkin-Backstrom core. Committing 13 and 10 years to..." August 06

  • Alexander Alexeyev vows to maintain focus, won't buy into praise from Capitals

    NHL.com "Alexander Alexeyev is keenly aware expectations are high for him this season. During Washington Capitals development camp in June, coach Todd Reirden called the 19-year-old prospect one of the Capitals' top two young defensemen, and director of player development Steve Richmond..." August 05

  • Alex Ovechkin will not force his son Sergei to play hockey

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin held a Russian language press conference on Thursday ahead of his annual youth hockey tournament, the Alexander Ovechkin Cup, in Moscow. Ovechkin addressed several topics including the end of his 13-year contract with the Capitals in 2021 and..." August 03

  • Does Ilya Samsonov need to get NHL time this season?

    NBC Sports Washington "Does Ilya Samsonov need to get NHL time this season? Yes. Have a great weekend everyone! This should be fairly obvious, but just for kicks, let's dive a little deeper. A lot has been written on the future of Braden Holtby after this season as he is on the..." August 02

  • One month into NHL free agency, who’s left on the market?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL free agent market opened one month ago today and there was plenty of cash thrown around and faces headed for new places. While there were 126 signings of different varieties on July 1 there have been 167 total in the 30 days since. Even with all those contracts signed, there..." August 01

  • Alex Ovechkin named second-most successful athlete according to Forbes Russia

    NBC Sports Washington "Add another accolade to Alex Ovechkin's star-studded resume. The Capitals captain was recently named the second-most successful Russian athlete by Forbes Russia, one spot behind undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who submitted Conor McGregor in October..." August 01

  • As almost mirror images, Penguins and Capitals take divergent paths in rebuilding on the fly

    PensBurgh "The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals make for a fantastic comparison. If only starting with the natural recoil both teams and fanbases will feel to be held up against each other as peers. But the two teams have a lot in common right now. There’s the three straight..." July 30

  • Fighting in NHL hit record lows during 2018-2019 season, continuing downward trend

    CBS Sports "If you've been watching the NHL over the past handful of years, you likely don't need numbers to tell you what's pretty obvious: The league and its product is not quite the same as it once was, say, in the 80s, 90s or even early 2000s.  Plenty about the game has..." July 30

  • Will John Carlson regress in the 2019-2020 season?

    NBC Sports Washington "During the 2018-19 campaign, John Carlson had a career year. In 80 games, the defenseman notched 70 points and finished fourth in Norris Trophy voting. But is there reason to believe the Capitals won't put up more monster numbers next season? Ian Tulloch of The Athletic..." July 29

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy's new deal gives Braden Holtby another comparable

    NBC Sports Washington "Earlier this off-season, the Florida Panthers inked goalie Sergei Bobrovksy to a seven-year, $70 million deal. Now, Braden Holtby will have another comparable from another Russian goaltender, as Andrei Vasilevskiy signed an eight-year, $76 million deal with the Tampa Bay..." July 29

  • Jesper Boqvist eager to train with Nicklas Backstrom, eyes next level for Devils

    NHL.com "Jesper Boqvist is looking forward to some on-ice education in August, when the 20-year-old New Jersey Devils forward prospect will skate with Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom in their native Sweden. Boqvist, a second-round pick (No. 36) in the 2017 NHL Draft, will meet..." July 27

  • Cap crunch: Rangers, Penguins, Flames among teams that need moves

    Pro Hockey Talk "Even though most of the NHL’s biggest roster transactions have already happened this summer, there are still some significant moves that will be coming over the next few weeks. Many of them will be out of necessity as it relates to getting under the salary cap for the 2019-20..." July 27

  • Capitals re-sign Chandler Stephenson to one-year, $1.05 million deal

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals re-signed depth forward Chandler Stephenson to a one-year, $1.05 million deal, a person with the knowledge of the situation confirmed Friday. The team avoided arbitration with Stephenson — his hearing was scheduled for Aug. 1 — but with the roster..." July 27

  • Capitals have some huge decisions to make with key players

    Pro Hockey Talk "Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan is going to have one of the more complex juggling acts in the NHL over the next year. His team is just one year removed from its first ever Stanley Cup and is still, as currently constructed, a championship contender that should be..." July 26

  • 5 players likely to regress next season

    The Score "It's incredibly difficult to stay consistent at the NHL level; some players experience regression, unable to carry over their success from one campaign to the next. Regression doesn't necessarily result in a poor season or a downward trend that will last for the rest of a..." July 26

  • Signing depth players long-term is usually losing move for NHL teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators’ decision to sign Colton Sissons to a seven-year contract earlier this week certainly raised a lot of eyebrows around the NHL. As PHT’s James O’Brien argued immediately after the signing, the salary cap hit is pretty..." July 26

  • Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the NHL

    The Score "Nearly every general manager in the NHL has a contract they'd like to get rid of. Not including LTIR-eligible players or players signed this summer, here are the current 10 worst deals in the league based on cap hit, term, and expected value over the duration of the..." July 25

  • Matt Moulson Signs AHL Contract With Hershey Bears

    Buffalo News "Matt Moulson, whose disappointing tenure with the Buffalo Sabres formally ended with the start of free agency, has signed a one-year American Hockey League contract with the Hershey Bears. Moulson's five-year, $25 million contract with the Sabres agreed to before the 2014-15..." July 24

  • 5 players poised for bounce-back seasons

    The Score "Some years, things just don't go as planned. The NHL season is a grind, and even some of the top talents are bound to endure a mediocre year or two. Several factors can result in a player taking a step back, including injuries, coaching, or just sheer bad luck. Here are..." July 24

  • Caps re-sign Christian Djoos to one-year deal after arbitration hearing

    NBC Sports Washington "After undergoing independent arbitration this offseason, restricted free agent Christian Djoos is back with the Capitals. The defenseman signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the team based on the award of an independent arbitrator. Djoos's arbitration hearing was..." July 24

  • Is there too much offence from the defence in today’s NHL?

    TSN "One of the questions I’ve wrestled with over the years is how to value individual offensive contributions from defencemen, particularly when it comes to goal scoring. It’s an important subject because, much like forwards, there is a strong correlation between two..." July 22

  • Alex Ovechkin's showing no signs of slowing down

    Sporting News "Alex Ovechkin's still got it. That was the main takeaway from the Washington Capitals captain's 2018-19 campaign; where he hit the 50-goal mark and won the Rocket Richard Trophy, both for the the eighth time in his career. Beyond the regular season, he also impressed with a..." July 20

  • There’s now a tool to compare NHL players to Pokemon and it’s absolutely incredible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The tool you never knew you needed has arrived. Thanks to CJ Turtoro, a hockey analytics writer and contributor for All about the Jersey, you can now find every NHL player’s best Pokemon comparable with a new generator, which takes stats from hockey..." July 18