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  • The Capitals’ newest Russian arrives. Now Sergei Shumakov needs to get up to speed.

    Washington Post "As if Sergei Shumakov hadn’t heard enough about how difficult it’d be to move from Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League to the NHL, the first hang-up came before he even arrived in Washington. The visa process dragged, and he missed the first two days of Capitals training camp,..." September 18

  • Holtby feels revitalized, ready for heavy workload for Capitals "For many, the lasting image of Braden Holtby from last season will be of the Washington Capitals goaltender making a diving, stick-paddle save on Alex Tuch to preserve a 3-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. That Holtby humbly downplays it by..." September 17

  • What does a rookie backup goaltender mean for Braden Holtby’s workload?

    Washington Post "Last season seemed to reveal something about goaltender Braden Holtby’s ideal workload. He played fewer than 60 regular-season games for the first time since the 2013-14 season, and then had the sharpest playoff performance of his career in the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup run...." September 17

  • Don’t be surprised to see Todd Reirden experiment with Evgeny Kuznetsov on the penalty kill

    NBC Sports Washington "Were you surprised to see Andre Burakovsky playing on the penalty kill Sunday? The Capitals took four minor penalties in the preseason opener against the Boston Bruins. Among the players Washington turned to when they needed a penalty kill was Burakovsky. You may be..." September 17

  • Capitals have big plans for Stanley Cup winner Evgeny Kuznetsov

    Washington Post "Evgeny Kuznetsov appreciates the relative anonymity he still enjoys in Washington, though he has noticed people back home in Russia regard him differently after his springtime exploits. The Russian outlet Sport-Express compiled a list of the top 50 Russian hockey players and Kuznetsov came..." September 16

  • Alex Ovechkin on Capitals' goal for 2018-19 season: 'Not suck back-to-back'

    USA Today "After yet another year of the Washington Capitals falling short of expectations in the playoffs, captain Alex Ovechkin set a simple goal at the start of the 2017-18 training camp.  "We're not gonna be suck this year," he said. Well, the unusual..." September 15

  • NHL clears Capitals on trading, signing Brooks Orpik after buyout

    ABC News "The NHL questioned the Washington Capitals about re-signing Brooks Orpik after trading him to Colorado and cleared the Stanley Cup champions of any wrongdoing. General manager Brian MacLellan said the league questioned the Capitals for trading the veteran defenseman and then bringing..." September 15

  • Carlson and Eller among notable absences for the Capitals on the first day of training camp

    NBC Sports Washington "On the first day of training camp, the Caps already have three players absent from practice. John Carlson and Lars Eller are both out due to lower-body injuries while newcomer Sergei Shukaov is working through the visa process. According to a team official, both Carlson and Eller are..." September 14

  • New Capitals Coach Todd Reirden will dial up intensity as Stanley Cup defense begins

    Washington Post "The office reserved for the Washington Capitals’ head coach was getting a fresh coat of paint when Todd Reirden emerged from it on the last day of August. The practice facility had gotten a few new touches over the summer, too: Stanley Cup champions logos engraved on the glass..." September 13

  • Brooks Orpik happy to be back with Capitals but still felt 'blindsided' by trade to Colorado

    NBC Sports Washington "Brooks Orpik finished last season as a Capital. He will start the 2018-19 season as a Capital. In between, however, Orpik’s return to Washington took a rather circuitous route in what was, for him, a tumultuous offseason. Orpik, who will turn 38 before the start of the season,..." September 10

  • NHL players respond to Jalen Ramsey: 'I think it's insulting to our league'

    The Score "Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made waves in the hockey world recently, claiming in a tell-all interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes that he could probably crack the NHL with six months of training. Cue the outrage. With training..." September 07

  • Brooks Orpik still does not have feeling in his pinkie after losing part of it in the Stanley Cup Final

    NBC Sports Washington "Brooks Orpik made headlines in the spring when he lost a part of his pinkie finger during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final after a brutal slash from Vegas forward Erik Haula. The missing part was reattached, but after several months, Orpik admitted Wednesday he still has not..." September 06

  • The Capitals started the Stanley Cup keg stand tradition. It’s likely to end with them, too.

    Washington Post "Four members of the Capitals held Alex Ovechkin, his feet in the air and his face submerged in the Stanley Cup’s bowl as he sucked beer from it. As he was flipped back onto his feet, the crowd that had gathered at the Georgetown waterfront started chanting, “O-vi!” and..." September 04

  • Capitals sign Russian forward Shumakov to 1-year, 2-way deal

    The Score "The defending champs are adding some depth up front. Sergei Shumakov agreed to a one-year, two-way, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals, the club announced Saturday. The deal is worth $925,000. " September 01

  • Caps’ Copley Inheriting High-Pressure Job

    The Hockey Writers "The Washington Capitals’ opening night roster won’t look much different than the one that won the Cup in June. One position that is slated for a changing of the guard, however, is backup goalie. Prior to the draft, the Capitals dealt Philipp Grubauer to the..." August 31

  • Forward Brett Connolly says he won’t attend Capitals’ White House visit

    Washington Post "If the Washington Capitals visit the White House as part of a tradition for most championship teams, forward Brett Connolly won’t be attending, he told reporters in Toronto on Wednesday. Connolly is the second player to say he would decline an invitation, joining forward Devante..." August 29

  • Report: Capitals sign Sergei Shumakov, a top 20 point-scorer from the KHL

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "According to a Russian report (proceed with caution) by’s Pavel Lysenkov, the Washington Capitals have signed KHL forward Sergei Shumakov to a one-year contract worth $925k. Shumakov, a right-handed shooting left wing formerly with CSKA Moscow, finished..." August 28

  • Smith-Pelly: Easy decision to forgo White House visit if Caps get invite

    The Score "Devante Smith-Pelly hasn't struggled with his decision to not go to the White House should his Washington Capitals be invited by U.S. President Donald Trump. The winger shed more light on his stance Tuesday after first making his feelings known back in early..." August 28

  • Despite tumultuous season, Braden Holtby maintains his place among NHL's elite netminders

    NBC Sports Washington "It was a tumultuous year in net for Braden Holtby who underwent the worst slump of his career, briefly lost the starting job to Philipp Grubauer and then reclaimed it on a magical run to the Stanley Cup. Even after the up-and-down year, however, Holtby is still..." August 28

  • Capitals' Wilson: Criticism of new deal 'doesn't really matter to me'

    The Score "Tom Wilson says he isn't letting the haters get to him. When asked Tuesday about the six-year contract he signed worth about $5.17 million annually in late July, the Washington Capitals forward downplayed the critics. “It doesn’t really matter..." August 28

  • Reirden excited for 'challenge' as Capitals coach "Todd Reirden put in the work while waiting for his chance to become an NHL coach, and it paid off when he was promoted by the Washington Capitals to succeed Barry Trotz on June 29. Now Reirden is eager to get started with the Capitals, who will look to repeat as Stanley Cup champions..." August 25

  • Orpik unsure what role will be back with Capitals "Brooks Orpik didn't look like he would be a part of the Washington Capitals' bid to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. On June 22, the 37-year-old defenseman was traded with goaltender Philipp Grubauer to the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL..." August 25

  • Why Chandler Stephenson's visit to Humboldt really matters

    NBC Sports Washington "On April 6, tragedy shook the hockey world when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team was struck by a truck at a rural Saskatchewan intersection. The crash killed 16 people, including 10 players. Another 13 people were injured. On Friday, Chandler..." August 23

  • Why aren’t teams experimenting with 3-on-3 lineups?

    TSN "The National Hockey League introduced the 3-on-3 overtime rule in the 2015-16 season, which was designed to marginalize the frequency of shootouts resolving games during the regular season. The league struck a bit of unintended gold with the decision. The pace and talent on display..." August 20

  • Alex Ovechkin Best Summer Ever ... I'm a Dad Now!!!

    TMZ "NHL star Alex Ovechkin is still livin' the dream -- on top of winning his first Stanley Cup ... he's now welcomed his first child to the world. The Washington Caps' captain is a new dad after his wife, Nastya Ovechkina, gave birth to a son Saturday ... and his name..." August 18

  • NHL not invested in the numbers when it comes to analytics

    Toronto Star "It was 15 years ago this summer that Moneyball, the groundbreaking book by Michael Lewis, began to make its mark on the curious minds of athletic power brokers around the world. And if the intervening time has taught us anything, it’s that the copycat tendencies of sports executives..." August 13

  • NBC's hockey schedule going where it hasn't been much before

    USA Today "NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney..." August 13

  • Are Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey ready for everyday roles?

    NBC Sports Washington "Are Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey ready to be everyday NHL players? Both Djoos and Bowey looked like players who could break into the NHL lineup last season and both did. The results were largely impressive for two young rookie players on the blue line. Let's start..." August 09

  • Can Dmitry Orlov eclipse 40 points?

    NBC Sports Washington "Orlov’s goal every year should be producing 40 or more points. Two seasons ago, the Russian defenseman established a career-high for assists with 27 and ended up with 33 points. Last season, Orlov scored a career-best 10 goals and finished with 31 points. Orlov’s..." August 08

  • Signing bonus issue lingers over next NHL labour deal

    TSN "To land superstar centre John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their financial might and structured a contract most teams around the league couldn’t possibly fathom. On the surface, Tavares’ contract isn’t that exotic. A seven-year, $77 million contract for..." August 07

  • Washington Capitals Hire Scott Arniel, Reid Cashman As Assistant Coaches

    Washington Times "The Washington Capitals named Scott Arniel and Reid Cashman as assistants Monday to Todd Reirden’s coaching staff. Arniel, 55, is the type of veteran coach the Capitals wanted to add, given Reirden’s lack of head coaching experience on the NHL level. Arniel spent the past..." August 06

  • Capitals re-sign Tom Wilson to $31.02 million, 6-year deal

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals completed their last major piece of offseason business Friday by finalizing a new contract for Tom Wilson, the physical right wing who had a career year during the team’s run to its first Stanley Cup. In a deal long expected, Washington will pay Wilson $31..." July 28

  • Mitch Korn leaves Capitals to join Barry Trotz and Lane Lambert with the New York Islanders

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "On Thursday afternoon, the New York Islanders announced that they have hired Mitch Korn as their new director of goaltending. Korn will be joining former Capitals head coach Barry Trotz and former Capitals assistant head coach Lane Lambert on the Islanders squad. Korn will..." July 26

  • Capitals Sign Brooks Orpik "The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a one-year contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Orpik's contract will carry an average annual value of $1 million. In addition, the contract includes $500,000 of potential..." July 24

  • Washington Capitals Re-Sign Madison Bowey

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Washington Capitals still have to reach a contract with Tom Wilson, but are close to inking all of their restricted free agents this summer. Madison Bowey is the latest to re-sign with the Capitals on a two-year contract worth a total of $2MM. " July 19

  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • What’s the right contract for Tom Wilson, Capitals?

    Pro Hockey Talk "What kind of price to put on grit, agitation, intimidation? In the NHL, it’s something of a Rorschach Test for GMs. It’s easier to gauge the value of elite players and middle-of-the-pack guys when scoring is their calling card, but when it comes to..." July 18

  • Wilson, Capitals exploring contract 'north of four years': report "Tom Wilson and the Washington Capitals are exploring a contract "something north of four years," his agent told The Washington Post on Tuesday. Wilson, a restricted free agent, set NHL career highs in goals (14), assists (21) and points (35) last season. The 24-year-old..." July 17

  • Capitals hire Reid Cashman as assistant coach

    Yardbarker "New Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden has begun filling out his staff. Just as Reirden was promoted internally, he has made his first hire from within. According to Mark Divver of the Providence Journal, the Capitals have hired Reid Cashman as an assistant coach. Cashman has..." July 14

  • Capitals Re-Sign Liam O'Brien to One-Year Contract

    Hockey Fights "The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Liam O'Brien to a one-year, two-way contract, with an average annual value of $650,000, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. O'Brien, 23, played in three games for the..." July 13

  • Backstrom, Capitals excited to defend Stanley Cup "Nicklas Backstrom waited 11 seasons to win the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals. Now the 30-year-old center is motivated to make sure the Capitals aren't one and done. "It's a challenge for us. But we want to accept it," Backstrom told the Capitals..." July 10

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • 4 reasons Capitals fans should pay close attention to the Hershey Bears this season

    NBC Sports Washington "If you’re someone who follows the Capitals’ prospects closely, chances are you probably follow the Hershey Bears pretty closely, too. The Bears are, after all, Washington’s AHL affiliate. Many Caps fans, however, are not as into minor league hockey and take a..." July 09

  • Caps' winger Tom Wilson does not file for arbitration; prospect Liam O'Brien does

    NBC Sports Washington "Tom Wilson did not file for salary arbitration ahead of Thursday’s 5 p.m. deadline. The Caps and Wilson, a restricted free agent, will continue to negotiate toward an extension. The 24-year-old is coming off a breakout year in which he racked up highs in goals (14),..." July 06

  • Todd Reirden's staff is beginning to take shape

    NBC Sports Washington "The Capitals have their head coach in place, but that’s just step one when it comes to filling out the coaching staff. Now a first time NHL head coach has to assemble a staff that can help him excel in his first season. As the defending Stanley Cup champions, this will be a..." July 05

  • Rangers, Capitals, Lightning among those interested in Senators star

    CBS Sports "As the first week of 2018 NHL free agency draws to a close, Erik Karlsson remains an Ottawa Senators defenseman, but at least a half-dozen teams, including the Atlantic Division champion Tampa Bay Lightning, could still be hard after the All-Star. After their..." July 05

  • Wilson 'big priority' for Capitals to re-sign, GM says "Todd Reirden was formally introduced as coach of the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, meaning their next order of business is to re-sign restricted free agent forward Tom Wilson. General manager Brian MacLellan has had ongoing discussions with Wilson's agent, Mark Guy, and said he..." July 04

  • Reirden embraces 'unique challenge' with Capitals

    Washington Times "As Todd Reirden watched Alex Ovechkin finally hoist the Stanley Cup, on some levels, he could relate. Reirden was never the star or a dynamic scorer for a team like the Capitals captain, but the 47-year-old tolled through the minor leagues for most of his playing days...." July 04

  • Capitals interested in Brooks Orpik return

    Yardbarker "The Washington Capitals moved Brooks Orpik earlier this offseason in order to clear enough cap space to re-sign John Carlson. Orpik was carrying a $5.5MM cap hit, so the team attached him to Philipp Grubauer in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche, only to see him bought out by the acquiring..." July 03

  • Capitals Sign Defenseman Martin Fehervary To Entry-Level Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The defending Stanley Cup champions have worked quickly to lock up a recent draft pick. The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan first reported that the Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Martin Fehervary to an entry-level contract. The team has confirmed the deal for..." July 01