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  • Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom expected by owner to finish careers with Capitals "The owner of the Washington Capitals said he expects Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom to play their entire NHL careers with the team. Ted Leonsis said Thursday he's not worried about Ovechkin or Backstrom re-signing when their contract..." December 13

  • Why this year’s Capitals are a lot like last year’s Lightning

    Yahoo! Sports "The similarity between this iteration of Washington Capitals and the probably-best-ever regular-season Tampa Bay Lightning of 2018-19 is obvious on the surface. The Caps are on a blistering points pace, poised to run away from the pack and win the Presidents’ Trophy, even as the..." December 12

  • Hockey's moment of reckoning is in its infancy

    TSN "Fifteen days after Akim Aliu’s seismic tweet, an aftershock sent another shiver through the NHL when the Dallas Stars fired coach Jim Montgomery Tuesday for what the team called “unprofessional conduct.”   These two and a half weeks have shaken the..." December 12

  • 6 Canadiens trade targets to help shore up the blue line

    Sportsnet "The 2019-20 campaign appears to be slipping away from the Montreal Canadiens. After missing out on the post-season two years in a row, the Canadiens currently sit two points out of third place in their division, and five points out of a wild-card spot. They’re fresh off an..." December 11

  • Alex Ovechkin takes time away from busy NHL season to skate with special-needs players

    Yahoo! Sports "During the hustle and bustle of an NHL season, some players are always known to give back and Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is certainly one of the bigger stars to always be generous with his time. On Tuesday, the star winger visited the MedStar Capitals Iceplex for a..." December 10

  • Latest On Salary Cap Ceiling For 2020-21

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wouldn’t give a specific salary cap range estimate for the 2020-21 season, Pierre LeBrun took the pulse of the league’s board of governors. LeBrun shared those thoughts on TSN today: "They had their..." December 10

  • Four teams that could take a shot on trading for Alex Galchenyuk

    Sportsnet "When Alex Galchenyuk first landed in Pittsburgh this past off-season, a returning asset to the Penguins in exchange for Phil Kessel going to Arizona, there was a lot of anticipation for the one-time 30-goal scorer to regain that offensive level alongside Evgeni Malkin. But..." December 10

  • NBA Schedule Change Ideas Should Also Be Considered By NHL

    Featurd "The NBA is proposing radical changes to the league’s schedule. These alterations would dramatically reshape the regular season, mess with tradition and completely alter the status quo. They’re also fabulous suggestions. Hopefully, the NHL is listening as..." December 10

  • Potential 2021 World Cup Of Hockey Cancelled

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL had been hoping to pull off another World Cup of Hockey in February of 2021, but commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters today including Chris Johnston of Sportsnet that the idea is now dead. The league will hold an All-Star game instead, though Pierre LeBrun..." December 10

  • Gary Bettman: Teams to face 'severe discipline' for not reporting incidents

    The Score "Gary Bettman is shedding some light on what the NHL plans to do to address inappropriate behavior by its coaches and those involved in the game. On Monday after the league's Board of Governors meetings in California, the commissioner laid out the initial steps the NHL will take in..." December 10

  • Alex Ovechkin on the Russia Olympic ban: ‘It’s sad news’

    Washington Post "Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said Monday the four-year ban that will bar Russia from competing at the next two Olympic Games is “sad news” and “disappointing to hear.” “It’s always disappointing to hear something like..." December 10

  • Sizing Up The Backup Goalie Trade Market

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With many teams hovering around the 30 games played mark, they’ve had a good chance to assess their goaltending situation.  While starters moving at this point of the season is rare, there could be some opportunities for teams to change their backups in an effort to shore up their..." December 10

  • NHL Seattle could unveil logos, colors in February "NHL Seattle could reveal logo designs and colors at the same time it announces the name of the League's 32nd team in February or March, president and CEO Tod Leiweke said following his presentation to the NHL Board of Governors on Monday. "We think so, but we're still..." December 09

  • Backstrom returning to Capitals' lineup Monday after 8-game absence

    The Score "The red-hot Washington Capitals are about to get one of their best players back. Nicklas Backstrom will make his return Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the club confirmed Sunday. The star forward has missed the last eight contests with what..." December 08

  • Alex Ovechkin jokes about instant retirement if he passes Wayne Gretzky goal mark "Alex Ovechkin needs 217 goals to pass Wayne Gretzky for the NHL record, and though it's unclear if he will get there, he told ESPN he has a plan if he does. "You're probably never going to see me on the ice again," the Washington Capitals forward said with a..." December 08

  • So, What Does a Fifth-Round Pick Mean?

    Japers' Rink "“Chandler Stephenson was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday by the Washington Capitals for a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.” So led the NHL press release on the trade the Capitals made on Monday...." December 06

  • Snoop Dogg now featured in ‘NHL 20’ as color analyst, player

    Sportress of Blogitude "Snoop Dogg, one of the biggest celebrity NHL fans on the planet, is now a featured character in to “NHL 20,” both as a color analyst and more strangely, as a playable character. EA Sports has been hinting at Snoop’s inclusion in the latest iteration of the..." December 06

  • Report: NHLPA accused of covering up theft of over $100K from union funds

    Yahoo! Sports "A former technical support analyst for the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) alleges that the NHLPA covered up a theft exceeding $100,000 in union funds by one of its executives, according to a lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court. TSN’s Rick..." December 05

  • Pittsburgh’s Primanti Brothers restaurant honors ‘Doc’ Emrick

    NBC Sports "One of the ultimate signs of respect from the city of Pittsburgh is when Primanti Brothers, the local sandwich shop known for piling mountains of french fries and cole slaw on its sandwiches, names something after you. NBC Sports announcer ‘Doc’ Emrick recently had that..." December 05

  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Jake Muzzin and the secondary NHL free agents due for significant raises in 2020

    Sporting News "Over the course of this season, the status of the top pending unrestricted free agents will garner growing interest among fans and pundits. The contract talks of the best potentially available talent, such as New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall and St. Louis Blues..." December 05

  • 'Still a long way to go,' but women are gaining ground with new roles in the NHL

    USA Today "Caley Chelios is a story in Tampa because she is a female radio analyst working for an NHL team. The bigger story is Chelios, 26, is a broadcasting wunderkind with national potential. “She is as knowledgeable as anyone I talk to in the game,” Lightning coach Jon..." December 05

  • Tobias Geisser loaned to EV Zug of Switzerland’s National League after playing in only 7 games with Hershey

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "The Hershey Bears’ depth on defense has kept 2017 fourth-round pick Tobias Geisser off the ice for AHL Hershey most of the season. Thursday, the Capitals loaned Geisser to EV Zug of Switzerland’s National League so the big rig defenseman can continue to develop..." December 05

  • Manon Rhéaume will be honoured with statue in Quebec City

    CBC "Manon Rhéaume, the first woman to play in the NHL, will be immortalized outside Quebec City's Videotron Centre. Next year, a life-size bronze statue of the former goalie will go up at place Jean-Béliveau, right outside the arena. As a child,..." December 05

  • Evander Kane gets ejected for elbowing Capitals’ Radko Gudas

    Pro Hockey Talk "San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane was ejected from Tuesday’s 5-2 loss against the Washington Capitals for elbowing Caps defenseman Radko Gudas. The hit came shortly after Kane scored a goal in what had already clearly been developing into a lopsided win for the..." December 04

  • Sharks' Evander Kane fined for elbowing Radko Gudas

    TSN "San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has been fined $5,000 for elbowing after he was ejected in the third period of Wednesday's loss to the Washington Capitals.      

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  • Seattle NHL expansion team energized on one-year anniversary "It has been one year since the NHL announced expansion to Seattle on Dec. 4, 2018. The arena is under construction. The team has no name, logo or colors, let alone coaches or players. It won't begin play until 2021-22.  Yet, since Oct. 30, the first season-ticket..." December 04

  • Coach Behavior To Be Main Topic At NHL Board Of Governors Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It has been a whirlwind few weeks in the NHL coaching ranks. After the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock back on November 20, several former players used the opportunity to criticize the veteran coach’s tactics and the way he treated some of his players. Former..." December 03

  • Akim Aliu says ‘big change coming’ after meeting with NHL

    Sportsnet "Akim Aliu believes some much-needed change is coming to the NHL. The former Calgary Flames forward met with commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Tuesday, and told reporters after the meeting that he’s excited to see that change come..." December 03

  • Golden Knights Acquire Chandler Stephenson

    Knights On Ice "The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired forward Chandler Stephenson in a trade with the Washington Capitals in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round pick, the team announced Monday. Multiple reports confirmed throughout the night that the Golden Knights were..." December 03

  • Why the NHL might finally be ripe for a European coach

    Sportsnet "Rikard Gronborg believes it’s only a matter of time. And with the disturbing crackling of the old boys coaching network in recent days, the most qualified coaching candidate outside of North America might be on to something. Nineteen years have passed since the last..." December 03

  • Ignore the negative noise, this is hockey’s reckoning

    Sportsnet "It’s great that hockey’s having this moment, that topics such as inclusion, bullying and hazing have been pushed into the forefront by the forced resignation of Bill Peters as head coach of the Calgary Flames stemming from allegations of racial epithets dating back to his time as a..." December 02

  • Report: Akim Aliu, NHL meeting to discuss hockey's cultural issues

    Yahoo! Sports "Akim Aliu brought past racist comments by now-former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters into the public eye earlier this week and will reportedly meet with the NHL to discuss hockey’s cultural problems. According to Gare Joyce of Sportsnet, the two parties will have..." November 29

  • Still a young rookie, Ilya Samsonov continues to adapt on and off the ice

    Washington Post "Ilya Samsonov walks into the Washington Capitals’ dressing room at MedStar Capitals IcePlex nearly every day with a sheepish grin and a polite nod. Sweat dripping off his face as he takes off his goaltender equipment, the young Russian has not changed his mannerisms since he was named..." November 29

  • Ice wizards: NHL stars are embracing their creative side

    NBC Sports "Matthew Tkachuk watched Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov from 20 feet away and knew something special was about to happen. Svechnikov picked the puck up behind the net, cradled it on the end of his stick and rammed it past the goaltender from behind the net. Someone..." November 28

  • 8 Oilers trade targets to help improve the club’s depth scoring

    Sportsnet "Depending on how you look at it, the Oilers either house one of the game’s elite offences, or one in desperate need of help. On one hand, they’re led by the top two scorers in the league, with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl amassing an absurd 95 combined points through..." November 28

  • NHL Seattle should most certainly pursue Mike Babcock next year if he’s still available

    Seattle Times "We’ve got this season’s first big-name coaching casualty in Mike Babcock, a Toronto Maple Leafs castoff NHL Seattle should take a serious look at. Those familiar with junior hockey will remember “Babs’’ as a highly decorated Spokane Chiefs..." November 27

  • Capitals interested in playing regular-season game in Russia in next 2 years

    Washington Times "The Washington Capitals are interested in playing a regular-season game in Russia, which would mark a first for the NHL. “We’ve talked about different things overseas and we’ve talked about some in Russia or some in Sweden. We’re..." November 26

  • Jakub Vrana is an Elite Winger

    Japers' Rink "With Capitals forward Jakub Vrana, there have typically been qualifications attached to his play. He’s the young player where we’ve gotten “glimpses” of his potential. GM Brian MacLellan has testified to his “tremendous upside”..." November 25

  • Meet the man behind some of hockey's most legendary images

    Sportsnet "For 45 years, Bruce Bennett has captured hockey's greatest players, teams and memories, and shaped the way we see the game Acouple of hours before ticketholders start to file into TD Garden for Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, Bruce Bennett is setting up remote cameras at..." November 24

  • Report: Nicklas Backstrom opens contract talks with Capitals without agent

    The Score "Washington Capitals star Nicklas Backstrom is taking matters into his own hands when it comes to his contract negotiations. "I'm told ... that he has begun talks with the Capitals without an agent," Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman said on the..." November 24

  • Gambles on goaltending are proving to be losing bets for many NHL GMs

    Yahoo! Sports "Coming into the season, much was made of San Jose’s decision to roll its two goalies from last year once again. Understandably so. The Sharks had the worst goaltending in the league, and to gamble that they would turn it around was risky at best, especially given the age of many..." November 21

  • Why punching your opponent in hockey is fine but spitting on him is not

    The Guardian "When done properly, a hockey fight between two (or more) consenting adults is a beautiful tradition with its own rules. There’s a disagreement between opposing players due to a rough hit or perceived dirty play – either in the immediate moments before a fight or in a prior meeting...." November 21

  • NHL stars carrying the biggest offensive burden for their teams

    ESPN "An exercise I do every season is looking at which players played the biggest role in their team's overall offensive production. While the raw list of scoring leaders is a good starting point and features a collection of the league's most prolific offensive players, it also doesn't..." November 21

  • ‘Blow the damn whistle’: The NHL has to stop letting player safety depend on referees’ judgment calls

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "The NHL has a problem. “Matt Calvert is helpless at the top of the circle—there’s blood still down all over the Avalanche zone!—and they don’t blow the whistle.” Avalanche commentators Mark Moser and Peter McNab were..." November 21

  • Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom to miss Rangers game with upper-body injury

    Sportsnet "Washington Capitals centre Nicklas Backstrom will miss Wednesday game against the New York Rangers with an upper-body injury. Additionally, the team has placed Nic Dowd (upper body) and Carl Hagelin (upper body) on injured reserve. " November 20

  • Washington Capitals Make Several Roster Moves

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With Garnet Hathaway expected to get some sort of suspension for his spitting incident, the Washington Capitals needed to make some roster moves. Today, the team has recalled Beck Malenstyn, Michael Sgarbossa, Tyler Lewington and Ilya Samsonov while..." November 20

  • Garnet Hathaway suspended three games for spitting incident

    Last Word On Hockey "The Washington Capitals‘ Garnet Hathaway has been suspended three games for spitting at Erik Gudbranson of the Anaheim Ducks. The decision came Wednesday after a meeting with NHL Player Safety. Player Safety announced the penalty not long..." November 20

  • NHL renames GM of the Year award after late Jim Gregory

    CBS Sports "On Tuesday, the NHL announced that the annual award presented to the top general manager in the league will be renamed to honor the late Jim Gregory who was best known for his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. According to, after presenting the new name in Toronto..." November 20

  • Odds to replace Don Cherry on 'Coach's Corner'

    The Score "When Sportsnet made the decision to fire Don Cherry, it vacated the biggest seat on one of the nation's longest-running television broadcasts, Hockey Night in Canada. Following one of the most divisive decisions in the network's history, the entire nation awaits its next move...." November 20

  • NHL GMs to re-examine offside specifics at March meeting

    Sportsnet "The NHL is going to take another run at tweaking its offside rule. The league’s general managers shot down a proposed change 2 1/2 years ago that would have seen an attacking player deemed onside if his skate was in the air above the blue line — but not on the ice —..." November 19