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  • The Capitals see so much more in Tom Wilson than just the physical play

    NBC Sports Washington "The Capitals raised eyebrows over the summer by signing forward Tom Wilson to a six-year, $31 million contract. That’s a hefty contract for a goon whose only contribution to the team are some big hits. But general manager Brian MacLellan sees a lot more to Wilson’s..." December 18

  • Both Vrana and Oshie avoid injury after scary looking collisions in practice

    NBC Sports Washington "With no game until Wednesday, head coach Todd Reirden said that Monday was “designed to be a hard practice,” but he probably did not intend for it to be this hard. The Capitals were given two scares Monday as both Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie looked as if they had suffered..." December 17

  • Ovi after tallying in 6th straight game: 'You can't score every night'

    The Score "Most players aren't threats to find the back of the net on a nightly basis, but most players aren't Alex Ovechkin. The Washington Capitals superstar didn't notch a third straight hat trick Saturday, but he scored in regulation and added the eventual shootout winner in a..." December 16

  • Andre Burakovsky Has Come Up In Trade Talks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky has had a rough start to his season and was a healthy scratch for a second straight game tonight against Carolina.  Accordingly, his name has started to come up in trade discussions, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman noted in an appearance on Sportsnet..." December 15

  • Christian Djoos Out Indefinitely Following Surgery

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Washington Capitals will be without young defenseman Christian Djoos for a while, after he underwent successful surgery on his left thigh. Djoos is out indefinitely as he recovers from the injury sustained against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. " December 14

  • T.J. Oshie says he was held out of the lineup longer than he wanted to be as a precaution

    NBC Sports Washington "On Nov. 14, T.J. Oshie suffered a concussion on a hit from Josh Morrissey. The concussion sidelined him for nearly a month. He finally returned to the lineup Tuesday for a game against the Detroit Red Wings, but it sounds like he was medically cleared to return..." December 13

  • Alex Ovechkin isn’t slowing down

    Pro Hockey Talk "At 33 years old Alex Ovechkin is not supposed to be scoring goals at this sort of pace. He is not supposed to be scoring goals the way he was when he was in his mid-20s. The typical aging curve for NHL players, even the elites, says they are supposed to be slowing down..." December 12

  • Could this be the best season of Alex Ovechkin’s career?

    NBC Sports Washington "The NHL is rapidly becoming a young man’s game. Just look at the most dominant players in the league. Connor McDavid is the best player in the world at 21. Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon sit No. 1 and 2 in points in the league at the ages of 22 and 23 respectively. The Toronto Maple..." December 12

  • Oshie hopes to play for Capitals against Red Wings "T.J. Oshie hopes to return to the Washington Capitals lineup when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSWA, NHL.TV) after missing the past 11 games with an upper-body injury. The 31-year-old forward participated in the Capitals'..." December 10

  • All signs point to T.J. Oshie returning to Capitals lineup vs. Red Wings, not official yet

    NBC Sports Washington "As the Washington Capitals took to the ice Monday at MedStar Capitals Iceplex for the first time since returning from a three-game road trip, T.J. Oshie joined them, but he did so wearing a red jersey. The color Oshie was wearing is significant not because of his fashion but because of what it..." December 10

  • Reaves: Autographed photos of Wilson injury destroyed

    Pro Hockey Talk "However you feel about Ryan Reaves‘ hit on Tom Wilson, the fallout hasn’t been pretty. Reaves was ejected from the Vegas Golden Knights’ 5-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, and that ended up being the extent of discipline, as he was not suspended...." December 08

  • Ryan Reaves-signed photo showed Capitals' Tom Wilson hurt on ice after Vegas player's hit

    USA Today "Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was injuredTuesday night when he was sent to the ice on a late, crushing hit by the Vegas Golden Knights' Ryan Reeves. Briefly Thursday, a photo of that incident, signed by Reaves, appeared on the website of the Las Vegas-based..." December 07

  • Capitals forward Jakub Vrana continues breakthrough season

    NBC Sports Washington "Capitals forward Jakub Vrana has come into his own.  It’s hard to gather any other conclusion after three goals in Vrana’s past two games. He scored twice against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday and had another to tie the game in the second period of an eventual..." December 07

  • With Wilson likely out vs. Coyotes, Caps will need answers to avoid dropping third straight

    NBC Sports Washington "The Capitals will look to end a two-game skid on Thursday as they take to the ice to play the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale (9 p.m., NBC Sports Washington). Here is what you should be watching for in Thursday’s game. Tom Wilson’s absence Wilson will miss..." December 06

  • Tumblr's adult content ban flags photo of Capitals' Alex Ovechkin sleeping with Stanley Cup as NSFW

    CBS Sports "In a few months, we may see the baby boom in Washington D.C. that so often accompanies a sports championship. The Washington Capitals winning the first Stanley Cup in franchise history is cause to celebrate, after all. However, Tumblr is only concerned with one couple: Alex Ovechkin and the..." December 05

  • Golden Knights' Reaves won't be disciplined for Wilson hit

    The Score "Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves won't be called to the carpet following a hit he delivered to Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson, a source told Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post. The incident occurred late in the second period of Tuesday's game. Reaves..." December 05

  • Golden Knights’ Ryan Reaves ejected for blindside hit on Capitals’ Tom Wilson

    Sportsnet "Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Washington Capitals after a late hit on Tom Wilson. The blindside hit occurred late in the second period, and sent Wilson’s helmet flying. He did not have the puck at the time of the play,..." December 05

  • Capitals confident return to Vegas coming at right time "Nicklas Backstrom couldn't hold back a smile, even after a tough loss. Like the rest of the Washington Capitals, Backstrom was disappointed in letting a four-goal second period lead slip away in a 6-5 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. But his mood changed when the..." December 03

  • Alex Ovechkin is skating a ton. Is that sustainable at age 33?

    Washington Post "The last time Alex Ovechkin was in Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena, he was on the ice so long his feet started to ache. As the Washington Capitals celebrated their first Stanley Cup there, Ovechkin quickly traded his skates for something more comfortable, Evgeny Kuznetsov’s slippers, and..." December 03

  • No discipline hearing for Capitals' Wilson following hit

    TSN "There will be no discipline hearing for Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson regarding his check to the head against the New Jersey Devils Friday, according to a report from TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. Wilson was issued a five-minute major and a match penalty in..." December 01

  • Todd Reirden on Tom Wilson’s hit: ‘Any other player, it’s an interference call maybe’

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "In the second period of the Capitals’ Metro division battle against the New Jersey Devils, Tom Wilson hit Brett Seney from behind on a back check. The Capitals defended Wilson in the locker room, stating that the hit wasn’t to Seney’s head and that it wasn’t on..." December 01

  • Ovechkin passes Sakic, Iginla for 15th on all-time goals list

    The Score "Alex Ovechkin continued his ascent up the scoring leaderboard and passed a couple of Canadian legends in the process. The Washington Capitals captain buried an empty-netter late in a 6-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night, as the Capitals won their seventh straight..." December 01

  • Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov returns to the lineup after concussion

    Washington Post "Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov will play his first game in more than two weeks Friday night, returning to the lineup against the visiting New Jersey Devils after suffering a concussion Nov. 14. When Kuznetsov went down, he was leading the team in points with 21 (six goals, 15..." November 30

  • Kuznetsov likely to return for Capitals against Devils "Evgeny Kuznetsov was a full participant in practice with the Washington Capitals on Thursday and it appears likely he'll return to their lineup against the New Jersey Devils on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, TVAS, NBCSWA+, MSG+, NHL.TV). The center has missed six games with an..." November 29

  • No captain, my captain: Tradition-rich NHL teams are no longer giving players the ‘C’

    Washington Post "Henrik and Daniel Sedin were Vancouver mainstays for 18 years, and while it was Henrik who formally wore the ‘C' on his chest as the team captain for eight seasons, the two shared the privilege and the burden of being the twin faces of the Canucks. In a first season without them,..." November 27

  • As Barry Trotz faces his former team, it’s mostly water under the bridge

    Washington Post "It may be for just a few minutes, but Barry Trotz will be back in the Washington Capitals’ dressing room once again, standing before a team that was his for four years. Whenever the Capitals have played against a teammate from last season, they’ve invited him into the dressing room..." November 26

  • Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov skates for the first time since suffering concussion

    Washington Post "Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov skated Monday morning, his first time on the ice since he suffered a concussion against the Winnipeg Jets nearly two weeks ago. Kuznetsov and forward T.J. Oshie, who didn’t travel with the team on this two-game trip to New York, will both miss..." November 26

  • Trotz proud of coaching Capitals to Cup, wants to do same with Islanders "Barry Trotz didn't become the fifth all-time winningest coach in NHL history by looking ahead. That's why he wasn't interested in discussing his first game against the Washington Capitals, the team he coached to the Stanley Cup last season, until after the Islanders'..." November 25

  • Brooks Orpik will miss four to six weeks after knee surgery

    Washington Post "Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik underwent outpatient arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, the team announced, with a recovery period that will force him to miss an expected four to six weeks. Orpik has already missed the past 10 games, and he was eligible to be..." November 20

  • Concussion suits against NHL face headwinds

    Detroit News "The legal strategy of the NHL to defeat a class-action suit by players concerned about brain injuries might prove successful, but the issue of legal responsibility for potential long-term effects of brain trauma remains at issue, according to legal experts. In attempting to settle..." November 20

  • Capitals' Wilson: I'm not out trying to hurt guys

    The Score "Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson doesn't want to be known as a dirty player. Last week, a neutral arbitrator slashed Wilson's original 20-game ban for a headshot on St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist by six games, allowing him to..." November 19

  • Braden Holtby is back, but Pheonix Copley will start

    NBC Sports Washington "Braden Holtby is back, but Pheonix Copley will get the start The Caps reassigned Ilya Samsonov to the Hershey Bears on Monday signaling that Braden Holtby will be back in the lineup for Monday’s game, but Pheonix Copley will still get the start. Copley has been..." November 19

  • The NHL is doing everything it can to avoid another lockout

    New York Post "The Canceler-in-Chief’s collective bargaining history precedes him, so buyer beware, but it is a fact that all precincts are reporting reason for optimism as the NHL and the NHLPA continue a series of preliminary talks aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its..." November 19

  • Almost a quarter into the season, Todd Reirden still does not have his full roster

    NBC Sports Washington "In his first year as an NHL head coach, Todd Reirden is well aware that all eyes are on him. Stepping in to coach the defending Stanley Cup champions is a favorable position in many ways, but it does mean Reirden will be under more scrutiny than most coaches in their first year. For a..." November 16

  • Braden Holtby Out, Capitals To Dress Emergency Backup

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In an unexpected twist, the Washington Capitals – on the road in Winnipeg to face the Jets tonight – will be without starting goaltender Braden Holtby. The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan was the first to report that Holtby had been ruled out and..." November 15

  • Caps' GM MacLellan hopes Wilson has learned his lessson

    TSN "The Washington Capitals have become appointment viewing again. Not as defending Stanley Cup champions or for the chance to see Alex Ovechkin ram home another goal from his power-play office. It’s because all eyes are on Tom Wilson. Again. Everyone will be..." November 13

  • Capitals forward Tom Wilson’s 20-game suspension reduced to 14

    The Hockey Writers "Tom Wilson’s 20-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues’ forward Oskar Lundqvist has been reduced from 20 games to 14 games by a neutral arbitrator, Elliotte Friedman reported Tuesday. Wilson was suspended in the final game of the preseason and..." November 13

  • Washington Capitals Loan Axel Jonsson-Fjallby To Sweden

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There were reports earlier this year out of Sweden that Axel Jonsson-Fjallby would exercise his European Assignment Clause to return home for the remainder of this season, but the Washington Capitals shot them down saying their young prospect had no plans on leaving “at this..." November 13

  • What do the Capitals do with Jakub Vrana?

    NBC Sports Washington "You don’t have to watch Jakub Vrana very long to realize just how talented he is. Unfortunately for him, you also don’t have to watch very long to realize how turnover prone he can be as well. Carelessness with puck management has been one of the glaring issues for the..." November 13

  • Capitals fan gives up $19K raffle winnings so Penguins can aid synagogue shooting victims

    USA Today "Washington Capitals fans and Pittsburgh Penguins fans don't like each other. But when it comes to aiding victims of a tragic mass shooting, they are more than willing to put that heated rivalry aside. The Capitals, who announced that they were donating half the..." November 10

  • An injury to John Carlson leads to the recall of Siegenthaler, Ness from Hershey

    NBC Sports Washington "Injuries to John Carlson and Brooks Orpik have forced the Caps to recall defensemen Jonas Siegenthaler and Aaron Ness Friday. With both Carlson and Orpik out, Siegenthaler will make his NHL debut on the third defensive pairing in Friday’s game against the Columbus Blue..." November 09

  • Reports: No supplemental discipline for Evgeni Malkin on T.J. Oshie head shot

    Sporting News "Evgeni Malkin briefly knocked T.J. Oshie out of Wednesday night's game between the Penguins and Capitals with an elbow to the head, but the star forward will not receive further supplemental discipline from the league's Department of Player Safety, according to several..." November 08

  • Caps coach: Evgeni Malkin hit is kind NHL is trying to remove

    Larry Brown Sports "There has been some debate over the hit by Evgeni Malkin on TJ Oshie during Wednesday night’s Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins game, but there’s no doubt about where Todd Reirden stands on it. The Washington Capitals head coach stated clearly after his team’s..." November 08

  • Penguins’ Malkin tossed for headshot on Capitals’ Oshie

    Sportsnet "Evgeni Malkin could soon find himself on a conference call with the NHL’s department of player safety after the Pittsburgh Penguins centre was ejected from Wednesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals. Malkin was assessed a major penalty for..." November 08

  • Capitals have had a bumpy start, but they know better than to panic

    Washington Post "Around this time a year ago, there was a nervous feeling around the Washington Capitals’ locker room. The team had scuffled out of the gate, 6-6-1 through the first 13 games, and while Washington had shown flashes of the talented team it could be, it also revealed some glaring defensive..." November 06

  • NHL goalies making adjustments to new controversial chest protector

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Over the course of a 12-year career as an NHL goalie, Sharks goaltending coach Johan Hedberg said he only changed his chest protector twice.  “The one when I retired, there was nothing left,” Hedberg said in a phone interview with NBC Sports California. “[It..." November 05

  • Capitals waive Aussie forward Nathan Walker as center Travis Boyd returns from injury

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals have placed Australian forward Nathan Walker on waivers, and should he clear Monday afternoon, he will be reassigned to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate. The move will allow the Capitals to activate center Travis Boyd off long-term injured reserve after..." November 04

  • Canadiens set NHL record in win over Capitals, score two goals in two seconds

    Sporting News "The Canadiens set an NHL record Thursday. Montreal netted a pair of goals in two seconds in the third period of its 6-4 win over the Capitals at the Bell Centre. It was the fastest two goals ever scored by one team. " November 02

  • What NHL goalies are saying about smaller equipment

    Sportsnet "Midway through last season the NHL began streamlining goalie equipment with a target on leg pads and pants. Rather than goalies being allowed to wear inflated equipment that had more to do with filling up the net than protecting the player, the NHL began to enforce “form-fitting”..." October 30

  • NHL, MGM Resorts form sports betting partnership "The NHL has named MGM Resorts the first official sports betting partner of the League. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, joined by MGM Resorts Chairman & CEO Jim Murren, made the announcement Monday. "The new sports betting landscape presents a unique opportunity..." October 29