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  • NHL’s Top 12 UFAs of 2019

    Sportsnet "Did John Tavares and his $77-million sweepstakes open his UFA followers’ eyes for what might be possible if you peek beyond the curtain? The summer of 2019 will deliver no shortage of star power, as a two-time Vezina winner, a finalist for three major 2018-19 trophies,..." June 24

  • Capitals pick Connor McMichael, Canadian center, in first round of 2019 draft

    Washington Times "The Washington Capitals selected center Connor McMichael with the No. 25 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NHL draft Friday night. McMichael, 18, got onto scouts’ radars with a breakout season for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League in which he tallied 36..." June 21

  • Five big questions heading into 2019 NHL Draft

    Sportsnet "The NHL Draft is coming up fast and the trade rumours and speculation are heating up. Here are some of the bigger questions to consider before the fireworks begin: WHICH PLAYER WILL BE CHOSEN FIRST OVERALL? Jack Hughes has long been the projected No. 1 in this..." June 21

  • Caps with decisions to make on their remaining free agents

    NBC Sports Washington "The Capitals are in Vancouver and focused on tonight’s NHL Draft, but there is plenty more left to do this summer.  On Thursday, general manager Brian MacLellan gave an update on his restricted and unrestricted free agents. We already gave an update on Andre..." June 21

  • Gary Bettman confirms series of rule changes for 2019-20 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed a series of rule changes for the 2019-20 season. The alterations were approved by the league's Board of Governors, general managers, and competition committee. The most prominent changes pertain to video reviews, which underwent..." June 21

  • NHL draft: The best player ever picked at every spot from 1-31

    USA Today "While it’s indisputable that NHL teams are more likely to find a superstar in the first few picks of the draft than they are later on, USA TODAY Sports research shows that quality picks can be found deep into the first round. In many cases, we found multiple desirable..." June 20

  • Uncertainty over NHL salary cap has Caps GM Brian MacLellan frustrated

    NBC Sports Washington "Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan had a number in his head. It is the most important one for any NHL executive heading into the offseason: $83 million.  That was the expected salary cap for the 2019-20 season and – with some small margin for error – the amount..." June 20

  • Radko Gudas 'a little bit shocked' by trade to Capitals from Flyers

    NHL.com "Radko Gudas has spent much of his NHL career viewing the Washington Capitals as the enemy. Now he's one of them. Gudas was part of history when he was traded by the Philadelphia Flyers to the Capitals for Matt Niskanen in a swap of defensemen Friday. It was the first time the..." June 19

  • On the move? Why moving up or down in the 1st round of the draft is a realistic possibility for the Caps

    NBC Sports Washington "The NHL draft is fast approaching. The first round will take place on Friday and it could be a busy night for the Capitals. Washington currently holds the 25th pick in the draft. It will be the highest pick this team has had since taking Ilya Samsonov 22nd overall in the..." June 19

  • Three reasons why the NHL salary cap could get tighter

    Sportsnet "I have a theory. And, after the Rangers/Winnipeg trade involving Jacob Trouba, I’ve decided to lay it out. That deal was a surprise because the Jets were asking for more, and, on paper, Trouba is worth a greater return. So, why didn’t it happen? I think..." June 18

  • Report: Multiple teams fear that salary cap will be less than $82M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2019-20 NHL season could come in below the $83-million upper limit that was initially estimated. The NHL and NHLPA are meeting Tuesday, and many teams reportedly told TSN's Bob McKenzie that they're concerned about the current forecast for the..." June 18

  • Should the Caps re-sign Devante Smith-Pelly?

    NBC Sports Washington "It is almost time for NHL free agency to begin, and the Capitals certainly have needs to fill and a limited budget. Who would be the best fit? Who would be the best free agent target for Washington to pursue? That’s what NBC Sports Washington wants to find out! Our experts got..." June 18

  • Capitals face tough salary cap questions after re-signing Hagelin

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals made a shrewd move in trading away Matt Niskanen for Radko Gudas, as the deal made Washington younger, cheaper, and possibly even better on defense. They used some of that newfound cap space to re-sign Carl Hagelin on Sunday, but the..." June 17

  • NHL draft: Six of the worst picks in league history

    USA Today "The NHL draft will be held Friday night and Saturday in Vancouver. Here's a look at some of the worst draft decisions NHL teams have made through the years: In 1993, the Ottawa Senators drafted Quebec Major Junior Hockey League star Alexandre Daigle with the No. 1..." June 17

  • Carl Hagelin signs four-year contract with Capitals

    NHL.com "Carl Hagelin signed a four-year, $11 million contract with the Washington Capitals on Sunday. It has an average annual value of $2.75 million. The 30-year-old forward could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. "We are pleased to have signed Carl to a new..." June 16

  • Capitals Hoping To Re-Sign Carl Hagelin

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Friday morning, the Washington Capitals made their first significant move of the offseason, flipping Matt Niskanen and his $5.75 million cap hit to the Philadelphia Flyers for Radko Gudas ($3.35 million). With the Flyers hanging on to approximately $1M of Gudas’s salary for next season,..." June 15

  • The Niskanen trade helps the Caps’ salary cap situation, but tough decisions are still ahead

    NBC Sports Washington "The 2019 offseason for the Capitals was always going to revolve around the salary cap. The first domino fell on Friday with the trade of defenseman Matt Niskanen and his $5.75 million cap hit to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Caps received defenseman Radko Gudas in return with the..." June 14

  • Washington Capitals trade Matt Niskanen to Philadelphia Flyers for Radko Gudas

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals have traded defenseman Matt Niskanen to the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman Radko Gudas in a salary cap-clearing swap. Niskanen had two years left on a contract carrying a $5.75 million cap hit while Gudas has one season left with a $3.35 million cap hit. The Flyers..." June 14

  • Was 2019 a missed Stanley Cup opportunity for the Capitals?

    NBC Sports Washington "The Boston Bruins’ Game 6 victory Sunday ensured a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final between Boston and the St. Louis Blues. A series that no one saw coming is going to go the distance. Whatever happens on Wednesday, it will be a fitting ending to a crazy postseason. But as the..." June 10

  • Braden Holtby participates in Capital Pride Parade for third time

    NHL.com "Braden Holtby spoke with honor about being part of the Capital Pride Parade for the third time Saturday. "From the first year we were able to do it, you could tell just the joy and change that it can bring, and we just want to do our part," the Washington Capitals goalie..." June 09

  • ‘You need to do more’: Vladimir Tarasenko takes page from Alex Ovechkin’s Cup run

    Sportsnet "There is a Russian superstar in this Stanley Cup Final striving to do exactly what the last one did. Work harder. Discover new elements within his own game. Round out his reputation. Lift a trophy. Sniper Vladimir Tarasenko paid close attention as his countryman, the..." June 07

  • Caps reportedly have Marcus Johansson 'on their radar.' Does it make sense and can they make it work?

    NBC Sports Washington "The Boston Bruins’ quest for the Stanley Cup is led by its star players like Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. No team, however, can go deep in the playoffs without help from its depth forwards and perhaps no one in that role has been more impressive this..." June 04

  • Moving T.J. Oshie to the third line could be the right move for both the player and the team

    NBC Sports Washington "T.J. Oshie knows how to play the game only one way and that is at 100 percent. Along with his offensive production, it is what makes him such a valuable player. His teammates clearly feeds off his energy. Playing that way, however, comes at a price. At the age of 32, wear and tear..." June 03

  • Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko is sniping at Alex Ovechkin-like level in playoffs

    Pro Hockey Talk "The St. Louis Blues are breaking through in the playoffs like never before, but as hot as Vladimir Tarasenko is right now, he’s been clutch for some time now. After scoring a goal in the Blues’ Game 2 win to extend his personal playoff point streak to eight games,..." May 31

  • NHL, Capitals release statements on Kuznetsov video, consider the case formally closed

    NBC Sports Washington "There will be no discipline for Evgeny Kuznetsov after a Twitter video published on Monday showing him in a hotel room next to lines of white powder. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and the Capitals both released statements Friday saying they accepted Kuznetsov’s explanation for his..." May 31

  • NHL clears apologetic Evgeny Kuznetsov after review

    ESPN "The NHL cleared Washington Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov after a video surfaced Monday of him sitting next to a table on which there are two lines of white powder in what appears to be a hotel room. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement Friday that..." May 31

  • Gary Bettman's War and Peace: The cases for, against a lockout-free CBA

    ESPN "Putting Gary Bettman in charge of hockey labor peace is like putting a cat in charge of rodent safety. There are just some things that are inherently, instinctually part of an individual's comportment, and there's nothing they can do to suppress the urges. For Bettman,..." May 30

  • Video appears to show Evgeny Kuznetsov with cocaine

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "A video posted to Twitter on Monday by user @Thesavspb appears to show Evgeny Kuznetsov in a hotel room with several lines of what looks like cocaine. There are few details and many questions about the video. It is unclear when the video was recorded (though Kuznetsov is wearing..." May 27

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov addresses cocaine video in statement

    Larry Brown Sports "Evgeny Kuznetsov issued a statement on Monday to address a video that circulated of him in a room near what appears to be cocaine. Video circulated Monday that shows Kuznetsov sitting in a room while a woman sleeps on a bed behind him. Kuznetsov is shown holding his phone. On a table..." May 27

  • How Bruce Cassidy’s failure as Capitals coach made him better for Bruins’ Stanley Cup run

    Washington Post "It had been years since that fateful playoff game when Calle Johansson ran into Bruce Cassidy again, any animosity long gone. As coach of the Washington Capitals in 2003, Cassidy had infamously benched Johansson during the postseason in what was ultimately the popular veteran defenseman’s..." May 27

  • Full List Of 2019 Expiring Draft Rights

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When drafting a player out of North America or more European countries, a team acquires their exclusive negotiating rights for a set amount of time. Each year on June 1, a long list of players see those rights expire and they become unrestricted free agents. While this doesn’t always..." May 24

  • Six contracts with cap concerns that could be traded this summer

    Sportsnet "As a rule, even rich people hate spending money on nothing. It’s just one of those things that irks the human soul on a fundamental level. Given that, there’s understandable hesitation when it comes to the potential of buying out players on cumbersome contracts. Sometimes..." May 23

  • Alex Ovechkin goes for gold before a needed break from hockey

    NBC Sports Washington "The Capitals’ season ended a month ago, but Alex Ovechkin has yet to take his break. That will happen soon enough, but for now Washington’s captain is leading Russia at the IIHF World Hockey Championships in Slovakia. After that, he gets his first real rest since the end..." May 22

  • 7 NHL teams staring into the infernos of salary cap hell

    Sportsnet "Winning comes at a cost. “When we’re not dealing with cap issues, we’re probably rebuilding,” Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan recently explained on Prime Time Sports. “The better you become, the less peaceful it is, the more..." May 21

  • Capitals hint at their plans for Shane Gersich next season with new contract

    NBC Sports Washington "Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan began tackling the items on his very long to-do list with the signing of prospect forward Shane Gersich. The team announced Monday that Gersich was re-signed to a one-year, two-way contract that carries a cap hit of $700,000. Gersich will..." May 21

  • Brian Pinho Re-Signs With Washington Capitals

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After inking Shane Gersich earlier today, the Washington Capitals have now re-signed another restricted free agent. Brian Pinho has signed a one-year two-way contract for 2019-20, which will pay him $700K in the NHL and $100K in the AHL. " May 20

  • Shane Gersich Re-Signs With Washington Capitals

    NHL.com "The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Shane Gersich to a one-year contract, two-way contract ($700,000/$115,000, with a guaranteed minimum salary of $125,000) senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Gersich, 22, recorded 24 points (6g, 16a)..." May 20

  • Andre Burakovsky hopes to stay in Washington

    Yardbarker "Over the last several seasons the Washington Capitals have been navigating a tricky cap situation, regularly sitting right at the upper limit with very little flexibility. As the 2019 offseason gets underway, they have some tough decisions regarding how to keep their group competitive without..." May 20

  • Juuso Ikonen Placed On Unconditional Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Washington Capitals have placed Juuso Ikonen on unconditional waivers according to Chris Kuc of The Athletic, likely for the purpose of a contract termination. Ikonen had one year remaining on his entry-level deal, but didn’t find much success at the AHL level this season. " May 17

  • Is it time for the Caps to move on from Braden Holtby?

    NBC Sports Washington "It may technically be the offseason for the players, but it certainly is not for Brian MacLellan who is busy preparing for the draft and figuring out what his roster is going to look like next season. The NHL draft takes place on June 21 and 22 and free agency begins July 1. First,..." May 16

  • Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

    USA Today "It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not? This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required. What happened Wednesday, when..." May 16

  • Injury forces Capitals' Lars Eller out of World Championship

    NBC Sports Washington "Lars Eller’s World Championship is over. After playing three games for Team Denmark, the Capitals center is out of the tournament due to a leg injury, according to a report by Ekstra Bladet. Eller revealed on breakdown day that he had been dealing with an injury throughout..." May 15

  • Artemi Panarin tops 2019 Free Agent Frenzy class

    TSN "The Bread Man is going to make cake. Artemi Panarin delivered the goods despite a circus swirling around him in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history. Now, after fulfilling his contract, he’ll head to free agency as the No. 1..." May 10

  • Could Nathan Walker be a fourth-line option for the cash-strapped Capitals next season?

    NBC Sports Washington "Forward Nathan Walker came to the podium missing a tooth and with a busted lip, evidence of the high-stick he took in Tuesday’s playoff game between the Hershey Bears and Charlotte Checkers. The penalty drew a double-minor and Walker, who plays on Hershey’s power play, was right..." May 10

  • The Capitals need to move salary this offseason. Why that makes defenseman Matt Niskanen a trade target

    NBC Sports Washington "The numbers are stark and full of terrors for the Capitals.  If this coming offseason isn’t like 2017, when Washington had to give away veteran players for draft picks and let other key members of that team leave in free agency, it is close to it. Washington general manager..." May 09

  • Islanders can ill afford to lose captain Anders Lee

    Newsday "If Anders Lee never does another thing for the Islanders, which has become a startling possibility, he can know that his team and its fans always will owe him huge thanks for an unforgettable season. In his own quiet way, the first-year captain helped make the 2018-19 Islanders much..." May 08

  • Axel Jonsson-Fjallby is back in North America and he plans to stick around this time

    NBC Sports Washington "It would be fair to say that Axel Jonsson-Fjallby’s 2018-19 season did not go the way either he or the Capitals would have hoped. The forward prospect gained attention in training camp with his NHL-level speed, but rather than stick around in Hershey for the full season,..." May 08

  • Pending UFA Riley Barber does not see himself re-signing with Washington

    NBC Sports Washington "As a pending unrestricted free agent, Hershey Bears forward and Capitals prospect Riley Barber will soon be in need of a new contract. That contract, however, will likely be with a new organization as Barber is prepared to move on from the Caps. “I've been here for a long..." May 07

  • This was likely Devante Smith-Pelly’s last season with the Caps

    NBC Sports Washington "Devante Smith-Pelly kept a hopeful tone on breakdown day regarding his future with the Capitals. “I love it here,” he said. “I love all the guys. I love everyone in the organization and city as well. If they want me back I want to come..." May 05

  • Can the Capitals afford to bring back Andre Burakovsky?

    NBC Sports Washington "Another year, another confusing season for Andre Burakovsky. Burakovsky yet again showed glimpses of his immense talent throughout the 2018-19 season, but it came with inconsistent play and lengthy dry spells that ultimately left him with production totals far less than you would expect for a..." May 03