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  • There’s no setback, but just when Michal Kempny will return remains uncertain

    NBC Sports Washington " Around the time when the Colorado Avalanche scored its fourth goal to take a 4-0 lead on Monday, the Twitter questions started rolling in. “When is Michal Kempny coming back?” The Caps’ top-pair left defenseman has yet to play this season after tearing his..." October 16

  • Caps to start Ilya Samsonov over Braden Holtby, coach insists there's no controversy

    The Score "The Washington Capitals will start rookie netminder Ilya Samsonov over a struggling Braden Holtby on Wednesday versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, but head coach Todd Reirden insists the decision is not worth reading into. "It's not a..." October 16

  • Braden Holtby laments 'unacceptable' performance in loss to Avalanche

    The Score "Washington Capitals netminder Braden Holtby owned his tough outing Monday after being pulled during the team's 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche before recording a single save. "I needed to fight harder to find that first one and find a way to make a save on..." October 15

  • Avalanche at Capitals preview "The Colorado Avalanche will try to open the season 5-0-0 for the first time since 2013-14 (6-0-0) when they play the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Monday. Andre Burakovsky (two goals, one assist), who was traded to the Avalanhce by the Capitals on June 28, returns..." October 14

  • NHL, SMT announce expanded partnership for puck, player tracking

    Sport Business "The National Hockey League has expanded its 20-year partnership with real-time scoring system provider SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT), which will now also become the league’s puck and player tracking partner. The puck and player tracking technology is designed to aid the..." October 11

  • The NHL's three tiers of hatred

    ESPN "I watched a Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames game this week. Not by mistake. Not because I fell asleep with Center Ice streaming. I watched it because of pure, uncut, mutual animosity. The rivalry between Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Flames..." October 10

  • NHL teams are adding dogs to their rosters: Cute pooches are welcomed across the league

    USA Today "NHL teams are as thrilled to acquire a cute dog these days as they would be landing a scoring right wing. Ten teams now boast official team dogs, and that number may grow because team dogs are becoming as popular as players. “I can't tell you how many selfies our..." October 10

  • New NHL rules forcing coaches to think twice before challenging plays

    Calgary Herald "Evidence of the National Hockey League’s new rules came in the pre-season, giving coaches everywhere a window into how they can approach the changes in the most advantageous way to their teams. The Detroit Red Wings were playing the Toronto Maple Leafs in their exhibition finale..." October 08

  • Travis Boyd Clears Waivers, Assigned To AHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Washington Capitals have cleared a roster spot today after Travis Boyd cleared waivers. The team assigned Boyd to the Hershey Bears of the AHL, giving them some additional cap space to prepare for Evgeny Kuznetsov’s return. The team is expected to..." October 07

  • Top prospects eligible for 2020 Draft "Alexis Lafreniere is No. 1 in the inaugural ranking of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. The left wing, who plays for Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is expected to receive an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary Players to..." October 07

  • With Evgeny Kuznetsov returning, Caps make moves to free cap space

    NBC Sports Washington "The return of Evgeny Kuznetsov from suspension was going to force some tough roster decisions and the Capitals made them on Sunday. Martin Fehervary has been reassigned to Hershey and Travis Boyd has been placed on waivers. Jonas Siegenthaler has also been reassigned, but this..." October 07

  • Alex Ovechkin to throw out first pitch at NLDS Game 4 in Washington "Alex Ovechkin delivered one championship to Washington. On Monday he'll do his part to help the Washington Nationals in their postseason run. The Washington Capitals captain will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 4 of the National League Division Series between..." October 07

  • Capitals fan, victim of New Year's Day shooting, attends home opener "For Alex Morse, it was good to be back. The longtime Washington Capitals season ticket holder made his return to Capital One Arena for the team's home opener on Saturday, the first game he has attended since he was struck in the head by a stray bullet on New Year's..." October 07

  • NHL goalies must form quick bond with position coaches

    Nano News "The ability of a goalie and his position coach to form a quick and strong bond is crucial to success in the NHL. The narrative regarding goalies switching teams is often about the need to build new relationships within the locker room, establish communication and trust with a new set..." October 05

  • Martin Fehervary modeled his game after Michal Kempny’s. Now they’re teammates.

    Washington Post "When Martin Fehervary was growing up, he played for a youth hockey club in the Czech Republic, in a little town called Hodonin. It sits near the border with Slovakia and is less than an hour from the second-largest city in the country, Brno. Hodonin’s youth hockey team is a mix..." October 04

  • Ilya Samsonov to make first NHL start

    TSN "2015 First-round pick Ilya Samsonov is expected to make his first career start Friday night when the Washington Capitals take on the New York Islanders.    CAPS TODAY: Ilya Samsonov is expected to..." October 04

  • 2007 NHL Draft Take Two: Twenty-First Overall Pick

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Hindsight is an amazing thing, and allows us to look back and wonder “what could have been.”  Though perfection is attempted, scouting and draft selection is far from an exact science and sometimes, it doesn’t work out the way teams – or players –..." October 04

  • Why goals are rising in the NHL ?— and can we expect more in 2019-20?

    Sportsnet "Coming out of the 2004-05 lockout, the NHL made a concerted effort to crack down on obstruction, which immediately led to more goals in that first season. But this didn’t last and the NHL went from a league that dramatically increased its goal total to one that was losing offence every..." October 04

  • NHL’s New Faceoff Rules: ‘Offensively, It's The Best Rule Ever, Defensively, It Sucks’

    The Hockey News "When a team starts play with the puck in the offensive zone, it can lead to really good things. Like goals. That’s why the NHL tweaked its rules over the summer to allow attacking teams to choose the side of the ice on which they’d like to take the draw in four specific situations...." October 03

  • The Value of a Two-Way Forward in Today’s NHL

    SI "When Predators general manager David Poile thinks about the importance of two-way forwards, two names leap to mind. The first is Guy Carbonneau. Un bon choix. Thanks in part to Poile, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, the former Montreal center will..." October 03

  • Pheonix Copley Headlines Three Players On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Washington Capitals have seemingly decided to make the switch to Ilya Samsonov as their backup goaltender. Pheonix Copley has been placed on waivers, along with New York Islanders forward Scott Eansor and Carolina Hurricanes forward Max McCormick...." October 03

  • NHL 20 projects Bruins to win Stanley Cup "The Boston Bruins will be your 2020 Stanley Cup champions, at least if the EA Sports NHL 20 simulations are correct. NHL 20 unveiled its most recent projections, where Boston defeats the Vegas Golden Knights in six games in the Stanley Cup Final to take home the Cup for the first time..." October 02

  • How the NHL Is Working to Give Hockey a Grassroots Presence in China

    SI "Earlier this year, the NHL quietly made a pair of small but significant moves to grow its presence in hockey’s most intriguing market. The first was the hiring of Sandy Ma Yun, a veteran executive of the Chinese auto and motorsports industries, as director of international strategy..." October 02

  • Offence is on a steady rise in the NHL

    TSN "Offence, offence, offence. Since the 2004-05 lockout, the National Hockey League has observed an interesting – if gradual – change in scoring. In the early years immediately after the lockout, it seemed as though goals were nearly impossible to come by after the month of..." October 02

  • Trade candidates you’ll hear about during the 2019-20 NHL season

    Sportsnet "After a summer that saw Phil Kessel, P.K. Subban, Jacob Trouba, Nazem Kadri, Tyson Barrie, J.T. Miller, James Neal, Milan Lucic, Andre Burakovsky and Justin Faulk all traded, plus a pre-season chock full of rumours and speculation, the 2019-20 campaign is shaping up to be a fascinating one when..." October 01

  • NHL Should Allow Sponsored Logos on Team Jerseys

    The Hockey Writers "How do you grow revenue if you are the NHL? Continuing growth is rather difficult to do in any business and the way the NHL has gone about it has been rather smart with new partnerships, expansion franchises, and gambling partnerships. While new revenue sources are always difficult to uncover,..." September 30

  • Five second-year players that will have breakout seasons

    Pro Hockey Talk "Not every NHL rookie enters the league with a bang. Not everyone can put up 100-point seasons in their first year like Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin. Some guys need that first year to get used to the pace of play at the NHL level. But a lot guys get a lot more comfortable in..." September 27

  • Capitals hire former Olympian Haley Skarupa as hockey ambassador

    NBC Sports Washington "Monday morning, the Capitals announced that Rockville, Md. native and Olympic gold medalist Haley Skarupa will spearhead their youth hockey efforts as the team's hockey ambassador.   NEWS | September 24

  • Jimmy Hayes, Griffin Reinhart Among Notable AHL Camp Invites

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s a position that no NHL veteran wants to find himself in, but sometimes it’s the only way to stay employed in North America. With NHL training camps starting to cut mass amounts of participants, AHL camps are opening for another round of evaluation and to prepare young pros for..." September 24

  • Connor McMichael Sent Back To OHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With Evgeny Kuznetsov set to miss the first few games of the season due to suspension, there were some who believed that the Washington Capitals could keep first-round pick Connor McMichael on the roster to begin the year. They’ll have to find another center..." September 20

  • When it comes to the Capitals backup goalie battle, ‘play on the ice will make that decision’

    NBC Sports Washington "Midway through the second period of the Capitals’ preseason game against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, Ilya Samsonov looked like he could barely contain himself. Knowing he would soon be in the game, Samsonov put on his mask and leaned on the bench, just waiting for his opportunity...." September 20

  • Dream Gap Tour aims to pave way for sustainable women’s hockey league

    TSN "When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League shuttered last spring, the move united 200 female hockey players in a common goal – to build a better, more sustainable future for their sport for the next generation of girls.   It was that dream that spawned the aptly..." September 20

  • 5 head coaches on the hot seat entering this season

    The Score "There's no shortage of bench bosses who will begin 2019-20 feeling the heat. Whether they guide a team on the rise that hasn't gone deep enough, a franchise that's stuck in the mud, or a historically great regular-season club that hasn't achieved Stanley Cup glory,..." September 19

  • Alex Ovechkin of Capitals to receive Wayne Gretzky International Award "Alex Ovechkin will receive the Wayne Gretzky International Award as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration on Dec. 12 in Washington, USA Hockey announced Wednesday. Established by the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999, the Gretzky award honors international..." September 18

  • 5 best goaltending duos in the NHL

    The Score "Load management has become one of the hottest topics in the modern NHL, with teams looking for new ways to gain an advantage during the regular-season slog. In 2018-19, we saw more teams shift toward a platoon between the pipes, and the need for multiple netminders who can handle a..." September 18

  • NHL Releases Detailed Rule Changes For 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL’s Public Relations team has released a video updating all of the rule changes for the upcoming season, agreed upon earlier this year. The five-minute video goes in-depth on each change, noting that the focus was on expanded video review, promoting player safety and..." September 18

  • Brian MacLellan wants to re-sign both Braden Holtby and Nicklas Backstrom, but is that realistic?

    NBC Sports Washington "As the Capitals prepare for the upcoming season, talk of next season is already starting to take over due to the uncertainty surrounding Braden Holtby and Nicklas Backstrom’s future. Both players are in need of new contracts and, not surprisingly, general manager Brian MacLellan would..." September 17

  • Fantasy: 6 players with long-term value to target for keeper leagues

    The Score "The following players likely won't be fantasy relevant for the 2019-20 season, but could become incredibly valuable in keeper leagues down the road. These NHLers will need to be designated as not active, so be sure to check your league's settings before drafting any of..." September 17

  • Projecting the Caps opening night roster after the first day of training camp

    NBC Sports Washington "Training camp for the 2019-20 season has officially opened for the Capitals who first took to the ice on Friday. There has been a lot of talk through the offseason and a lot of people working the “Armchair GM” tool on CapFriendly trying to figure out what the roster will..." September 16

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov aims to win back trust of Capitals, fans after three-game ban " Evgeny Kuznetsov vowed to let his play and his actions demonstrate his remorse and appreciation for those supporting him after the NHL on Saturday suspended the Washington Capitals center three regular-season games for inappropriate conduct. Kuznetsov tested positive for..." September 16

  • NHLPA declines option, CBA extends to 2022

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players' Association has declined their option to re-open the collective bargaining agreement, which will now remain in effect through the 2021-2022 season. The NHL declined their option to re-open the CBA in August, leaving the the..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 3 risky players to gamble on

    The Score "Every year, there are players fantasy owners avoid for one reason or another. Injury concerns, inconsistency, and adjusting to a new team can all turn a once-dependable name into anything but. Despite those factors, there are always a few players with particularly uncertain futures..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 4 goalies who could become studs

    The Score "Among all the positions in hockey, there's no question goaltenders take the longest to realize their potential. With so much uncertainty in the crease, it can be tricky to land two proven netminders come fantasy draft day. Sometimes an increase in opportunity or a change of..." September 15

  • NHLPA’s Decision To Re-Open CBA Will Be Announced Monday

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After the NHL announced that they have formally declined using their opt-out clause to re-0pen the current CBA early, the NHLPA has until Sept. 15th to make their decision on whether they want to opt-out of the current agreement after the 2019-20 season. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman..." September 14

  • NHL to suspend Capitals’ Kuznetsov three games for positive cocaine test

    Washington Post "Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov will be suspended to start the NHL regular season for conduct detrimental to the league, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. The suspension is not expected to exceed three games and will be announced by the league..." September 14

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov has backing of Capitals following IIHF ban " Evgeny Kuznetsov's Washington Capitals teammates on Thursday pledged to support the 27-year-old center after he was suspended from international competition for four years by the International Ice Hockey Federation last month for testing positive for cocaine. Kuznetsov..." September 13

  • Fantasy: 5 bounce-back candidates

    The Score "The following five players disappointed last season but are primed to bounce back in 2019-20: William Nylander, C/RW, Maple Leafs Nylander never got comfortable last season. He was mired in a contract holdout well into the campaign, ultimately signing minutes before the..." September 13

  • Alex Ovechkin cereal tour delights Capitals fans "Alex Ovechkin gave a classroom of second-graders a sweet and memorable surprise. Vicky Flynt's class at Arlington Traditional School had just finished lunch on Tuesday when the Washington Capitals forward burst through the open door, pushing a shopping cart full of cereal..." September 12

  • Alex Ovechkin hoping to stay with Capitals past end of contract "Alex Ovechkin said he hopes to remain with the Washington Capitals beyond the end of his contract, which ends after the 2020-21 season. "I can't talk about re-signing a new deal right now," Ovechkin said during Capitals training camp media day Thursday. "I have to..." September 12

  • Braden Holtby, Capitals discussing contract, Nicklas Backstrom talks to start soon "Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals have begun discussions about a new contract and talks with center Nicklas Backstrom will begin soon, general manager Brian MacLellan said Thursday, the first day of training camp. "I met with Holtby and his agent," MacLellan said of..." September 12