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  • Capitals re-sign Nick Jensen to four-year, $10-million deal

    The Hockey Writers "The Washington Capitals and newly-acquired defender Nick Jensen have come to terms on a four-year contract extension worth $10 million, the Capitals announced Friday. The deal came just hours after the Capitals acquired Jensen and a fifth-round draft pick from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange..." February 23

  • Capitals bolster their blue line by adding right-shot Nick Jensen in trade with Red Wings

    NBC Sports Washington "Just one day after adding Carl Hagelin to the roster, the Capitals remained busy by acquiring right-shot defenseman Nick Jensen and a fifth-round draft pick from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Madison Bowey and a second-round draft pick in 2020. The fifth round pick the..." February 22

  • Capitals acquire Carl Hagelin from Kings in exchange for draft picks

    The Hockey Writers "The Washington Capitals have acquired forward Carl Hagelin from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft as well as a conditional sixth-round pick in 2020, the Capitals announced Thursday. The Kings will also be retaining 50% of Hagelin’s..." February 21

  • Capitals waive Devante Smith-Pelly, appear to change course on Dmitrij Jaskin

    Washington Post "When the Washington Capitals’ practice in Toronto started at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the plan was to waive forward Dmitrij Jaskin, clearing his $1.1 million cap hit as a potential precursor to another move with the trade deadline on Monday. Jaskin wasn’t on the ice as a result, but..." February 20

  • How a minor trade for an unknown defenseman proved to be the biggest move of the 2018 NHL trade deadline

    NBC Sports Washington "As the dust settled after the 2018 NHL trade deadline, there were a number of key moves made to change the landscape of the league and the Stanley Cup race. The biggest move made was by the Tampa Bay Lightning who added the top defenseman on the market in Ryan McDonagh. But there was also a..." February 19

  • The NHL trade deadline could use a little drama

    New York Post "Every time someone wants to talk about the NBA, I have the same response. “I don’t really watch the games until about the conference finals, but I closely follow the league. I love the drama.” Conversely, when discussing the NHL, it’s the exact..." February 15

  • Colorado Avalanche could be ideal destination for Andre Burakovsky

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After another loss last night, the Colorado Avalanche are win-less in their last eight games. Normally, this would send a team plummeting down the standings, but in this season’s Western Conference “turtle derby”, the Avs are tied for tenth-place in the West and just four..." February 13

  • Will the Capitals’ recent struggles change their approach for the trade deadline?

    Washington Post "From the moment the Washington Capitals hoisted the Stanley Cup for a first time last June, they started thinking about how they could do it again this year. General Manager Brian MacLellan has typically spent his summer trying to identify what the Capitals were missing, but now that his club..." February 06

  • Capitals star Alex Ovechkin becomes highest-scoring Russian player in NHL history

    Sporting News "Alex Ovechkin continued to add to his legacy Tuesday. The Capitals star recorded a secondary assist on a T.J. Oshie goal in the first period against the Canucks. The point was the 1,180th of his career, which made him the highest-scoring Russian player in NHL..." February 06

  • Jay Beagle embraced by Caps fans, former teammates in emotional return to D.C.

    NBC Sports Washington "The images flickered across the scoreboard and Jay Beagle tried not to cry.  There he was scoring his first NHL goal. Here he is working a hockey clinic for kids. He holds his own toddler up as he learns to skate, wife, Ashley, smiling. His dad, Al, who owns an auto shop back in..." February 06

  • Defending champs struggling under rookie coach? No pressure, Todd Reirden.

    Washington Post "Before this season, Todd Reirden had never served as an NHL head coach. He was handed the Stanley Cup champions. Here, try these guys on for size! Those champs have 30 games left in the regular season, and the questions are piling up. Most notably: Does this new guy know what button..." February 05

  • Copley latest young, promising goalie to sign team-friendly deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s been a subtle but important trend in the NHL over the last year — highly-rated, young backup goalies signing very team-friendly deals on clubs that are (or will be) up against the salary cap. The latest came on Monday when Washington Capitals backup Pheonix..." February 05

  • Christian Djoos’ pending return has significant implications for the Capitals’ roster

    NBC Sports Washington "A struggling Capitals team that has lost eight of its last nine games will soon get help in the form of defenseman Christian Djoos. Djoos, 24, last played on Dec. 11, and has been out after suffering compartment syndrome in his thigh and undergoing surgery. His pending return will..." February 05

  • Washington Capitals Extend Pheonix Copley

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Washington Capitals are the latest team to hand out a three-year extension to a backup goaltender, this time signing Pheonix Copley to a $3.3MM deal. The contract will ensure that Copley fulfills the Capitals expansion draft requirements, while also giving Braden..." February 04

  • NHL to mark Black History Month for first time with special initiatives, museum tour

    Sporting News "The NHL and NHLPA this year will celebrate Black History Month for the first time, marking February as part of the league and union's "Hockey Is For Everyone" initiative, they announced Friday. “The players are committed to inclusion in the sport and..." February 01

  • How the Capitals plan to play without captain Alex Ovechkin

    Washington Post "As the Washington Capitals practiced their power play on Friday morning, captain Alex Ovechkin wasn’t in his usual spot. He was instead kneeling at center ice, watching as winger T.J. Oshie hovered in the left faceoff circle. Ovechkin has fired one-timers from there for 214 straight..." February 01

  • What the 2018 NHL trade deadline shows us about first-round pick values

    Sportsnet "The Jake Muzzin trade got the ball rolling in a couple of respects. First, it opened the trade market with a month to go until the deadline and, second, it gave us an idea of what a first-round pick might get you in the lead up to Feb. 25. Trying to pin down exactly what a..." January 31

  • The Caps are finding out just how difficult it is to repeat as Stanley Cup champions

    NBC Sports Washington "The summer of 2018 was a blissful celebration for the Capitals and their fans. For the first time in franchise history, Washington claimed the Stanley Cup. For a city that had never experienced winning the Cup, the summer was an interesting mix of celebration and preparation for the..." January 31

  • What does the future hold for the Capitals in net? The rest of this season could decide a lot.

    Washington Post "The last time General Manager Brian MacLellan met with reporters, things were still going well for his Washington Capitals. His wide-ranging midseason interview was just 16 days ago, but it was just before the team’s current seven-game losing skid began. And while he sensed that the..." January 28

  • Washington Capitals Have Lots Of Decisions To Make In Goal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Washington Capitals have some interesting decisions to make in the next few months when it comes to their goaltending. The team has starter Braden Holtby under contract for just one more season after this one, while backup Pheonix Copley will be an unrestricted free agent. Throw in the fact..." January 27

  • Carlson tops Burns, wins hardest shot at All-Star Skills "John Carlson won the SAP NHL Hardest Shot at the SAP NHL All-Star Skills at SAP Center on Friday when the Washington Capitals defenseman unleashed a blast clocked at 102.8 miles per hour to defeat defenseman Brent Burns of the host San Jose Sharks (100.6 MPH). The victory marked the..." January 26

  • Are the Colorado Avalanche targeting André Burakovsky to help their forward group?

    Mile High Hockey "As the NHL’s trade deadline approaches, we’re going to start hearing more and more reports about players the Colorado Avalanche might be interested in. The latest comes to us from Pierre Lebrun of The Athletic. In his Notebook this week, Lebrun lists the..." January 25

  • No panic yet, but Caps desperate for answers at NHL All-Star break

    NBC Sports Washington "The Capitals need a break.  A seven-game winless streak, the worst since the disastrous 2013-14 season, has left the defending Stanley Cup champions reeling heading into this weekend’s NHL All-Star break and next week’s schedule bye.  They will not meet..." January 25

  • Capitals seeking multiple mid- to high-round picks for Burakovsky

    The Score "The Washington Capitals want at least two fairly high draft picks for Andre Burakovsky, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Washington has asked for "a couple of mid- to high-round" selections in exchange for the young forward, Friedman wrote in Thursday's..." January 24

  • Ovechkin ties Fedorov for most NHL points by Russia-born player "Alex Ovechkin tied Sergei Fedorov for most NHL points by a Russia-born player (1,179) for the Washington Capitals in a 6-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday. Ovechkin reached the milestone when he scored his NHL-leading 37th goal of the season at 3:51 of..." January 24

  • Capitals’ Ovechkin to play Wednesday, sit first game after all-star break

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin will serve his punishment for missing the 2018 NHL All-Star Game in the Washington Capitals first game back after the break. Ovechkin, who could have chosen to sit Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, is choosing to play instead as the Capitals..." January 23

  • Report: Capitals listening to offers for Burakovsky

    The Score "It appears Andre Burakovsky's time in D.C. could potentially be nearing its end. The Washington Capitals are listening to offers for the Swedish forward, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. Burakovsky possesses a rare blend of size..." January 22

  • Capitals send message, start Devante Smith-Pelly for first game in Chicago since racial taunts

    Sporting News "Capitals coach Todd Reirden sent a message Sunday as Devante Smith-Pelly played his first game in Chicago since fans harassed him with racial taunts last February. Normally a member of the Caps' fourth line, Smith-Pelly started against the Blackhawks,..." January 21

  • Capitals' Holtby to make 1st start since taking stick to eye

    The Score "Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will be back between the pipes on Friday against the New York Islanders. The 29-year-old says he's feeling 100 percent and will make his first start since exiting the Jan. 12 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after taking a stick..." January 18

  • Barry Trotz’s emotional return to D.C. will also have playoff feel

    Pro Hockey Talk "Barry Trotz may want to treat Friday’s meeting with the Washington Capitals as “any other game,” but it will be anything but that as he returns to D.C. for the first time since the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. The Islanders and Trotz will visit Capital One Arena for the..." January 18

  • Holtby questionable for Capitals game against Islanders "Braden Holtby practiced with the Washington Capitals again Thursday, but the goalie's status remains uncertain for their game against the New York Islanders at Capital One Arena on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN1, SNE, NBCSWA, MSG+, NHL.TV) because of a left eye injury. Holtby..." January 17

  • Schedule For Upcoming NHL “Bye Weeks”

    Pro Hockey Rumors "For the third year in a row, the NHL has scheduled a mandated multi-day break for each team in the middle part of the season. Meant to give each team a rest, much like the bye week in the National Football League, this break also includes limits on practice, including several days in..." January 15

  • On cusp of 1,000th game, hard-hitting Brooks Orpik’s biggest impact for Capitals was off the ice

    Washington Post "Before Brooks Orpik thought about how late he’d play into his career or how old he’d be when he finally hung up his skates, he just thought about making it to that first NHL game. That was before the league even had a salary cap, so teams were especially patient with their..." January 14

  • Holtby practices with Capitals, expects to be available after eye injury "Braden Holtby practiced with the Washington Capitals on Sunday after the goalie left their 2-1 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday when he was poked in the left eye with a stick. "Obviously anything with your eyes is a little scary," Holtby said...." January 13

  • Holtby exits after taking stick to the face

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Braden Holtby left the Capitals-Blue Jackets game in the second period after a dangerous play in the crease. The Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender absorbed a high stick to his left eye from Cam Atkinson. Atkinson’s stick appears to knick Holtby’s eye through his..." January 13

  • Capitals GM Brian MacLellan discusses Ovechkin, Vrana and upcoming trade deadline

    Washington Times "Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan expects to begin contract extension talks with Jakub Vrana and his camp sometime during January, and he is comfortable with giving the winger a long-term contract rather than a “bridge”..." January 11

  • Bruins’ Brad Marchand Throws Shade At Capitals’ Lars Eller After Skirmish

    NESN "Brad Marchand and Lars Eller nearly reignited their feud Thursday night, but it was Marchand who didn’t drop the gloves. The two got tangled up with another in the second period of the Boston Bruins’ 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. But the..." January 11

  • Braden Holtby may not own the Bruins, but he sure plays like he does

    WEEI Boston "Once upon a time Pedro Martinez said you should call the New York Yankees his daddy. The Bruins could say the same thing about Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. The netminder went into the game Thursday with a .943 save percentage and 1.84 goals-against average..." January 11

  • Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (illness) a game-time decision vs. Flyers

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals could be without top-six center Nicklas Backstrom on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers; he’s considered a “game-time decision” after missing the morning skate with an illness. Backstrom hasn’t missed a game all season and has 10 goals..." January 08

  • NHL announces coaches for All-Star Game "The National Hockey League announced today that Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic), Paul Maurice of the Winnipeg Jets (Central), Todd Reirden of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan) and Bill Peters of the Calgary Flames (Pacific) will serve as the head coaches for the 2019 Honda..." January 05

  • Brett Hull critical of Capitals’ Ovechkin for skipping All-Star Game

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Golden Brett wasn’t upset when he saw the headlines, he just wishes Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals — perhaps the best player in the game today — would participate in this year’s NHL All-Star Game. “I think the league could probably do..." January 05

  • Tyler Seguin thinks Stars goalie got in Ovechkin’s head

    Larry Brown Sports "Tyler Seguin thinks that Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khubodin got inside of Alex Ovechkin’s head on Friday night. The Stars beat the Caps 2-1 in overtime on Seguin’s goal — his second of the game. Ovi attempted six shots on goal for the Washington Capitals but was..." January 05

  • Applaud Alex Ovechkin's decision to skip NHL All-Star Game, don't punish him

    USA Today "Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin is being suspended by the NHL for one game for what amounts to being really smart. At the wise old hockey age of 33, Ovechkin is skipping a meaningless exhibition – the league’s All-Star Game – to save himself for the rest..." January 03

  • Alex Ovechkin Will Not Attend 2019 All-Star Game

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Despite having been named one of the four All-Star captains, Alex Ovechkin won’t be taking part in the festivities this year. According to team reporter Mike Vogel, the Washington Capitals forward has informed the NHL that given his team’s mandatory bye week falls..." January 02

  • ‘New year and new hockey’: Alex Ovechkin not sweating six-game goal drought

    Washington Post "Alex Ovechkin almost sounded disappointed after he had skated more than 25 minutes against the Buffalo Sabres on Dec. 15, finishing with a goal and the game-winning shootout strike. “You can’t score every night,” he said then, an amusing statement at the time because he had..." January 02

  • Who needs a fresh start in 2019?

    Pro Hockey Talk "New Year’s Day is right around the corner, so naturally many of us have already started thinking about our resolutions. Maybe you want to get into better shape, eat better, expand your knowledge on a certain topic, spend less time on your phone, or something totally..." December 31

  • Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen ruled out vs. Predators; Brooks Orpik a ‘game-time decision’

    Washington Post "Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen will not play in Monday’s matinee against the Nashville Predators, missing a second straight game with a “day-to-day” undisclosed “upper-body” injury. Blue-liner Brooks Orpik, who has missed the past 27 games with a..." December 31

  • McDavid, Ovechkin, Matthews, MacKinnon voted NHL All-Star captains "Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid will be captain of the Pacific Division for the third straight year at the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game at SAP Center in San Jose on Jan. 26 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). McDavid will be joined by Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin of..." December 27

  • Why Holtby is the Capitals’ most intriguing player when it comes to the expansion draft

    NBC Sports Washington "The NHL will welcome in a 32nd franchise for the 2021-22 season meaning teams will once again face losing a player in an expansion draft. The draft is set for June 2021. Just as with the Vegas draft, the Capitals are guaranteed to lose a player to the new team. That may seem like..." December 24

  • Sidney Crosby thinks Alex Ovechkin should have gotten instigator penalty

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the best rivalries in the modern NHL came together on Wednesday night as the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins squared off, pitting Sidney Crosby against Alex Ovechkin. And it didn’t take long for a beef to develop between the two top players. Tom Wilson and..." December 20