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  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • What’s the right contract for Tom Wilson, Capitals?

    Pro Hockey Talk "What kind of price to put on grit, agitation, intimidation? In the NHL, it’s something of a Rorschach Test for GMs. It’s easier to gauge the value of elite players and middle-of-the-pack guys when scoring is their calling card, but when it comes to..." July 18

  • Wilson, Capitals exploring contract 'north of four years': report "Tom Wilson and the Washington Capitals are exploring a contract "something north of four years," his agent told The Washington Post on Tuesday. Wilson, a restricted free agent, set NHL career highs in goals (14), assists (21) and points (35) last season. The 24-year-old..." July 17

  • Capitals hire Reid Cashman as assistant coach

    Yardbarker "New Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden has begun filling out his staff. Just as Reirden was promoted internally, he has made his first hire from within. According to Mark Divver of the Providence Journal, the Capitals have hired Reid Cashman as an assistant coach. Cashman has..." July 14

  • Capitals Re-Sign Liam O'Brien to One-Year Contract

    Hockey Fights "The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Liam O'Brien to a one-year, two-way contract, with an average annual value of $650,000, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. O'Brien, 23, played in three games for the..." July 13

  • Backstrom, Capitals excited to defend Stanley Cup "Nicklas Backstrom waited 11 seasons to win the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals. Now the 30-year-old center is motivated to make sure the Capitals aren't one and done. "It's a challenge for us. But we want to accept it," Backstrom told the Capitals..." July 10

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • 4 reasons Capitals fans should pay close attention to the Hershey Bears this season

    NBC Sports Washington "If you’re someone who follows the Capitals’ prospects closely, chances are you probably follow the Hershey Bears pretty closely, too. The Bears are, after all, Washington’s AHL affiliate. Many Caps fans, however, are not as into minor league hockey and take a..." July 09

  • Caps' winger Tom Wilson does not file for arbitration; prospect Liam O'Brien does

    NBC Sports Washington "Tom Wilson did not file for salary arbitration ahead of Thursday’s 5 p.m. deadline. The Caps and Wilson, a restricted free agent, will continue to negotiate toward an extension. The 24-year-old is coming off a breakout year in which he racked up highs in goals (14),..." July 06

  • Todd Reirden's staff is beginning to take shape

    NBC Sports Washington "The Capitals have their head coach in place, but that’s just step one when it comes to filling out the coaching staff. Now a first time NHL head coach has to assemble a staff that can help him excel in his first season. As the defending Stanley Cup champions, this will be a..." July 05

  • Rangers, Capitals, Lightning among those interested in Senators star

    CBS Sports "As the first week of 2018 NHL free agency draws to a close, Erik Karlsson remains an Ottawa Senators defenseman, but at least a half-dozen teams, including the Atlantic Division champion Tampa Bay Lightning, could still be hard after the All-Star. After their..." July 05

  • Wilson 'big priority' for Capitals to re-sign, GM says "Todd Reirden was formally introduced as coach of the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, meaning their next order of business is to re-sign restricted free agent forward Tom Wilson. General manager Brian MacLellan has had ongoing discussions with Wilson's agent, Mark Guy, and said he..." July 04

  • Reirden embraces 'unique challenge' with Capitals

    Washington Times "As Todd Reirden watched Alex Ovechkin finally hoist the Stanley Cup, on some levels, he could relate. Reirden was never the star or a dynamic scorer for a team like the Capitals captain, but the 47-year-old tolled through the minor leagues for most of his playing days...." July 04

  • Capitals interested in Brooks Orpik return

    Yardbarker "The Washington Capitals moved Brooks Orpik earlier this offseason in order to clear enough cap space to re-sign John Carlson. Orpik was carrying a $5.5MM cap hit, so the team attached him to Philipp Grubauer in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche, only to see him bought out by the acquiring..." July 03

  • Capitals Sign Defenseman Martin Fehervary To Entry-Level Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The defending Stanley Cup champions have worked quickly to lock up a recent draft pick. The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan first reported that the Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Martin Fehervary to an entry-level contract. The team has confirmed the deal for..." July 01

  • Washington Capitals Sign Michael Sgarbossa, Jayson Megna

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Washington Capitals have added some depth to the Hershey Bears, signing minor league veterans Michael Sgarbossa and Jayson Megna to one-year two-way contracts. " July 01

  • Capitals Re-sign Travis Boyd "The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Travis Boyd to a two-year contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Boyd's contract will carry an average annual value of $800,000. Boyd, 24, played in eight games for the Capitals this season..." July 01

  • Nic Dowd Signs With Washington Capitals

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The defending champs add some depth. Versatile bottom-six forward Nic Dowd has signed with the Washington Captials, according to The Athletic’s Michael Russo. Terms of the deal are not yet available. " July 01

  • Capitals promote Todd Reirden to replace Barry Trotz as head coach

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals have named Todd Reirden as their next head coach, promoting the team’s top assistant after Barry Trotz’s sudden resignation last week. This will be the 46-year-old’s first NHL head-coaching job, and he inherits a Stanley Cup-winning roster..." June 29

  • Report: Jay Beagle will not be re-signing with the Capitals

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "The Washington Capitals’ offseason has been going swell, but now there’s a bit of sad news to report. Caps fourth-line center Jay Beagle, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, will be leaving Washington. The fan favorite will be signing a multi-year deal..." June 29

  • Defenseman Michal Kempny on verge of multiyear extension with Capitals

    Washington Post "Though the deal is still being finalized, defenseman Michal Kempny is on the verge of a multiyear extension with the Washington Capitals, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Retaining Kempny means the defending Stanley Cup champions will have their top four defensemen back..." June 29

  • Will the Capitals find a seventh defenseman at development camp?

    NBC Sports Washington "Development camp offers a glimpse of some of the Capitals’ future stars and the future could come as early as next season for some of the young defensemen. Jonas Siegenthaler, Lucas Johansen and Connor Hobbs are considered three of the team’s top defensive prospects and it..." June 28

  • Alex Ovechkin got Capitals Stanley Cup merchandise for apparently everybody in Russia

    CBS Sports "It's hard to remember the last time a championship team was more fun than the Washington Capitals, and Alex Ovechkin is at the center of it all. The Great 8 has been living his best life since winning his first Stanley Cup, and the Summer of Ovi continued when he recently went home to..." June 27

  • Devante Smith-Pelly Expected To Return To Washington

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Among those players who did not receive qualifying offers on Monday, one name conspicuously stuck out among all the rest. Devante Smith-Pelly, fresh off playing a huge role for the Washington Capitals en route to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, was without a contract and set to..." June 27

  • Could defenseman Brooks Orpik be free-agent target for Devils?

    Newark Star-Ledger "As NHL free agency ramps up this week, one new player on the market could make sense for the Devils. Defenseman Brooks Orpik, who spent the past four seasons with the Washington Capitals, was bought out of the final year of his contract. He was initially traded to..." June 27

  • Ilya Samsonov begins the difficult transition from Europe to North America at development camp

    NBC Sports Washington "For a team whose core is built around European players like Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom, the Capitals understand better than most teams the importance of helping players adjust to the North American game. That’s a focus of several players as they hit the ice for..." June 27

  • Caps still in dialogue with Smith-Pelly despite not giving qualifying offer

    The Score "The Washington Capitals and unrestricted free agent Devante Smith-Pelly are still having dialogue regarding a new deal after the club didn't extend the winger a qualifying offer on Monday, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports. The NHL's deadline to qualify restricted free..." June 26

  • Capitals qualify 5 RFAs, but not Devante Smith-Pelly

    NBC Sports Washington "In the summer of 2017, Devante Smith-Pelly unexpectedly entered into free agency after getting bought out by the New Jersey Devils. One year later and only a few weeks removed from scoring seven goals in the playoffs, he is on the verge of unexpectedly hitting free agency again. The..." June 26

  • Carlson wants Capitals to hire Reirden as coach "Now that John Carlson knows he'll be back with the Washington Capitals after signing an eight-year, $64 million contract (average annual value $8 million) Sunday, there are two more things he'd like to see. One is for his defense partner, Michal Kempny, who can become an..." June 25

  • Avalanche buy out D Brooks Orpik three days after acquiring him

    ESPN "The Colorado Avalanche have bought out the final contract year for defenseman Brooks Orpik, three days after acquiring him from the Washington Capitals at the NHL draft. The veteran defenseman, who won Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009 and the Washington Capitals this..." June 25

  • After signing mammoth extension, Capitals' John Carlson weighs in on Todd Reirden and Michal Kempny

    NBC Sports Washington "With the ink dried on his new contract, John Carlson said Monday morning that he wouldn’t mind seeing two other key cogs in the Caps’ championship run — Todd Reirden and Michal Kempny — get new deals, as well. “I think guys have a lot of respect for Todd,..." June 25

  • John Carlson re-signs with Capitals for eight years, $64 million

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals re-signed top defenseman John Carlson to an eight-year, $64 million deal, the team announced Sunday. Carlson was the team’s top free agent priority after the 28-year-old had a career season with 15 goals and 53 assists and played a vital role in the Capitals..." June 24

  • Still No Deal Between John Carlson, Washington Capitals

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Over the weekend there was plenty of optimism from the Washington Capitals that they would be able to finalize a long-term extension with unrestricted free agent John Carlson, especially after moving out Brooks Orpik’s $5.5MM cap hit in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche. Carlson is..." June 24

  • It’s only a matter of time before Avs replace Semyon Varlamov with Philipp Grubauer as No. 1 goalie

    Denver Post "Even the winner of the Hart Trophy knows the NHL picked the wrong guy for most valuable player. Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils took home the hardware. But asked who would’ve earned his vote for MVP, Hall picked Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon. “Thanks, Hallsy,”..." June 24

  • Avs ink Grubauer to a three-year, $10M deal

    TSN "The Colorado Avalanche have signed newly acquired goalie Philipp Grubauer to a three-year deal worth a reported $10 million. The Avalanche obtained Grubauer alongside defenceman Brooks Orpik in exchange for a second round pick on Friday. Orpik was waived earlier on Saturday for..." June 24

  • Capitals turned down better offer for Grubauer from Hurricanes

    The Score "The Washington Capitals wanted Philipp Grubauer out of the Metropolitan Division and turned down a better trade offer from the Carolina Hurricanes to ensure that happened, reports Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. The Hurricanes offered up their second-round pick - 42nd overall - and..." June 24

  • Brooks Orpik Placed On Waivers, Buyout Expected

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche were clear about it when they made the deal, Brooks Orpik wouldn’t be playing for them this season. The team has placed the 37-year old defenseman on waivers and are expected to buy out the final year of his contract. Orpik was acquired yesterday along with Philipp..." June 23

  • Capitals are ‘really close’ to re-signing defenseman John Carlson

    Washington Post "A deal between pending unrestricted free agent defenseman John Carlson and the Washington Capitals appears imminent after the team cleared an additional $5.5 million in salary-cap room on Friday night at the NHL draft in Dallas. Washington traded veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik to the Colorado..." June 23

  • Capitals go to the WHL again, select defenseman Alex Alexeyev with first-round pick

    NBC Sports "The last time the Washington Capitals had a first-round draft pick, they selected a WHL defenseman. They did not go off script on Friday. With the last pick of the first round, selecting for the first time as defending Stanley Cup champions, the Capitals selected Alexander..." June 23

  • Philipp Grubauer Generating Plenty Of Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan was very clear after the season that he would try to give Philipp Grubauer a chance to be a starting goaltender. That chance won’t be with the Capitals though, as MacLellan admitted he’d explore the trade market to try and..." June 22

  • Caps deal Grubauer, Orpik to Avalanche for 2nd rd pick "The Washington Capitals have acquired a second round pick, 47th-overall, from the Colorado Avalanche in the 2018 NHL Draft in exchange for defenseman Brooks Orpik and Philipp Grubauer, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. "We would like to..." June 22

  • Avs will probably buy out Orpik if they can't find trade partner

    The Score "Brooks Orpik was sent to the Colorado Avalanche along with Philipp Grubauer for a second-round pick in a draft-day trade, but the veteran blue-liner might not be in Denver for long. The Avs reportedly intend to trade Orpik, and if they can't, the team will probably buy him out,..." June 22

  • Ovechkin on Trotz leaving Capitals: ‘It’s sad but it’s business’

    Sportsnet "Alex Ovechkin says he was surprised by Barry Trotz’s decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals but he’s grateful for their time spent together. “It’s hard when it happened right away, you know?” Ovechkin said in an interview with..." June 21

  • Capitals will open 2018 season, raise banner against Bruins

    Pro Hockey Talk "Given the rivalry between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, the fact they have met in the playoffs three years in a row, and the way the Capitals were scheduled for the Penguins’ banner raising game at the start of the 2016-17 season it seemed like a natural fit to have the..." June 20

  • Darryl Sutter announces retirement from NHL coaching

    Sportsnet "Should the Washington Capitals choose not to hire assistant Todd Reirden to be their coach, they needn’t call to ask about the availability of Darryl Sutter. He’s finished as a coach. We won’t go as far as to say he’s retired, as the 59-year-old..." June 20

  • Todd Reirden will get the first crack at replacing Trotz

    NBC Sports Washington "Will Todd Reirden replace Barry Trotz as head coach of the Washington Capitals? Based on what GM Brian MacLellan said Monday, it certainly sounds like it’s Reirden’s job to lose. “We’re going to start with Todd here,” MacLellan said. “I..." June 19

  • Report: Barry Trotz had lofty salary demands for Caps

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup celebration party came to an abrupt end on Monday when reality sunk in. Barry Trotz, who coached the team to its first Stanley Cup in franchise history, resigned from his job over contract matters. According to NBC Sports..." June 19

  • How things fell apart between Barry Trotz, Capitals

    Sportsnet "This was about money, sure. But it was about principle as well. The Washington Capitals weren’t willing to pay Barry Trotz at a level commensurate to his peers, so the veteran head coach decided to step down just 11 days after bringing the franchise its first Stanley..." June 18

  • Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup can motivate Maple Leafs, Babcock says "The Toronto Maple Leafs should draw some motivation from Alex Ovechkin finally breaking through and winning the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals, Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "They were able to watch Washington do it at their own level, and see a 32-year-old guy like..." June 18

  • Trotz resigns as Capitals head coach

    ESPN "Barry Trotz, who lead the Washington Capitals to their first Stanley Cup, as resigned. "After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals," Trotz said in a statement..." June 18