Capitals Rumors & News

  • Backstrom, Caps top Bruins in OT

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Mixed emotions, critical comments and a players-only meeting were on the menu for Washington Capitals following Wednesday night's game against the Boston Bruins. And Washington won. Nicklas Backstrom scored with 3:24 left in overtime, and the Capitals defeated the Bruins..." December 08

  • Washington Capitals Recall Aaron Ness; Matt Niskanen Out

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After getting hit face-first into the boards by Patrice Bergeron in yesterday’s game, Matt Niskanen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will be out for the Washington Capitals next matchup. To replace him, the team has called up Aaron Ness from the Hershey Bears Thursday afternoon. Ness..." December 08

  • Caps will get Oshie back tonight

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals will get a welcomed injection of offense tonight when T.J. Oshie returns to the lineup against the Boston Bruins (on NBCSN). Oshie has missed the last seven games with an upper-body injury. The Caps went 3-3-1 without him. In their last four games, they’ve scored just..." December 07

  • McDavid, Crosby, Price and Kane lead All-Star voting through first week

    Pro Hockey Talk "Voting for the 2017 NHL All-Star game has been underway for more than a week now, and on Tuesday afternoon the league announced the early leaders from each division. The game, which will take place in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, will feature the same format as last year’s game with the four..." December 06

  • Johansson powers Capitals to OT win vs. Sabres

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The skidding Washington Capitals were just over six minutes away from skidding a bit more Monday night. Then Marcus Johansson found the back of the net twice, turning those frowns upside down. Johansson scored in overtime to cap a two-goal performance as the Washington Capitals..." December 05

  • Lightning outlast Capitals, end 4-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Ben Bishop and Brian Boyle helped the Tampa Bay Lightning snap their longest losing streak in more than three years. Bishop finished with 34 saves and Boyle had the deciding goal in the shootout to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 victory on Saturday night at Amalie Arena and end a..." December 03

  • Capitals’ Justin Williams on his season-long slump: ‘I’m getting tested right now’

    Washington Post "Justin Williams stood beside the bench, looked up at the video board and seemed to experience the stages of grief all within a few seconds. He had just knocked in a cross-ice feed from Evgeny Kuznetsov as the first-intermission buzzer sounded, the weight of one of the worst slumps of his career..." December 03

  • NHLPA expected to reject offer to extend CBA for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL’s verbal offer of a three-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement in exchange for Olympic participation has been rejected by the NHLPA. If NHL players are going to participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, it’s not likely to come by way of extending the collective..." December 02

  • NHL Eyeing Exhibition Game In China; Continues History Of International Play

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to TSN’s NHL Insider Darren Dreger, the NHL is expected to play an exhibition game in China next season. While the NHL is easily the most nationally diverse of the “Big Four” North American sports leagues and has a history of playing international games, this would be their first foray..." December 02

  • Islanders' Halak blanks Caps with 38 saves

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- In the span of four days, the New York Islanders may have turned their season around. Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves for his first shutout of the season and the Islanders scored three third-period goals to defeat the Washington Capitals 3-0 on Thursday night at Verizon Center for..." December 01

  • Rangers remain NHL’s most valuable team, according to Forbes

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Rangers have widened the gap atop the annual list of the NHL’s most valuable teams. According to Forbes, the Rangers’ franchise value has risen four percent in the last year to $1.25 billion. Meanwhile, the NHL’s second-most valuable team, the Montreal Canadiens, fell five percent..." December 01

  • Alex Ovechkin is on track to break Wayne Gretzky's career goals record

    ESPN "Almost seven years ago, I first wrote that I thought it was possible/plausible that Alex Ovechkin could one day pass Wayne Gretzky's 894 career goals total, which was previously thought to be unreachable. Ovechkin was 24 at the time. Ovechkin was at ESPN to film his "This Is SportsCenter"..." November 29

  • Re-signing pending UFA Alzner won’t be cheap for Capitals

    Pro Hockey Talk "Karl Alzner has been a Washington Capital throughout his entire NHL career, but that might change this off-season. Alzner, who was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2007 draft, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, and bringing him back won’t be cheap for..." November 28

  • Maple Leafs rack up 4-2 win over Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs came out of the gate sprinting. The Washington Capitals did not and never could catch up. With one goal each from Matt Martin, James van Riemsdyk, Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri, the Maple Leafs defeated the Capitals 4-2 on Saturday night. In..." November 26

  • T.J. Oshie skates with team, but still week-to-week with upper-body injury

    Washington Post "A week removed from suffering an upper-body injury when he hit Detroit’s Riley Sheahan, Capitals forward T.J. Oshie was on the ice for the team’s morning skate on Friday. But despite what appears to be an encouraging step, Oshie said he still doesn’t have a timetable for his return to the lineup...." November 25

  • Goalie Grubauer helps Captials beat Sabres

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- As birthdays go, the 25th was one to remember for Philipp Grubauer. The backup goalie got a rare start on home ice Friday and then stonewalled the Buffalo Sabres to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 victory, helping them complete their longest homestand of the season with..." November 25

  • Official NHL expansion draft exempt list contains surprises

    Sportsnet "The Vegas Golden Knights officially have a name and they’re starting to get a better sense of who will be off limits when the expansion draft is conducted in June. Sportsnet has obtained a memo distributed from the NHL to its 30 teams on Tuesday night, which outlines the 66 players currently..." November 24

  • Ovechkin's hat trick powers Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- When Washington winger Alex Ovechkin saw how his center was playing early Wednesday night, he got a good feeling about the Capitals' chances. Ovechkin notched his 16th career hat trick, linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist, and the Capitals defeated the St. Louis..." November 23

  • Vegas Golden Knights introduced as NHL's 31st franchise

    TSN "These Knights will be Golden. As gold confetti blasted into Sin City’s neon-drenched night sky, owner Bill Foley dubbed the NHL’s 31st franchise the Golden Knights, finally giving the first major professional sports team to call Las Vegas home a name and identity. The Vegas Golden Knights..." November 23

  • The Post-Burns Free Agent Market

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Unlike the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos saga of this past summer, the San Jose Sharks have spared hockey fans the drama and re-signed the top free agent on the market well before the trade rumors or free agency speculation could begin. Brent Burns inked an eight-year, $64MM extension..." November 22

  • Vegas NHL team finally unveils name tonight

    TSN "The NHL’s 31st franchise will unveil its name tonight with all the glitz and glitter you’d expect in Sin City. Owner Bill Foley will pull back the curtain on a tightly-kept secret with help from Cirque Du Soleil performers in a posh party outside T-Mobile Arena, just steps off the famous Las..." November 22

  • NHL team nicknames explained "Five months after being awarded an expansion franchise, Las Vegas owner Bill Foley will announce the name of his team Tuesday. There has been plenty of speculation around what the team will be called, but that will end Tuesday when Foley not only reveals the team name, but likely explains what..." November 22

  • Tortorella to Trotz: Quit whining about high-stick call

    Columbus Dispatch "John Tortorella has a message for Barry Trotz and members of the Capitals who think Nick Foligno embellished a third-period call Sunday that led to the Blue Jackets’ game-winning goal. “I read it – quit whining,” Tortorella said of Trotz’s comments following the Jackets’ 3-2 victory over the..." November 22

  • Carter, Ward and Backstrom named 3 Stars of the Week "Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward and Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 20. FIRST STAR - JEFF CARTER, C, LOS ANGELES KINGS Carter paced the NHL with three game-winning..." November 21

  • Late goal pushes Blue Jackets past Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- On the road, in a tight Sunday afternoon affair against one of the league's powers, the Columbus Blue Jackets of the past might have been content to play conservatively and escape with a point. These Blue Jackets, however, are a much different team. Columbus took advantage of a..." November 20

  • Capitals beat Red Wings with only nine healthy forwards

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals had a brutal first period on Friday night when they lost three forwards — T.J. Oshie, Lars Eller and Andre Burakovsky — to injury. None of them returned. That meant they had to play more than two-thirds of their game against the Detroit Red Wings with only nine..." November 19

  • Capitals lose Oshie, Eller and Burakovsky to injury

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals had been one of the healthiest teams in the NHL entering their game against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. That started to change in the first period when they began losing players all over their lineup. Three of them to be exact. The team announced that..." November 19

  • Capitals' Oshie week to week with upper-body injury

    Sportsnet "The Washington Capitals issued updates on the status of injured forwards Lars Eller and T.J. Oshie on Saturday. According to the team, Eller is day to day, while Oshie is week to week, each with upper-body injuries." November 19

  • McKenzie outlines critical issues in NHL-NHLPA escrow battle

    Fanrag Sports "Escrow. CBA. Lawyers. Ugh. No thanks. Anybody want to talk about politics instead? There may not be a more mind-numbingly awful subject to discuss for hockey fans than escrow. Truly. We’d generally rather devour a tasty dessert of trade rumors, but escrow and the CBA are the vegetables..." November 19

  • Holtby, Capitals shut out Red Wings

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals had been injury-free this season until Friday night against the Detroit Red Wings when the odds caught up with them. The Capitals lost three forwards in the first period, but Jay Beagle scored with 5:11 left in the game, Braden Holtby stopped 25 shots,..." November 18

  • Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin breaks out of his slump at the right time

    ESPN "Ovie is back: Alex Ovechkin snapped a four-game points drought and helped the Washington Capitals to a dominating 7-1 win over the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. Ovechkin was a beast. He scored one goal and used his size, strength and ability, which went unmatched...." November 17

  • Caps pummel Pens, 7-1

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Though the Washington Capitals offense was due for an outburst, the timing was still a surprise. Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and three assists, linemate T.J. Oshie added two goals and two assists, and the Capitals routed the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh..." November 16

  • NHL, Stakeholders Discuss Possible Change To Draft Age

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Could the NHL change the draft age from 18 to 19? TSN’s Bob McKenzie spoke about the possibility on Tuesday night’s edition of Insider Trading. Former third-overall-pick Pat LaFontaine is leading a group of stakeholders that includes the NHL, NHLPA, CHL, USHL, Hockey Canada, USA Hockey, and..." November 16

  • NHL has new meetings to discuss participation in 2018 Olympics

    Chicago Tribune "NHL meetings are set for this week to discuss whether the league will participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. League officials will meet with the International Ice Hockey Federation in New York on Wednesday. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the NHL hopes to learn if any traction has..." November 16

  • Atkinson, Blue Jackets clip Capitals in OT

    The Sports Xchange "COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to serve notice that they could be a contender this season. The latest example was a come-from-behind overtime victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday that improved Columbus to 6-1-1 in its last eight games. After tying the..." November 15

  • NHL Will Not Market Individual Rivalries or Players Because It's a Team Sport

    The Comeback "The NHL is done marketing individual rivalries. Speaking to Chris Johnston of, NHL Deputy Commissioner said the league is not marketing individual rivalries among players because “our sport is the ultimate team sport.” That’s a crock of BS for multiple reasons. First of all,..." November 15

  • Is NHL participation in 2018 Olympics really what’s best for hockey?

    Sportsnet "Wednesday’s meeting in New York City involving the NHL, its players and the IIHF to discuss involvement in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will resolve nothing. There will be no grandiose statements, fireworks and the singing of “We are the World”. What we will hear is that the nearly 20 million..." November 15

  • Caps end Blackhawks winning streak with win

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- For the better part of 60 minutes Friday night, Braden Holtby did everything he could to snap the NHL's hottest team's seven-game winning streak. But just when it looked like the Washington Capitals goalie's stellar performance would make Jay Beagle's two goals stand up, the..." November 12

  • NHL, PA among groups meeting about Olympics

    TSN "The NHL and NHLPA are just two of the groups set to meet next week to discuss the NHL's involvement at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. THe IIHF as well as USA Hockey and Hockey Canada will also meet in New York City next week. The..." November 10

  • Sharks shut out Capitals to end skid

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The San Jose Sharks wanted to stop their losing skid and begin a six-game road trip with a strong performance. They accomplished both objectives Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals. Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns each..." November 08

  • Problem isn't with NHL DoPS, it's the rulebook

    TSN "The tin foil hats are on in Vancouver, chin straps done up nice and tight. Canuck fans are thoroughly convinced the NHL Department of Player Safety has it in for Daniel Sedin and the Canucks; that Nazem Kadri and the Toronto Maple Leafs are, as usual, benefitting from the league's Eastern bias..." November 07

  • Oshie scores twice, Capitals run win streak to 5

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Just when it looked like it might be another slow third period for the Washington Capitals, they stepped on the gas. T.J. Oshie scored twice, Alex Ovechkin added a goal and an assist and Washington scored three third-period goals to rally past the Florida Panthers 4-2 on..." November 05

  • Ovechkin's second goal gives Caps OT win over Jets

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- For the second time in three nights, the Washington Capitals surrendered a third-period lead to the Winnipeg Jets only to later win in dramatic fashion. Alex Ovechkin scored his second goal of the night with 1:39 left in overtime, and the Capitals defeated the Jets 4-3 Thursday..." November 04

  • Jets coach calls critical overtime penalty 'horses—t'

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "With the Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets locked in a 3-3 tie in overtime, the critical moment came when the Jets were assessed a minor penalty for too many men on the ice. Alex Ovechkin scored just one minute later to give the Caps the 4-3 win as the Caps survived a three-goal rally from the..." November 04

  • Capitals blow lead, still edge Jets

    The Sports Xchange "WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- After the Winnipeg Jets erased a two-goal deficit to the Washington Capitals with a pair of goals late in the third period, everybody in the MTS Centre believed the game was headed to overtime. Nobody bothered to tell Jay Beagle. The Capitals fourth-line center..." November 02

  • Report: NHL may restrict All-Star Game to only ‘bona fide players

    The Hockey News "It looks as though the NHL is going to restrict the likes of John Scott from the All-Star Game by placing parameters around the definition of NHL player. Even though the NHL plans to continue to have populist voting for the All-Star Game, it’s still unclear whether or not the John Scott..." November 02

  • Johansson scores twice as Caps top Flames

    The Sports Xchange "CALGARY, Alberta -- Marcus Johansson owns a hot hand for the Washington Capitals. For the second straight game, the 26-year-old left winger scored two goals to lead his team to victory. And for the second night in a row, he notched the game-winning goal, this time leading the Capitals..." October 31

  • Bankruptcy may end Bauer endorsements for top NHL stars

    TSN "Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and other high-profile NHL players may find their endorsement contacts with Bauer hockey cancelled as early as Monday because the equipment manufacturer’s parent company is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection, a person familiar with the matter..." October 31

  • Entry-level contract decisions looming for a number of NHL teams

    TSN "Now that Connor McDavid has played nine games this season, the Edmonton Oilers will have to decide whether he plays No. 10 and burns a year on his entry-level contract. Uh, never mind on that one. This admittedly lame attempt at humour does underline two things, though. One, McDavid,..." October 31

  • Johannson pots a pair as Capitals beat Canucks

    The Sports Xchange "VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Keeping it simple worked for the Washington Capitals. Marcus Johansson scored a pair of goals and assisted on another as the Capitals defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 Saturday night to snap a two-game losing skid. "We worked hard and we played the right..." October 30