Capitals Rumors & News

  • 2015-16 NHL trade deadline set for February 29

    CBS Sports "Well, mark your calendars, folks. The National Hockey League has set its trade deadline for the 2015-16 hockey season and it falls on a rather odd day according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The last day NHL teams will be able to make trades in the upcoming season is February 29, 2016 at 3 p.m...." September 02

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov hopes to remain with Capitals for ‘my whole career’

    Washington Post "Here was a man at home, deep into his second full summer living in Northern Virginia, sporting custom sneakers with his jersey number – 92 – stitched into the tongues. Between training at the Washington Capitals’ practice facility, raising a baby daughter and studying English whenever time..." August 31

  • Free agent Glencross regrets last deal with Flames: 'You can't take a hometown discount'

    Calgary Sun "As one of the NHL’s few authentic cowboys, there aren’t many things in life Curtis Glencross enjoys more than riding horses on an open range. However, the 32-year-old winger now admits he erred in saddling up for the trail ride with Calgary Flames president Ken King in 2011 that landed..." August 30

  • Backstrom may not be ready by the start of the season

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "In an interview with Swedish newspaper Gefle Dagblad, Nicklas Backstrom said he may not be ready for the start of the season. The Caps' center underwent arthroscopic hip surgery after the season and, though the Caps hoped he would be back in time for opening night, Backstrom is not so sure." August 27

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

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    Brooks Laich @brookslaich

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  • Ovechkin will ‘definitely’ go to South Korea for 2018 Winter Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin is vowing to represent Russia at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, whether the NHL commits to sending players or not. “The same situation was with the [2014] Sochi Games, they said NHL could not be allowed to come,” Ovechkin told reporters Wednesday, per..." August 19

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • Capitals' Brooks Laich, actress Julianne Hough got engaged

    CBS Sports "Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich has carved out a nice NHL career for himself. He may not be a star player that commands a lot of ink in the sports pages like teammate Alex Ovechkin, but he sure will have the attention of the celebrity gossip magazines if he didn't already. The Caps..." August 18

  • Adidas lands NHL jersey deal

    TSN "The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms. Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season. Adidas takes over from its..." August 17

  • Re-examining the Caps' need for a third-line center

    CSN Washington "To say Caps fans are concerned about the the third line center would be an understatement. After a flurry of offseason moves, the Caps now look set at right wing, but have seen Eric Fehr move on to Pittsburgh. Though I believe the team will not bring in anyone else in the offseason and that..." August 17

  • Report: Russian defenseman in talks with Caps

    CSN Washington "KHL defenseman and Team Russia captain Ilya Nikulin is looking make the move to the NHL and at least two reporters have linked him to the Capitals. According to an article on the KHL's English website, Nikulin is looking to follow fellow Ak Bars' teammate Yevgeni Medvedev to North America this..." August 16

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

  • Caps expect Peters to be ready for training camp after knee surgery

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals announced that goalie Justin Peters underwent left knee surgery on Monday and should be ready to compete in training camp. Getting ready by then could be key for the 28-year-old, as you get the impression that he’s the odd man out of the Caps’ goalie rotation. Japers’..." August 11

  • GM Brian MacLellan talks third-line center, penalty killing, injuries

    Washington Post "Entering his second summer leading the Washington Capitals’ front office, General Manager Brian MacLellan held more pressing priorities than finding a permanent third-line center, but the vacancy lingered in his mind nonetheless. Still, between signing Justin Williams, trading for T.J. Oshie and..." August 04

  • NHL unveils ‘historic’ digital media rights deal with MLBAM

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a way, baseball will power the way hockey fans consume a ton of digital NHL-related media going forward. More specifically, MLBAM will be doing the heavy lifting, as the NHL announced a “historic” six-year deal with the service, which also apparently powers streaming services for companies..." August 04

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    Hershey signs F Maxime Sauve, formerly of the Bruins org and most recently the DEL, to a one-year deal.

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    Stephen Whyno @SWhyno

    #Caps centre Nicklas Backstrom has resumed skating recently after undergoing hip surgery after the season GM Brian MacLellan said.

  • Capitals re-sign Marcus Johansson

    Capitals Today "The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Marcus Johansson to a one-year, $3.75 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Johansson, 24, registered 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) in 82 games with the Capitals last season and set career..." August 01

  • Capitals bracing for Johansson's arbitration award

    CSN Washington "Marcus Johansson, his agent Marc Levine and the Capitals’ management staff -- along with a team of attorneys from both sides -- spent much of this morning stating their arbitration cases in Toronto, the results of which will have a lasting impact on the Capitals’ payroll. With Johansson seeking..." July 30

  • New big NHL contracts appear to have protection from potential upcoming lockout

    TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29

  • Capitals defenseman Orpik has wrist surgery "Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik had surgery on his wrist Tuesday. "Based on the nature of this procedure, we anticipate Brooks returning to full hockey activities in time for the Capitals' regular-season opener," the Capitals said in a statement. "Brooks will resume full workout..." July 29

  • Capitals, Johansson $1.75M apart in contract talks ahead of arbitration

    The Score "With an arbitration hearing set for Wednesday, the Washington Capitals and forward Marcus Johansson are believed to be $1.75 million apart in the desired valuation of his next contract. Johansson is seeking $4.75 million, while the club is offering $3 million, according to Elliotte Friedman of..." July 27

  • Holtby believes Caps' time to win is now

    CSN Washington "Like many players in the visiting locker room in MadisonSquareGarden on May 13, goaltender Braden Holtby knew that seventh and deciding game Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers could be the final game for a handful of Capitals. Two-and-a-half months later, the Capitals’..." July 26

  • Johansson, Capitals making no progress in talks "Marcus Johansson and the Washington Capitals have not made any progress in contract negotiations in advance of a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for July 29. "I think they're status quo from last time," Washington general manager Brian MacLellan said Friday while discussing goalie Braden..." July 25

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25

  • Capitals re-sign Braden Holtby

    Capitals Today "The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Braden Holtby to a five-year, $30.5 million contract extension, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. “Braden emerged as a top NHL goaltender and we are pleased to sign him to a long-term contract,” said..." July 24

  • Holtby, Capitals continue to work on contract numbers

    CSN Washington "The Capitals and Braden Holtby continue to negotiate a contract for the 2015-16 season, but remain far apart. " July 24

  • Agent: Don't expect fireworks from Holtby, Caps

    CSN Washington "With the Capitals and goaltender Braden Holtby on a crash course toward salary arbitration on Thursday in Toronto, what can both sides expect when they plead their cases behind closed doors? Animosity? Anger? Resentment? “Not at all,” said player agent Lewis Gross, who represents dozens of..." July 23

  • Post expansion, could NHL realign with eight divisions?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After the NHL received just two bids for expansion teams — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City, but nothing for Seattle or Portland — could the league be headed for another realignment? From the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek: When the NHL last realigned, the commitment was only..." July 22

  • Can young NHLers be trusted?

    TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22

  • Capitals' Holtby seeking $8 million per season

    The Score "The Washington Capitals and goaltender Braden Holtby are reportedly nearly $3 million apart in contract negotiations. The Capitals are offering the netminder $5.1 million and he's asking for $8 million, CBC Sports' Tim Wharnsby reports. The team has elected to pursue a one-year deal in..." July 21

  • Holtby, Capitals far apart on arbitration figures: report "Goaltender Braden Holtby, a restricted free agent who is scheduled to go to arbitration Thursday, has submitted a request for $8 million per year, while the Washington Capitals have offered a one-year, $5.1 million contract, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. A one-year contract would make..." July 21

  • Quebecor submits expansion bid for NHL franchise in Quebec City

    The Score "The company hoping to bring NHL hockey back to Quebec City has formally applied for an expansion franchise. Quebecor, the media conglomerate that operates Sun Media, TVA, Videotron, and Canoe, confirmed the bid in a brief statement Monday. A new arena in Quebec City, the Videotron Centre,..." July 20

  • Lack of cap room has made for ‘really difficult’ summer for some free agents

    Columbus Dispatch "It's been nearly three weeks since NHL free agency opened, and there are still plenty of good players on the market. There will be a second wave of signings, but one longtime NHL agent told The Dispatch that the market has never been this stagnant. "It's tough," the agent said. "There are..." July 20

  • Capitals' Bowey drawing comparissons to Carlson

    The Score "He has yet to play a game in the NHL, but Washington Capitals defenseman Madison Bowey is already emulating one of his future teammates. Bowey was selected by the Capitals in the second round in 2013, and as he makes the transition from junior hockey, Hershey Bears head coach Troy Mann already..." July 19

  • Koules wants to be the next Liam O'Brien

    CSN Washington "Miles Koules says it was only fitting that he spent the Capitals’ five-day development camp rooming with Liam O’Brien, an undrafted free agent who last year literally fought his way onto the Capitals’ opening night roster. Koules wants to be this year’s Liam O’Brien. “He didn’t have anything..." July 19

  • Capitals re-sign forward Chris Brown to two-year deal

    Washington Post "Tying up loose ends within the organization several weeks into free agency, the Washington Capitals re-signed forward Chris Brown to a two-year, two-way contract Thursday afternoon. A 24-year-old restricted free agent this summer, Brown received a qualifying offer from the Capitals of $850,500...." July 17

  • Capitals' T.J. Oshie sends care package to fan after viral meltdown

    CBS Sports "Sports fans were first introduced to 5-year-old St. Louis Blues fan Libby Lu when her meltdown over T.J. Oshie's trade to the Washington Capitals went viral. The tearful (and painfully cute) outburst has over 300,000 views on YouTube as of this posting. Libby also ended up on SportsCenter for a..." July 16

  • Capitals sign forward Zach Sill to two-way contract

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals are finalizing a two-way, one-year deal with forward Zach Sill, boosting their organizational depth up the middle by adding the 27-year-old unrestricted free agent, an individual with knowledge of the situation confirmed. Sill logged his first full NHL season in 2014-15,..." July 16

  • Would Capitals walk away from Johansson?

    CSN Washington "No matter what happens between now and Braden Holtby’s scheduled arbitration hearing on July 23, the 25-year-old goaltender is going to play for the Capitals next season and get paid handsomely (probably between $5.5 million and $6.5 million) to do so. The future of 24-year-old left wing Marcus..." July 15

  • Top 15 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped..." July 14

  • Capitals owner wants Stanley Cup for Ovechkin "Last season, the Washington Capitals were one win away from the Eastern Conference Final. The season before that they failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Captain Alex Ovechkin, who led the NHL last season with 53 goals, will turn 30 in September and is entering his 10th season...." July 12

  • GM Brian MacLellan unconcerned about arbitration for Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson

    Washington Post "Less than one week ago, goaltender Braden Holtby and forward Marcus Johansson each filed for player-elected arbitration, joining 21 other restricted free agents across the NHL in exercising their right to third-party salary mediation. The Washington Capitals had extended offers to both by last..." July 12

  • Oshie excited, says Capitals are 'ready to win' "The Washington Capitals hope the additions of forwards T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams will help deliver what has been an elusive championship. Oshie, who was acquired from the St. Louis Blues on July 2 in a trade for forward Troy Brouwer, goalie Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft pick, met..." July 11

  • Newest Capital Justin Williams is making himself at home

    Washington Post "It was his first day visiting his new office, so Justin Williams acted as anyone else would, save perhaps the flip-flops worn for the occasion. The new Washington Capitals forward had spent the past six seasons on the opposite coast playing for the Los Angeles Kings, which meant six years had..." July 11

  • Williams eager to team up with Oshie, help Capitals "Washington Capitals forwards Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie have seen a lot of each other over the years. Oshie and Williams met often as Western Conference opponents with their respective former teams, the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings. And when they meet for the first time as..." July 10

  • Ducks, Capitals stand out as teams with best salary cap situations

    CBS Sports "When you're a good team in the NHL over an extended period of time it is inevitable that the salary cap is going to become an issue. The Chicago Blackhawks are still experiencing that this offseason (again), whiles teams like Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Jose..." July 09

  • Trotz sees the Caps 'going in the right direction'

    CSN Washington "On Oct. 10, a very different Capitals team is going to take to the ice than the one that came up short in the playoffs in May. Will it be a better one? Well, that's the question. So far this offseason, the Caps have seen Joel Ward and Mike Green sign with other teams, Troy Brouwer get traded..." July 08