Capitals Rumors & News

  • Capitals sign center Tim McGauley

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals have signed center Tim McGauley to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced on Monday. McGauley was on the Capitals’ 23-man rookie tournament and was an undrafted free-agent invitee to training camp, impressing enough to earn a contract. McGauley, 20, had..." October 06

  • NHL acknowledges more players using cocaine

    TSN "The National Hockey League, responding to what it says is a possible increased use of cocaine among its players, has kick-started talks with the NHL Players Association to add the drug and others like it to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors. "The number of..." October 06

  • NHL odds: Blackhawks open season as Stanley Cup favorites

    CBS Sports "The NHL hasn't had a repeat Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back titles in the late 1990s. Even though it's an incredibly difficult trophy to win once, and even harder to win twice, and even though the Chicago Blackhawks have undergone significant roster changes over..." October 05

  • Capitals release Roy, Peters from training camp roster "Veteran center Derek Roy and backup goaltender Justin Peters were among six players released by the Washington Capitals from their training camp roster Monday. Roy, 32, was in camp on a professional tryout contract. He had 12 goals and 32 points in 72 games last season for the Edmonton Oilers..." October 05

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    Chuck Gormley @ChuckGormleyCSN

    Barry Trotz says he anticipates Andre Burakovsky opening season as a center. #CapitalsTalk

  • Jay Beagle gets nod at third-line center

    Washington Post "Unlike last season, the Washington Capitals entered this training camp with stability in their top-six forward corps. They had found their second-line center in Evgeny Kuznetsov, who’s skating on the top line until Nicklas Backstrom (hip) is healthy. The hole at first-line right wing was answered..." October 03

  • Battle for Caps roster spots nears climax

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Heading into their final two games of the exhibition season – tonight at home against the Boston Bruins and Sunday night at home against the New York Islanders (both on CSN) – the Capitals have some decisions to make at three key positions. While Taylor Chorney appears to have the upper hand on..." October 03

  • Capitals expect Oshie to flourish on Ovechkin line "The Washington Capitals are confident forward T.J. Oshie will bring more than his shootout skills to the table this season. Capitals coach Barry Trotz said playing Oshie on a line with captain Alex Ovechkin will open up more scoring opportunities for Oshie than ever before. And coming from the..." October 03

  • Capitals preparing for Nicklas Backstrom to miss start of season

    Washington Post "The Capitals expect top-line center Nicklas Backstrom to miss the start of the regular season after undergoing offseason arthroscopic hip surgery, Washington Coach Barry Trotz said Thursday. Backstrom practiced with the team on Wednesday, but it was non-contact, and he and Trotz have maintained..." October 01

  • Capitals' Backstrom practices, no return date set "Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom participated in practice Wednesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery on May 27. Coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday that Backstrom wasn't ready to take contact yet. There is no indication as to when..." September 30

  • Commissioner: No timetable for NHL expansion "The NHL continues to explore the possibility of expansion but no firm timetable has been set for the process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the fall Board of Governors meeting. Earlier Tuesday, the Board's executive committee heard presentations from representatives from the Quebec..." September 30

  • Forward Derek Roy is making himself at home on a team he hopes to join

    Washington Post "On a professional tryout with the Washington Capitals, Derek Roy isn’t even listed on the team’s active roster, reserved for players under contract. He could be released at any time without financial consequence, making Kettler Capitals Iceplex just another brief stop in his 12th NHL..." September 26

  • Capitals release Siegenthaler, waive Dan Ellis

    Washington Post "After a hefty round of cuts on Thursday afternoon, the Washington Capitals trimmed their training camp roster on Friday, releasing defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler and putting three players, including veteran goaltender Dan Ellis, on waivers. The 57th overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft,..." September 25

  • Center Chandler Stephenson emerges in competition for NHL job

    Washington Post "Barry Trotz first delivered the message to Chandler Stephenson over the summer during Washington Capitals development camp and then, to hammer home the belief, repeated it not long ago. “I think you should believe you can make this team,” Trotz recalled telling the former third-round pick, a..." September 24

  • Vegas odds for every NHL team’s playoff chances

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s often interesting to see how Vegas odds line up to your own expectations when it comes to the NHL (and various other interests, naturally). Brovada shared its odds for every single NHL team making the playoffs in 2015-16, and some of them provide some rather interesting insights. Here..." September 23

  • Copley is last to learn about his trade to Blues

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Goaltender Pheonix Copley was traded to the Blues from Washington on July 2. He found out about the deal three days later. Three days? Copley was involved in the swap that sent T.J. Oshie to the Capitals and brought Troy Brouwer to St. Louis. When the deal happened, the minor-league..." September 20

  • Andre Burakovsky to start at center

    Washington Post "After playing exclusively at wing in the playoffs, Andre Burakovsky said Saturday that he would start the season as a center, the position he occupied at the beginning of last season. Burakovsky, who said Capitals Coach Barry Trotz gave him a head’s up about the decision, has been practicing at..." September 20

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    Justin Peters had arthroscopic knee surgery August 10. Said today he’s fully cleared for game action this preseason.

  • Caps project Wilson to be third-line wing this season

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Tom Wilson has made a name for himself over the past few seasons as someone who is never afraid to drop the gloves for the Caps. The problem is, that's not all the team wants him to be known for. When teams draft a player in the first round, 16th overall, it's not with the goal that the player..." September 19

  • Backstrom's return remains uncertain

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "While his teammates were putting themselves through Barry Trotz’s grueling fitness skate at Friday’s first day of training camp, center Nicklas Backstrom (offseason hip surgery) and defenseman Brooks Orpik (offseason wrist surgery) skated on their own, waiting to be fully cleared by the team’s..." September 19

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    Chuck Gormley @ChuckGormleyCSN

    Brooks Orpik (wrist) says he's restricted from shooting.Hopeful of getting a preseason game or two. #CapitalsTalk

  • Quebec and Las Vegas to officially discuss expansion with NHL’s executive committee

    Puck Drunk Love "NHL expansion is getting a bit more official. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN wrote that while it’s unlikely a decision on expansion will come this month, two prospective NHL expansion locations, Quebec and Las Vegas, will officially present to the league’s board executive committee later this..." September 17

  • Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks opened as early favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup just one week after capturing their third title in six years, and oddsmakers haven't wavered on that. In fact, Bovada slightly increased the Blackhawks' chances to 13/2 odds after initially pegging them at 7/1 in..." September 16

  • NHL players survey: 34 of 35 say they'd accept an openly gay teammate

    USA Today "The NHL never has had an openly gay player, but if a player does come out, he will be accepted, according to results of an anonymous survey conducted by USA TODAY Sports at the NHL/NHL Players' Association Media tour Sept. 8-9, 2015, in Toronto. Thirty-five NHL players were asked whether they..." September 16

  • NHL has instructed teams to play 3-on-3 hockey in preseason even if games aren't tied

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format begins this season and the league wants to make sure teams are ready for the change. In order to make sure teams have a chance to practice the concept in a competitive setting, the NHL has instructed all of their teams to play 3-on-3 hockey at least three times..." September 15

  • Alex Ovechkin Engaged to Model Nastya Shubskaya

    The Big Lead "Alex Ovechkin appears to be engaged again. Ovi posted the above picture to Instagram a couple days ago showing his girlfriend, Russian model Nastya Shubskaya, wearing a ring with the caption “she said yes.”" September 15

  • Orpik (wrist) progressing ahead of schedule

    Pro Hockey Talk "When Brooks Orpik underwent wrist surgery in July, the expectation was that he’d be ready in time for the Caps’ regular season opener on Oct. 10; however, it seems as though the defenseman is ahead of schedule. Speaking to Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post, Barry Trotz said the veteran blue..." September 14

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    NHL will make move to Adidas official tomorrow. Replaces Reebok as sweater supplier.

  • Report: NHL introducing spotters to look for signs of concussion during games

    The Score "The National Hockey League appears to be taking steps toward improving its concussion protocol. The league will reportedly introduce spotters for every game this season, whose role will be to determine visible signs of concussion among players, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA. The spotter..." September 14

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    Mike Vogel @VogsCaps

    #Caps have invited C Derek Roy to training camp on a professional tryout basis. Will report to camp later this week.

  • Trotz: Nicklas Backstrom (hip) not expected for exhibition games

    Washington Post "Still working back from offseason hip surgery, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is expected to remain sidelined through the team’s seven-game preseason exhibition slate, Coach Barry Trotz said Saturday. “Backie is still the same,” Trotz said at Germain Arena, where the Capitals are..." September 13

  • Bettman: overwhelmingly players do the right thing

    Pro Hockey Talk "This off-season presents a slew of bad headlines for the NHL, something its players and commissioner both notice. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with some of the league’s biggest movers and shakers to find out how they feel about these situations. In the case of the players, stars like Tyler..." September 12

  • World Cup of Hockey announces schedule, format

    Sportsnet "The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have announced the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams and more than 150 NHL players, will progress from the preliminary round to the..." September 09

  • NHL players look ahead to World Cup – and, hopefully, future Olympics

    The Globe and Mail "Sidney Crosby is not certain if NHL players will be able to compete in future Olympics, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star would surely like to. The league has yet to decide if it will send players to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, or to Beijing in 2022. Concerns include the vast..." September 09

  • After arbitration ruling, Marcus Johansson ‘happy to still be here’

    Washington Post "Never before during his five-year career with the Washington Capitals had forward Marcus Johansson experienced the business side of his chosen profession quite like he did this summer. First, from his home in Sweden, Johansson watched several old friends and teammates sign elsewhere, a predictable..." September 06

  • Mike Green's presence punches up Wings' blue line

    Detroit News "Mike Green stands out on the ice. A right-handed defenseman, deftly controlling a loose puck in front of his net and, in a blink, turning and moving up ice. A quick outlet pass up the right wing, and the “opposition” at the informal practice at Joe Louis Arena was hard-pressed in the sudden..." September 06

  • Goaltender Braden Holtby back with new contract and ‘blank slate’

    Washington Post "To him, it will be remembered as a week-long interruption during the summer of 2015, packed with flights, stress, negotiations, calls and questions — everything Braden Holtby would have preferred to avoid during the offseason months. It bridged the arbitration hearing held in Toronto, when the..." September 05

  • Nicklas Backstrom ‘not in a rush’ to return from hip surgery

    Washington Post "Center Nicklas Backstrom was just another early returnee to the practice rink Thursday morning, one more member of the Washington Capitals tuning up during informal workouts with the preseason two weeks away. There was no contact during the drills and four-on-four scrimmage, nor will there be..." September 04

  • How hockey analytics forecast future success and failure

    TSN "One of the big reasons hockey analytics have really exploded in recent years is their ability to forecast mean reversion well in advance of the rest of the industry. The two most prominent examples of that were the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings and the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. That Kings team..." September 03

  • Caps' Orlov says he's ready to take his career back

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Dmitry Orlov didn’t have to answer the question; his smile gave it away. It’s been nearly four months since Orlov laid to rest the most frustrating season of his career and he is now ready to lay to rest the persistent questions over the surgically repaired wrist that stole his 2014-15..." September 03

  • 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

    We are overwhelmed with joy and excitement to share with you our recent engagement! #fiancé #love

  • 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