Capitals Rumors & News

  • Alzner: I'd sit out rest of playoffs if we can win Stanley Cup "Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner continues to progress in his recovery from an upper-body injury, but will not play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). Coach Barry Trotz..." April 27

  • Bonino scores late as Pens top Caps in Game 1

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Bearing down on goal in the third period of a 2-2 game, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino kept things simple, and it worked. Bonino scored the go-ahead goal with 7:24 remaining, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 shots, and the Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 on..." April 27

  • Malkin fine with Crosby-Ovechkin hype: I like to be quiet, just not on ice "Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin sometimes seems forgotten when facing the Washington Capitals. That's fine by him. He knows the spotlight will fall on Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. "I like to be quiet," Malkin said. "I just try not to be quiet..." April 27

  • Capitals' Williams receives speeding ticket after Game 6

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "It was a good week for Justin Williams. On Friday, the clutch veteran scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 5 to give the Capitals a 3-1 series lead over the Maple Leafs. On Sunday, in an elimination Game 6, he assisted on the Marcus Johansson overtime winner in Game 6, advancing..." April 24

  • Backstrom believes Caps are ‘underdogs’ against Pens

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals won the Presidents’ Trophy by seven points over the Pittsburgh Penguins this season, but someone forgot to tell Nicklas Backstrom. Heading into their second-round matchup against Pittsburgh, Backstrom believes the Capitals are the underdogs in the series, per beat..." April 24

  • Bobrovsky, Holtby, Price named Vezina Trophy finalists

    USA Today "The three finalists for the NHL's Vezina Trophy, given to the league's best goaltender as voted on by the general managers, were announced on Saturday. They are: Sergei Bobrovsky, Braden Holtby and Carey Price. Bobrovsky, the starter for the Columbus Blue Jackets and 2013 winner of the..." April 23

  • Capitals’ Karl Alzner ‘improving,’ and Barry Trotz would consider dressing seven defensemen

    Washington Post "Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner is “improving” in his recovery from an undisclosed upper-body injury, Washington Coach Barry Trotz said on Saturday. Alzner has been skating for the past three days, and on Friday, he participated in the morning skate with his teammates, indicating that he’s nearing..." April 22

  • Alex Ovechkin will play for Capitals vs. Maple Leafs in Game 6 "Alex Ovechkin will be in the lineup when the Washington Capitals try to clinch their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, CSN-DC). Ovechkin had trouble getting up late in the first period of Game..." April 22

  • Kadri defends controversial hit on Ovechkin

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a playoff series, individual battles between players can sometimes provide the most intrigue. Take what is happening between Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals and Nazem Kadri of the Maple Leafs. The Capitals won Game 5 in overtime, pushing the Maple Leafs to the brink of elimination. That’s a..." April 22

  • Williams' overtime goal gives Capitals 3-2 series lead

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Once again, three periods were not enough in the evenly matched series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals. For the fourth time in five games, it took overtime to decide a winner. And when it comes to big games and memorable moments, there might not be..." April 21

  • Shattenkirk unlikely to see UFA value impacted by playoffs

    Fanrag Sports "Provided he’s not re-signed by the Washington Capitals before July 1, Kevin Shattenkirk will be one of the most attractive names on the free agent mark this summer. Before he can reach that stage though, he and his teammates are trying to shake the playoff curse that seemingly haunts this..." April 20

  • Wilson, Oshie help Capitals even series

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Tom Wilson scored two goals, but one he saved could have been the difference Wednesday night as the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 to even the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series 2-2. T.J. Oshie also scored two goals for the Capitals, who built..." April 19

  • Karl Alzner of Capitals out for Game 4 on Wednesday "Washington Capitals Defenseman Karl Alzner will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury when the Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, CSN-DC). Alzner, 28, did..." April 18

  • Trotz takes blame for Ovechkin's ice time

    TSN "Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin logged just 15:08 of ice time against the Toronto Maple leafs on Monday night. On Tuesday, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz took the blame for Ovechkin not playing more in the overtime loss and said he'd give him more time on ice moving..." April 18

  • Ovechkin says all the right things wrong after Capitals’ Game 3 loss

    Sportsnet "Alex Ovechkin is a player with a high degree of hockey skill, but if it ever came down to a game of chance he’d be well-advised to stick to roulette. At the wheel the tells matter not. In the wake of the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada..." April 18

  • Toronto’s young stars have made Maple Leafs-Caps a must-watch series

    Foxsports 910 "Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but things aren’t quite going as planned for the Capitals this postseason. Fresh off winning their second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s top regular season team, a dominant Caps team looked to be in great position to erase the franchise’s..." April 18

  • Alzner a game-time decision, could be replaced by Schmidt

    Washington Post "Defenseman Karl Alzner missed the Washington Capitals’ morning skate on Monday, and Coach Barry Trotz said the reliable blue-liner is a “game-time decision” for tonight’s pivotal playoff contest. The team attributed Alzner’s absence to taking a “maintenance day,” and if Alzner doesn’t play in Game..." April 17

  • Bozak's OT goal gives Leafs 2-1 series lead over Caps

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO --The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals have been working extra time in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. The first three games have all gone to overtime and, for the second game in a row, the young, upstart Maple Leafs came out on top. Tyler..." April 17

  • Trotz: 'We've been chasing this series a little'

    Washington Times "Late Saturday night, after two overtime periods of reach-for-your-heart-pills tension, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz warned that his team’s series with the Toronto Maple Leafs may just be getting started. “There may be another five to go in this series,” Trotz said. This series was..." April 17

  • Maple Leafs even series with 2 OT win over Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The underdog Toronto Maple Leafs are going home all even in their best-of-seven series against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals. Kasperi Kapanen scored his second goal of the game at 11:53 of the second overtime and the Maple Leafs defeated the Capitals 4-3 on..." April 16

  • John Carlson expected to play Game 1 for Capitals "All signs point to Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson playing in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, USA, CBC, TVA Sports) after he sat out the last four games of the regular season with a..." April 13

  • Caps come back to beat Leafs on Wilson's OT winner

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Playing hockey as a kid in Toronto, Tom Wilson often imagined what it would be like to score a game-winning goal in the playoffs. The Washington Capitals winger probably did not imagine the Toronto Maple Leafs as the opponent. Wilson scored 5:15 into overtime to lift the..." April 13

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • Trip to Washington cheaper than seeing Leafs play at home

    Toronto Sun "Want to see the Buds in their first playoff appearance since 2013? What about the Cherry Blossom festival in Washington? You can do both in D.C. — for around the same price as seeing the Maple Leafs playing the Capitals in Toronto. Prices for the playoff series bottom out at $68 for Games..." April 13

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Panthers end season by shutting out Caps

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals accomplished what they set out to in the final game of the regular season. They played it without anybody getting hurt. James Reimer stopped 38 shots for his second shutout in two days, and the Florida Panthers defeated the Capitals 2-0 on Sunday..." April 09

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Capitals stay hot with 3-1 win over Bruins

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- With their second straight Presidents' Trophy already in tow, the Washington Capitals didn't have all that much to play for Saturday at TD Garden. Standings-wise, that is. The Capitals, knowing they could help secure a first-round playoff matchup against Boston, continued..." April 08

  • Capitals clinch top seed with win over Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals wrapped up their second straight Presidents' Trophy on Wednesday night. There weren't any signs of a celebration afterward. Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist, Braden Holtby made 24 saves and the Capitals defeated the New York Rangers 2-0,..." April 06

  • Is Alex Ovechkin’s Olympic devotion a ‘selfish’ act? Um, nyet.

    Washington Post "Let’s imagine a fictional American star athlete, forced to go across an ocean to play in the world’s best league. Let’s make him a soccer player in the Premier League; a guy named, say, Owen Valor. Let’s say he’s spent his entire career talking about two dreams: a Premier League title for..." April 06

  • Caps deny Leafs chance to clinch playoffs

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Philipp Grubauer missed his fourth shutout of the season with just under two minutes to play Tuesday night, but the Washington Capitals' backup goaltender was not disappointed. More important, he said, was the 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It means the Capitals..." April 05

  • Capitals can clinch Presidents’ Trophy against Rangers

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals have had a terrific regular season, but there’s only one thing left for them to do before the playoffs begin. A Caps win or loss in overtime would clinch their second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy title. Last year, they did it by collecting 120 points. They could equal..." April 05

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin says he still plans to play at Olympics

    CBC Sports "Russian superstar Alex Ovechkin still plans to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics, even if it means leaving his Washington Capitals in the middle of the NHL season. The Capitals captain has maintained that he will represent his country in South Korea, and he says the NHL's announcement Monday..." April 04

  • Pyeongchang holding out hope to see NHLers

    TSN "South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful..." April 04

  • NHLPA disagrees with NHL’s ‘shortsighted decision’ to skip Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association voiced displeasure on Monday after learning of the NHL’s decision to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics. In a statement, the NHLPA said that it’s disappointed and disagrees with the NHL’s “shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the..." April 04

  • NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

    TSN "For the first time since 1994, NHL players will not attend the Winter Olympics. The league released a statement Monday saying it "considers the matter officially closed" and that it won't participate in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Negotiations between the league, the NHL..." April 03

  • Artemi Panarin leads 3 Stars of the Week "Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin, Washington Capitals left wing Marcus Johansson and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending April 2. FIRST STAR - ARTEMI PANARIN, LW, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS Panarin led the League with five..." April 03

  • Friedman predicts ‘wild trade market after this season’

    Fanrag Sports "Trades. If you ask fans across the spectrum what excites them the most about the NHL, the answer will generally revolve around either trades or the possibility of them. Needless to say, the in-season trend in this league in recent campaigns has seen a dearth of meaningful swaps, with most of..." April 03

  • Holtby steps up as Capitals edge Blue Jackets

    The Sports Xchange "COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Washington Capitals moved closer to winning the Metropolitan Division, finishing atop the Eastern Conference and claiming the Presidents' Trophy. The first-place Capitals (52-18-8) began the final week of the regular season with a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue..." April 02

  • NHLPA May Bar Agents From Contacting Players Under 16

    Pro Hockey Rumors "TSN’s Rick Westhead reported last week that the NHLPA is considering a new regulation prohibiting any certified agent from contacting an under-16 player or player’s family. The NHLPA controls agents through a certification process, and only certified agents may represent NHL players. The rule’s..." April 02

  • Coyotes halt Capitals' six-game win streak

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz wanted at least a three-point lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets heading into Sunday's Metropolitan Division showdown with the Blue Jackets in Columbus. He'll have it, but not the way he would have scripted it. Louis Domingue made a..." April 01

  • Caps top Avs, move closer to Metro title

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche shut down Alex Ovechkin, but the rest of the Washington players stepped up to deliver another big win for the Capitals. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist each, and the streaking Capitals beat Colorado 5-3 on Wednesday night...." March 30

  • Washington Capitals Sign Garrett Pilon To Three-Year Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the Kamloops Blazers down 3-1 in their WHL playoff series, at least one of their players has something to write home about. The Washington Capitals have signed Garrett Pilon to a three-year, entry-level contract. The contract will start in the 2017-18 season, and Pilon will report to the..." March 30

  • Oshie, Ovechkin power Caps past Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- T.J. Oshie had just finished a two-goal performance by scoring in overtime for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. Oshie was asked about the game-winning goal, but he couldn't help mentioning his teammate, Alex Ovechkin, in his answer. That's what three goals..." March 29

  • NHL to unveil protected and available player lists for expansion draft

    Sportsnet "Call it a victory for the people. The NHL has decided to change course and publicly release the list of protected and available players during the June expansion draft. The decision was made after "further consideration of views and feedback we received on the subject," NHL deputy..." March 29

  • IOC email links NHL South Korea participation to Beijing 2022

    Sportsnet "Last week, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said his organization needed to know by the end of April whether or not NHL players would be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Afterwards, I reached out to the International Olympic Committee to see if its..." March 29

  • If NHL decides to skip 2018 Olympics, fallout will ‘last for a very long time’: NHLPA chief Don Fehr

    National Post "Don Fehr is not making any promises. But he’s also not making any threats. With, presumably, one month to go until a decision has to be made about NHL participation at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, the head of the NHL Players’ Association sounds hopeful that a deal can be worked out in..." March 28

  • Philipp Grubauer continues the Caps’ link to German goaltenders. But for how much longer?

    Washington Post "Before he went to sleep every night, a young Philipp Grubauer would giddily jump around on the bed to practice the moves he saw from goaltenders Mike Richter and Felix Potvin in the NHL highlight-reel videotapes his parents bought for him. He’d swing his arm up repeatedly as though he were making..." March 28