Capitals Rumors & News

  • Erskine says he's finally feeling healthy

    CSN Washington "John Erskine can’t erase the past, but he can certainly explain it. A year ago, the Capitals’ 34-year-old defenseman came into camp fresh off summer knee surgery and told the Caps coaching staff he was not in game shape. “I told them I wasn’t ready to go and they put me in anyway,” Erskine..." September 21

  • No extension talks for defenseman Mike Green, but confidence from Capitals brass

    Washington Post "Back on July 1, after Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan signed defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen to lucrative deals worth a combined $67.75 million, a residual question arose, impacted by the two former Penguins hired to shore up Washington’s blue line: What does this mean for..." September 21

  • MacLellan: 'The expectations are high'

    CSN Washington "When Brian MacLellan took over as Capitals general manager he inherited a team in desperate need of quality NHL defensemen, a second-line center and a backup goaltender. He broke the bank on the Caps’ blue line when he added Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen at a combined price tag of $11.25..." September 20

  • Alex Ovechkin back at left wing as Capitals open camp under new coach Barry Trotz

    The Hockey News "Barry Trotz says "there's no coach on the planet" who can teach what Alex Ovechkin does when playing left wing. The new Washington Capitals coach on Friday explained his rationale for moving the three-time league MVP back to the left side. Ovechkin led the NHL with 51 goals playing mostly on..." September 20

  • Capitals invite 66 players to training camp

    CSN Washington "With every veteran back in town and a day of fitness testing awaiting them, the Capitals announced an extensive training camp roster on Wednesday, one which includes 35 forwards, 23 defensemen and eight goaltenders. Training camp will begin on Friday and last 18 days, including eight preseason..." September 18

  • Capitals announce 2014 training camp roster, schedule

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals have unveiled their 2014 training camp roster, a group of 66 total players that begins preseason practices on Friday, as well as the full schedule for the upcoming weeks heading toward the Oct. 9 season opener versus Montreal. General Manager Brian MacLellan and Coach..." September 17

  • Open auditions for Capitals' sixth defensive spot

    CSN Washington "With roughly $24 million committed to their top five defensemen, it’s clear the Capitals will open training camp on Friday with Brooks Orpik, Mike Green, Matt Niskanen, John Carlson and Karl Alzner locked into the top five defensive spots. It’s slotting those three other defensemen that poses a..." September 17

  • Holtby: Working with new goalie coach 'going to be really fun'

    CSN Washington "To say Braden Holtby is anxious to turn the page on last season would be one of the biggest understatements of Capitals training camp, which officially begins on Friday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “It was well documented,” Holtby said of his struggles under Adam Oates last season, when he went..." September 14

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    Offseason goalie acquisition Edward Pasquale still recovering from hip surgery in February, per Caps. Coming to town for evaluation Monday.

  • Trotz wasn’t sure if he’d be ‘good fit’ for Green, is excited now

    Pro Hockey Talk "A lot has been made about how new head coach Barry Trotz will handle Alex Ovechkin and Washington’s offense, but what about defenseman Mike Green? Green surpassed the 70-point mark in back-to-back seasons and was a Norris Trophy nominee twice, but he was slowed down by injuries and hasn’t been the..." September 13

  • Alex Ovechkin Capitals’ offseason changes a ‘wake-up call’

    Washington Post "Alex Ovechkin returned to town on Wednesday, and by Thursday the autograph-seekers arrived at Kettler Iceplex. Herds of special-needs children, hosted by the Capitals captain, participated in an early afternoon skate. They posed for a massive group picture and chanted “Ovi, Ovi,” and when Ovechkin..." September 13

  • After a season at Erie, Swedish rookie Andre Burakovsky in the hunt for job with Capitals

    Washington Post "As the taxi steered from a Pennsylvania airport and toward the team hotel last summer, Andre Burakovsky stared out the window at all the quintessential American fast food joints whizzing by. “I like that place,” Burakovsky said, pointing to a McDonald’s. “I like that place,” he said again,..." September 11

  • Nationals Park officially selected as host site for 2015 Winter Classic

    CBSSports.com "Reports surfaced over the weekend that National Park had been chosen as host site of the 2015 Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, but the NHL made it official with an announcement Wednesday. The home of Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals will become the..." September 10

  • Should Caps extend pro tryout invitations?

    CSN Washington "This is the time of year when unsigned UFAs get a little desperate and NHL teams have no problem rolling the dice with minimum risk. It’s PTO season, short for professional tryout contract. In a span of just a few days the Boston Bruins invited veterans Simon Gagne and Ville Leino to..." September 07

  • Deal reached to bring Winter Classic to Nationals Park in 2015

    Washington Post "There will be hockey at Nationals Park this winter. The NHL and the Washington Nationals have reached terms allowing the 2015 Winter Classic game, set for Jan. 1 between the Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, to be played in the D.C. ballpark, according to three people familiar with the..." September 07

  • Will Alex Ovechkin face Putin backlash in America?

    Yahoo! Sports "In New York’s East Village, steps away from a 24-hour Ukrainian diner that serves up pierogi as addictive as crack rock, is something a little less comforting: a memorial, adorned with the blue and gold flag of my ancestors, created in February to mourn those who died in the nation’s internal..." September 02

  • KHL president hints at return to Russia for Ovechkin, Malkin

    CBSSports.com "Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are proud Russians. They have represented their country repeatedly on the international stage, having won many a gold medal at various world championships. As a result, despite their playing in the NHL half a world away, they remain among the biggest sporting..." September 02

  • Barry Trotz looks forward, but keeps eye on Predators

    Tennessean "Barry Trotz has followed the Predators this offseason. He has analyzed their additions and formed his own critiques, but he plans on keeping them to himself. "I'll get to see how that plays out," the Washington Capitals coach said via phone. "I don't look back. I just look forward." From the..." September 02

  • Capitals defenseman John Carlson ‘looking forward to a fresh start’

    Washington Post "The new coaching staff was upstairs at Washington’s practice facility, another morning preparing for the upcoming season. His teammates were on the ice for another offseason skate session. Rookie camp will begin on Sept. 11, training camp one week after that, and around that time too comes John..." August 29

  • Nicklas Backstrom Finally Receives His Olympic Silver Medal From Sochi

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "In late February, as Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom prepared for one of the biggest games of his career, he learned he tested positive for a banned substance, Zyrtec D, an allergy medication. Backstrom was barred from playing against Canada in the Sochi Olympics gold-medal game. He watched..." August 28

  • FedEx Field ruled out as Winter Classic talks continue

    CSN Washington "With NHL training camp just a month away, the location for the 2015 Winter Classic is still very much up in the air. It will be in the Washington, D.C. area, but exactly where has not been decided. According to The Washington Post, FedEx Field has been ruled out as a potential host. The reason..." August 17

  • Report: Penguins, Wild, Capitals pursuing Bissonnette

    Pro Hockey Talk "Former Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette has had to wait quite a while to land his next contract, but he might not be an unrestricted free agent for much longer. The Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins are both interested in signing the 29-year-old forward, according to Fox Sports’ Craig..." August 11

  • Bowey on World Juniors: It's a big goal of mine

    CSN Washington "Capitals prospect Madison Bowey is well aware that he has one more chance to realize a childhood dream and represent Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships. The world’s most prestigious Under-20 hockey tournament returns to Canada December 26th through January 5th and if Bowey is not..." August 10

  • Backstrom will get silver medal this month

    Pro Hockey Talk "Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom represented his native Sweden in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but he wasn’t allowed to participate in the gold medal game against Canada because he tested positive for a banned substance. It was later revealed that the substance in question was..." August 09

  • Alex Ovechkin on plus/minus being overrated, asking Putin for cars and Barry Trotz

    Yahoo! Sports "Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals spoke with Pavel Lysenkov of SovSport recently for another wide-ranging interview, one that covered everything from his injury at the world championships to asking Vladimir Putin for cars as gifts for his teammates to dealing with another new coach in..." August 08

  • ‘An exciting time’ for Capitals goalie Braden Holtby

    Washington Post "The gap between the end of a disappointing fourth season with the Washington Capitals and the resulting turnover that soon followed felt like it had whipped past, so Braden Holtby had little time to dwell. First, he was stomaching the aftermath of the lowest save percentage and goals-against..." August 06

  • Versatile Laich eager to help Capitals again

    NHL.com "Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich couldn't wait for Monday to come. It's the day he's finally scheduled to hit the ice and incorporate skating into his offseason training regimen. It's been two years since Laich has been as energized and excited to lace 'em up as he is now; two very..." August 04

  • Capitals have expressed interest in free agent Paul Bissonnette

    Washington Post "Among the winnowing pool of unrestricted free agents still seeking deals, former Arizona winger Paul Bissonnette has been fielding interest of varying levels from roughly “five to six teams,” his agent said, including the Washington Capitals. “Right now he’s just looking for a good organization..." August 02

  • Capitals free agent David Kolomatis signs in Finland

    Washington Post "Former Capitals and Hershey Bears defenseman David Kolomatis has signed a one-year contract with Tappara in Finland, the team announced on its website, making him the second Washington two-way free agent headed overseas to the top-tier Liiga in the past week. This past season, his fifth full..." July 27

  • Free agent Hershey forward Matt Watkins headed to Austria

    Washington Post "Forward Matt Watkins, one of 10 “Group 3″ unrestricted free agents for the Capitals, is headed to Austria after signing a one-year deal with, fittingly enough, the Vienna Capitals. “Exactly the type of player we have been looking for,” first-year coach Tom Pokel said, according to a Google..." July 27

  • After time in Nashville, Joel Ward brings unique outlook on new Capitals Coach Barry Trotz

    Washington Post "Joel Ward’s fourth head coach in four seasons happens to be an old friend, so when the forward arrived at the team’s practice facility for its annual offseason blood drive on Saturday afternoon, he came as the unofficial liaison for Barry Trotz, the player who best knows what makes the new bench..." July 26

  • Walker, first Australian ever drafted, signs with Capitals

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nathan Walker has taken another step forward in his journey to make the NHL from the unusual starting point of Australia. The Washington Capitals have signed him to a three-year, entry-level contract, per the Monumental Network. The 20-year-old forward became the first Australian ever drafted..." July 26

  • Maria Kirilenko says she ended her engagement to Alex Ovechkin

    Washington Post "One of D.C.’s great power couples is no more. The press service of the Russian Tennis Federation announced Sunday that Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and Russian tennis pro Maria Kirilenko have broken off their engagement. R-Sport reported the sad news with a quote from Kirilenko. “I have decided..." July 21

  • Does Mike Green still fit in Capitals puzzle?

    CSN Washington "Just as Barry Trotz has visions of multiple forward line combinations dancing in his head, Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden has a variety of defensive pairings he’d like to see once training camp rolls around in September. “It’s going to be a competitive situation,” Reirden said last week..." July 17

  • First-round pick Jakub Vrana signs with Capitals

    Washington Post "First-rounder Jakub Vrana, drafted No. 13 overall last month, has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Washington Capitals. His NHL cap hit would be $832,500 for all three seasons and $70,000 per season in the AHL, according to the Capitals. The Czech Republic native joins his..." July 16

  • Capitals sign second-round pick Vitek Vanecek to three-year deal

    Washington Post "Goaltender Vitek Vanecek, picked this June in the second round of the 2014 NHL draft, has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Washington Capitals, the team announced Tuesday. With a desire to secure a netminder after drafting winger Jakub Vrana 13th overall, the Capitals traded up to..." July 15

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    #capitals signed G Vitek Vanecek, 2nd round pick in 2014. ELS contract at $776 000 AAV (2 way) #tvasports

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    Mike Vogel @VogsCaps

    The two-way contract #Caps defenseman Nate Schmidt signed today will pay him $625,000 at the NHL level and $110,000 in the AHL.

  • Coaches, Ovechkin influenced Niskanen in picking Caps

    Pro Hockey Talk "As a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, defenseman Matt Niskanen had his fair share of experience playing against the rival Washington Capitals, but he was also watching them for a different reason. “Really my whole career, I’ve always kind of kept an eye on the Caps, because of (Alex)..." July 13

  • Leonsis: Capitals have deepest defense since he became owner

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ted Leonsis has been a part of the Washington Capitals’ ownership group since 1999, and if you ask him, this is the deepest defense he’s ever seen since taking over the franchise. He pumped up that group and also the sense of unity in the newly revamped front office in a press conference on..." July 13

  • Vrana turning heads at Caps development camp

    CSN Washington "Every summer Capitals assistant general manager Ross Mahoney has one full week to reap what his scouting staff has sewn. Through five days of development camp and two full scrimmage games, Mahoney is pleased with what he’s seen, especially from 2014 first-round selection Jakub Vrana. Taken..." July 12

  • In development camp scrimmage, Caps try Andre Burakovsky at center

    Washington Post "When the puck dropped at the Capitals’ first developmental camp scrimmage on Thursday evening, their top prospect was smack in the middle, crouched down with his stick wound up, ready for the faceoff. For the first meaningful time in his career, Andre Burakovsky lined up at center, a directive..." July 11

  • Capitals sign goaltender Edward Pasquale to two-way deal

    Washington Post "Goaltender Edward Pasquale, acquired on draft day and expected to serve as the backup goaltender in Hershey this season, signed with the Washington Capitals for a one-year, two-way deal, the team announced Wednesday. A restricted free agent this offseason, Pasquale was among four players in the..." July 09

  • Caps’ Wilson now sidelined until after training camp begins

    Washington Post "Forward Tom Wilson, who injured his ankle this offseason, is not expected to return to the ice until after training camp opens this September, a Capitals representative said Wednesday. According to the spokesman, doctors determined the expected timetable for Wilson’s recovery after evaluating..." July 09

  • Mike Green appears best fit for Red Wings, who need a right-handed shooting defenseman

    Michigan Live "As soon as the Washington Capitals committed $11.25 million in salary cap space to free-agent defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik on July 1, Mike Green's fate seemingly was sealed. Green is destined to be traded. The Detroit Red Wings, desperately seeking a right-handed shooting..." July 08

  • Ovechkin ‘upset’ at Grabovski departure, happy with defensive signings

    Pro Hockey Talk "When Mikhail Grabovski signed with the New York Islanders, you had to wonder how Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took the news. Turns out it wasn’t a happy moment for him. In an interview with ITAR-TASS in Russia (translated by Russian Machine Never Breaks), Ovechkin gives his..." July 07

  • Trotz helped sway free agents to chose Capitals

    Pro Hockey Talk "Barry Trotz’s first game as Washington’s bench boss in still months away, but he’s already having an impact on what the Capitals look like. He acted as a lead salesperson for the team during the free agent period and helped the seal the deal for some players. “When I met with Barry and saw what..." July 06

  • Capitals send a strong message to Holtby

    CSN Washington "When the Capitals began their search for a free-agent goaltender to back up Braden Holtby, they had several factors to consider. Should they go with an established veteran like Tomas Vokoun, who had familiarity with the Capitals as a former player and with their new coaching staff, for whom he..." July 06

  • Niskanen says he's 'ready for that challenge'

    CSN Washington "It’s safe to say that Matt Niskanen will never experience anything quite like the four days that led to him becoming a Washington Capital. His extended weekend began on Saturday when he married his local sweetheart, Katie Garrick, near the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minn. The next..." July 04

  • Do the Caps need more depth up front?

    CSN Washington "Near the end of his news conference on Tuesday, after fortifying his blue line with the signings of Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, and adding to his goal crease with the addition of Justin Peters, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan was asked if he thought the Caps have enough depth at the..." July 03