Capitals Rumors & News

  • Caps’ Laich suffers apparent shoulder injury

    Pro Hockey Talk "Capitals forward Brooks Laich appeared to suffer a left shoulder injury late in the third period of Washingon’s 2-1 shootout win over the Florida Panthers Saturday night. Laich received a shoulder to shoulder hit from Panthers’ Shawn Thornton and went straight to the Capitals dressing room." October 19

  • Capitals top Panthers in shootout win

    CSN Washington "Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin scored on the Capitals’ first three attempts of the shootout and goaltender Justin Peters turned aside 20 of 21 shots through 65 minutes, along with a big stop on Jussi Jokinen in the shootout, to give the Caps their second straight..." October 19

  • Sharks blow lead, beat Capitals 6-5 in SO

    CSN Bay Area "The Sharks jumped out to an early lead and surrendered a pair of three-goal cushions, but found a way to get past the Washington Capitals in a shootout on Tuesday at Verizon Center, 6-5. San Jose improved to 3-0 on the season in what was the first of a five-game East Coast road trip. Leading..." October 15

  • Capitals' Barry Trotz sings Alex Ovechkin's praises

    USA Today "New Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz was glad to discover that the reality of coaching Alex Ovechkin is far more enjoyable than he was led to believe. "For all of the questions I took when I got this job, right through the summer and training camp, I have to be honest and say I wasn't too..." October 15

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    Jay Beagle (upper body) said he's feeling good, still targeting this week's three-game homestand for a return.

  • Ovechkin gets Caps on the board with win over Bruins

    CSN Washington "Alex Ovechkin netted his first and second goals of the season in the opening period, Mike Green celebrated his return to the lineup with a power-play goal and Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Andre Burakovsky each picked up two assists for the Capitals, who finished off a dominant effort..." October 12

  • Canadiens spoil Capitals home opener

    Montreal Gazette "Brendan Gallagher scored the winning goal in a shootout to give the Canadiens a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals Thursday night at the Verizon Center. On a night when the Canadiens played catchup from the opening faceoff, Dustin Tokarski kept the Canadiens in the game until Tomas..." October 10

  • NHL's fighters finding themselves unemployed

    USA Today "Unemployed NHL tough guy Krys Barch fondly recalls a few seasons ago when he was considered essential to the Dallas Stars, especially against a fighting team like the Boston Bruins. "We had Sean Avery and we had a bunch of line brawls," he said. "I've probably fought Shawn Thornton 10 or 12..." October 09

  • Mike Green out for Capitals’ season-opener vs. Montreal

    Washington Post "Capitals defenseman Mike Green will miss Thursday night’s season opener against Montreal with an upper-body injury, both he and Coach Barry Trotz confirmed at the team’s morning skate. During line rushes, Green paired with John Erskine, who will be a healthy scratch at Verizon Center, and spent..." October 09

  • Top 10 NHL breakout candidates for the 2014-15 season

    Sports-Kings "Every year, there’s a crop of new faces that make their mark on the NHL landscape. In the upcoming season, these 10 players should breakout and put their name on the hockey map. Honorable mentions: LW Sam Bennett, Calgary Flames; C Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; D Jamie Oleksiak, Dallas..." October 08

  • Capitals send five more to Hershey, nearing final roster

    Washington Post "Barreling toward roster completion with just one preseason game remaining, the Washington Capitals released five more players Friday to their American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey. None were unexpected. All helped clear space for the final cuts before Tuesday’s NHL deadline. Forwards..." October 04

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    Michael Latta and Mike Green both have upper-body injuries, per Caps. They're taking "maintenance days," so not skating.

  • Caps announce first round of training camp cuts

    CSN Washington "The Capitals announced their first round of training camp cuts Friday with 12 players reporting to AHL Hershey and five players returned to their junior or international club teams. Goaltenders Pheonix Copley and Brandon Anderson were both sent to Hershey, where the Bears will open training..." September 26

  • After three preseason games, faceoffs ‘a concern’ for Capitals, Trotz

    Washington Post "As the Capitals’ second-line center competition chugs along, no clear victor in sight, glaring faceoff struggles have emerged through three preseason games, rankling the bench boss who once oversaw the NHL’s best unit. “The draws are going to be a concern,” Barry Trotz said Wednesday night..." September 26

  • For Capitals, search for a second-line center starts from within

    Washington Post "One choice first learned the position this summer, an experiment as the Washington Capitals tried to fill a void at second-line center. Another option is new to North America, still adjusting to the language, the life and the game. The third has four NHL seasons under his belt, and the higher..." September 25

  • 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