Capitals Rumors & News

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Former Capitals draft pick Thomas DiPauli reportedly to sign with Penguins

    Washington Post "Center Thomas DiPauli will reportedly sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to CBC Sports’ Tim Wharnsby. DiPauli was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2012, and after he didn’t agree to a deal with Washington before Aug. 16, he became an unrestricted free agent. Contacted by phone..." August 18

  • Capitals prospect Thomas DiPauli set to become free agent, source says

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "As expected, prospect Thomas DiPauli won't sign a contract with the Capitals prior to Monday's deadline and, as a result, will become an unrestricted free agent at midnight, a league source told CSN. DiPauli was selected by the Capitals in the fourth round (100th overall) in 2012. The..." August 17

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • With World Cup looming, Backstrom, Carlson are training earlier (and harder) than usual

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "For pro hockey players, there's a natural flow to every offseason. They take some time off to rest and heal up. Most return to the ice mid-summer. And then they begin to gradually ramp up their workouts as training camp approaches. For some NHLers participating in next month’s World Cup of..." August 13

  • Ovechkin's jersey from 1st NHL game sells for more than $14K at auction

    SI "The jersey worn by Washington Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin in his first NHL game sold for $14,340 at auction on Thursday. Ovechkin wore the sweater during pre-game warmups and in the first period of his NHL debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct 5, 2006. This jersey is..." August 13

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Capitals refute report Ovechkin could miss World Cup

    Sportsnet "A Washington Capitals representative has denied a report out of Russia suggesting Alex Ovechkin is currently dealing with a lower-body injury that could throw his status for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey into doubt. Capitals public relations representative Sergey Kocharov refuted a reports from..." August 09

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Alex Ovechkin put on a show rollerblading through the streets of Russia

    Fox Sports "Alex Ovechkin seems to be really enjoying what is left of his offseason. The Washington Capitals star is still hanging out back in his native Moscow, Russia until he reports stateside to strap on the skates, but for now he's in full rollerblade mode. On Sunday, the 30-year-old sniper took to..." August 08

  • Capitals are 'optimistic' about re-signing Dmitry Orlov

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Ready for your first-week-of-August-Dmitry-Orlov-contract-situation update? Here you go: The Capitals and the 25-year-old defenseman’s representative still are in negotiations. Although that’s not a whole lot different than what was reported a week ago, a source told CSN on Thursday that the..." August 05

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Dmitry Orlov still needs a contract as summer winds on

    Washington Post "It’s already been a monumental summer for Dmitry Orlov. He recently celebrated his 25th birthday, got married and he’ll play for Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey in September. But Orlov still has a contract extension to navigate with the Washington Capitals, as he’s the lone player unsigned..." July 28

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Ex-NHLers Bellemore, Collins sign with KHL’s Chinese club

    Pro Hockey Talk "HC Kunlun Red Star, the Beijing-based expansion team that will begin playing in the KHL next season, has added a pair of former NHLers. Sean Collins, who appeared in a pair of games for the Capitals last season, and Brett Bellemore, a veteran of over 100 contests with the Carolina Hurricanes,..." July 26

  • Las Vegas NHL team asked permission to speak with Capitals assistant GM

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s been 10 days since George McPhee was officially announced as general manager of the expansion Las Vegas franchise. Based on a report Friday, it appears he’s looking to possibly add a familiar face from the Washington Capitals to his staff. Building a front office beyond his position is..." July 23

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Capitals Re-sign Marcus Johansson

    Capitals Today "The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Marcus Johansson to a three-year, $13.75 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Johansson will earn $4.25 million in 2016-17 and $4.75 million in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Johansson, 25, registered..." July 20

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • Capitals, Johansson struggling to reach long-term deal

    Washington Post "With arbitration hearings in the NHL being rare occurrences, Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson appears poised to become the unique player that goes through the process twice. Players or teams have filed for arbitration 307 times since 2006, but a hearing has been needed just 42 times,..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Mike Richards hopes to continue NHL career

    Puck Drunk Love "Mike Richards wants to extend his unlikely comeback next season. “I plan to play hockey next year. So, it will just be what is the best fit for me,” Richards told Ryan Young of Kenora Online. Richards’ career features past highs and recent lows. He has an impressive résumé. He was a 30-goal..." July 11

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Capitals Sign Brad Malone

    Monumental Network "The Washington Capitals have signed center Brad Malone to a one-year, two-way contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Malone, 27, registered six points (two goals, four assists) and 75 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last..." July 03

  • Caps sign Connor Hobbs to three-year, entry-level contract

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Connor Hobbs to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced on Friday morning. Hobbs was drafted by the Capitals in the fifth round last summer, and was on the ice for development camp when his deal was released. Hobbs, 19, scored 41..." July 01

  • Capitals sign Connolly to 1-year, $850K deal

    The Score "The Washington Capitals have added even more depth to their forward crop, signing Brett Connolly to a one-year contract worth $850,000, according to TSN's Gord Miller." July 01

  • Kings ink Latta to 1-year deal, worth reported $600K

    The Score "The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Michael Latta to a one-year contract, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman." July 01

  • Jason Chimera joins New York Islanders

    Today's Slapshot "Veteran forward Jason Chimera was a name that the Washington Capitals may have been hoping to keep in their system this offseason – but as free agency kicked off on Friday morning, that proved not to be the case. Chimera has officially inked a two year deal with the New York Islanders, starting..." July 01

  • Capitals re-sign Tom Wilson to 2-year, $4M deal

    The Score "The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Tom Wilson to a two-year contract worth $4 million, the team announced Thursday. He will earn $1.75 million during the 2016-17 season, and $2.25 million in 2017-18. Wilson, a 2012 first-round draft pick, was headed for restricted free agency...." June 30

  • Closing the book on the Filip Forsberg trade once and for all

    Sportsnet "The Washington Capitals have a lot going for them. They’re coming off a Presidents’ Trophy-winning campaign and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Final. Plus, they boast the reigning Vezina, Rocket Richard and Jack Adams winners in Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin and Barry Trotz,..." June 29

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Capitals Re-sign Paul Carey and Aaron Ness

    NHL.com "The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Paul Carey to a one-year, two-way contract and defenseman Aaron Ness to a two-year, two-way contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Carey, 27, scored one goal in four games with the Capitals last season...." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Canadiens trade forward Lars Eller to Capitals for pair of picks

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens traded forward Lars Eller to the Washington Capitals for second-round picks in 2017 and 2018. Simultaneous to the Eller trade, the Habs acquired Andrew Shaw from the Chicago Blackhawks." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Braden Holtby wins Vezina Trophy

    NHL.com "Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals won the Vezina Trophy as the League's top goaltender at the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Holtby tied an NHL record with 48 wins and helped the Capitals win the Presidents' Trophy as the team with the most points (120) during the regular..." June 22

  • Barry Trotz Wins Jack Adams as Coach of the Year

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "When Barry Trotz took over as the head coach of the Washington Capitals the summer 2014, the team was in disarray, with a myriad of self-inflected wounds from the tenure of Adam Oates, who was soon run out of town. Just two years later, Trotz led the Caps to a 56 wins, the most in franchise..." June 22

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • Brian MacLellan: Marcus Johansson’s Salary Comparables Are Making Caps GM Uncomfortable

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Tuesday, Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan held a conference call with the media from Las Vegas, where the 2016 NHL Awards are taking place. MacLellan touched on his plans for the Caps’ restricted free agents, his thoughts on hockey coming to Vegas, and his worries about the..." June 21

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Where the Capitals stand with their restricted free agents

    Washington Post "Marcus Johansson’s last two contract negotiations have been prolonged, with the skilled forward filing for player-elected arbitration last season and going a similar route in 2013, remaining unsigned as a restricted free agent until the eve of training camp, when he inked a two-year, $4 million..." June 19

  • Philipp Grubauer’s first season as a backup required adjustments

    Washington Post "As Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby compiled his historic season, tying the single-season wins record with 48, Philipp Grubauer had the best view of it. He watched an learned from Holtby in their practice sessions, and then again when he was on the bench in most games and Holtby was in..." June 18

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