Capitals Rumors & News

  • Vesey, Lundqvist lift Rangers past Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Rookie Jimmy Vesey is starting to get comfortable in the NHL and that's giving the New York Rangers another offensive weapon. Vesey scored twice, Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves and the Rangers rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night...." October 22

  • Daniel Winnik loses piece of his ear blocking shot

    Sportsnet "Hear ye, hear ye, blocking shots can be a health hazard. Mid-way through the third period of Thursday’s Panthers-Capitals game, Daniel Winnik dropped to the ice to block a shot from the point. It was a bit of a scary moment as Reilly Smith’s shot appeared to hit Winnik in the back of the..." October 21

  • Capitals defeat Panthers on Ovechkin goal

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Alex Ovechkin deflected praise just as well as he deflected a game-winning shot Thursday night. The greatness of Ovechkin -- he has 527 career goals and 90 game-winners -- is something no one can reasonably deny and it was on display again, even if it wasn't one of his more..." October 20

  • Oshie, Caps power past Avs

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals knew they could do better on the power play. Turns out, they were correct and the road-tripping Colorado Avalanche were victims of Washington's extra man prowess. T. J. Oshie tallied two goals, Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season and..." October 18

  • Braden Holtby's Tragically Hip mask helps Gord Downie's charities

    CBC Sports "A pair of Gord Downie charities got an assist from an NHL star. The mask worn by Capitals goalie ​Braden Holtby at the World Cup of Hockey netted more than $27,000 in an auction to benefit the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research and the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and..." October 18

  • Winnik nets pair as Capitals defeat Islanders

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Two games into their season and the Washington Capitals have yet to get a point from Alex Ovechkin and their top line. On Saturday night, the fourth line provided all the offense that was needed. Daniel Winnik scored twice, Braden Holtby made 21 saves and the Capitals..." October 15

  • Kessel lifts Penguins over Capitals on banner night

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Same teams, same extremely competitive game, same overtime result. The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins picked up where they left off five months ago, with one big difference. Marc-Andre Fleury was back in net for the Penguins, just like in the previous 10 season..." October 14

  • McKenzie explains potential for NHL lockout in 2020

    Today's Slapshot "NHL Insider Bob McKenzie made an appearance on Toronto’s SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Friday afternoon. Having broken the news of Rickard Rakell’s six-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks a short time earlier, McKenzie was asked about the seeming wave of longer-length contracts across..." October 14

  • 10 surprises on opening night rosters "With the NHL season set to begin Wednesday, each of the 30 teams announced its 23-man roster. As expected, Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Patrik Laine, the No. 2 pick by the Winnipeg Jets, made their teams. But there were plenty of other young..." October 12

  • 31 bold predictions for 2016-17 season

    TSN "Go bold or go home. The task at hand on the eve of the 2016-17 season is to make one bold prediction for all 31 National Hockey League franchises. By nature, the end result is either all or nothing, spot on or utterly insane. There is no comfortable middle ground. Last year, it wasn’t so..." October 12

  • Ted Leonsis says he will support Alex Ovechkin if he leaves for Olympics

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The NHL's decision on whether to participate in the 2018 Olympics was made tougher by Alex Ovechkin's vow to play regardless of the NHL's decision. Now Capitals owner Ted Leonsis may have raised the stakes again by vowing to support his captain. It's no secret that the NHL does not want its..." October 09

  • Report: 2016-17 trade deadline will be on March 1

    Pro Hockey Talk "TVA’s Renaud Lavoie tweeted out two important deadlines for NHL teams to consider on Friday. NHL teams must finalize their rosters by Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET. The trade deadline is set for March 1 at 3 p.m. ET. This conflicts with earlier word that it would be on Feb. 28. Both are..." October 08

  • NWHL player Harrison Browne comes out as a transgender man

    ESPN "Before Harrison Browne could walk, he could skate. Last season the 23-year-old forward nicknamed "Brownie" helped his pro hockey team in Buffalo to the championship series, and with the season opener Friday, Buffalo aims for more than just a shot at a title in 2016-17. "It's the first game..." October 07

  • NHL has mid-January deadline for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL has until Jan. 15 to come to an agreement with the IOC, but whether the NHL decides to go or not, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says he'll support Alexander Ovechkin. While there’s been some negativity on the side of both the NHL and the International Olympic Committee about the..." October 07

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov expected to see more time on Caps’ top line this season

    Washington Post "This time last year, Evgeny Kuznetsov’s place on a first line with Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie was a move made out of necessity when center Nicklas Backstrom missed the first three games of the season after offseason hip surgery. This time, it’s a move made out of luxury with the Capitals having..." October 07

  • Washington Capitals Extend Affiliation with Hershey Bears

    Capitals Today "The Washington Capitals and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) have extended their affiliation agreement through the 2019-20 season, Capitals senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan and Hershey vice president of hockey operations Bryan Helmer announced today...." October 06

  • NHL point projections: How we see 2016-17 season unfolding

    USA Today "The only guarantee about the NHL standings in 2016-17 is that they won’t look like the 2015-16 standings. Historically, there’s usually a significant change in who makes the playoffs and who doesn’t. This past season, the NHL had five new playoff qualifiers. In 2014-15, seven playoff teams..." October 04

  • Eller embraces third-line center role with Capitals "Lars Eller has been in Washington only for a few weeks but has already found a fresh enthusiasm for his NHL career. "It's new inspiration for me," Eller said after arriving at Washington Capitals training camp last week. "New faces, new everything. I think this change comes at a good time for..." October 02

  • Trotz hopes to bring lessons learned from the World Cup to Washington

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "After Canada’s World Cup victory, Barry Trotz went from an assistant coach for Team Canada back to head coach of the Washington Capitals. But even as his focus shifts back to the NHL regular season, Trotz hopes to bring the lessons he learned from the experience with him to Washington. Lacking..." October 02

  • Capitals send first-round pick Johansen back to junior

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals have sent prospect defenseman Lucas Johansen, selected 28th overall in this year’s NHL Draft, back to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. From the Kelowna Capital News: The Kelowna Rockets have yet to play a regular season game with a full..." September 29

  • Daly: NHL could skip 2018 Olympics and return in 2022

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics is in Pyeongchang, South Korea is still undetermined, and on Tuesday deputy commissioner Bill Daly didn’t sound overly optimistic about the chances of their players taking part. At a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday before the first game of the..." September 27

  • Defenseman Matt Niskanen looking to add more offense to his game

    Washington Post "Ahead of last season, defenseman Matt Niskanen and associate coach Todd Reirden mapped out their goals for the year together as they do before every season. Niskanen said he wanted to contribute more offensively, and after the departure of Mike Green in free agency, Reirden needed the blue line to..." September 26

  • Capitals’ Brett Connolly, a low-risk signing, has potential to be an offensive ‘gem’

    Washington Post "Here came another low point in Brett Connolly’s career, the onetime top-10 NHL draft pick being informed that the Boston Bruins weren’t going to extend him a qualifying offer, essentially letting him walk for nothing. But when Connolly unexpectedly became an unrestricted free agent, it created..." September 25

  • Capitals' Karl Alzner: On the ice for start of training camp

    CBS Sports "Alzner (pelvis) was on the ice Friday for the start of training camp, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports." September 23

  • Capitals, Dmitry Orlov still expected to reach one-year deal for this season

    Washington Post "With the start of Capitals training camp just days away, there is now optimism that the team will reach a one-year deal with restricted free agent defenseman Dmitry Orlov, according to multiple sources. While Orlov has been playing for Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, his..." September 21

  • Capitals Re-Sign Dmitry Orlov "The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a one-year, $2.57 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Orlov, 25, registered 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) in 82 games with the Capitals last season. The 5'11",..." September 21

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • Alex Ovechkin Says He’ll Play in 2018 Olympics, Even if NHL Doesn’t Participate

    The Hockey Writers "Alex Ovechkin told ESPN Thursday that no matter what the NHL decides on the 2018 Olympics, he plans on lacing up for Russia. If the NHL decides not to pause the season for the 2018 Games, he would risk suspension to head to South Korea and play for his country. He said as much prior to the 2014..." September 15

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • Dmitry Orlov on whether he’ll re-sign with Caps: ‘It’s hard to say’

    Washington Post "As Dmitry Orlov’s contract negotiations with the Washington Capitals have dragged on, there’s been uncertainty building about the restricted free agent defenseman’s future with the organization. Speaking after Team Russia’s World Cup of Hockey practice Sunday night at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex,..." September 12

  • Alex Ovechkin named Team Russia captain "The announcement Wednesday that Alex Ovechkin had been selected as captain for Team Russia for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 didn't seem to surprise the players. Some had been expecting it since training camp opened at Yubileyny Sports Palace on Monday. "Is it official now?" asked center..." September 07

  • Daly: NHL is happy with CBA, no ‘storm clouds on the horizon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league is happy with how the current CBA is working and doesn’t think “there is anything major that would need fixing.” Translation: Daly doesn’t foresee another work stoppage, at least from the NHL’s perspective. “I think there’s a general..." September 06

  • NHL to add meldonium to banned substances list

    The Hockey News "Meldonium use has become a hot-button issue over the past several months, and the NHL is taking steps to ensure its players aren’t taking the substance. Russian news outlet TASS reported Tuesday that meldonium will be added to the list of substances banned by the NHL ahead of the coming season...." August 31

  • Power shifting from West to East in NHL

    SI "In any sport, league conferences are rarely created equal, and the NHL is no exception. Since 2010, the West has branded itself as the modern, faster-paced incarnation of hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cups in 2010, '13, '15) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, '14) have done the loudest talking..." August 31

  • Dmitry Orlov is still unsigned, but the Capitals see a greater role for him

    Washington Post "If there’s any uncertainty about whether Dmitry Orlov will be with the Capitals next season, Washington’s coaching staff hasn’t shown it. A restricted free agent defenseman, Orlov is still unsigned with training camp less than a month away, but when Coach Barry Trotz and Todd Reirden, recently..." August 30

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • Alex Ovechkin marries Russian model Nastya Shubskaya

    CBC Sports "Alex Ovechkin will enter his 12th NHL season like no other — as a married man. The 30-year-old Russian superstar recently tied the knot with Russian model Nastya Shubskaya in small, private wedding, informing his 2.26 million Twitter followers and others on Sunday. Next month, Ovechkin will..." August 29

  • Nathan Walker aims to be first Australian in NHL "Washington Capitals prospect Nathan Walker is aiming to make history by becoming the first Australian player to reach the NHL. "All my friends back home, the hockey community there, they're all rooting for me." Walker told CSN Mid-Atlantic on Thursday. "Every time I go home, they keep asking me..." August 27

  • Braden Holtby: Carey Price should start at World Cup "Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby is the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, but he doesn't think that means he's the favorite to start for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Holtby says Carey Price should be. "All of us want to play, but if Carey's healthy, there's no reason to..." August 27

  • 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 "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