Capitals Rumors & News

  • Ovechkin's hat trick fuels Caps to the win over the Wild

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Caps earned the 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday in a hotly contested matchup. Here's the postgame analysis: How it happened: After a scoreless first period, Alex Ovechkin take the game over with three goals all in the second frame. It was the 14th hat trick of his career and the..." February 12

  • Gary Bettman praises the NHL’s new website and app (which are currently awful)

    Puck Drunk Love "If you haven’t noticed, the NHL has a new look on its digital properties. The reaction has been poor to say the least, but it goes beyond the usual criticisms that come with a major redesign. As fans struggle to find features they used to use and adapt to the new look, Gary Bettman is more than..." February 12

  • Marcus Johansson returns with a three-point night to lift Capitals over Predators

    Washington Post "There was supposed to be rust in the first game back from an injury, but Marcus Johansson wasted little time re-establishing himself as his team’s third-line center on Tuesday night. Without him, the Washington Capitals struggled to get secondary scoring. With him, the third line got three goals —..." February 10

  • Reading the trade market tea leaves

    TSN "Another week, another exercise in trying to put 10 pounds of fertilizer in a five-pound bag. It’s T-minus 19 days and counting to the NHL trade deadline, so let’s try to size up some of the situations/players we’ll be watching and talking about between now and then. In honour of the Dustin..." February 10

  • What if an NHL goalie has to go to the bathroom?

    SI "Unlike his fellow NHL players who tailor their game day meals with an eye on fuel and nutrition, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby follows his gut whenever he is scheduled to start. “It’s all based around what’s not going to make my stomach upset,” the current Vezina Trophy frontrunner says. “It’s..." February 10

  • Niskanen nets the game-winner in Capitals’ 3-2 victory against Flyers

    Washington Post "Matt Niskanen intended to pass, but as he kept skating from one end of the ice to the other, he was out of options. Usually in that situation, he’d dump the puck. Instead, the not-so-flashy Niskanen split two defenders with some nifty stick work, looking more like Evgeny Kuznetsov than himself...." February 08

  • Ovechkin joins elite company with 11th consecutive 30-goal season

    The Score "Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored another historic goal Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers. Ovechkin made a perfect redirection in front of the net for his 30th marker of the season, joining Wayne Gretzky and Mike Gartner as the only players to score at least 30 goals in each of..." February 07

  • With Holtby on pace to break his single-season wins mark, Brodeur sees similarities in their makeup

    North Jersey "Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby picked up his league-leading 32nd win of the season in today's 3-2 shootout win over the Devils. With the Capitals having played only 50 games, Holtby is on pace to win 52 games, which would shatter Martin Brodeur's single-season NHL record of 48..." February 07

  • Capitals beat Devils, 3-2, on shootout goals by Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie

    Washington Post "Paul Carey woke to a text message on Friday morning saying he was to report to Washington and join the Capitals on their flight to Newark later than day. A career American Hockey League player, Carey was recalled by virtue of waiver eligibility rules and injuries. But wearing a Washington..." February 06

  • Alex Ovechkin is back, and the Capitals sure are glad in 3-2 win over the Isles

    Washington Post "Alex Ovechkin dropped to one knee and pumped his fist in celebration, a sight the Washington Capitals had badly missed. He had only been out for one game but, at times, they looked lost without him. With the game tied late in the third period Thursday night, he again showed why his presence in the..." February 05

  • Report: Majority of GMs would approve of play-in game for final playoff seeds

    The Score "First the coach's challenge, now a wild-card play-in game? Bob McKenzie reported Wednesday on NBC that 16-of-28 general managers polled would be in favor of the NHL borrowing another idea, and adopting an MLB-style single elimination play-in game to determine the final wild-card seed in each..." February 04

  • Huberdeau leads Panthers to 5-2 victory over NHL-best Caps for fourth win in a row

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "So much for losing momentum after the five-day All-Star break. In case the hockey world wasn't convinced how talented these Panthers are during the All-Star festivities where Roberto Luongo, Jaromir Jagr and Aaron Ekblad all shined, they got the whole enchilada in a convincing 5-2 victory over..." February 03

  • NHL announces trio of rescheduled games after late-January snowstorm

    The Score "The NHL has an answer for Snowstorm Jonas. Make-up dates for the three late-January games postponed due to inclement weather on the east coast have been announced. The Washington Capitals now have a pair of games at the Verizon Center " February 02

  • Capitals will be shorthanded against Panthers in first game after all-star break

    Washington Post "On the surface, Tuesday night’s nationally televised game between the Washington Capitals and the Florida Panthers is a matchup of two Eastern Conference heavyweights, with both teams atop their respective division standings. But dig deeper, and the matchup will likely reveal very little about..." February 01

  • Kuznetsov, Crawford, Letang named stars for January "Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang on Monday were named the NHL's three stars for the month of January. Kuznetsov capped off his month with a goal for the Metropolitan Division in its 4-3 loss..." February 01

  • John Scott, NHL All-Star Game set ratings record for NBCSN

    Yahoo! Sports "There was no doubt that the perfect storm of The John Scott Phenomenon and the NHL’s reinvigorated 3-on-3 All-Star Game format had provided an uptick in attention for the midseason classic. The only question was if that would actually translate into a spike in viewership as well, or if the..." February 01

  • Barry Trotz imagines an NHL future without fighting

    Washington Post "Barry Trotz’s Capitals were one of the last teams this season to pick up a fighting major, setting a team record for the longest season-opening stretch without a fight. “We don’t like fighting,” Trotz told my colleague Isabelle Khurshudyan in November. The league-leading Caps have since..." February 01

  • MVP John Scott and new format win praise at NHL All-Star game

    Los Angeles Times "The least likely All-Star was voted the most valuable player of the NHL's first venture into three-on-three play at its midseason showcase, proving that the worst intentions can sometimes have an unimaginably good outcome. A ride that began when enforcer John Scott was jokingly promoted as the..." February 01

  • NHL players excited for 3-on-3 All-Star Game

    Tennessean "Few cities fully understand and embody the concept of entertainment like Nashville, which is evident by the flair that exudes from every event that it holds. That inherent flavor is why the Predators, who are hosting their first NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, wanted to make..." January 30

  • There are barely any good NHL teams and it sucks

    New York Post "Parity? Yes. Good hockey? No. The prevalent idea that permeates down from the NHL offices on Sixth Avenue states having so many teams so closely bunched makes for good entertainment. As the All-Star break has begun, let us clarify that idea: The more teams that have a chance to make the..." January 30

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    CapitalsPR @CapitalsPR

    RELEASE: #Caps re-assign Ryan Stanton to Hershey (AHL)

  • Nicklas Backstrom was convinced he wouldn't be an All-Star so he booked a vacation to the Turks and Caicos

    Washington Post "While his coach and Washington Capitals teammates lobbied for him, Nicklas Backstrom made other plans. He hadn’t been selected to the NHL All-Star Game in his first eight years in the league, and he didn’t think this one would be different. That was just fine with Backstrom, who booked a vacation..." January 29

  • Flyers limp into break with OT win over Capitals

    Courier-Post "The door kept opening and slamming shut. Head trainer Jim McCrossin and his crew were busy. The Flyers’ medical staff was patching up as many wounds as they could as players either go for a quick trip home or stay in the Philadelphia area during the All-Star break to rest. For the first time..." January 28

  • Capitals' Backstrom the 'quietest superstar' in the NHL

    Yahoo! Sports "Nicklas Backstrom is the point-a-game playmaker who toils in the large shadow of Washington Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin, goal-scoring rock star and a constant headliner on the NHL's marquee. So, it's not surprising the unassuming Backstrom has never really gotten more attention for his..." January 28

  • Kuznetsov, Neal added to All-Star Game rosters "Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nashville Predators forward James Neal were added Thursday to the rosters for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports). Kuznetsov replaces Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin on the Metropolitan Division..." January 28

  • Alex Ovechkin to miss All-Star Game with injury

    Sportsnet "Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will not participate in the All-Star Game due to a lower-body injury, the team confirmed in a statement Wednesday night. The news was first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. “We made this difficult decision after taking into consideration..." January 28

  • Self-aware NHL all-star John Scott has many in his corner

    Toronto Sun "Midway through the second period, John Scott began to grow antsy. The hulking enforcer, who had been sitting for nearly 15 minutes in a 2-2 game, stood up, shook loose his legs, and looked pleadingly in the direction of the head coach. But it was no use. It was clear Scott’s place was on the..." January 28

  • Capitals' Carlson expected to return after month of absence

    The Score "The Washington Capitals could have their stud defenseman back in their grasps Wednesday night. John Carlson is probable to return to the lineup against the Philadelphia Flyers, head coach Barry Trotz confirmed. The 26-year-old was back skating alongside Nate Schmidt on the team's top defense..." January 27

  • TSN coach poll says Capitals likeliest to win Stanley Cup

    Yahoo! Sports "Most head coaches in the NHL believe the Washington Capitals will face off against the Chicago Blackhawks for the 2016 Stanley Cup. And many think the Capitals will prevail over as champions. Over Jan. 23-25, TSN conducted a poll of 27 NHL head coaches on Stanley Cup finalists, Cup champions,..." January 27

  • Majority of coaches remain in favour of challenge concept

    TSN "It's not that NHL coaches don't appreciate having the coach's challenge at their disposal this season for the first time ever... Well, actually, that's not entirely true as six of 27 NHL head coaches polled by TSN don't like the coach's challenge at all and would just as soon see it..." January 27

  • Richards’ possession trial adjourned to late February

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mike Richards’ legal battle will go on longer than expected. Richards, who signed with the Caps earlier this month and has appeared in three games, had his trial for possession of a controlled substance adjourned to Feb. 25 — after it had already been adjourned to Jan. 28." January 27

  • How to Fix the NHL’s Coach’s Challenge

    The Hockey Writers "It’s no secret. The NHL’s coach’s challenge has not gone as smoothly as hoped in its inaugural season. It was put into place in order to give teams an option to challenge goals which they thought were not ‘good goals’ as deemed by the NHL rulebook. However, the two times when a coach can..." January 25

  • Canada’s falling dollar could be raising hopes for a Seattle NHL expansion team

    Seattle Times "It turns out the prediction of a January vote by Seattle City Council on a Sodo District arena was not only optimistic, but downright delusional. City Hall sources now indicate a vote to cede Occidental Avenue South for Chris Hansen’s project won’t happen before late March, early April at best...." January 25

  • Escrow went up…again

    Pro Hockey Talk "Escrow has risen from 16 percent to 18 percent, according to multiple reports. No surprise there, given the Canadian dollar’s plunge. With seven of the NHL’s 30 teams in Canada, there was no way league revenues weren’t going to be affected. Some had predicted escrow would go up even..." January 25

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    Craig Custance @CraigCustance

    Sunday's game in DC between the Capitals and Penguins has been postponed due to weather.

  • Sunday's Pittsburgh at Washington game postponed "The game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals at Verizon Center scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 24, NHL Game No. 720, has been postponed due to the severe snowstorm impacting the Washington, D.C., area." January 23

  • DC officials urge Capitals to postpone Friday game due to winter storm

    CBS Sports "The Washington Capitals announced Thursday that they would be moving up their scheduled game for Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m. The reason for doing so was to get ahead of the massive winter storm rolling in and also to allow the Ducks to avoid delays getting out of..." January 22

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    Greg Wyshynski @wyshynski

    The #Capitals vs. #Ducks game is officially postponed by #NHL

  • Blizzard forces Washington Capitals to move puck drop vs. Ducks

    Yahoo! Sports "The Washington, D.C. area is bracing for a blizzard that could drop up to 30 inches of snow through the weekend. What better way to kick off a major winter storm even than at the good old hockey game, right?! The Washington Capitals were scheduled to play the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night at 7..." January 22

  • Caps cruise past Blue Jackets

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena: How it happened: The game turned when Justin Falk clipped Caps center Marcus Johansson with a high stick early in the second period and the Caps turned a 2-1 lead into a 4-1 lead on..." January 20

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    The NHL executive committee meeting on expansion is today in NY. No announcement should be made after. #tvasports

  • Capitals ‘All In,’ May Still Target Byfuglien

    Today's Slapshot "On what sort of pressure Brian MacLellan might be feeling nearing the trade deadline, with his Washington Capitals in ‘win-now’ mode: “Oh, I think they’re all in. They’ve pushed their chips on the table and they said, ‘Okay, we’re in.’ “They should be. They’re one of the best teams in the..." January 19

  • Caps beat Rangers after Braden Holtby leaves early with dehydration

    Washington Post "A pile of assorted hats sat in Justin Williams’s locker room stall. There was a Washington Capitals beanie, a Baltimore Orioles cap and a camouflage lid. They had been tossed onto the ice at Verizon Center after Williams had scored his third goal Sunday night, displaying his knack for rising to..." January 18

  • Sabres dominate Washington, take good feeling on the road

    Buffalo News "The applause was well-deserved, so the Sabres soaked it in at center ice. They waved to the cheering crowd following a 4-1 victory over Washington, then retreated to the dressing room. The shouts of joy continued back there. It may have trumped the noise made in the seats of First Niagara..." January 17

  • Mike Richards to make Capitals debut vs. Sabres

    The Score "Mike Richards is ready to go. The veteran forward will make his Washington Capitals debut Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres, his first NHL game in more than nine months. "(I) always had confidence, always knew I could play, (but) probably the toughest part was just watching,"..." January 17

  • Trotz: Richards may be ready for Caps' debut

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "From the sights and sounds of the Capitals’ optional practice on Friday, center Mike Richards is close to making his long-awaited and much-debated debut with the Caps. Richards skated for the eighth straight day on Friday at Kettler and said he’s starting to feel like an NHL player..." January 16

  • NHL instates mandatory domestic violence and sexual assault prevention training for teams and players

    SB Nation "The NHL has finally begun to implement domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention training for its players and teams, per a report from the Associated Press. The NHL and NHL Players' Association partnered to ensure all 30 teams would go through "hour-long educational..." January 16

  • Caps' ability to transition proves key in win over Canucks

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "In their win on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, the Caps were able to turn a big save from Braden Holtby on one end into a the game-winning goal on the other. Though it was not quite as dramatic, it was the Caps ability to transition that, according to Barry Trotz, changed the course of the game..." January 15

  • Scott Gomez joins Hershey Bears on a professional tryout contract

    Washington Post "Forward Scott Gomez, who won two Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils in 2000 and 2003, has been signed to a professional tryout agreement by the Washington Capitals’ American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, the team announced. In 21 games with the St. Louis Blues this season, the..." January 14

  • Mike Richards progressing in practice, but won’t play Thursday

    Washington Post "A hectic week leading up to officially joining the Washington Capitals had kept Mike Richards off the ice for the four days before his first practice with the team in New York on Friday. Coach Barry Trotz said that wasn’t a challenging practice, but Richards had “work to do” to get up to speed..." January 13