Capitals Rumors & News

  • Sounds like everyone wants to stay in Washington

    CSN Washington "For most of the Capitals, the NHL All-Star break affords an opportunity to find someplace warm to rest their bodies and their minds in preparation for the final three months of the regular season. But for a handful of players whose contracts are set to expire after this season, there is a cloud..." January 24

  • Crosby, Stamkos top picks in NHL.com All-Star draft

    NHL.com "The stars of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus will conduct a fantasy draft Friday to create teams for a real game to be played Sunday. We here at NHL.com decided to get into the spirit by conducting our own All-Star fantasy draft. Dan Rosen played the role of Jonathan Toews; Corey..." January 22

  • Pending free agents talk desires to re-sign with Capitals

    Washington Post "For a moment, Jay Beagle stayed silent while pondering the question, or at least while considering the ramifications of answering right now. There were certain politics to be considered, best left to agents and front office officials and whomever else would handle his contract negotiations once..." January 22

  • Oilers down Capitals 5-4 in shootout

    Edmonton Sun "While U.S. President Barack Obama spent Tuesday night filling Americans in on the state of their union, the Edmonton Oilers were down the street in Washington bringing people up to date on theirs. It still needs work, a lot of it, but it ain’t all bad. The heart certainly seems to..." January 21

  • Capitals GM admits he'd like do-over on Filip Forsberg trade

    CBSSports.com "First-year Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan was a loyal lieutenant to former GM George McPhee before taking over the big job. So he was there when the team (now) infamously traded away Filip Forsberg to the Nashville Predators for Martin Erat and Michael Latta. Erat is no..." January 20

  • Trotz: Capitals ‘still need a piece or two’ for playoff push

    Washington Post "With the All-Star break lurking around the corner, the Washington Capitals currently sit tied for third place in the Metropolitan Division, firmly grasping one of two Eastern Conference wild-card spots and sniffing the teams ahead of them. They recently suffered consecutive regulation losses for..." January 20

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    Adam Vingan @AdamVingan

    The #Caps have reassigned Steve Oleksy to Hershey. FWIW, the Bears host the Phantoms tonight.

  • Red-hot Holtby extends run, lifts Capitals to 1-0 win over Flyers

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals’ 1-0 win Wednesday night over the Philadelphia Flyers was about the flickering embers of a historic run. It was about a bearded, mild-mannered goaltender punching fatigue in the face. It was about a low-scoring Capitals victory, once rare, becoming ordinary, anchored by a..." January 15

  • Nicklas Backstrom’s anti-doping drama over vs. IOC

    Yahoo! Sports "Would Nicklas Backstrom’s participation in the Sochi 2014 gold medal game for Sweden have made a difference vs. Canada? Probably not. Canada was a juggernaut, rolling through the tournament like a hot spoon through borscht. But Sweden losing one of its top centers hours before the game was a..." January 15

  • Caps continue to roll, beat Avalanche 2-1

    CSN Washington "Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche Monday night at Verizon Center: How it happened: Alex Ovechkin broke a 1-1 tie with 2:14 remaining in the second period, snapping a shot just inside the right post for his 22nd goal of the season. Braden Holtby [31 saves]..." January 13

  • Caps’ Schmidt hurt (shoulder) while playing in AHL, out 6-8 weeks

    Pro Hockey Talk "On Monday, the Capitals announced defenseman Nate Schmidt would miss the next 6-8 weeks after suffering a scapular fracture while playing for AHL Hershey. Schmidt, 23, has spent the majority of this season with the Caps, appearing in 33 games while averaging 13 minutes a night. He’d been on..." January 12

  • Did you know? Caps’ Backstrom has never played in an All-Star Game

    Pro Hockey Talk "Any All-Star roster is going to have some noteworthy snubs on it, that’s just an inevitability given how much talent there is to choose from. But if there’s one guy that stands out on the list of absentees, it’s Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom. That’s not just because he got held..." January 11

  • Braden Holtby to Make 23rd Consecutive Appearance

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "The pregamer’s prediction was wrong. Braden Holtby will make his 23rd consecutive appearance tonight at Philadelphia, his 17th consecutive start. Wayne Stephenson played 22 straight for the Caps in 1979 – 1980. Holtby has saved 93.78 percent of 5-on-5 shots since November 29th and 92.5 percent..." January 08

  • Johansson, Fehr each score twice as Capitals rake Maple Leafs, 6-2

    Washington Post "The reactions Marcus Johansson allows himself after scoring goals typically waffle on the thin emotional spectrum between mild celebration and indifferent acceptance. Even in his most triumphant moments, like during Wednesday night’s 6-2 blowout over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Washington..." January 08

  • Orpik: Philly probably not a place to bring kids

    CSN Washington "It seems hard to believe that the Capitals are nearly halfway through the 2014-15 season and are facing the Metropolitan Division rival Philadelphia Flyers for the first time tonight [6:30 p.m. pregame, CSN]. Tonight will mark Caps defenseman Brook Orpik’s first game against the Flyers in a..." January 08

  • NHL to unveil player-tracking for All-Star Game

    Sportsnet.ca "The NHL is preparing to take a glimpse into the future by using player-tracking technology at the upcoming all-star game. Officials from the league and NHL Players’ Association will be in Columbus for testing early next week, according to two sources, with the goal of employing the Sportvision..." January 06

  • Caps win one with their penalty kill in victory over Panthers

    CSN Washington "If there was any kind of a hangover from Thursday afternoon’s dramatic Winter Classic victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, it certainly went undetected by those involved. “Maybe for a younger team it would be more of a trap game,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said after the Caps’ back-and-forth 4-3..." January 05

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    Chuck Gormley @ChuckGormleyCSN

    Matt Niskanen day-to-day with lower body injury, according to Caps. #CapitalsTalk

  • Burakovsky reacts to promotion to Caps' top line

    CSN Washington "Back in training camp, Barry Trotz had a plan for rookie wingers Andre Burkavovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Unfortunately, it was the same plan – to fill the role of the Capitals’ No. 2 center. “I was trying to be a little bit too ambitious,” Trotz said, “getting both those young guys playing the..." January 04

  • Brouwer's late goal lifts Caps to Winter Classic win over Hawks

    CSN Washington "Instant analysis of the Capitals’ dramatic 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday in the 2015 Winter Classic attended by 42,832 at Nationals Park: How it happened: Troy Brouwer spun around and scored from the left offensive circle with 12.9 seconds remaining in regulation to give the..." January 02

  • Winter Classic starts on time

    ESPN.com "Despite concerns about the glare, the 2015 NHL Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks will start as scheduled, a source confirmed to ESPN.com. The two teams will, however, switch ends halfway through the first period, the source said, with a hard stop at the..." January 01

  • Older Alex Ovechkin makes changes on, off ice

    USA Today "Alex Ovechkin's boyhood memories of hockey on frozen Russian lakes and ponds are like a snow globe, lightly shaken. "Of course, every hockey player plays outdoors when they are young," he tells USA TODAY Sports. "Happy times with your friends." Ovechkin looks to Thursday's Winter Classic..." January 01

  • NHL Winter Classic start time could be delayed by sun

    CBSSports.com "Sunny days in the middle of winter are usually a welcome sight in the middle of the usual dreariness, but not if you're trying to host a massive outdoor hockey game. The 2015 NHL Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET. However,..." January 01

  • Capitals' Orpik to take Winter Classic warmups

    CSN Washington "Brooks Orpik did not participate in the Capitals’ practice at NatsPark on Wednesday but he did twirl around at the team’s family skate after practice and remains questionable for Thursday’s Winter Classic between the Caps and Chicago Blackhawks. “Brooks Orpik is taking warmup and he will tell..." December 31

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    The Winter Classic is currently scheduled to start at 1 p.m., but players were told that it's likely to be pushed back because of glare.

  • Capitals' Orpik questionable for Thursday's Winter Classic due to knee injury

    The Score "An injury may have derailed Brook Orpik's chances of playing outdoors on New Year's Day. The Washington Capitals defenseman injured his right knee during Monday's loss to the New York Islanders, thereby putting his ability to play in Thursday's Winter Classic in doubt." December 30

  • Red-hot Rangers clip Capitals for seventh straight win

    New York Post "The Rangers had dominated, dictated and led the Caps 2-0 through two periods Tuesday night, during which Marc Staal would later say, “They weren’t giving us much, to be honest.” But for the first 11 minutes of the third, and even after the score mounted to 3-0 on Rick Nash’s second of the night..." December 24

  • Braden Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom are the difference for Capitals in 2-1 win over Ottawa

    Washington Post "A goaltender’s symphony unfolded Monday night at Verizon Center, the sounds often playing in succession: First came the echo of a puck thudding into Braden Holtby’s pads, then a roar of the crowd, growing louder with each of the Washington Capitals netminder’s 38 saves. The 25-year-old,..." December 23

  • Ex-Penguins defenseman Niskanen still miffed by coaches' firings

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen remains miffed at how the Penguins handled last offseason's coaching changes, and he made no secret of it. “The organization can say whatever it wants, that it wasn't sure what it wanted to do, all that stuff,” he said. “But it was (bull). “It's..." December 22

  • Balanced scoring without Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom ‘a great sign’ for Caps

    Washington Post "For the second time this season, defenseman Karl Alzner scored a goal, a feat unto itself since the calendar had not yet turned before Alzner matched his career high. The tying score came Thursday night, when Alzner gathered a loose puck near the offensive blue line, tiptoed around a flailing..." December 20

  • Capitals stage two comebacks to beat Blue Jackets in OT

    CSN Washington "Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 5-4 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night at Nationwide Arena: How it happened: The Caps coughed up a two-goal lead, but third-period goals by Karl Alzner and Troy Brouwer forced overtime, where Eric Fehr won it 42 seconds into the..." December 19

  • Panthers go 20 rounds with Capitals to win longest shootout in NHL history

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "There are certain teams the Florida Panthers have been able to get away with spotting an early lead. That is never a good idea against Washington. When the Capitals score first, they usually win (13-1-2). The Panthers avoided that pitfall, and then endured the longest shootout in NHL history..." December 17

  • Caps won’t release Burakovsky for World Juniors

    Pro Hockey Talk "Andre Burakovsky is staying in the nation’s capital this holiday season. On Monday, Washington announced it wouldn’t be releasing Burakovsky to Team Sweden for the 2015 World Junior tournament, which will take place in Toronto and Montreal from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Burakovsky, 19, was the..." December 15

  • Capitals ‘exploring every avenue’ as Dmitry Orlov’s recovery hits another wall

    Washington Post "Dmitry Orlov plopped into his locker room stall Thursday afternoon, sweat dripping from his face after another post-practice workout, and shook his head. As the seven-month anniversary of his wrist surgery approaches, the Capitals defenseman’s recovery has plateaued again. “That’s the long part..." December 13

  • Capitals coach Trotz lauds Tom Wilson for ‘maturity’ and not retaliating

    CSN Washington "As a fighter, Tom Wilson has always prided himself as a player with a face that could take a punch. But a two-handed cross-check to the jaw? Midway through the second period of Thursday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Wilson was locked in a battle with defenseman..." December 13

  • Blue Jackets 3, Capitals 2, OT: Bobrovsky saves 39, Foligno scores in OT

    Columbus Dispatch "Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky sat quietly and comfortably in the cramped dressing room after a game at the Verizon Center last night, looking nothing at all like a man carrying the weight of an NHL franchise on his shoulders. Bobrovsky had just saved 39 of 41 shots in a 3-2 overtime..." December 12

  • Capitals top first place Lightning in Tampa behind Ovi's 2 goals

    CSN Washington "Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa: How it happened: Alex Ovechkin snapped a four-game pointless streak in a big way, scoring the first and last goal in the Caps’ big win over the top team in the Eastern Conference...." December 10

  • Jaromir Jagr now 5th all-time in NHL points, passing Marcel Dionne

    Yahoo! Sports "Through two periods against the Carolina Hurricanes, Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist for the New Jersey Devils. In the process, he continued his assault on the record books. Jagr's second-period goal and his assist on an Adam Henrique tally tied and then leap-frogged the Czech legend..." December 09

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    Chuck Gormley @ChuckGormleyCSN

    Mike Green not making the trip to Tampa. Will miss seventh straight game with upper body injury. #CapitalsTalk

  • Holtby gives Caps reason for optimism

    CSN Washington "There are a lot of reasons the Capitals arrived in Newark on Friday feeling a lot better about themselves than when they left Washington on Wednesday. The biggest is Braden Hotlby. After starting the season 3-4-2, Holtby has turned the corner in his last 10 appearances, going 6-3-1 with a..." December 06

  • Mike Green to miss sixth straight, sets ‘mindframe’ on returning Tuesday

    Washington Post "Defenseman Mike Green practiced for the second straight day with the Washington Capitals, continuing to regain strength after suffering an upper-body injury over two weeks ago, though he will miss Saturday’s matchup here with the New Jersey Devils, Green said. “It’s frustrating because you hope..." December 06

  • Eric Fehr's late goal lifts Capitals over Canes in Carolina

    CSN Washington "Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.: How it happened: Eric Fehr was the man of the hour, stripping Carolina forward Riley Nash of the puck inside the Hurricanes’ blue line, then walking in and beating goaltender..." December 05

  • Canucks power past Capitals, 4-3

    Vancouver Sun "In case you hadn’t noticed, Daniel Sedin hasn’t been scoring as much. He entered Tuesday night’s game at the Verizon Center with just four goals. Only three Canuck forwards -- Zack Kassian, Derek Dorsett and Bo Horvat -- had fewer. He had scored just two power-play goals in his last 63..." December 03

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    The NHL reviewed Alex Ovechkin's hit on Leo Komarov and determined it did not warrant supplementary discipline.

  • Maple Leafs have Capitals’ number for once

    Toronto Star "Hey Pat. Are you there? It would be nice to think so, a benign and puckish spirit hovering above the Air Canada Centre on a night when the former Leaf coach — Quinn, Pat — was paid poignant tribute. Toronto deftly handled Washington 6-2, the prime numbers on this evening as the Leafs..." November 30

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    Chuck Gormley @ChuckGormleyCSN

    Per NHL, no hearing scheduled for Alex Ovechkin's hit on Leo Komarov. Possibility he could be fined, however. #CapitalsTalk

  • Capitals finally get physical in front of the net in 5-2 win against Islanders

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals had proved themselves perfectly adept in the art of long-distance prayer, of whistling pucks from afar and hoping something crazy might happen, but over the past several weeks Coach Barry Trotz began demanding more. He wished bodies would jam together near the crease,..." November 29

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    Trotz says Brooks Laich in the lineup tonight.

  • John Tavares’ OT goal propels surging Islanders past Capitals

    New York Post "John Tavares was reaching up to the bridge of his nose, to where there was a small cut. It was put there hours earlier from a hand of Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, who had done his best to inflict pain on Tavares and the Islanders throughout this raucous Wednesday before Thanksgiving in the..." November 27

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    Adam Vingan @AdamVingan

    Trotz is unsure, however, if Ovechkin will play. Brooks Laich and Mike Green are both out. #Caps