Capitals Rumors & News

  • Capitals prospect Bowey in hot water after high hit, possible slur

    The Score "Washington Capitals farmhand Madison Bowey appeared to direct a homophobic slur at Toronto Marlies forward Kasperi Kapanen in Game 4 of the American Hockey League's Eastern Conference Final on Friday night. The exchange happened while the Hershey Bears defender was being escorted off the ice..." May 28

  • Taking on a bigger role, Matt Niskanen had his best season

    Washington Post "At the Washington Capitals’ annual “breakdown day” last year, defenseman Matt Niskanen told reporters his goal for the following season would be to bring more offensive production. He succeeded; after he scored 31 points last year, he scored 32 this year. “Beat my total by one point, an..." May 27

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Could Chandler Stephenson be the Capitals’ third-line center of the future?

    Washington Post "Chandler Stephenson was training camp’s surprise feel-good story, the young center garnering encouragement from Capitals Coach Barry Trotz. “You should believe you can make this team,” Trotz told him in September. He was among the last cut before opening night only to get recalled before the third..." May 23

  • The case for trading Alex Ovechkin

    ESPN "Despite leading the league with 120 points, the Washington Capitals have made another second-round exit, which extends their playoff series record to 5-8 since the 2007-08 season. Having failed to advance past round two since the franchise's one and only appearance in the Stanley Cup finals in..." May 19

  • Third line is an offseason priority for the Capitals

    Washington Post "Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said Monday that building a more offensive third line will be among his priorities this offseason. Speaking to reporters for the first time since the Capitals’ second-round playoff exit against the Penguins last week, MacLellan said he would like to see..." May 17

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Caps want to turn Tom Wilson into Joel Ward

    Pro Hockey Talk "There have always been plenty of ideas about what Tom Wilson might become in Washington. Now, GM Brian MacLellan has the latest: Joel Ward 2.0. “We miss Joel Ward — he’s the kind of guy we need in the playoffs,” MacLellan said on Monday, per the Washington Times. “You know, you make..." May 16

  • How Capitals’ Kuznetsov formed unique bond with Canadian filmmaker

    Sportsnet "The game that has brought so much joy to Evgeny Kuznetsov’s life delivered a callous bit of heartbreak these last few weeks. After the Washington Capitals were ousted from the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he proclaimed that the 77 points he delivered during a breakout season amounted..." May 15

  • Ovechkin: Preparing for another long offseason is not fun

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Pro football has Dan Marino and Barry Sanders. Pro basketball has Charles Barkley and Karl Malone. Major league baseball has Ted Williams and Ty Cobb. The NHL has Marcel Dionne and … Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is battling like crazy not to be in the fraternity of Hall of Fame athletes..." May 15

  • Don't blame Alex Ovechkin for another Capitals early exit

    The Comeback "If Washington Capitals fans are feeling a bit of deja vu again after another heartbreaking playoff exit, no one would blame them. This was supposed to be the year that those playoff demons would be exorcised. The Caps had a goaltender who tied the NHL record wins in a regular season, they had..." May 15

  • Where do the Washington Capitals go from here?

    Sportsnet "There will be a time to panic in Washington, to blow it all up and start with a clean slate. Now is not that time. Not even close. Yes, the Capitals have reached the post-season eight times in the Alex Ovechkin era and failed to survive past Round 2 all eight times. Depite fighting back..." May 12

  • Penguins win crazy Game 6, eliminate Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins' season is lasting far longer than was expected only a few months ago. The Washington Capitals' season is over far sooner than was expected only a few days ago. Nick Bonino scored 6:32 into overtime and the Penguins overcame Washington's frantic..." May 11

  • Kuznetsov: Caps 'have lots of balls' for forcing Game 6

    The Score "The quotes are flying ahead of a huge Game 6 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. Down 3-2, Washington faces elimination again after responding in Game 5 to send the series back to Pittsburgh, despite being written off before that contest. "Seventy-five percent of people..." May 10

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Trotz: Never any doubt Capitals would respond in must-win Game 5 versus Penguins

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals aren’t out of the woods yet. Not even close. Sure, they were able to stave off elimination in a must-win Game 5 on home ice Saturday, led by two great performances from Alex Ovechkin, who was able to solve rookie puck stopper Matt Murray early on, and goalie Braden..." May 08

  • Jamie Benn, Braden Holtby and Patrick Kane are the finalists for Ted Lindsay Award "The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today the three finalists for the 2015-16 Ted Lindsay Award: forward Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, goaltender Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and forward Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Ted Lindsay Award is..." May 06

  • Jack Adams Award finalists: Barry Trotz, Lindy Ruff, Gerard Gallant

    SB Nation "Three coaches of division-winning teams will be up for the NHL's coach of the year award for the 2015-16 season. The NHL announced on Thursday that Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers, Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars and Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals are the finalists for the Jack..." May 06

  • Hornqvist's OT winner gives Pens command of series vs. Caps

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Overtime finally was the Pittsburgh Penguins' time. Now, the weary, disappointed Washington Capitals' time might be up unless they can stage a remarkable turnaround. Patric Hornqvist scored 2:34 into overtime and the Penguins seized a 3-1 series lead over the NHL regular season..." May 05

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Why Hockey Needs Alex Ovechkin to Lift the Cup

    Vice Sports "Good news for the NHL's public image: Patrick Kane already is out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Alexander Ovechkin is still here. The less said about Kane—and whatever havoc he may wreak on upstate New York this summer—the better. But Ovechkin? He's worth talking about. In fact, if the..." May 05

  • Penguins take 2-1 series lead with win over Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins don't have a goal yet in the series from Sidney Crosby. Or a power-play goal. What they do have is a 2-1 lead over the Washington Capitals. And a player who barely played in the first five months of the season is the reason. Rookie goalie Matt..." May 03

  • Alex Ovechkin: Penguins Don't Like to Play Physical

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Maybe the Capitals know something the rest of us don’t. Maybe they believe they have the Pittsburgh Penguins right where they want them as they head into Game 4 of their best-of-seven series trailing two games to one. That’s certainly how it sounded inside the visiting locker room of Consol..." May 03

  • Capitals accuse Letang of leaving his feet, hitting Johansson in head

    Pro Hockey Talk "Get this: the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins seem divided on the legality of Kris Letang‘s hit on Marcus Johansson. (Take a moment to gather your thoughts amid this shocking revelation.) You can watch the hit over and over in the video above. This post features some takes on..." May 03

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  • Emotional Orpik says he deserved suspension

    DK Pittsburgh Sports "Brooks Orpik faced the music on Monday afternoon in the visitor’s locker room at Consol Energy Center. The defenseman acknowledged that he deserved the three-game suspension that the NHL gave him on Sunday night. When asked about his relationship with Olli Maatta, Orpik became emotional. He..." May 02

  • Brooks Orpik Suspended Three Games for Hit on Olli Maatta

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "The NHL has suspended Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik three games for his hit on Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in Game Two. The hit was late and primarily targeted Maatta’s head. Matta left the game and did not return. The Penguins said he is “obviously out.” Orpik had suffered a head injury..." May 02

  • Orpik will have hearing for hit on Maatta

    CBS Sports "The Washington Capitals can probably expect to be without Brooks Orpik for at least Game 3 of their second round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The veteran defenseman has a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety Sunday after his hit that knocked Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta..." May 01

  • Capitals' Trotz: 'I don't think we've played our best game yet' "Two games into their Eastern Conference Second Round series, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins are tied at one win apiece. That's probably where each team thought it would be before the series began. But the way the Capitals have gotten to this point has to be of some..." May 01

  • Mike Sullivan: Brooks Orpik's hit on Olli Maatta was late, targeted head

    Washington Times "Mike Sullivan said that the hit by Brooks Orpik on Olli Maatta in the opening minutes of Game 2 of the second-round playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday was “type of hit that everyone in hockey is trying to remove from the game.” Maatta, in..." May 01

  • Oshie scores OT winner as Caps edge Pens

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- It took half an overtime to settle the back-and-forth playoff series opener between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. Then it took a few minutes to more to confirm that it was settled. T.J. Oshie completed a hat trick when he scored..." April 29

  • Caps' Tom Wilson fined $2,400 for knee hit to Pens' Conor Sheary

    TSN "Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been fined $2,403.67 for kneeing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Conor Sheary during Game 1 of the teams’ second round series in Washington. " April 29

  • Caps RW Wilson's hit on Sheary may be reviewed

    Yahoo! Sports "Washington Capitals blunt force object Tom Wilson was going to be a physical presence in their second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and didn’t waste any time in Game 1 making that presence known. And, as Tom Wilson is one to do, crossing the line of legality in doing so. As..." April 29

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22 "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Sidney Crosby admits that he doesn't score the way Alex Ovechkin does

    Puck Drunk Love "The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are going to face off in Round 2 of the NHL playoffs, which will set the stage of reigniting the longtime rivalry between Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. While the rivalry has lost steam in recent years, both Crosby and Ovechkin are still..." April 26

  • Brayden Schenn will have hearing with NHL for hit on T.J. Oshie

    TSN "Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn will have a hearing on Tuesday with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for a charging/illegal check to the head infraction on Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie." April 26

  • Capitals' Trotz: 'We're comfortable being uncomfortable'

    The Score "Plight wasn't something the Washington Capitals dealt with readily during the regular season. This is a team that shot out to an insurmountable division lead long before clinching the Eastern Conference with three weeks left in the regular season. They ended up with 120 points - or the most..." April 25

  • Crosby: 'I definitely don't have (Ovechkin's) shot or score like he does'

    The Score "The second-round matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will once again pit two of the game's most polarizing players against one another. Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will once again do battle, but early on Crosby is making it clear that he isn't out to replicate..." April 25

  • Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are finally meeting in the playoffs again

    CBS Sports "Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have been the two best players in the NHL for the past decade, but their teams have only met in the playoffs one time (2009) during their careers. Until now. Thanks to the Penguins' first round win over the New York Rangers, and the Capitalsknocking out the..." April 25

  • Alex Ovechkin sounds pretty excited to face the Penguins

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sure, there’s probably a Debbie Downer here or there who will complain about Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. (This post is on the Internet, where you can find a person to complain about virtually anything.) Most hockey fans and..." April 24

  • Capitals eliminate Flyers, will face Penguins in 2nd round "Nicklas Backstrom scored, Braden Holtby had his second shutout of the series and the Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. The Capitals won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will play the Pittsburgh..." April 24

  • Capitals beat Flyers to advance to second round

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- In a series that highlighted their offensive inefficiencies, the Philadelphia Flyers did everything they could in the final 10 minutes Sunday to change the narrative and stave off elimination for the third straight game. But Braden Holtby never broke. The Washington..." April 24

  • Capitals 'not worried' about history of playoff collapses

    CSN Philly "Each Capitals player met the question with a type of curtness. Understandably, Washington was in no mood to talk about its haunting past of postseason collapses. The Capitals had just flushed another clinching opportunity down the toilet while the unforeseen reality of Game 6 in Philadelphia..." April 24

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Defenseman Brooks Orpik will travel with Capitals to Philadelphia

    Washington Post "Defenseman Brooks Orpik will travel with the Washington Capitals to Philadelphia for Game 6 of the series, Coach Barry Trotz said on Saturday. Orpik hasn’t skated since he suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury in Game 3 on Monday night, but Trotz said he’s been exercising. “It’s very..." April 23

  • Neuvirth's incredible performance leads Flyers past Caps

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Philadelphia Flyers were outshot by a 4-to-1 margin, suffered through a 17-minute shot drought, continued to be inept on the power play and had to rely on the errant skate blade of a Washington Capitals defenseman to find the back of the net. But none of that matters,..." April 22

  • Caps rule out Orpik again, Trotz won’t answer concussion questions

    Pro Hockey Talk "Brooks Orpik will miss his second straight game on Friday night, still feeling the effects of a heavy Ryan White hit from Game 3. Orpik’s head coach, Barry Trotz, isn’t saying anything about the nature of the injury." April 22

  • Flyers win to prevent a Capitals sweep

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Michal Neuvirth said he was feeling a little rusty early on in Game 4. Luckily for the Philadelphia Flyers he was not rusty when it mattered as he helped them stave off elimination Wednesday night. A change in goaltenders, some special teams success and a pair of goals from..." April 20