Washington Capitals Wiretap

NHL's Divisional Playoff Format Criticized

Mar 23, 2017 1:24 AM

In a cruel twist of the NHL's divisional playoff format, get ready to say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round.

"I don't think it was designed for this," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "I don't think it was intended for this to happen."

The Blue Jackets, Capitals and Penguins could finish 1-2-3 in points, but because they all play in the Metropolitan Division, the second- and third-place teams will face off in the first round. 

"It's stupid. It's the stupidest thing ever," Capitals forward Daniel Winnik said. "It doesn't work. It doesn't make sense."


Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Misc Rumor

Capitals First To Clinch Playoff Spot

Mar 19, 2017 1:19 AM

The Capitals have their third consecutive 100-point season and are postseason-bound for the ninth time in 10 years.

T.J. Oshie had three goals and an assist, Justin Williams and John Carlson had early third-period goals, and the Capitals became the first team to clinch a playoff spot by beating the Lightning 5-3 on Saturday.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Capitals Acquire Kevin Shattenkirk From Blues

Feb 28, 2017 12:46 AM

The Washington Capitals, already touting an NHL-best 89 points, acquired one of the top players available on the trade market in defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk on Monday night.

The Blues get forward Zach Sanford, a 2017 first-round draft pick, and a conditional future second-round pick.


Tags: Washington Capitals, St Louis Blues, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Kings Send Tom Gilbert To Capitals For Draft Pick

Feb 15, 2017 1:02 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have received a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from Washington in exchange for defenseman Tom Gilbert, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Gilbert, 34, appeared in 18 games this season with the Kings, recording five points and six penalty minutes. He was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent, July 1, 2016.

Press Release

Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals, Draft, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Alex Ovechkin Reaches 1,000 Career Point Milestone

Jan 12, 2017 1:14 AM

Alex Ovechkin scored 35 seconds into the Washington Capitals' 5-2 victory over Sidney Crosby and the rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night to become the 84th player in NHL history to record 1,000 career points.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Ovechkin Plans To Play For Russia In 2018 Olympics

Sep 17, 2016 1:33 AM

Alex Ovechkin says he plans on playing for Russia in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, regardless of whether or not the NHL is participating.

The Capitals star made similar comments ahead of the Sochi Games when the NHL and NHL Players' Association hadn't yet signed off on those Olympics before finally doing just that, with Ovechkin saying he'd risk NHL suspension to play in his home Olympics.

Asked Thursday by ESPN if he would be willing to play in South Korea regardless of the NHL's ultimate Olympic decision, Ovechkin didn't hesitate.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor

Katie Ledecky Counts Caps Owner Fan, Friend

Aug 13, 2016 4:43 PM

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis chuckled at the photo that's been circulating on social media.

It's a picture by The Associated Press from 2000 that features Leonsis, NBA legend Michael Jordan, New York Islanders co-majority owner Jon Ledecky and his niece, Katie Ledecky, then 3 years old.

It turns out Jordan isn't the only famous athlete in the photo, though none of them knew it at the time.

Katie Ledecky, 19, won her fourth gold medal of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Friday when she set a world record in the women's 800-meter freestyle. Her time of 8:04.79 was almost 12 seconds faster than second place.

"I wish I could tell you in that picture we said, 'This is the greatest future amateur athlete on the planet,'" Leonsis told NHL.com this week. "But I will tell you in that photo, she was nonplussed being around all of the commotion."


Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor

Capitals, Marcus Johansson Agree To Three-Year, $13.75M Deal

Jul 20, 2016 2:20 PM

Hours before Marcus Johansson and the Capitals were set to go to arbitration for the second time, they agreed on a $13.75 million, three-year deal. The 25-year-old Swedish forward will count $4.583 million against the salary cap, almost exactly between the two sides' arbitration asking prices but on a longer contract.

"I don't think anyone wants to go to arbitration. That's kind of a last resort,'' Johansson said on a conference call from Toronto on Wednesday. "It was a little tight schedule before the meeting, but I'm really happy that we worked it out.''


Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Lake Erie Wins First Calder Cup Title

Jun 12, 2016 1:01 AM

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored with 1.9 seconds left in the first overtime and the Lake Erie Monsters won their first Calder Cup title, beating the Hershey Bears 1-0 on Saturday night to sweep the American Hockey League championship series.


Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

MacLellan, Nill, Rutherford Finalists For GM Of The Year

May 19, 2016 2:06 PM

Washington's Brian MacLellan, Dallas' Jim Nill and Pittsburgh's Jim Rutherford were announced as the finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award on Wednesday.

Voting was done by the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the second round. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.


Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Dallas Stars, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Capitals GM: 'Up To Him To Keep Cup Window Open For Ovechkin'
Alex Ovechkin is coming off a 50-goal NHL season.


Russia Calls Up Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Orlov For World Championships
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin will be playing in his 12th career world championship.


Bishop, Holtby, Quick Are Vezina Trophy Finalists
The NHL's top goalie will be announced June 22 during the NHL awards in Las Vegas.


Capitals Clinch Presidents' Trophy
The Capitals have also clinched home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.


Rangers Trade Ryan Bourque To Capitals For Chris Brown
Chris Brown has skated in 20 games with Hershey of the AHL this season, scoring three goals.

Press Release

Leafs Send Winnik To Caps For Carrick, Laich
Brooks Laich has played in 60 games for the Capitals this season, with one goal and six assists.

Press Release

Alex Ovechkin Scores 30th Goal Of Season
Alex Ovechkin becomes only the third player in NHL history to score 30 or more goals in their first 11 seasons.


Alex Ovechkin To Miss All-Star Weekend
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has a lower-body injury that he's been dealing with since mid-November.


NHL Names Varlamov, Oshie, Koivu 'Three Stars'
Semyon Varlamov went 3-0-0 with one shutout to help the Avs extend their winning streak to five games.

Press Release

NHL Names Kane, Holtby, Duchene 'Three Stars' For November
Patrick Kane led the NHL with 15 assists and 23 points to guide the Hawks to a 7-3-3 month of November.

Press Release

NHL Names Kuznetsov, Markov, Quick 'Three Stars'
Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov led the NHL with six assists and nine points last week.

Press Release

Alex Ovechkin Records 900th NHL Point
Alex Ovechkin scored his fourth goal of the season on Tuesday night.


Alex Ovechkin Scores Goal In Return To The Ice
The Capitals defeated the Blackhawks by the score of 4-1 on Thursday night.


Nicklas Backstrom Cleared For Contact
Caps forward Nicklas Backstrom is recovering from hip surgery he had on May 27.


Alex Ovechkin Overslept And Missed Practice
Caps head coach Barry Trotz made Alex Ovechkin sit out Tuesday night against the Sharks.


Ovechkin Misses Game For Personal Reasons
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin did not play in Tuesday night's 5-0 loss to the Sharks for personal reasons.


Islanders Name George McPhee Special Adviser To Garth Snow
George McPhee served as the Capitals' general manager for 17 seasons beginning in 1997-98.


Nicklas Backstrom May Miss Season Opener
Nicklas Backstrom skated with some teammates during drills on Thursday.


Caps' Brooks Laich Engaged To 'Dancing Champion' Julianne Hough
Capitals forward Brooks Laich has played 11 seasons in the NHL.


Marcus Johansson Re-Signs With Capitals
Marcus Johansson had a career-high 20 goals and 27 assists for the Capitals last season.