Washington Capitals Wiretap

NHL Names All-Star Captains

Jan 4, 2018 3:18 PM

Lightning star Steven Stamkos will serve as captain of the Atlantic Division team in the NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tournament this month in Tampa, Florida.

Stamkos has 49 points for first-place Tampa Bay and is the face of the franchise.

Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin earned his 12th career All-Star nod as the fan-voted captain of the Metropolitan Division. Ovechkin leads the league with 26 goals.

Predators defenseman P.K. Subban was voted captain for the Metropolitan Division and Oilers center Connor McDavid captain of the Pacific Division.


Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals, Edmonton Oilers, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Nathan Walker Becomes First Australian To Play In NHL

Oct 9, 2017 1:33 AM

Nathan Walker became the first Australian native to play in the NHL and had a grand debut when the Washington Capitals forward scored his first career goal on Sunday.

"At first, I wasn't 100 percent sure," the 23-year-old said of his goal.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

Ovechkin Opens Season With Two Hat Tricks

Oct 8, 2017 1:26 AM

Alex Ovechkin has etched his name into the record book, becoming the first player since the NHL's inaugural season to open a season with consecutive hat tricks.

Ovechkin scored his fourth, fifth and sixth goals of the season in the first period of the Capitals' home opener against the Canadiens. He scored his first three goals of the season in the Capitals' season opener in Ottawa on Thursday night.


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

Laurene Powell Jobs Buys Stake In Capitals

Oct 3, 2017 5:30 PM

Billionaire executive Laurene Powell Jobs has agreed to buy a 20 percent stake in Ted Leonsis' Monumental Sports & Entertainment.

A spokeswoman for Monumental confirmed to The Associated Press that there is an agreement in place with Powell Jobs pending approval from the NBA and NHL. Monumental owns the NBA's Washington Wizards and NHL's Washington Capitals.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Legal, Misc Rumor

Golden Knights Sign Nate Schmidt To Two-Year, $4.45M Deal

Aug 6, 2017 1:30 AM

The Vegas Golden Knights have signed Nate Schmidt to a two-year, $4.45 million deal after claiming the defenseman from Washington in the expansion draft.

The Golden Knights announced an arbitrator's decision on the contract Saturday night.


Tags: Vegas, Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor, Signing

Capitals, Goalie Philipp Grubauer Agree To One-Year Deal

Jul 6, 2017 2:25 PM

Backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer has agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Capitals.

The team announced Thursday that it had re-signed its last remaining restricted free agent.

The 25-year-old German went 13-6-2 with a 2.04 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and three shutouts in 24 games with Washington last season.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Capitals, Andre Burakovsky Agree To Two-Year, $6M Deal

Jul 5, 2017 12:41 AM

Right winger Andre Burakovsky and the Washington Capitals have agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract.

The team announced the deal with the restricted free agent on Tuesday.

Burakovsky, 22, had 12 goals and 23 assists in 64 games for Washington last season, his third in the NHL.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Capitals Re-Sign Kuznetsov, Trade Johansson To Devils

Jul 2, 2017 9:43 PM

The Capitals re-signed center Evgeny Kuznetsov on Sunday to a $62.4 million, eight-year deal and made room for him by trading Marcus Johansson to the Devils.

Kuznetsov will count $7.8 million against the salary cap through 2024-25. That's a heavy price for a team that will have to make moves to ice a full roster under the $75 million cap next season.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor, Signing

Capitals Re-Sign T.J. Oshie To Eight-Year, $46M Deal

Jun 23, 2017 7:40 PM

The Washington Capitals have re-signed T.J. Oshie, bringing the forward back on an eight-year, $46 million deal, the team announced Friday.

He will count $5.75 million against the salary cap through the 2024-25 season.

Oshie had a stellar season playing on the first line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom in 2016-17, scoring a career-high 33 goals.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor, Signing

Capitals Acquire Tyler Graovac From Wild For 2018 Pick

Jun 15, 2017 2:16 AM

The Capitals have acquired forward Tyler Graovac from the Wild for a 2018 fifth-round pick.

Capitals GM Brian MacLellan announced the trade Wednesday night. The deal gives Washington a second forward under contract for next season to satisfy the minimum exposure requirements for the upcoming Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft.

Because they have Graovac, the Capitals can protect center Lars Eller.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Minnesota Wild, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Capitals Won't Make Major Moves In Offseason
The Capitals won the Presidents' Trophy in back-to-back seasons but haven't advanced past the second round during the Alex Ovechkin era.


Capitals To Play Leafs In Outdoor Game At Naval Academy
This is the third outdoor game for the Capitals and Maple Leafs.


Capitals May Face Changes After Playoff Failure
Some of the Capitals' unrestricted free agents won't be back next season.


Ovechkin Played With Injury During Playoffs
Russian hockey officials said that Alex Ovechkin would not be able to play at the world championships because of the lower-body injury.


Crosby Returns, But Capitals Beat Penguins In Game 5
Sidney Crosby passed his concussion test and returned to the Penguins' line-up on Saturday night.


Sidney Crosby Participates In Full Practice
Four days after suffering a concussion, Sidney Crosby was back on the ice with teammates on Friday.


Alex Ovechkin Takes Blame For Game 4 Loss
The Capitals are now on the verge of elimination following their 3-2 loss to the Penguins on Wednesday night.


Sidney Crosby To Miss Game 4 With Concussion
Penguins star captain Sidney Crosby has a history of concussions and missed the first six games of this season because of a concussion.


Ovechkin Still Plans To Play For Russia In 2018 Olympics
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin hopes that an NHL deal can still be salvaged.


NHL's Divisional Playoff Format Criticized
The Blue Jackets, Capitals, and Penguins could finish 1-2-3 in points in the Metropolitan Division.


Capitals First To Clinch Playoff Spot
The Capitals beat the Lightning 5-3 on Saturday, and have their third consecutive 100-point season.


Capitals Acquire Kevin Shattenkirk From Blues
The Blues get Zach Sanford, a 2017 first-round draft pick, and a conditional future second-round pick.


Kings Send Tom Gilbert To Capitals For Draft Pick
The Kings have received a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Capitals.

Press Release

Alex Ovechkin Reaches 1,000 Career Point Milestone
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin becomes the 84th NHL player to record 1,000 career points.


Ovechkin Plans To Play For Russia In 2018 Olympics
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is willing to play in South Korea regardless of the NHL's ultimate Olympic decision.


Katie Ledecky Counts Caps Owner Fan, Friend
Capitals owner Ted Leonis has known Olympic champion Katie Ledecky since she was a child.


Capitals, Marcus Johansson Agree To Three-Year, $13.75M Deal
Marcus Johansson had 17 goals and 29 assists for 46 points in 74 games last season.


Lake Erie Wins First Calder Cup Title
Lake Erie beat Hershey 1-0 on Saturday night to sweep the AHL championship series.


MacLellan, Nill, Rutherford Finalists For GM Of The Year
The winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year will be announced June 22 in Las Vegas.


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