Washington Capitals Wiretap

Capitals' Braden Holtby Declines White House Invitation

Mar 23, 2019 10:25 AM

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby has pulled out of Monday's scheduled visit to the White House in celebration of the team's 2018 Stanley Cup championship.

Holtby is the most high-profile member of the team to decline the invitation.

"It's one of those things you have to think about, but for me, I have to stay true to my values. I'm going to respectfully decline the offer," Holtby said.

"It's a tough situation for everyone, to be forced into making a decision. You're a team. You want to stick together, no matter what. I hope everyone kind of blows it away -- that you don't worry about who goes and who doesn't. For me, it's just a personal thing. I believe in what I believe in. In order to stick to those values, I have to do what I think is right, but that doesn't make a difference in anyone else's decision. We stick by every teammate and their decision."

Holtby was the goalie for all 16 wins in the Capitals' playoff run, leading the NHL postseason with a 2.16 goals-against average.

Greg Wyshynski/ESPN

Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor

Capitals Acquire Nick Jensen From Red Wings

Feb 22, 2019 8:05 PM

The Washington Capitals upgraded their blue line Friday by acquiring defenseman Nick Jensen from the Detroit Red Wings.

Washington sent a 2020 second-round pick and defenseman Madison Bowey to Detroit for Jensen and a 2019 fifth-round pick.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Capitals Trade Picks To Kings For Carl Hangelin

Feb 21, 2019 8:00 PM

The Washington Capitals acquired forward Carl Hangelin from the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday for draft picks.

The Kings, who got Hagelin for Tanner Pearson in November, receive a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 conditional sixth-round selection from Washington.

Hagelin, who has struggled with two goals and eight points this season, is in the final year of a four-year, $16 million contract.


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

Capitals Waive Devante Smith-Pelly

Feb 21, 2019 2:16 AM

The Washington Capitals waived Devante Smith-Pelly on Wednesday, coach Todd Reirden said.

The Caps had signed Smith-Pelly, 26, to a one-year, $1 million contract in the offseason, following the winger's spectacular play on the way to winning the Stanley Cup last season.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Ryan Miller Has Most Wins By U.S.-Born Goalie

Feb 18, 2019 3:19 PM

Ryan Miller became the all-time leader in wins by a U.S.-born goaltender as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Sunday night.



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

Alex Ovechkin Breaks Russian Scoring Record In NHL

Feb 6, 2019 8:42 AM

Alex Ovechkin scored his 1,180th point on Tuesday night, allowing him to pass Sergei Fedorov as the top-scoring Russian player in NHL history.

Ovechkin broke the record in his 1,055th game, 193 games fewer than Fedorov played.

"It's history, and I passed all those legends,'' Ovechkin said. "It's pretty big and I appreciate everybody who do all work with me, my teammates, and it's huge. When you start playing hockey and you came to the NHL, you just have a dream to score one goal or two and now I'm No. 1 on the all-time Russian list.''

Ovechkin and Fedorov played together with the Washington Capitals in 2008 and 2009.

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor, Stats

Capitals, Pheonix Copley Agree Upon Three-Year, $3.3M Deal

Feb 5, 2019 8:35 AM

The Washington Capitals have signed backup goalie Pheonix Copley to a $3.3 million, three-year extension.

The deal keeps him under contract through the 2021-22 season at a salary-cap hit of $1.1 million.

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor, Signing

Maurice, Reirden, Cooper, Peters Named All-Star Game Coaches

Jan 7, 2019 1:38 AM

The four coaches for this month's NHL All-Star Game will be Paul Maurice of Winnipeg, Todd Reirden of Washington, Jon Cooper of Tampa Bay and Bill Peters of Calgary.

Each of the teams is a division leader -- Winnipeg (Central), Washington (Metropolitan), Tampa Bay (Atlantic) and Calgary (Pacific).

The NHL All-Star Weekend is Jan. 25-26 in San Jose, California.


Tags: Winnipeg Jets, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Ovechkin To Skip All-Star Game To Rest For Second Half

Jan 2, 2019 12:59 PM

Alex Ovechkin, who was named the captain of the Metropolitan Division team for the All-Star Game on Jan. 26, has informed the NHL that he will skip the festivities to rest for the second half of the season.

The Capitals captain leads the league with 29 goals.

"My body needs a rest," he said after practice on Wednesday.

Deciding to skip the game means that Ovechkin will have to also sit out the game before or game after the contest, per NHL rules.



Tags: Washington Capitals, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Tom Wilson's 20-Game Suspension Upheld

Oct 26, 2018 2:24 AM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman believes that Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson needs "an appropriate wake-up call" to re-evaluate his reckless play, which is one reason he upheld Wilson's 20-game suspension in a ruling on Thursday.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Auston Matthews Scores 10th Goal In Leafs Sixth Game
Auston Matthews joins Mario Lemieux as the only players in the past 30 years with at least 10 goals in their teams' first six games.


NHLPA Files Appeal Of Tom Wilson's Suspension
Capitals forward Tom Wilson was suspended 20-games for an illegal check to the head.


Alex Ovechkin And Wife Welcome Son
Alex Ovechkin's wife, Nastya, gave birth to the couple's first child on Saturday.


Capitals Re-Sign Tom Wilson To Six-Year, $31.02M Deal
Tom Wilson had 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points last season.


Caps Bring Back Brooks Orpik
Defenseman Brooks Orpik has signed a $1M, one-year deal with the Capitals.


Capitals Re-Sign Madison Bowey
Madison Bowey signed a two-year, $2M deal with the Capitals on Thursday.


Capitals Re-Sign Michal Kempny
The Capitals signed defenseman Michal Kempny to a four-year, $10M deal on Friday.


Capitals Name Todd Reirden Head Coach
The champion Capitals promoted their Associate coach Todd Reirden to head coach on Friday.


Capitals, Devante Smith-Pelly Agree To One-Year Deal
Playoff star Devante Smith-Pelly has agreed to a one-year, $1M deal with the Capitals.


Avs Buy Out Brooks Orpik
Veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik is now an unrestricted free agent.


Capitals, John Carlson Agree To Eight-Year, $64M Deal
John Carlson set career highs with 15 goals and 53 assists in 2017-18 for the champion Capitals.


Capitals Trade Orpik, Grubauer To Avs
The Capitals cleared salary cap space and found a potential starting goaltender in a deal with the Avalanche on Friday.


Isles Name Barry Trotz Head Coach
Barry Trotz left the Stanley Cup champion Capitals over a contract dispute.


Capitals To Raise Banner October 3
The Capitals will raise their first championship banner on October 3 against the Bruins.


Barry Trotz Leaves Capitals After Winning Stanley Cup
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz has resigned from the team, and has become a free agent.


Capitals, Barry Trotz Begin Extension Talks
Capitals GM Brian MacLellan wants to sign coach Barry Trotz to an extension.


Capitals Will Try To Re-Sign Coach Barry Trotz
Brain MacLellan will try to re-sign Barry Trotz, John Carlson and other free agents.


Capitals Capture Stanley Cup, Ovechkin Wins Conn Smythe Trophy
The Capitals won their first Stanley Cup on Thursday night in Las Vegas, defeating the Golden Knights 4-3 on a third period goal by Lars Eller.


Capitals Win Game 4, Take Commanding Series Lead
The Capitals beat the Golden Knights by the score of 6-2 on Monday night, scoring three first-period goals.


Golden Knights To Play Tomas Tatar In Game 4
Tomas Tatar was acquired at the trade deadline from the Red Wings, and has not played since May 16.