Washington Capitals Wiretap

Capitals' Brooks Orpik Retires After 15 NHL Seasons

Jun 25, 2019 1:12 PM

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has announced his retirement after 15 seasons in the NHL.

The 38-year-old American scored 18 goals and had 176 assists during his career.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor

Capitals Re-Sign Carl Hagelin To Four-Year, $11M Deal

Jun 17, 2019 4:53 AM

The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Carl Hagelin to a four-year, $11 million deal.

The 30-year-old, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent, was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in February.


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

Caps Send Niskanen To Flyers For Gudas

Jun 14, 2019 2:25 PM

The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers swapped defensemen on Friday, with Matt Niskanen joining Philadelphia and Radko Gudas going to Washington.

Niskanen was part of the Capitals' run to a Stanley Cup title in 2018, but his productivity dipped last season, as he had his fewest points (25) since 2012-13 while his per-game time on ice was his lowest in five seasons in Washington.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

NHL Clears Apologetic Evgeny Kuznetsov

May 31, 2019 7:43 PM

The NHL cleared Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov after a video surfaced Monday of him sitting next to a table on which there are two lines of white powder in what appears to be a hotel room.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement Friday that the league "thoroughly reviewed the situation" and considers the matter closed.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Legal, Misc Rumor

Hurricanes' Svechnikov In Concussion Protocol

Apr 16, 2019 4:43 PM

Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov, 19, is in the concussion protocol after being knocked out by Alex Ovechkin in a fight during Monday night's game.

Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour made the announcement, saying he assumed that Svechnikov would miss Thursday's Game 4.


Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Washington Capitals, Injury, Misc Rumor

Ovechkin Knocks Out Svechnikov In Game 3

Apr 16, 2019 9:34 AM

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin fought -- and knocked out -- Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov in the first period of Game 3 in the teams' first-round series on Monday night.

Svechnikov, 19, is the youngest player in the NHL playoffs this season.


Tags: Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, Game Recap, Injury, Misc Rumor

Alex Ovechkin Has Eighth 50-Goal Season

Mar 31, 2019 2:44 AM

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals became the third player in NHL history to record eight or more 50-goal seasons Saturday night -- a list topped by Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky, who each had nine.


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

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

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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
The Capitals had signed Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year deal in the offseason.


Ryan Miller Has Most Wins By U.S.-Born Goalie
The Ducks beat the Capitals 5-2 on Sunday night.


Alex Ovechkin Breaks Russian Scoring Record In NHL
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.

Associated Press

Capitals, Pheonix Copley Agree Upon Three-Year, $3.3M Deal
The Capitals have signed backup goalie Pheonix Copley to a $3.3 million, three-year extension.

Associated Press

Maurice, Reirden, Cooper, Peters Named All-Star Game Coaches
The NHL All-Star Weekend is January 25-26 in San Jose.


Ovechkin To Skip All-Star Game To Rest For Second Half
Alex Ovechkin will have to sit out the game before or game after the All-Star contest, per NHL rules.


Tom Wilson's 20-Game Suspension Upheld
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman believes that Tom Wilson needs "an appropriate wake-up call."


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.