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CAPITALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Capitals, Braden Holtby agree to extension

The weekend wasn’t a terribly busy one for the NHL, but the Washington Capitals made easily the biggest move: locking up goaltender Braden Holtby to a new five-year extension. Holtby had been asking $8 million per season in arbitration, though he didn’t get that. He did, however, get a healthy raise to $30.5 million over those five seasons. For the math impaired, that adds up...
Via Sports-Glory
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

John Carlson jokes about Braden Holtby’s new contract

Braden Holtby was given a hefty raise from the Washington Capitals. He didn’t receive the $8 million a year he was asking for, but the goaltender is taking home a five-year, $30.5 million contract which will carry an average cap hit of $6.1 million. Fans and analysts were quick to dissect the new deal, but teammate John Carlson had a simple way of breaking down Holtby’s new contract.
Via Puck Drunk Love
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals sign goaltender Braden Holtby to a five-year contract extension

The Washington Capitals have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with goalie Braden Holtby.  The terms of the five-year deal is $30.5 million and will run through the 2020 NHL season, giving Washington a long-term net solution. Holtby had a terrific 2014-15 season under new coach Barry Trotz and goalie coach Mitch Korn.  He set a career high with 41 wins, posting...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals' Backstrom eyes return for season opener

Nicklas Backstrom remains optimistic that he will be on the ice when the Washington Capitals open the 2015-16 season."We will just have to wait and see how things go exactly," the 27-year-old center told Swedish radio station Sverigesradio as he recovers from arthroscopic hip surgery. "But of course I'm hoping that I will be ready for the start of the season."Backstorm underwent...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Capitals Prospect Stanislav Galiev Eats Cobra’s Beating Heart, Drinks Snake’s Blood

View image | gettyimages.com Check this one in the true bucket list category. While vacationing in Vietnam, Washington Capitals prospect Stanislav Galiev indulged into the country’s culinary customs. Galiev, a third-round pick of the Capitals in the 2010 NHL Draft, took down a delicate dish of a cobra’s beating heart while chasing it with a shot of the venomous snake’s...
Via KCM Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

T.J. Oshie Sends Care Package To Cheer Up Young Broken-Hearted Girl

T.J. Oshie has certainly made it up to this young fan. After news broke that the winger was being traded from the Blues to the Capitals, this five-year-old fan, Libby, had a bit of a breakdown: Oshie first surprised Libby on SportsCenter: Then on Thursday, the 28-year-old sent Libby a care package which included a signed Capitals’ No. 77 Oshie jersey:  [Washington Capitals...
Via Diehardsport
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch the Capitals goalies play tag during development camp

Goalies are an odd breed. You probably don’t need any more proof of that if you’ve ever watched hockey, but the Washington Capitals provided us all with another example during their development camp. We’re not sure if this was a drill or just some fun, but here’s a game of goalie tag. (H/T Reddit Hockey) The post Watch the Capitals goalies play tag during development camp...
Via Puck Drunk Love
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Caps sign Evgeny Kuznetsov to two-year deal

Washington has three critical restricted free agents.  One has signed a new deal, two have filed for salary arbitration. The Caps signed Evgeny Kuznetsov to a two-year bridge contract that will pay him $2.2 million this coming season and $3.4 million next season.  Kuznetsov will remain a restricted free agent when the current contract expires in 2016-17. Kuznetsov was a first round...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Caps free agency period summary update

It has been a helluva three days for the Washington Capitals and GM Brian MacLellan.  MacLellan entered free agency preaching a hesitation approach, mostly due to salary cap constraints handed down from MacLellan’s predecessor, former Caps GM George McPhee.   What transpired was a continual approach by MacLellan to remake the roster, the culture, and the direction  of the Capitals...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals Thank Departed Mike Green, as He Admits Its Time to Move on

View image | gettyimages.com Fan favorite defenseman Mike Green officially has departed the Washington Capitals after 10 seasons with the team that drafted him. Green signed a three-year deal worth a reported $18 million with the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. And while the writing was long on the wall for the former first-round pick, his departure still leaves a void for the...
Via KCM Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals Have Crucial Offseason Decisions To Make, Fans Snatching Up Tickets In Anticipation

View image | gettyimages.com General Manager Brian MacLellan and his Washington Capitals spent big during free agency last season. The signing of defenders Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen helped them finish in second in the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division with a record of 45-26-11. This offseason, they aim to rebound from a second-round playoff exit, as goaltender Braden...
Via KCM Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Free Agency Forward Focus: Who Should Colorado Pursue?

  The NHL’s off-season moves at a breakneck pace with the Stanley Cup being awarded one week, the NHL Draft happening the next, and then free agency setting teams up for next season the week after that. With Chicago having won yet another Stanley Cup and the NHL Draft completed last weekend, it means it’s time for free agency to start. As the Colorado Avalanche approach free...
Via BSN Denver
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Housley Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON-APRIL 9: Phil Housley #6 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck during the game against the Washington Capitals on April 9, 2002 at MCI Center in Washington, DC. The Capitals won 3-1. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) A few years back I campaigned hard to see 500+ goal scorer Dino Ciccarelli to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Finally in 2010, the...
Via State of Hockey News
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Green won’t return to the Washington Capitals

Defenseman Mike Green won’t be with the Washington Capitals in 2015-16. According to CSN Washington, Green is ready to test free agency when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Green’s agent Craig Oster, who is also the agent for Eric Fehr, indicated that both players would hit the open market. Oster on both Green and Fehr moving on: “The Capitals have...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Capitals To Wear New Red Alternate Jersey With Retro Design (Photo)

The Washington Capitals unveiled a new alternate jersey on Tuesday that will be worn during the 2015-16 NHL season. FIRST LOOK at the Capitals' new third jersey. More to come shortly... http://t.co/G4nrmnmiib— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) June 23, 2015 “The primary color for the uniform is red and closely resembles the team’s jersey worn from 1974-75 through 1994-95,” the Capitals...
Via NESN.com
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin Guarantees Game 7 Win Vs. Rangers (Video)

Alexander Ovechkin has never played in an Eastern Conference final, but he’s very confident it will happen this season. The Washington Capitals captain channeled his inner Mark Messier after losing Game 6 on Sunday night and guaranteed a win in Tuesday’s Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. Alex Ovechkin still confident: "The character of this group, it shows a lot. We gonna come...
Via NESN.com
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Valiant third period effort not enough for the Washington Capitals

Game 6 between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers was, in my opinion, the best game of the series so far. Throughout the entire game there was a sense of a must-win scenario. Of course, the Rangers needed to win game 6 to stay in the playoffs, but there was also pressure on the Caps to eliminate the Rangers and prevent a game 7. Both teams put forth a tremendous effort...
Via isportsweb.com
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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