Player News - Capitals

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Eric Fehr wants to remain a member of the Washington Capitals.

Fehr will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 unless he re-signs but he has told his agent that he wants to stay. "I’d love to be here," Fehr said. "I get along with everybody here. Some of my best friends are here. It’s a city I really love, so we’d love to stay here. That’s stuff we’ll worry about at another time." Fehr has 14 goals and 22 points in 42 games this season.
Jan 24 - 9:09 AM

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said that Dmitry Orlov may be shut down for the season if his wrist doesn't improve "over the next couple of weeks."

"It’s been a frustrating situation for us with his injury. I’d love to see our team with Orlov and Green on the third pair. That’s six really good defensemen," MacLellan said. Orlov, still just 23 years old, hasn't dressed for the Caps this season though he has one season left at just $2M before he's an RFA. He's also managed a respectable 31 points through 119 career games, all with Washington.
Jan 23 - 6:59 PM

Karl Alzner has three goals and 11 points in 46 games this season.

That's a pace Alzner should be able to maintain, although it's not enough to intrigue most standard league owners. Alzner is more noteworthy in leagues that count blocked shots as he already has 87 of those this season. That's more or less in line with expectations going into the campaign.
Jan 23 - 2:54 PM

Nicklas Backstrom is a prime candidate to be a replacement all-star after Thursday's news that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will miss the Jan. 25 classic in Columbus.

Backstrom has had a terrific season thus far with 15 goals and 47 points in 46 games. The 27-year-old has been an essential part of the Caps' season, helping the team build a 12-point cushion on the Metropolitan's final playoff spot. Backstrom has never been to the all-star game before.
Jan 22 - 8:15 PM

Andre Burakovsky had two assists in a 5-4 shootout loss to Edmonton.

Burakovsky has recorded at least a point in back-to-back games for the first time since Oct. 26-29. He's tied for sixth place among rookies in the scoring race with 18 points 37 contests.
Jan 21 - 11:32 AM

Mike Green had two assists in a 5-4 shootout loss to Washington.

It was Green's second multi-point game in the span of three contests. He has four goals and 27 points in 38 games this season.
Jan 21 - 11:29 AM

Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals for the Capitals in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to Edmonton.

Ovechkin netted the first two goals of the contest and put his team ahead by a score of 2-0 early in the game, but it still hasn't enough to hold off the Oilers and their comeback effort. Nicklas Backstrom and Jay Beagle also scored for Washington in the defeat while Mike Green dished out a pair of assists.
Jan 20 - 10:21 PM

Braden Holtby suffered a rare loss against an unlikely opponent Tuesday as the Capitals dropped a 5-4 shootout decision to the Oilers.

The Caps held a two-goal lead with less than five minutes to play in the third period, but coughed it up and eventually fell in the shootout. Hotly allowed four goals on 31 shots in the loss, which drops his record to 22-9-8 on the year. He has still lost only two regulation games since December 2nd.
Jan 20 - 10:18 PM

Aaron Volpatti will not play Tuesday night against Edmonton.

Volpatti, once a viable option for pools that reward the tough guys, hasn't suited up in the NHL since April 5th, 2014. He hasn't taken a penalty, a minor, since Feb. 2nd, 2014. Needless to say he's lacking in fantasy value.
Jan 20 - 6:23 PM

Michael Latta will be a healthy scratch against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Latta has played just twice in 2015 with little to show for it. But he has 39 PIMs and 53 hits in 30 games this season. If your league rewards gritty forwards like him, keep on eye on him if he ever gets back into the lineup consistently.
Jan 20 - 6:22 PM

Braden Holtby will get the start against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

Holtby comes in with a a 22-9-7 record, a 2.22 GAA and a .923 save percentage. Edmonton has scored the third fewest goals in the league with 104. The Caps also continue to battle for playoff security with Boston, Pittsburgh and the Rangers. If that's not a recipe for success, it's hard to tell what is.
Jan 20 - 5:27 PM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz considers Tuesday's game against Edmonton to be a big one.

That's because after Washington plays on Tuesday, it'll take a week long break due to the All-Star Game. "Oh, it's huge," Trotz said. "It's huge. We're trying to stay with the few teams. We're trying to stay above teams, so to me, we had a good push today. We didn't want to lose today, so it's imperative that we get Tuesday. We have to be hungry. We have to get that game. To me, it's almost like a must game." Washington currently has a six-point cushion in the battle for a Wild Card spot.
Jan 19 - 11:13 AM

The Washington Capitals have sent Steven Oleksy to the minors.

The blueliner has spent a lot of time traveling between Washington and Hershey of the AHL as he has been up and down twice this week. He is certainly adding to his air miles program.
Jan 18 - 10:44 AM

Nicklas Backstrom got a goal and an assist in Washington’s 5-4 loss to the Stars on Saturday night.

Backstrom made things interesting with a goal late in the third period to draw the Capitals to within one. He also had an assist — his 32nd — on Alexander Ovechkin’s goal earlier in the frame. Ovechkin also picked up an assist. Backstrom is putting together another sensational season, with 14 goals and 46 points. Andre Burakovsky and Eric Fehr netted the other goals.
Jan 17 - 11:13 PM

Justin Peters yielded five goals on 26 shots in Washington’s 5-4 loss to the Stars on Saturday night.

Peters was making his first start since Nov. 29, a span of 21 consecutive games for Braden Holtby. Peters has not been good — with a 3.51 goals-against average and .864 save percentage — but the Capitals need to give him more time between the pipes to get him into a rhythm and give Holtby more time off. Holtby is due to make around 70 starts.
Jan 17 - 11:12 PM

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