Player News - Capitals

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Forward Tom Wilson, who broke an ankle this summer, is scheduled to report to the Washington Capitals' training camp Thursday and has started skating.

"He’s coming back into town," Washington coach Barry Trotz said. "He’ll be here for the first day of camp. He’ll skate; he’ll be with the early morning group, getting his work done early. He’s making good strides. He’s back on the ice and skating, so that’s real positive."
Sep 15 - 10:21 PM

Braden Holtby is thrilled to have a new goaltender coach as Mitch Korn has taken over the job.

Holtby struggled last season under coach Adam Oates with a 23-15-4 record to go with a 2.85 GAA and a .915 save percentage. The number one goaltender at the start of the season, Holtby spent lengthy portions of the season on the bench as Oates also played Philipp Grubauer, Michal Neuwirth and Jaroslav Halak. "I'm very familiar with what he brings to the table," Holtby said. "From our first meeting, I realized how experienced and how prepared he is and it's going to be a really fun time to pick his brain and learn as much as I can from him." The new backup should be Justin Peters. Look for Holtby to return to his 2013 form where he was 23-12-1 with a 2.58 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Draft him accordingly.
Sep 14 - 10:39 AM

Andre Burakovsky has added 15 pounds of muscle during the off-season.

Burakovsky was already highly regarded after being drafted 23rd overall in the 2013 Draft and shone last season with Erie as he potted 41 goals and 87 points in 57 games. The forward will challenge for a job with the Capitals this season but it would be a waste of time if he wasn't a top-six forward as he needs to play. He is worth selecting in dynasty pools at this time.
Sep 14 - 10:32 AM

Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz says he cares about analytics, but he won't "live or die" by them.

"So you have to marry the two. I believe in analytics, that’s why we do them. But I can’t live and die with them," Trotz told CSNWashington.com. More than anything else, the Caps need a consistent approach from their new bench boss.
Sep 13 - 1:55 PM

Edward Pasquale continues to recover from his surgery, which took place in February.

Depending upon the thoughts of the Washington Capitals' medical staff, Pasquale may no longer be considered a threat to Philipp Grubauer's spot in Washington's goalie ranks. Both seem more slated for AHL work, anyway, so don't expect a big fantasy impact regardless.
Sep 13 - 1:14 PM

New head coach Barry Trotz said that the Joel Ward-Jason Chimera line was the most reliable for Washington last season.

The new coach has spent the summer going over the Capitals games from last season and was impressed with Ward and Chimera. "I believe in a line that checks better, that’s reliable. I watched a lot of games from last year and the most reliable line was really [Joel] Ward and [Jason] Chimera. That was by far the most predictable line. That’s what players have. They all have talents they’re strong at," Trotz said. "A guy like Joel Ward, his strength is puck possession and smart and reading the play. His game is more of a grinding, smart, intelligent game. It might not be as quick as some other guys." Ward had 24 goals and 49 points last season but he may be in tough to match it this season.
Sep 13 - 10:41 AM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz doesn't feel pressured to keep Cam Schilling on the roster for the sake of having him stay off waivers.

Schilling inked a one-year, two-way contract with Washington after recording 16 points and 89 penalty minutes in 70 AHL games last season. He's competing for a roster spot, but isn't a favorite to secure a job with the team.
Sep 12 - 6:53 PM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz is excited about what Mike Green might accomplish this season.

"He's such a dynamic player and I'm quite excited to work with Mike," Trotz said of Green. "I think what we're going to do as a team will be right up his alley, with handling pucks and moving pucks and getting up in the play and being an active part of the attack. The areas he needs to work on is around the cage, some of the boxing out. When he does that his skill set is phenomenal and we want to be able to emphasize those assets." Trotz was originally not sure if his direct approach would be best for Green, but he is more upbeat after the two had an opportunity to talk. Green is entering the contract season of his three-year, $18.25 million deal and is hoping to start producing like he used to. He's far from a safe bet to do that, especially given his injury history.
Sep 12 - 6:06 PM

Alex Ovechkin felt the firing of head coach Adam Oates and GM George McPhee over the summer was a "wake-up call."

Ovechkin also believes it was a signal to the players that they have to improve or the next set of changes will be focused on the team's roster. "I'm pretty sure this organization and the fans is tired to losing and not show exactly what we can do," Ovechkin said. "That's why we made the changes." Ovechkin will turn 29 on Sept. 17 and while he's had a lot of personal success, the Capitals haven't gotten past the second round of the playoffs during his tenure. Washington knows it needs to take advantage of Ovechkin's talents while he's still in his prime.
Sep 12 - 10:34 AM

Alex Ovechkin has fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus, while playing for Russia.

"My knee doesn't bother me," Ovechkin told The Associated Press. "Everything feels fine and 100 percent." He led the league with 51 goals last season and recorded 79 points in 78 games. Ovechkin also placed second in NHL with 39 power-play points, which included a whopping 24 markers. If new coach Barry Trotz can get the "glide" out of his game and get him more involved defensively then his horrid minus-35 rating should see plenty of improvement.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 11 - 6:53 PM

Brooks Laich already appreciates having coach Barry Trotz behind the bench and training camp hasn't started yet.

"He commands himself in a very poised and calm demeanor," he said. "He's very respectful of other people and in return demands that respect back and demands that people be polite and courteous to other people. He feels like a guy who's calm and in control of this hockey team, even though it's early and we haven't hit the ice yet." Laich also stated that he's looking forward to playing for a veteran head coach. The 31-year-old forward will be looking to bounce back from a groin problem, which has plagued him for the past two seasons, during the 2014-15 campaign.
Sep 11 - 2:17 PM

Cam Schilling has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract.

Schilling had 16 points and 89 penalty minutes in 70 AHL games in 2013-14. He's an organizational depth defenseman and consequently isn't expected to have any fantasy value this season.
Sep 9 - 12:32 PM

Jay Beagle focused on gaining some strength in the off-season and he made five pounds of muscle.

"I feel a little better. Better than I did last year," he said. "You always find out once you start getting into games. It's hard to tell in scrimmages and stuff." Beagle was scratched for 18 straight games in October and November, so he'll be looking for a fresh start this season with a new coach. In 62 appearances last year, he picked up just nine points and his goal in 2014-15 is to be able to contribute more offensively.
Sep 8 - 3:40 PM

The 2015 Winter Classic between the Capitals and Blackhawks will be held at Nationals Park, according to The Washington Post.

League officials had also visited FedEx Field and RFK Stadium, but ultimately the widely-anticipated venue won out. An official announcement will be coming "very soon."
Sep 6 - 8:33 PM

Dustin Penner has offers on the table and he's taking some time to make a decision.

Training camps are about two weeks away from happening, so we probably won't have to wait long to see where he ends up. According to his agent, Penner has offers from Europe and the NHL.
Sep 4 - 4:08 PM


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