Player News - Capitals

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Garret Mitchell has inked a two-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals.

Mitchell had eight points and 121 penalty minutes in 64 AHL games in 2014-15. He would be worth keeping an eye on as a potential source of PIM if he makes the Capitals' opening game roster, but we wouldn't count on that happening.
Jun 2 - 5:27 PM

Philipp Grubauer's agent expects to start contract talks with the Capitals this week.

He added that Grubauer's first choice is to stay with Washington, but he has received offers to play in the KHL. If the Caps get a contract done with the pending restricted free agent netminder then Grubauer should be expected to back up Braden Holtby next season.
Jun 1 - 2:16 PM

Curtis Glencross probably won't be back with the Capitals in 2015-16.

He skated in 18 games for Washington during the regular season after he was acquired from Calgary and he appeared in 10 playoff contests. Glencross was productive out of the gate, but his offense dried up and his role on the team diminished. He sounds open to coming back, but he might explore free agency anyway. "You've got to be open for anything," Glencross said. "You never know what's going to happen. You've got to wait and see what's out there. It's something where my ties aren't from Washington at all. It's a great team and I feel this is the team that's going to win the Cup here in the next few years."
May 28 - 2:56 PM

Nicklas Backstrom had arthroscopic hip surgery on Wednesday afternoon.

"Based on the nature of this procedure we are confident that Nick will be completely healthy prior to the start of the 2015-16 regular season," said a statement by the Washington Capitals. He suited up in all 82 games during the regular season for the fifth time in his career and he has played six years without missing a game. Backstrom didn't reveal an injury after the Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs and an exact timetable for his recovery could be announced after he begins rehabilitating his hip several weeks from now.
May 28 - 11:53 AM

Washington GM Brian MacLellan admitted that re-signing Mike Green is "probably going to be a little complicated."

Green was Washington's highest-paid defenseman last season at just over $6 million, but he had a diminished role after Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik were added to the equation. He slipped to fifth among the team's blueliners in average ice time per game (19:06) but he remained the Capitals' top option for power-play situations. Green recorded 10 goals and 45 points in 72 games last year, but he may have to take a significant pay cut to stay in Washington. We would expect him to test the market because he could probably land a much better contract elsewhere, but a return to the Caps shouldn't be completely ruled out.
May 27 - 12:32 PM

Brooks Laich is excited to work on his game in the off-season and not worry about his health.

"Last couple years I've been concerned about health and so I've been focusing on rehab, and a lot of my days were spent skating without pucks to try and make sure my legs were there and this year I don't have to worry about my legs being there," Laich said. "I can do stick drills, I can do puck drills, I can do hands drills, I can shoot more pucks, more stuff thats going to help me out offensively, rather than just being able to skate." He still missed some time in 2014-15 because of a shoulder injury, but his troublesome groin held up to the grind of the season. Unfortunately, he recorded just seven goals and 20 points in 66 games.
May 26 - 4:20 PM

Joel Ward wouldn't hesitate to sign with the Capitals before July 1.

Of course for that to happen Washington would have to meet his contract demands. If a new deal isn't reached before Ward becomes an unrestricted free agent then he is still interested in coming back to the Capitals.
May 26 - 3:55 PM

Jay Beagle said that he would be 'honored' to re-sign with the Washington Capitals.

Beagle is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 but if he had his druthers, he wants back in with the Capitals. "I would love to stay here," Beagle said. "I would be honored to. That’s the way I look at it. At the end of the day, I will talk to my agent. That’s why I have him. He’s there for me and he’s always been great for me. I definitely want to hear what he has to say and see what happens. This is the first time I’ve been through it. I have no clue what could happen. But I obviously love it here. I’m not going to say otherwise." Beagle had ten goals and 20 points in 60 regular season games so his fantasy value is limited at best.
May 24 - 7:55 AM

Karl Alzner started to score more in the 2014-15 season.

Alzner had five goals in the regular season which equaled the total of his previous three seasons combined and then followed it up with a two goal and four point performance in 14 playoff games. The fifth overall pick in the 2007 Draft is a solid blueliner and any offense he gives the Capitals is just a bonus. That being said, we would not suggest drafting him in pools next season.
May 23 - 6:47 AM

Eric Fehr, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, wants to remain with the Washington Capitals.

The oft-injured winger is looking for a four year deal but the Capitals may come in with only three at best. "I really enjoy playing here," Fehr said. "Obviously, I have a lot of friends here and I’ve been here a lot of years. I think this is a special group. Obviously, I’d love to be back here, but looking at the amount of guys we have unsigned right now you just don’t know what’s going to happen." Fehr missed 10 of the Capitals 14 post-season games with a shoulder injury.
May 23 - 6:43 AM

The Washington Capitals and their fans played and rooted for more than just their pride during the 2015 playoffs.

They played, and grew their playoff beards out together in an effort to raise funds for the American Special Hockey Association. One fan named Jeff Taft brought in $10K by himself, "Growing a beard and raising money for a local charity where everyone can see the actual results have an impact is a great motivation." The Capitals and their fans went on to generate more than $33,700 for ASHA through two rounds and 14 games this postseason.
May 21 - 11:10 PM

It was a good day for long time NHL'er Sergei Fedorov, as the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Fedorov and other victims in an embezzlement scheme.

Like a classic Ponzi scheme, Joseph Zada was caught using investments to pay "personal expenses, which were substantial." Of note, Zada even through "extravagant parties" in which he "paid actors to pose as a Saudi prince and princess" in an effort to trick investors. The scheme cost the former Red Wing $43M, which included the Court's ruling that Joseph Zada pay a total of $112M.
May 21 - 11:00 PM

Marcus Johansson had the best season of his career in 2014-15.

He hit the 20-goal mark for the first time and he recorded 47 points in 82 games. New coach Barry Trotz urged Johansson to shoot more and he was credited with a personal best total of 138. He skated mostly as a top-line right winger or on the second line as a left winger. His success comes at a good time, as he'll be a restricted free agent this summer.
May 21 - 2:26 PM

The Capitals believe that Tom Wilson has more to give offensively and they are expecting more from him in 2015-16.

"Willie is one of my favorites," coach Barry Trotz said. "I think he's got a great upside, but at the same time I don't see him as a fourth line winger for the Washington Capitals. To me, he's better than that." He saw plenty of playing time alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom during November and December, but he wasn't able to stick with them and was eventually bumped down the depth chart. Wilson notched four goals, 17 points, 172 penalty minutes and 205 hits in 67 games this past season. If he can take advantage of his larger role and add more offense to his physical game then he will have great fantasy value.
May 21 - 1:25 PM

Jay Beagle wants to re-sign with the Washington Capitals, but the two sides might not see eye-to-eye.

Capitals GM Brian MacLellan is interested in signing Beagle "at a good number as a fourth-line player." Beagle might see himself as being worth more than that though, especially after he averaged 15:47 minutes per contest in the playoffs. He's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after completing his three-year, $2.7 million deal.
May 20 - 2:56 PM

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