Player News - Capitals

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Marcus Johansson has been awarded a one-year, $3.75 million contract from Washington in arbitration.

Johansson set new career-highs last season with 20 goals and 47 points in 82 games. He had requested a $4.75 million salary while Washington countered at $3 million, so the arbitrators ruling was ultimately near the middle. It represents a significant increase from his 2014-15 salary of $2,175,000.
Jul 31 - 9:05 PM

Jonas Siegenthaler has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.

Siegenthaler had three assists in 41 Swiss League games with Zurich last season. The plan is for him to participate in Washington's rookie camp before returning to Switzerland for the 2015-16 campaign. He was taken with the 57th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 30 - 4:44 PM

Marcus Johansson and the Washington Capitals weren't able to agree to terms before his arbitration hearing.

Johansson put in a request of $4.75 million to an arbitrator while the Capitals countered at $3 million. Both sides can still agree to an extension until the arbitrator makes a ruling on the matter by Friday afternoon. Johansson had 20 goals and 47 points in 82 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 29 - 6:31 PM

Brooks Orpik underwent wrist surgery on Tuesday.

Orpik is still expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. It will take him about two weeks to get back to full workout activities.
Jul 28 - 8:08 PM

Marcus Johansson is requesting $4.75 million from an arbitrator.

The Washington Capitals have filed a $3 million counter offer. Johansson's hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, so there's still time for the two sides to find a common ground and render the arbitration date moot. Johansson had 20 goals and 47 points in 82 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 27 - 11:22 AM

Braden Holtby believes the Washington Capitals grew a lot as a team last season.

"We grew a lot as a team and as an organization last year in order to gain the experience and confidence to groom ourselves into an elite level team," said Holtby. We’re getting there. It’s not going to be easy after last year. We still have to keep pushing forward, finding ways to get better and finding what the secret is to win a Stanley Cup. That’s ultimately what pushes us as players and the whole organization – to try to get better and to try to figure out the winning formula and that’s what we’re going to do. As long as it takes we’re going to do it."
Jul 26 - 9:54 AM

Marcus Johansson’s contract talks are considered "status quo," according to Capitals general manager Brian McLellan.

"I think they're status quo from last time," McLellan said. Johansson will have an arbitration hearing July 29, though McLellan hopes to avoid it. "As we get closer and, you know, as both parties go through their arbitration process, I think you get a better feeling for the value of the player," MacLellan said. "Hopefully we can come to an agreement before then, but again, we're willing to go through the whole process and keep negotiating." The 24-year-old set career-highs last season: 20 goals and 47 points. He made $2 million.
Jul 25 - 2:08 PM

Braden Holtby admitted that he is relieved that he and the Capitals were able to come to terms on a new contract.

The two sides did take part in an arbitration hearing but they were still able to agree on a long-term deal after the hearing took place. "Obviously it’s a little nerve-racking when you want to be part of this group," Holtby said. "I’m very relieved to have it over with and now we can just focus on the real thing, my job and accomplishing our goals as a team." The 25-year-old posted a 41-20-10 record with a 2.22 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage in 73 games last season.
Jul 25 - 9:43 AM

Ryan Stanton has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Washington Capitals.

Stanton had three goals and 11 points in 54 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season. He should have a legitimate shot at making the Capitals' opening game roster.
Jul 24 - 6:36 PM

Braden Holtby has inked a five-year, $30.5 million contract extension with the Washington Capitals.

Holtby and the Capitals already had their arbitration hearing, but they were still allowed to come to an agreement independent of the arbitrator because a judgment hadn't been made. Holtby was asking for $8 million while Washington countered with $5.1 million. This new deal leans closer to Washington's request in terms of the annual cap hit, but that seems only fair given the term Holtby is getting. He is still a bit of a risk given his somewhat inconsistent career to this point, but there's no question he has the potential to live up to this deal and then some. He had a 2.22 GAA and .923 save percentage in 73 games last season.
Jul 24 - 3:18 PM

Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals weren't able to agree to terms before their scheduled arbitration hearing.

Holtby requested a salary of $8 million while Washington has countered at $5.1 million. Although the ideal would have obviously been to settle before the hearing, there's still a chance that the two sides will agree to terms before the arbitrators ruling. Holtby had a 2.22 GAA and .923 save percentage in 73 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 23 - 8:13 PM

Braden Holtby's agent, Lewis Gross, doesn't think a potential arbitration hearing between the team and his client will be problematic.

There's the fear that such a hearing might ultimately hurt a team's relationship with the player in question, but Gross argues that it's all professional. "The team is usually trying to find the negatives and the player is trying to find the positives," Gross said. "But at the end of the day, the team wants the player to perform and they want him back. If they didn't want the player back they wouldn't have even qualified him with a contract offer." Holtby is asking for $8 million from the arbitrator while the Capitals have countered at $5.1 million. His hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
Jul 22 - 10:21 PM

Braden Holtby is requesting an $8 million salary from the arbitrator.

The Washington Capitals have filed a $5.1 million counter request. While $8 million seems too high for Holtby given that he's not far removed from his rough 2013-14 campaign, it wouldn't be surprising to see the two sides settle on the middle ground of about $6.5 million. His arbitration hearing is set for Thursday. He had a 2.22 GAA and .923 save percentage in 73 games last season.
Jul 21 - 12:04 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hip) is still aims to play in the season opener.

Backstrom is making any promises though as he'll have to wait and see how his recovery goes. Capitals coach Barry Trotz recently expressed uncertainty about Backstrom's availability for the start of the regular season. Backstrom spent most of the 2014-15 campaign playing through his hip injury.
Jul 21 - 11:07 AM

Miles Koules is hoping to fight his way onto the Caps' roster this fall and earn his first professional contract.

"They think I’m a talented player and my skills show for themselves," Koules said. "The things I need to do to earn a contract is kind of play with a hard-nosed grit and combine that with skill and hopefully people notice more and more every time I step on the ice or I’m in the weight room or whatever activity we’re doing and it gets me that much closer to getting a contract." The L.A. native had 59 points in 69 games in the WHL last year.
Jul 19 - 12:24 PM

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