Player News - Capitals

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Coach Adam Oates wanted to rely on Mike Green this season to be a leader on Washington's defense corps.

"He's had a lot of partners, but he's also supposed to be the guiding light," Oates said. "He's the veteran. He's the guy we count on. He's supposed to take care of them, not the other way around." Green was paired with Karl Alzner, John Erskine, Jack Hillen, Nate Schmidt and Dmitry Orlov during the 2013-14 campaign and he had trouble adjusting. He led all Capitals' blueliners in scoring with 38 points (nine goals, 29 assists) in 70 matches, but he admitted to being frustrated at times over the course of the season.
Apr 17 - 4:17 PM

Braden Holtby suggested that his struggles this season were partially caused by changes the coaching staff wanted him to make.

"It's obviously been well documented the changes that we tried," Holtby said. "Nothing against what the philosophy was, it just didn't coincide with my personality and my natural instincts. The changes led to a lot of second guessing myself and over-thinking things. The moment you start doing that you start to struggle, and when you struggle your confidence goes down a bit." Holtby had a 2.85 GAA and .915 save percentage in 48 games this season. If the Capitals re-sign Jaroslav Halak, then Holtby will have to fight hard for the starting job.
Apr 17 - 10:43 AM

Tyson Strachan has been sent to the minors.

Strachan had two assists in 28 games with Washington this season. He also has 18 points and 56 penalty minutes in 57 AHL contests.
Apr 15 - 2:10 PM

The Washington Capitals have sent Peter Leblanc to the minors.

Leblanc made his NHL debut on Sunday but was blanked as were the Capitals who lost 1-0 in a shootout. Leblanc had 12 goals and 28 points in 65 games for Hershey this season.
Apr 14 - 11:01 AM

The Washington Capitals have reassigned defenseman Julien Brouillette to the minors.

Brouillette played 10 games in the bigs for the Capitals and had a goal and an assist. He will play for the Hershey Bears where he had 10 goals and 20 points in 48 AHL games this season.
Apr 14 - 10:57 AM

Alex Ovechkin wants to see Adam Oates behind the bench as coach of the Washington Capitals next season.

Ovechkin said 'yeah' when asked if he wanted Oates back as coach. "I trusted him and I still talk to him," Ovechkin said. "I don't know if somebody in this locker room feel bad about him, that's their mind. My mind is we're still good friends and if something happens I'm always going to ask his advice." Oates still has one season left on his contract so it will be an important decision for George McPhee and the Washington Capitals.
Apr 14 - 10:49 AM

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin has claimed his fourth career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's goal-scoring leader.

Ovechkin scored 51 goals to capture his second consecutive and fourth goal-scoring title. He became the 11th player in NHL history to record five 50-goal seasons and only the fifth to do so in his first nine campaigns, following Mike Bossy (9 in 9), Wayne Gretzky (8), Guy Lafleur (6) and Brett Hull (5). Ovechkin, who finished 2013-14 ahead of Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry (43) and San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski (41), also registered his third career four-goal game Dec. 10; scored his 400th goal Dec. 20, becoming the sixth-fastest player in NHL history (and seventh-youngest) to achieve the milestone (634 GP). He led the League with 24 power-play goals, a franchise record and the most by any player since Steven Stamkos scored an equal amount in 2009-10. Since entering the NHL at the beginning of the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin leads the League in goals (422), points (814), power-play goals (151) and game-winning goals (69).
Source: nhl.com
Apr 14 - 12:27 AM

In his final game of the 2013-14 season, Alex Ovechkin found a way to be a polarizing figure in a meaningless game for the Washington Capitals.

He didn't manage to collect a point, yet it was a fancy and thwarted shootout attempt that upset many. Either way, the Capitals lost 1-0 (S0) to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday and won't see the postseason in 2014.
Apr 13 - 7:17 PM

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby saw his 2013-14 season end in an odd way, as he logged a 32-save shutout but didn't win because the Tampa Bay Lightning won 1-0 via a shootout.

Holtby carried a three-game winning streak into Sunday. He finishes the season with solid stats (23-15-4, .915 save percentage, four shutouts) that might not be good enough for the Caps' brass. In a way, it fits the team: solid at times, but ultimately not good enough.
Apr 13 - 7:14 PM

Braden Holtby is expected to start in Sunday's finale versus Tampa Bay.

He has won his past three outings, but it's a bit odd that Jaroslav Halak isn't getting the nod after he shut out Chicago on Friday night.
Apr 12 - 5:49 PM

Peter Leblanc has been called up from the minors.

He's slated to make his NHL debut Sunday after Marcus Johansson was hurt in Friday's win over Chicago. Leblanc has 12 goals and 28 points in 65 games with Hershey in the AHL this campaign.
Apr 12 - 5:43 PM

Chandler Stephenson has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Washington.

He will close out the season with Hershey in the AHL on a tryout agreement. Stephenson recorded 30 goals and 89 points in 69 games with Regina of the WHL this past campaign. He was chosen in the third round of the 2012 draft by the Capitals.
Apr 12 - 5:39 PM

Marcus Johansson won't play Sunday because of an "upper-body injury."

He left Friday's contest against Chicago during the second period after he was hit on the left hand with a shot from Nicklas Backstrom on a Capitals' power play. Johansson wasn't able to return. His season ends with him registering eight goals and 44 points in 80 matches.
Apr 12 - 1:28 PM

Nicklas Backstrom notched a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-0 blanking of Chicago.

The playmaking center has 18 goals on the year and he's scored five times in his past seven outings. Backstrom has 79 points in 81 games this season.
Apr 12 - 1:24 PM

Jay Beagle scored a pair of goals in Friday's 4-0 win over Chicago.

It marked the first two-goal game of his career in his 191st NHL regular season contest. Beagle has four goals and nine points, while averaging 11:09 of ice time, in 61 matches this year.
Apr 12 - 1:19 PM


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