Player News - Capitals

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Braden Holtby will be scratched for Saturday's semi-final match against Russia.

Carey Price and Corey Crawford have more than held down the fort for Canada, so it's no surprise that the one goalie who hasn't played isn't seeing the ice in an elimination game.
Sep 24 - 6:26 PM

Karl Alzner (sports hernia) was positive after Friday's skate.

"Practice felt good," Alzner said. "I'm pretty close. We've got to work on some leg conditioning now because that's something you really notice when it's not up to par, that starts to burn pretty fast and that's something that I can start to do now." It looks like Alzner will see some action during the preseason and will be fine for the season opener. He had four goals and 21 points in 82 games last season.
Sep 24 - 6:52 AM

Karl Alzner, who had been dealing with a groin injury, was on the ice Friday morning.

Alzner sustained the injury during the playoffs, but it shouldn't impact him in 2016-17. He had four goals and 21 points in 82 contests last season.
Sep 23 - 11:21 AM

Dmitry Orlov is excited after inking a one-year deal with Washington.

As recently as last week, Orlov wasn't sure what would come next with regards to his contract situation with Washington. Now that's all behind him and he stands to make $2.57 million this season. "Finally it happened," he said. "Finally I’m happy to have a contract. It’s easy to understand where I’m going to be. I’m excited and I hope we have a good year because we have a great team, great teammates. …Should be a good year for us. Whenever [Russia] finish in World Cup I will be happy to be back in DC." Orlov had eight goals and 29 points in 82 contests last season.
Sep 22 - 10:57 AM

Dmitry Orlov and Washington have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2.57 million.

Orlov appeared in 82 games with the Capitals last season, while producing eight goals and 29 points.
Sep 21 - 3:29 PM

Dmitry Orlov is reportedly close to a one-year deal with Washington, according to sources.

The restricted free agent is playing for Russia at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto and he may have a new contract in place before he returns to the Capitals.
Sep 21 - 2:26 PM

Madison Bowey is looking to make the Capitals blueline out of training camp.

At this time, Bowey is probably the eighth defenseman on a team that will have only seven on its 23 man roster but Dmitry Orlov, who is ahead of Bowey on the depth chart, is a restricted free agent and has not signed a new contract. "I think every training camp is big at this stage in my career," Bowey, who is headed to rookie camp again, said. "I know I’m definitely wanting to prove myself and prove to the coaching staff that I can have what it takes to hopefully be up here sooner than later. You know what, if I can just stick to playing my game and doing all of the little things right, I think it should be good and it should go fine for myself." Bowey is a solid defenseman but did not see a lot of power play time with Hershey of the AHL so it's likely that his fantasy value will be limited at best this season.
Sep 19 - 9:23 AM

Dmitry Orlov is still a restricted free agent.

Orlov is currently playing with Team Russia at the World Cup but does not have his signature on a contract at this time. He is considered a top-four blueliner with the Capitals and had an eight goal, 29 point season in 2015-16 after missing the entire previous season with a wrist injury. Orlov should ink a deal soon but if not, the Capitals will be in need of another blueliner.
Sep 19 - 9:18 AM

Alex Ovechkin scored Russia's only goal in their 2-1 loss to Sweden.

The Russians came out very flat, but they made it interesting in the final minute of the game, as Ovechkin scored with 33 seconds remaining to make it 2-1. Then, with under 10 seconds remaining, Ovechkin appeared to score the game-tying goal, but it was waved off because he appeared to push the puck over the goal line with his glove. The play was reviewed, but the call on the ice didn't change. Russia will have to get over this loss quickly. They'll take Team North America on Monday.
Sep 18 - 6:19 PM

Zach Sanford scored a pair of goals in Saturday's 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning rookies.

Sanford was drafted with the 61st pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He's about to enter his first professional season and he's made quite the impression early on. Not only did Sanford score twice, but he also played both center and on the wing. He also played on the power play and on the penalty kill. The 21-year-old spent the last two years at Boston College, where he scored 13 goals and 39 points in 41 games last season. He seems to have some intriguing upside, but he probably won't see much time in the NHL this season.
Sep 18 - 1:42 PM

Braden Holtby will be scratched from Saturday's opening-day match with the Czech Republic.

Despite being the reigning Vezina trophy winner even Holtby professed that he ought to give way to Carey Price, who won the Vezina and Hart (MVP) in 2014-15.
Source: Arpon Basu
Sep 17 - 7:12 PM

Alex Ovechkin suggested that he would play in the 2018 Winter Olympics even if the NHL decides not to participate.

That would be consistent with some of what Ovechkin talked about prior to the NHL's decision to participate in the 2014 games. Of course, that debate was ultimately moot because the NHL did end up accommodating the 2014 Olympics, but it remains to be seen if they'll do that again for 2018.
Sep 15 - 8:02 PM

One of the quirks of the World Cup is that Team Russia, and thus Alex Ovechkin, made use of the Pittsburgh Penguins' locker room at their practice facility.

Ovechkin was put near Sidney Crosby's stall, which he admitted was "kind of weird." Meanwhile Team Russia teammate Evgeni Malkin was right at home and assigned to his normal Penguins stall. Ovechkin will be serving as Russia's captain while Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk will be the alternates.
Source: WCH2016.com
Sep 12 - 3:45 PM

Dmitry Orlov, who is still a restricted free agent, is uncertain about what's to come.

"I don’t know. It’s hard to say," Orlov said after being asked if he's confident that he'll get signed in the coming days. "We have a good last season [as] a team. It’s always nice to play for team who have good stars, good people and systems." Orlov does have the option of playing in the KHL where CSKA Moscow has his negotiating rights, but he made it clear that his preference is to remain with the Washington Capitals. Washington doesn't have much in the way of cap space, which might be part of the reason the contract talks have dragged on this long, but we still think he'll end up re-signing before the start of the regular season.
Sep 12 - 11:41 AM

John Carlson scored a goal in a 5-2 loss to Canada on Saturday.

Carlson scored 38 seconds into the second period to pull the Americans to within one of Canada but that is as close as they got for the rest of the game. He finished the game with one goal, plus-1, with one shot on goal during the contest. His goal was assisted by Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane. Ryan McDonagh also scored during this contest.
Sep 10 - 10:22 PM


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