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Todd Reirden might be the next head coach of the Washington Capitals.

Reirden has worked as an assistant under former bench boss Barry Trotz for the last four seasons. He has apparently been groomed to take over, but Capitals GM Brian MacLellan may still conduct an interview or discussion as part of the process. Still, it seems like Reirden is the favorite for the position at this time following Trotz's resignation on Monday.
Jun 18 - 4:56 PM

Barry Trotz has decided to step down as coach of the Washington Capitals.

"Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals," said the team in a statement. "We are obviously disappointed by Barry's decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise." Trotz has been the head coach of the Capitals for the last four seasons and he helped guide the team to a Stanley Cup championship in his final year behind the bench of the club. An automatic two-year extension activated when he won the Cup, but the value of the deal was below market value. Trotz and the Capitals reportedly couldn't come to terms on an extension and he will be granted permission to speak to other organizations as a free agent following his resignation.
Jun 18 - 3:03 PM

Look for Ilya Samsonov to start the season with Hershey of the AHL.

The netminder was selected 22st overall in the 2015 draft and spent the last three seasons in the KHL before inking an entry-level deal in May with Washington. "I think he needs time in Hershey," GM Brian MacLellan said. "We'll start him in Hershey I would anticipate and see how he grows, see how he gets accustomed to the small rink and hopefully get some good coaching, get our guys in that work with him. It'll be up to him. I think he'll adapt fairly quickly given his skill set." Samsonov could get a taste of NHL action this season and will likely be a member of the Capitals in the following season or two.
Jun 17 - 8:37 AM

Pheonix Copley could be the backup goaltender in Washington next season.

The Capitals seem to be ready to trade current backup Philipp Grubauer who is an RFA and if they do so, Copley is the odds-on favorite to become the backup to Braden Holtby. Holtby seemed to be a lot better in the playoffs as he was not used as much in the regular season and if this is the case, Copley could find himself playing 25-30 games next season as the Capitals backup. He had a 2.91 GAA and a .896 save percentage this past season with Hershey of the AHL.
Jun 17 - 8:34 AM

When the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup, Lars Eller made history as the first Danish player to be part of a championship team.

"It’s just icing on the cake," Eller said. "Just the fact to win the Stanley Cup alone would have been enough for me. But, of course, it’s special to be the first to break that ground. For me, it was special enough just to win it. But I think for people back home, it just makes it more special to be the first-ever athlete from this country to do this. I’m proud." He had 18 goals and 38 points in 81 regular season games with Washington. During the playoffs, he added another seven goals and 18 points in 24 contests. He plans to take the Cup with him to Denmark over the summer.
Jun 15 - 4:38 AM

Brooks Orpik had the tip of his left pinkie finger hacked off during the Stanley Cup Final.

The injury occurred Game 2 against Vegas when Orpik was slashed by Erik Haula. He had the finger stitched back on and continued playing.
Jun 13 - 7:48 PM

T.J. Oshie was dealing with a lower-body injury during the postseason.

Oshie said it was a problem at the start of the playoffs, but he was feeling much better by the time the Stanley Cup Final came around. He only missed some practices and morning skates when he was hurt.
Jun 13 - 7:44 PM

Barry Trotz would like to remain with the Washington Capitals.

Trotz's contract is set to expire this summer, but it seems likely that the two sides will be able to work something out. Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said that the team will work on an extension with Trotz. We imagine Trotz's negotiating position is fairly strong given that he just led the Washington Capitals to a championship.
Jun 13 - 6:22 PM

The Washington Capitals will look into trading Philipp Grubauer over the summer.

Grubauer is eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer. He wants to be a starting goaltender, which he can't do in Washington as long as Braden Holtby is there. With those circumstances in mind, Capitals GM Brian MacLellan is willing to see what opportunities are out there for Grubauer that might also make sense for Washington. The Islanders and Hurricanes have both reportedly expressed interest in Grubauer though and it wouldn't be surprising if the Capitals are able to work out a deal given Grubauer's strong track record. He has a career 2.29 GAA and .923 save percentage in 101 games.
Jun 13 - 6:19 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov played through a shoulder injury in the Stanley Cup Final.

Kuznetsov presumably sustained the injury when he was checked by Brayden McNabb in Game 2 of the finals. Kuznetsov left that contest and didn't return, but he was still able to play from Game 3 on. He won't require surgery for the injury.
Jun 13 - 4:35 PM

John Carlson gave a measured response when asked if he wants to re-sign with Washington.

Carlson is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. "I love it here. I want to stay here. But there’s more to it than that," he said. Carlson is coming off a monster season where he scored 15 goals and 68 points in 82 contests. That should set the 28-year-old defenseman up with a big contract and while the Capitals are in a position where they likely could find a way to accommodate him and stay cap complaint, they may be reluctant to go down that path. It wouldn't be surprising to see him at least test the UFA waters before making a decision on his future.
Jun 13 - 3:12 PM

Jay Beagle would like to re-sign with the Washington Capitals.

That said, Beagle and the Capitals haven't engaged in any contract talks yet. Washington has other cap considerations, particularly with John Carlson, and Beagle understands that. If he's not signed by July 1 though, then he will become an unrestricted free agent.
Jun 13 - 3:07 PM

Nicklas Backstrom had two fractures in his right index finger.

Backstrom missed four playoff games due to a hand injury and now we have the specifics. He won't need to have off-season surgery, which is good news. He played in every game of the Stanley Cup Final, though, and collected seven points (one goal, six assists) in five outings. Backstrom was a major contributor in the Capitals' championship run with five goals and 23 points in 20 postseason games.
Jun 13 - 12:52 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov was second in Conn Smythe Trophy voting.

Alex Ovechkin captured the trophy with 13 of 18 first-place votes and 80 points. Kuznetsov had the other five first-place votes and he finished with 64 points after he he led the postseason with 32 points in 24 games. Braden Holtby was third with 16 points, while Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury received two third-place votes.
Jun 12 - 3:24 PM

Devante Smith-Pelly is eligible for arbitration this summer.

Smith-Pelly scored just seven goals during the regular season, but he added seven more in the playoffs, including three in the Stanley Cup Final. The 25-year-old made just $650,000 last season, so he's in line for a decent raise. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman believes that Smith-Pelly could make more than $1.5 million per season on his next deal. It'll be interesting to see if the Capitals are able to re-sign their unlikely playoff hero.
Jun 11 - 7:19 PM


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