Player News - Capitals

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Washington gave Dmitry Orlov a qualifying offer on Monday.

The Capitals also presented restricted free agents Marcus Johansson and Tom Wilson with qualifying offers. They will continue to negotiate with all of them on a new contracts, but Johansson's is the top priority.
Jun 28 - 11:45 AM

Michael Latta won't get a qualifying offer from Washington, according to his agent.

The Capitals acquired Lars Eller at the NHL Entry Draft from Montreal, so it seems like they believe Latta can be let go. He suited up in 43 games with Washington last season and he picked up seven points along with 50 penalty minutes.
Jun 27 - 4:54 PM

The Washington Capitals have signed Paul Carey to a one-year, two-way contract.

Carey had a goal in four games with Washington last season. At the AHL level he had 13 goals and 31 points in 44 contests.
Jun 25 - 8:41 PM

Aaron Ness has inked a two-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals.

Ness had two assists in eight games with Washington in 2015-16. He also had six goals and 27 points in 62 AHL contests.
Jun 25 - 8:40 PM

The Washington Capitals will likely use Lars Eller as their third line center.

He'll line up behind Niklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov. He will likely start the season between Justin Williams and Jake Vrbana or Jason Chimera according to CSN Mid-Atlantic. Should that be the case, look for a 40 point effort from Ellers.
Jun 25 - 10:07 AM

The Washington Capitals have selected defenseman Lucas Johansen with the 28th pick of the 2016 Draft.

Much is expected of Ryan Johansen’s little brother, which is why so many scouts were delighted to see him improve on his eight-point season in 2014-15 when his Kelowna (WHL) team took home the championship. Johansen posted 10 goals and 49 points in 2015-16, plus eight more points in 18 playoff games. At 6’1" and 175 pounds, the 17-year-old wiry defender leaves plenty of room for growth in his overall game. It’s worth noting that Johansen excels at pushing the puck up ice crisply and efficiently, as well as understanding whom to distribute to and when to pinch-in. It’s his defensive game that needs more work as he’s seen to lack the classic "jam" front offices love so much. He is a project but the Capitals have plenty of time to wait.
Jun 24 - 10:39 PM

Lars Eller has been shipped to Washington in exchange for two second-round picks.

The picks are for the 2017 and 2018 drafts. Eller had 13 goals and 26 points in 79 games with the Canadiens last season.
Jun 24 - 7:26 PM

The 2016 Vezina Trophy winner is Braden Holtby.

Holtby tied the NHL single-season record with 48 wins last season. He also posted a 2.20 GAA and .922 save percentage in 66 starts. In the end the Vezina voting wasn't even close as Holtby got 140 points to Ben Bishop's 51.
Jun 22 - 8:55 PM

Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz won the 2016 Jack Adams Award.

This is the first time that Trotz has claimed the Jack Adams Award. He led the Capitals to an incredible 56-18-8 record in his second season behind the bench in Washington. Of course Trotz had a long tenure with Nashville before he ever came to the Capitals and has a 658-523-60-119 career record.
Jun 22 - 8:37 PM

Marcus Johansson's new deal will impact how the Capitals approach the rest of the free agency.

"We're waiting for the salary cap number to come out, and then we make our decisions based on what we perceive to have on the cap, what room and what space we have left," GM Brian MacLellan said. "The Marcus Johansson one is going to impact us the biggest. The other guys, I feel fairly confident that we can slot them in the proper area, and I'm not sure on Marcus yet. We'll see how it goes negotiations-wise." He is optimistic that a deal with Johansson can be worked out without salary arbitration.
Jun 21 - 6:02 PM

Karl Alzner is expected to start activity four weeks after surgery, according to GM Brian MacLellan.

He underwent sport hernia repair of the pelvic floor last Wednesday and the procedure went well. Alzner is projected to be ready to play before the start of the regular season. He has one year left on his contract before he is eligible for unrestricted free agency.
Jun 21 - 4:10 PM

It's unclear where Michael Latta will fit in the Capitals' lineup next season.

He is a restricted free agent after playing in 43 games this past campaign. Latta contributed seven points and 50 penalty minutes. He was in the lineup just two times after the trade deadline and he appeared in four playoff contests. Latta could be back on the fourth line in 2016-17 with Mike Richards expected to leave via free agency.
Jun 20 - 10:11 AM

Marcus Johansson and the Capitals have begun contract negotiations.

Johansson is a restricted free agent this offseason. He’s coming off a deal that carried a $2 million cap hit. "Does the team want to do a three-year deal, a four-year deal, a five-year deal? Then what does Marcus want?" agent J.P. Barry said. "That’s why we’re trying to find a term that everybody is comfortable with." The 25-year-old had 17 goals and 46 points this past season.
Jun 18 - 7:38 PM

Philipp Grubauer adjusted nicely to a backup role this season.

Grubauer had been used to starting in the minors but when you have Braden Holtby in front of you on the depth chart, you had better be patient as far as playing in games is concerned. "During the year, it was quite an adjustment for me, early in the year not getting as many games as I used to, but I knew that coming into the season," Grubauer said. "I think [goaltending coach Mitch Korn] and Holts, they also mentored me and helped me through the adjustment, and obviously, getting more games at the end there was obviously helpful." Grubauer managed to get into 22 games and was 8-9-1 this season with a 2.32 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Expect him to have a similar role next season unless Holtby suffers a significant injury.
Jun 18 - 8:59 AM

Karl Alzner underwent successful sport hernia repair of the pelvic floor on Wednesday morning.

He is expected to be healthy before the start of the 2016-17 season. Alzner played hurt throughout the Capitals' second-round playoff series against Pittsburgh and he wasn't able to finish Game 6 after he felt a "pop" in the first period. He currently owns the team's franchise record for consecutive games played at 458, which should be able to continue.
Jun 15 - 6:06 PM


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