Player News - Capitals

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Capitals forward Troy Brouwer scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-4 loss to the Flyers in Monday's preseason opener.

Brouwer represents an important depth scorer for the Capitals in the coming season, as does Eric Fehr, who also potted a goal and an assist. Michael Latta and John Erskine also found the back of the net for the Caps in the losing effort. Goaltending duties were split between Philipp Grubauer and Justin Peters.
Sep 22 - 10:08 PM

Andre Burakovsky scored the only goal of the game as the Washington Capitals defeated the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 on Sunday.

Burakovsky beat Sabres goaltender Nathan Lieuwen midway through the first period. Jason Chimera and Joel Ward picked up assists on Burakovsky’s goal. The skilled 19-year-old was the Capitals first round pick in 2013. He faces an up hill battle to make the team. Goaltenders Braden Holtby and Pheonix Copley combined for the shutout.
Sep 21 - 7:54 PM

There are no on-going contract negotiations between Mike Green and the Washington Capitals.

Green is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $6.25 million with a cap hit of $6,083,333. "No, I think there’s a lot of uncertainty here," GM Brian MacLellan said, when asked if negotiations had begun. "I think we need to get into the season, see how our D pans out, what the pairs are like, how it looks. I think we need to play some games." A lot of players play their best in a contract year so Green needs to perform this season in order to get a good contract from the Capitals. He had only 38 points and 64 penalty minutes in 70 games last season so a 45-50 point season is not out of the question if he can remain healthy.
Sep 21 - 10:49 AM

John Erskine wants to forget last season as he had a tough time coming back from knee surgery.

Erskine told then-coach Adam Oates that he was not in game shape but his pleas were ignored and he got off to a terrible start in which he never recovered. The Capitals benched him for weeks on time and it's only now that he is feeling like his old self. "It's hard," he said. "When someone went wide on me I didn't have that explosive power. Over this summer I had a lot of time to work on it and it feels a lot better than it did last year." Erskine was minus-five in 37 games and had only four points. He should get over 100 penalty minutes this season if he remains healthy so he does have some fantasy value.
Sep 21 - 10:41 AM

Alex Ovechkin is being moved back to the left wing this season.

New Capitals coach Barry Trotz will work to help Ovechkin become a more complete player and the first step will be a move back to his off wing. "He's better on the right side a little bit defensively, but his talent is on the left side," Trotz said. "And so if I'm going to maximize his talent, I need to get him on the left side. Now if he doesn't want to adjust defensively playing the left side, then we'll talk about maybe moving him back to the right. The stuff that he does on the left side, there's no coach on the planet who can teach (it). If he's willing to learn, I can teach him the other stuff." The Capitals captain had 51 goals and 28 points last season, but it came with a minus-35 rating.
Sep 20 - 10:04 PM

Dmitry Orlov (wrist) skated at practice on Friday but is unlikely to play in any pre-season games.

Orlov injured his wrist at the World Championships in May and underwent surgery on May 22. "I don't expect them to be ready for training camp, but again there's uncertainty with how their rehab's gone," GM Brian MacLellan said about Orlov and Tom Wilson. "Day to day it seems the information changes with how they're progressing with their injuries. But we're going to wait until they're 100 percent ready and we'll go from there." Orlov has no fantasy value as he had three goals and 11 points in 54 games in 2013-14.
Sep 20 - 1:03 PM

Winger Aaron Volpatti underwent off-season surgery.

GM Brian MacLellan said it was to 'fuse his neck'. Volpatti has not been cleared for contact but that is the next stage. He skated on Friday and wore a non-contact yellow jersey. He has no fantasy value.
Sep 20 - 12:56 PM

Tom Wilson (ankle) is skating on his own at training camp.

Wilson injured his ankle in a freak accident according to him. "Ankles are tough," he said. "There are a lot of things that need to come along so it's kind of day-by-day and week-to-week and seeing how I feel. If I'm not feeling 100 percent, there's no point in rushing it. It's a long season so I'm going to reevaluate every day and continue to push myself and hopefully I'm back as soon as possible to help the team. I'm a competitive kid, I like to work hard and push myself and sometimes you have to hold back a little bit. There's no point in coming back five days early if it's going to cost you three or four weeks down the road." Wilson should get 150-plus minutes and 10-15 points in 2014-15.
Sep 20 - 12:49 PM

Evegeny Kuznetsov leads the pack at this time to become the second line center in Washington.

Kuznetsov is battling Marcus Johansson, Andre Burakovsky and Brooks Laich for the job but right now it appears that Johansson will play on the first line with Ovechkin and Backstrom while Burkovsky will likely return to junior and play with Erie of the OHL. Kuznetsov has a ton of offensive skill but temper his point totals this year and be happy if he reaches the 40-45 point mark.
Sep 20 - 12:43 PM

Sophomore forward Tom Wilson has at least some encouraging news, head coach Barry Trotz said that Wilson may be able to return before opening night on Oct. 9th.

Wilson is still recoving from the broken fibula he suffered in an accident in July. "Obviously the first thing is getting back to 100 percent health-wise, but after that, I’m going to be excited to get back into it and bring to the table whatever I can," Wilson said.
Source: Zac Boyer
Sep 19 - 11:25 PM

Forward Tom Wilson, who broke an ankle this summer, is scheduled to report to the Washington Capitals' training camp Thursday and has started skating.

"He’s coming back into town," Washington coach Barry Trotz said. "He’ll be here for the first day of camp. He’ll skate; he’ll be with the early morning group, getting his work done early. He’s making good strides. He’s back on the ice and skating, so that’s real positive."
Sep 15 - 10:21 PM

Braden Holtby is thrilled to have a new goaltender coach as Mitch Korn has taken over the job.

Holtby struggled last season under coach Adam Oates with a 23-15-4 record to go with a 2.85 GAA and a .915 save percentage. The number one goaltender at the start of the season, Holtby spent lengthy portions of the season on the bench as Oates also played Philipp Grubauer, Michal Neuwirth and Jaroslav Halak. "I'm very familiar with what he brings to the table," Holtby said. "From our first meeting, I realized how experienced and how prepared he is and it's going to be a really fun time to pick his brain and learn as much as I can from him." The new backup should be Justin Peters. Look for Holtby to return to his 2013 form where he was 23-12-1 with a 2.58 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Draft him accordingly.
Sep 14 - 10:39 AM

Andre Burakovsky has added 15 pounds of muscle during the off-season.

Burakovsky was already highly regarded after being drafted 23rd overall in the 2013 Draft and shone last season with Erie as he potted 41 goals and 87 points in 57 games. The forward will challenge for a job with the Capitals this season but it would be a waste of time if he wasn't a top-six forward as he needs to play. He is worth selecting in dynasty pools at this time.
Sep 14 - 10:32 AM

Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz says he cares about analytics, but he won't "live or die" by them.

"So you have to marry the two. I believe in analytics, that’s why we do them. But I can’t live and die with them," Trotz told More than anything else, the Caps need a consistent approach from their new bench boss.
Sep 13 - 1:55 PM

Edward Pasquale continues to recover from his surgery, which took place in February.

Depending upon the thoughts of the Washington Capitals' medical staff, Pasquale may no longer be considered a threat to Philipp Grubauer's spot in Washington's goalie ranks. Both seem more slated for AHL work, anyway, so don't expect a big fantasy impact regardless.
Sep 13 - 1:14 PM

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