Player News - Capitals

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Mike Richards enjoyed his stay with the Washington Capitals.

Richards signed a one-year deal on January 6 after his contract was terminated by the Los Angeles Kings after the 2014-15 season. He was not an offensive threat as his two goals in 46 games indicate but he got back some of the fun that was missing over his last few years in the NHL. "I've always known that I could play," he said. "It's just, I guess, if the will's there maybe to continue. I had a fun time here in Washington, I enjoyed hockey again and I’ll kind of decompress and see what's next. I mean, I'm 31 years old, so I'm not old by any means. But we'll see. I honestly don't even know. I had so much fun this year with this team. Extremely, extremely disappointed of just not being able to play hockey anymore with the group of guys here. Frustrated, but at the same time I enjoyed my time here." Expect Richards to sign with another NHL team but his days as a fantasy option are over.
May 29 - 10:53 AM

Madison Bowey will not be suspended for an alleged homophobic slur against Toronto prospect Kasperi Kapanen.

Bowey is likely to get suspended for an elbow to the head of Kapanen that preceded the alleged incident that got him a five minute major and game misconduct. The Marlies requested the AHL look at the allegation but there was apparently no audio of the incident so the league could do nothing about it. Bowey should get a shot to stick with the Capitals next season. He was drafted 53rd overall in 2013.
May 29 - 10:47 AM

The Washington Capitals were thrilled with the progression of Dmitry Orlov this past season.

The Capitals did not know what to expect this past season from the defenseman as he missed all of the 2014-15 season with a broken wrist. His offensive capabilities came to the forefront this season with eight goals and 29 points and Orlov is expected to make the jump to a top-four defenseman, perhaps as early as next season. Orlov is a restricted free agent but the Capitals need to sign him as he is one of their top young players on the team.
May 28 - 11:10 AM

Matt Niskanen has proven to be a solid addition to the Washington Capitals and GM Brian MacLellan liked the way he played this past season.

"We signed him as a free agent two years ago, and I just thought his game got taken to another level this year," said MacLellan. "… I'm really happy about the way that's turned out." When Brooks Orpik and John Carlson were injured, Niskanen and Karl Alzner became the Capitals' top defensive pairing. He also finished the season with five goals and 32 points in 82 contests.
May 27 - 11:09 AM

T.J. Oshie played well on Washington's top line in 2015-16.

He netted a personal best 26 goals and produced 51 points in 80 games in his first season with the Capitals. Oshie spent most of his playing time alongside Alex Ovechkin and that is expected to continue next year after they benefited from playing with each other. "I think he really enjoyed playing with Oshie," GM Brian MacLellan said of Ovechkin. "I mean, that takes a lot of the pressure off him, offensively, and I think he can play longer given a good team, a deep team."
May 27 - 10:39 AM

Chandler Stephenson was among the last cuts before the 2015-16 season and he could be in the running for a roster spot next year.

The Capitals want a more offensive third-line center and Stephenson may be an option, especially if the team strikes out in free agency. "Stephenson is coming – I'm not sure that he's a solution right away," Washington GM Brian MacLellan said.
May 23 - 3:39 PM

Mike Weber will become a free agent on July 1.

The defenseman was dealt from Buffalo for a third round pick at the trade deadline as the Capitals were looking for playoff depth. There is no room for him in Washington next season so look for the veteran to move on. He had a goal and five points in 45 games this season. Needless to say, he has no fantasy value.
May 22 - 9:26 AM

Minor league defenseman Aaron Ness is making a good impression on the Washington Capitals.

Ness was called up on a few occasions during the regular season and while he had no points in eight games, the Caps like his play in the defensive zone. Do not be surprised if he gets a thorough look-see at training camp although he will not have any fantasy value.
May 21 - 7:44 AM

Brian MacLellan is a finalist for the GM of the Year Award.

Since taking over as the Capitals' general manager, MacLellan has overseen Washington making the playoffs in back-to-back campaigns. In 2015-16, they posted an incredible 56-18-8 record. MacLellan's decision to stick with goalie Braden Holtby after his rocky 2013-14 campaign has paid dividends and the squad has enjoyed the rise of Evgeny Kuznetsov and acquisitions of Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie to complement the existing Alex Ovechkin-led core.
May 18 - 7:38 PM

Capitals GM Brian MacLellan wants to keep taking pressure off of Alex Ovechkin.

"I think for him, it's our job is to surround him with a little more depth, so there's not the pressure," MacLellan said. "I think he can play a lot more if he doesn't feel that pressure that he needs to win the games. As [Evgeny Kuznetsov] gets better, as [Andre] Burakovsky gets better — I think he really enjoyed playing with [T.J.] Oshie. I mean, that takes a lot of the pressure off him, offensively, and I think he can play longer given a good team, a deep team." He won the Rocket Richard Trophy after leading the league with 50 goals, but he finished behind Kuznetsov in scoring. That's a good sign that depth is being built even though Kuznetsov struggled to produce in the playoffs. He was also named a finalist for Mark Messier's NHL Leadership Award and MacLellan believes that Ovechkin reached another level in his leadership ability.
May 18 - 4:13 PM

Mike Richards can become an unrestricted free agent and he isn't likely to be back with the Capitals next year.

Washington GM Brian MacLellan wants to create a more offensive third line and Richards recorded just two goals and five points in 51 games, including the playoffs. Marcus Johansson could be an option to replace Richards down the middle, but MacLellan would prefer that he play on the wing.
May 17 - 11:23 AM

Jason Chimera believes he will be back with the Capitals next year.

"I still think I'm going to be back," Chimera said. "I'm not confident in anything. In this game, I think you're not guaranteed anything to be back. I want to be back. You don't think of playing anywhere else. You know the business side of it, but I still don't think I'm going to play anywhere else, but you'll see what happens, right?" The 37-year-old winger still skates as quickly as any player on the team and the Capitals want to be faster in 2016-17. The potential unrestricted free agent also had 20 goals and 40 points in 82 games this past season.
May 16 - 5:25 PM

Capitals GM Brian MacLellan intends to prioritize re-signing the team's four restricted free agents before he looks at his pending unrestricted free agents.

The RFAs for Washington are Marcus Johansson, Dmitry Orlov, Tom Wilson and Michael Latta, while the UFAs are Jason Chimera, Mike Richards and Mike Weber. Johansson highlights the group after he recorded 17 goals and 46 points in 74 games last season.
May 16 - 5:19 PM

Dmitry Orlov contributed two assists in a 3-0 victory against Norway on Monday during round robin action at the World Championship.

Orlov made his second appearance of the tournament in the match after joining the team last week after the Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs. Artemi Panarin scored for Russia in the win to give him 10 points in six games.
May 16 - 4:48 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov potted a great goal for Russia in his first game at the World Championship on Saturday.

Kuznetsov quickly batted the puck out of midair into the roof of the net after his initial shot was stopped by Swiss goalie Reto Berra. Washington teammate Alex Ovechkin registered an assist in Russia's 5-1 win in the contest.
May 14 - 5:28 PM


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