Player News - Capitals

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Sergei Fedorov has been chosen to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

That is not surprising after he generated 483 goals and 1,179 points in 1,248 games during his 18-year career. Fedorov added another 176 points in 183 Stanley Cup Playoff games and he won the league championship three times with the Red Wings. He also captured the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award in 1994 and earned the Selke Trophy a pair of times.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 29 - 4:58 PM

Jay Beagle has re-upped with the Washington Capitals on a three-year contract extension worth $1.75 million per season.

He was a pending unrestricted free agent who set personal bests with 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in 62 games last season. Beagle won 56.5 percent of his draws 2014-15 and he posted an incredible 63.8 winning percentage on faceoffs during the playoffs. "Jay is a hard-working player who plays multiple positions and is an excellent face-off man and penalty killer," said GM Brian MacLellan in a statement. "Jay has improved steadily since joining our organization and has always brought his game to a different level in the playoffs."
Jun 29 - 4:35 PM

The Washington Capitals have started talking with Evgeny Kutnetsov on a contract extension.

Kuznetsov is a restricted free agent come July 1 and the talks are 'active'. Kuznetsov took a big step forward in the playoffs with five goals and seven points in 14 tough games. Stay tuned as Kuznetsov could be a 50-55 point player in 2015-16 as he had only 37 this season.
Jun 28 - 10:02 AM

The Washington Capitals are willing to wait the three years to get the services of goaltender Ilya Samsonov.

Samsonov inked a three year deal with Magnitogorsk of the KHL which is coached by former NHL head Mike Keenan. The top goalie in this year's draft, Samsonov is likely more than three years away so getting the competition from the KHL should be good for his future. "We really like his competitiveness, his athleticism," assistant GM Ross Mahoney said. "He’s got really good size for a goaltender, played very well in the international tournaments that we saw him in. . . . We were really pleased that we had the chance to draft him."
Jun 27 - 10:37 AM

The Washington Capitals have taken Ilya Samsonov with the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Samsonov is one of the top goaltenders in the 2015 Draft. The young Russian is big (6’3, 200 lbs) and technically sound for such a young player. The 18-year-old made his KHL debut this season with Magnitogorsk, where he allowed two goals in 21 minutes of action. Samsonov spent most of the year in the Russian Junior league, so he will definitely need more seasoning and development before he makes an impact at the NHL level. Washington doesn't have any need to rush him given Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer's youth, but that being said Samsonov is reportedly locked into the KHL for another three seasons. That's an awfully long time to wait to gain control of a first round pick and it makes this pick a very big gamble in our minds.
Jun 26 - 9:32 PM

Eric Fehr's time in Washington has drawn to an end.

As agent Craig Oster sees it, "At the end of the day, it’s a decision by them as to how they make their best team and based on all the factors it wasn’t going to work out for Eric or the organization and both sides will continue to move on." Fehr has spent all but 35 of his 464-game career with the Capitals, scoring 87 goals and 174 points in that time. Fehr, who will be 30-years-old when the 2015-16 season begins, is coming off a two-year, $3M contract and shouldn't cost his new team much.
Jun 25 - 5:34 PM

Mike Green's time as a Washington Capital appears to be over.

As agent Craig Oster tells it, "It’s a function of where the Capitals are as an organization, changes that have been made there and the salary cap as to why they weren’t in a position to do much more than they were." Simply put, Mike Green's price tag of $6.083M per season combined with his lack foot speed, defensive reliability, and mediocre offensive production since his back-to-back 70+ point seasons from 2008-10 are why Green will have a new home come October. That being said, he'll have just turned 30 years old by the time the season starts.
Jun 25 - 5:28 PM

Joel Ward is attracting interest during the free agent window shopping period.

He reportedly has six teams, with four in the East and two out West, that have asked to meet so far. Ward can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 after he potted 19 goals and 34 points in 82 games last season.
Jun 25 - 1:08 PM

Alex Ovechkin officially took home his fifth career Rocket Richard Trophy on Wednesday night.

Ovechkin became the sixth player in NHL history to record at least six 50-goal season in 2014-15, joining Mike Bossy (9), Wayne Gretzky (9), Marcel Dionne (6), Guy Lafleur (6) and Mario Lemieux (6). Ovechkin scored 53 goals last season and in the process set new career and franchise highs in power play goals with 25, and he finished 10 goals ahead of the next highest scoring player Steven Stamkos.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 24 - 9:42 PM

Joel Ward looks like he will become an unrestricted free agent.

The two sides don't appear to be seeing eye-to-eye when it comes to the term of the deal. Ward is believed to be seeking a four-year pact. He generated 19 goals and 34 points in 82 games this past season.
Jun 22 - 4:53 PM

There is no new news on the contract talks between Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals.

Holtby will be a restricted free agent on July 1 and while he is the priority for the Capitals at this time, there has been little to no progress. Holtby was outstanding this past season with a 41-20-10 mark to go with a 2.22 GAA and a .923 save percentage. If anything, he was better in the playoffs with a 1.71 GAA and a .944 save percentage in leading Washington into the second round.
Jun 21 - 8:30 AM

Tomas Kundratek has agreed to terms with the KHL's Dinamo Riga.

Kundratek had five goals and 27 points in 59 AHL games in 2014-15. The 25-year-old blueliner has appeared in 30 career NHL contests with the Washington Capitals, but his last contest in the top league was during the 2013 lockout shortened campaign.
Jun 19 - 6:49 PM

Nate Schmidt has agreed to a two-year, one-way extension.

Schmidt will make $750,000 next season and $875,000 in 2016-17. That sets the stage for him to spend the 2015-16 campaign with the Capitals, although we wouldn't be surprised if it's as the team's seventh defenseman. Even if he does play regularly, he probably won't do enough offensively to warrant picking up in standard leagues.
Jun 17 - 11:33 AM

Nicklas Backstrom may be facing a rehab of five months after having hip surgery, according to a report from a Swedish newspaper.

He underwent arthroscopic surgery less than three weeks ago. "I have been in pain since November sometime so we had to correct it," Backstrom told Gefle Dagblad. "It is difficult to say how long it will take to get back, it's a little different from individual to individual, but five months is something I heard. Right now I'm working mainly with getting up movement in the hip again." The Capitals initially said that Backstrom would probably be ready for training camp.
Jun 15 - 2:36 PM

Philipp Grubauer has inked a two-year, one-way contract with the Washington Capitals.

He will make $650,000 next season and $850,000 in 2016-17. Grubauer owns a 7-6-5 record in the NHL with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. He only played one game with the Capitals this past campaign, but his new deal paves the way for him to be Braden Holtby's backup next year.
Jun 15 - 1:04 PM


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