Player News - Capitals

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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

Andre Burakovsky will play for Team Sweden in the 2016 World Championship.

Burakovsky had 17 goals and 38 points in 79 games in 2015-16. This will be his first time playing in the World Championship, although he previously played for Sweden in junior tournaments.
May 13 - 6:27 PM

Karl Alzner is waiting to find out if he'll need surgery to repair his groin injury.

"I’m hoping not," Alzner said. "I’m not a fan of surgery, but I’m also not a doctor, so we’ll figure out what they decide." Alzner wasn't able to participate in Game 6 due to the issue. He should learn more next week.
May 12 - 6:07 PM

T.J. Oshie isn't bitter about the fact that his playoff run is over while his old team, the St. Louis Blues, are still in the hunt.

St. Louis dealt T.J. Oshie to Washington over the summer in exchange for Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley, and a 2016 third round selection. "If I’m not going to be able to hold up the Cup, why not 15, 16 of my good buddies?" Oshie said. St. Louis will play either Nashville or San Jose in the Western Conference Final.
May 12 - 3:48 PM

Matt Niskanen described being eliminated in the second round as "the most hurt I've been in my career."

Niskanen felt that Washington had a tremendous opportunity this year and they really did look like a team set up to win the Stanley Cup, but that wasn't to be. The silver lining is that the Capitals appear set up to take another serious run at a championship next season, so all hope isn't lost.
May 12 - 2:07 PM

Marcus Johansson was playing through an injury.

Johansson wouldn't go into specifics, but whatever he's dealing with is serious enough that he's passing on the 2016 World Championships. He had two goals and seven points in 12 playoff games.
May 12 - 11:31 AM


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