Player News - Capitals

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Jay Beagle had the best season of his NHL career in 2016-17.

The 31-year-old who has one more year on his contract, had 13 goals and 30 points with a plus-20 rating this past season and gave the Capitals some depth scoring as a bottom-six forward. He was pointless in 13 playoff games and that did not bode well for Washington who once again were bounced from the playoffs in the second round. Look for 25-30 points next season from Beagle.
May 22 - 8:43 AM

Pheonix Copley suffered a groin injury during Game 4 of the AHL playoffs and never returned to the series.

Copley's injury was significant as the groin muscle was torn off the bone but he expects to be ready for training camp come September. Copley may be in line to be the backup in Washington next season as Philipp Grubauer will be available to Vegas in the expansion draft as the Capitals will obviously retain Braden Holtby, leaving Grubauer exposed. Copley will make a nice handcuff if that scenario takes place next season in pools as he should see action in 20 or so games.
May 21 - 7:33 AM

Nicklas Backstrom has become the leader of the Washington Capitals.

While most would figure it would be Alex Ovechkin, Ovie is not the one in the dressing room to say a lot and Backstrom has become quite vocal when needed. "He's a fairly quiet guy," T.J. Oshie said. "He's reserved, he's extremely poised with his emotions and with his hockey game, how he carries himself on the ice. When things need to be said and Nick speaks and he stands up and he says something, you listen because he cares, he thinks about what he says and he says the right things and a lot of the right moments." Backstrom is the Capitals top point-getter as he finished with 86 points in the regular season and 13 points in 13 playoffs games. He should be taken in the top-two rounds of most pools next season.
May 21 - 7:27 AM

Speaking to the media, Stanislav Galiev stated he expects to move on from the Capitals organization.

Galiev is set to become a UFA on July 1st and desperately needs a change of scenery if he wants to continue at the NHL level. The former third round pick has 95 points in 161 AHL contests but only four in 26 NHL games. He should be able to land a two-way contract with another NHL club this off-season.
May 20 - 6:09 PM

Washington will probably try to protect Nate Schmidt from being snatched up in the expansion draft.

The smooth-skating defender would be an attractive player for the Vegas Golden Knights. "Obviously, there's a possibility," Schmidt said. "It seems like everything that they're doing is getting the right people. I talked to a couple guys who played for [Coach Gerard] Gallant and liked him. ... With how deep the league is, there's going to be a lot of good players. There are going to be good players that are going to be exposed on every team." The Capitals may try to work out a deal with Vegas to keep him on the roster.
May 17 - 11:31 AM

Kevin Shattenkirk can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

He will be the most sought-after defender on the market. Shattenkirk hasn't ruled out a return to the Washington Capitals, but he will listen to other offers because he wants to be a No. 1 blueliner. "It's a great opportunity for me. It's one that you don't get many chances at as a player," he said. "I have to weigh out all my options. Until I get a little bit more of an idea of what's ahead of me here in Washington and talk with him, then we'll start to figure out what's going on."
May 16 - 10:29 AM

Daniel Winnik is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

That's a familiar position for Winnik, who has already played for seven different teams, but it's not one he's looking forward to. "It sucks," Winnik said. "There's a lot of guys in the league that are in the same boat. I'm older now, but I don't think my game's declined at all so hopefully that helps me come free agency if I get there." He had 12 goals and 25 points in 72 games this season. He has expressed an interest in re-signing with the Capitals.
May 14 - 4:55 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov is not worried about his status as a restricted free agent.

The 24-year-old (25 on Friday) is also eligible for arbitration so the likelihood of a holdout is miniscule compared to previous RFA's like Johnny Gaudreau who were not eligible for arbitration. "Just want to enjoy and play hockey," Kuznetsov said. "Long as I'm going to enjoy the hockey, I'm going to play hockey. It's going to be one years, eight years, 50 years, maybe I'm going to be like [Jaromir] Jagr." Look for a 75-80 point season from Kuznetsov next year and draft him accordingly.
May 14 - 8:03 AM

Alex Ovechkin's wife shared a picture of his hamstring issue on social media on Saturday.

Looking at the picture, we can see why Ovechkin was lacking his usual burst. However, he didn't use it as an excuse when speaking to the media. "Of course you don't feel 100 percent—you don’t [have] strength in your leg—but you play through that, you know? Some players play with broken hand, broken leg, and you know, because it’s the playoffs," Ovechkin said. "You have to sacrifice your body to get success and get the result." The bruise covers a large portion of his leg and it was reported that he needed pain numbing injections to play through the injury. After another disappointing playoff campaign, it will be an interesting off-season in Washington. The picture can be seen by clicking on the link below.
May 13 - 3:41 PM

Justin Williams would like to be back with the Capitals next season.

Williams can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. "There's a lot of things that go into the off-season here, which I'm sure is not going to be too quiet," he said. "So there's a lot of factors that go into everything, and I'll probably have a clearer picture in a couple of months." Williams recorded 24 goals and 24 assists in 80 games during the regular season, while earning nine points in 13 playoff outings.
May 13 - 10:34 AM

Philipp Grubauer thinks he's ready to become a starter goaltender.

That doesn't necessarily mean he's on his way out of Washington, though it wouldn't be surprising if that were the case anyways. Keep in mind that he's scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer and he would potentially be an expensive option as a backup, so the Capitals might want to allocate their cap space elsewhere. Las Vegas is a possible destination for him. In the meantime he plans to join Team Germany in the 2017 World Championship.
May 12 - 4:28 PM

Karl Alzner sustained a broken bone in his hand while blocking a shot in the first round.

The incident presumably happened on April 15. He returned for Game 3 of the second round on May 3 and played for the rest of the series. He won't need surgery and should be fine for 2017-18.
May 12 - 3:59 PM

Alex Ovechkin won't need surgery for his knee and hamstring injuries.

As suspected, Ovechkin sustained the knee injury as a result of the low hip check he absorbed from Nazem Kadri during the first round. The hamstring was suffered in Game 3 of the second round. He won't play in the 2017 World Championship, but he should be fine for the 2017-18 campaign.
May 12 - 1:31 PM

Paul Carey successfully cleared waivers.

That was expected as there's no reason for another team to claim him mere months before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. He'll report to AHL Hershey to help them in their postseason run.
May 12 - 1:00 PM

Justin Williams is very disappointed in how the Capitals' playoff run ended.

"This one has been the hardest one to take because of where I am in my career and being so sure of something," Williams said of Washington losing in Game 7 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Williams was added to the Capitals prior to the start of the 2015-16 campaign in the hope that his presence might help propel the Capitals in the playoffs. After all, he's been a part of three Stanley Cup championships and has a reputation for stepping up in the postseason, so if anyone could end Washington's run of disappointing postseason performances, you'd think it'd be Williams. Unfortunately he couldn't save the Capitals and now he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. He'll turn 36 on Oct. 4.
May 12 - 12:59 PM


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