Player News - Capitals

Date: Team: Pos:

Nicklas Backstrom (hip) remains uncertain of his status for the season opener on Oct. 10.

Backstrom wants to make sure he's completely recovered before he returns to the lineup. He is skating and taking things day-by-day, but if he's unsure of his ability to play a month from now then it seems fair to assume that he's not yet close to being 100%.
Sep 3 - 2:47 PM

Dmitry Orlov (wrist surgery) feels fine going into training camp.

Orlov was limited to a three-game AHL conditioning stint last season as he didn't play at all with the Washington Capitals. At this point though, he has fully recovered from his injury and will be going into the preseason with an opportunity to secure a role on the team's third defensive pairing.
Sep 2 - 2:03 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov thinks the two-year bridge contract he signed in July is good for both sides.

Kuznetsov hopes to sign a long-term deal with Washington eventually, but this contract gives him a chance to show Washington what he's capable of. He recorded 11 goals and 37 points in 80 contests last season and he's believed to have a significant amount of untapped upside. In the meantime, his contract comes with a $3 million annual cap hit.
Aug 31 - 12:22 PM

Washington Capitals prospect Nathan Walker can't wait to get hit at training camp. No, really.

Walker, 21, underwent surgery for a torn ACL in January, so he wants to test it with contact. He's quite a ways from making the full roster. That said, he certainly has time, as he was the 89th pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Aug 30 - 12:02 PM

Curtis Glencross rues taking a "hometown discount" with his most recent deal, especially as he waits on the sidelines of unrestricted free agency.

Glencross detailed his "frustrating" situation with the Calgary Sun on Friday. "I have a young family, and it’s tough to bounce around on a PTO — it has to be a good opportunity, too, so I can do well and get an extension," Glencross said. Glencross will likely need to impress on a one-year "audition" before he gets any chance at longer-term security.
Source: Calgary Sun
Aug 29 - 12:23 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hip) isn't sure if he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.

"It is very difficult to answer," he told Swedish newspaper Arbetarbladet on Tuesday. "We will see here now (after evaluating) with the coach and fitness coach. There has been considerable focus on enhancing mobility in the hip again. From the beginning I could not run or anything." The good news is Backstrom has been skating and working out with trainer Andreas Ohgren. He is slated to take part in training camp, but it could be in a limited capacity. However, we won't know that until he gets back to North America and he's examined by the Capitals. If he does miss the start of the regular season then it doesn't appear as though he will be sidelined for very long.
Aug 26 - 4:01 PM

In lighter news, Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich announced his engagement to actress Julienne Hough.

The couple shared the news on Aug. 18. It appears to be a great summer for Laich, as it sounds like he's also put some of his injury woes behind him.
Aug 22 - 12:21 PM

Alex Ovechkin said that he will definitely play at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The NHL has yet to agree to go to the Games but that has not stopped Ovechkin who said the same thing about the 2014 Sochi Games before the NHL agreed to go. Ovechkin said that other players would go as well according to the Russian news agency TASS. It should be interesting to see what happens if the NHL does not agree to go. Stay tuned.
Aug 19 - 9:59 PM

After missing the entire 2014-15 campaign, Dmitry Orlov is looking to land a spot on the Washington Capitals.

The Capitals have an opening now that Mike Green left for Detroit via free agency. Orlov's only game action last year came in three games with Hershey during his minor-league conditioning assignment. He suffered a wrist injury in the 2014 IIHF World Championship that required surgery and then there were complications following the procedure. Orlov will probably skate on the third pairing.
Aug 13 - 12:52 PM

Austin Fyten has signed a one-year AHL contract with the Hershey Bears

He had 11 points and 85 penalty minutes in 64 games with Philadelphia's minor-league affiliate, Lehigh Valley, last season.
Aug 12 - 3:16 PM

Justin Peters had successful surgery on his left knee Monday.

The Capitals expect him to be ready for training camp. Peters had been rehabbing a sore knee over the off-season that wasn't progressing as expected. Phillip Grubauer has the inside track to be Washington's backup goaltender, which could result in Peters going on waivers, with the intention of sending him to the minors, before the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
Aug 11 - 4:20 PM

Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan still isn't sure who his third line center will be.

The Capitals let Eric Fehr walk in free-agency, so they will need to fill the hole he leaves on the third line. "I’m not sure," MacLellan said, when asked for his No. 3 center right now. "It’s not set, I don’t think in the coach’s mind or in the manager’s mind. I think we’re going to try, maybe, different people, where we’re at. These guys should be capable of all handling it." Two players who could potentially fit that role are Andre Burakovsky and Marcus Johansson. MacLellan went on to say that he prefers playing Burakovsky at center and Johansson on the wing, but it's still too early to come to any conclusions.
Aug 8 - 10:16 AM

If Nicklas Backstrom (hip) is unavailable for the start of the regular season then Evgeny Kuznetsov is the likeliest candidate to move up to the top line.

Backstrom is expected to participate in training camp, so he could be on track to be ready for opening night. If he can't play then Kuznetsov is expected to move up from the second line to skate between Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie.
Aug 4 - 1:48 PM

Andre Burakovsky could end up in Washington's top-six forward group as a winger or as the center of the third line.

"To me, he could play any position, right wing, center or left wing," GM Brian MacLellan said. "He's just that good." Burakovsky is projected to battle with Marcus Johansson for a spot on one of Washington's scoring lines. McLellan said he prefers Johansson on the wing and he envisions Burakovsky as a future second-line pivot. However, the final decision is up to coach Barry Trotz and if he prefers a defensive approach on his third unit then Jay Beagle or Brooks Laich could be options to use in the middle as well. The situation should become clearer at training camp.
Aug 4 - 12:07 PM

Maxime Sauve has signed a one-year contract with the AHL's Hershey Bears.

He skated with the Cologne Sharks of the DEL last season, where he picked up three goals and nine points in 27 games. Sauve only has one game of NHL experience compared to 213 regular-season contests in the minors.
Aug 3 - 4:33 PM

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