Player News - Capitals

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Darren Dietz has inked a one-year and two-way deal with Washington.

The 22-year-old defender recorded five points in 13 games with Montreal last season. Dietz does not project to be a fantasy impact player. More details to come.
Jul 1 - 3:50 PM

Joe Cannata has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with Washington.

Cannata had a 2.52 GAA and .909 save percentage in 40 AHL contests in 2015-16. He's an organizational depth goaltender that might be elevated to the NHL in the event of an injury.
Jul 1 - 3:47 PM

The Washington Capitals have signed Brett Connolly to a one-year contract worth $850,000.

Connolly has been a big disappointment since he was drafted sixth overall in 2010 by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He will get yet another chance to revive his career in Washington but at the age of 24, his chances could be running out. He had nine goals and 25 points in 71 games with Boston last season so he is not worth a pickup in fantasy hockey.
Jul 1 - 2:43 PM

The Washington Capitals have signed Christian Thomas to a one-year contract.

Not a big move as Thomas has been a career minor leaguer, playing only one game in the NHL thus far. The 24-year-old has to start showing his value or he will remain a minor leaguer next season as well.
Jul 1 - 1:31 PM

Connor Hobbs has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.

Hobbs had 19 goals, 41 points, and 106 penalty minutes in 58 WHL games in 2015-16. He was taken with the 143rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 1 - 10:51 AM

Zach Sill has agreed to a two-year, two-way deal with the Washington Capitals.

Sill had nine goals and 22 points in 63 AHL contests in 2015-16. He also had a goal in 10 games with Washington.
Jun 30 - 4:19 PM

Tom Wilson has inked a two-year, $4 million contract with the Washington Capitals.

Wilson is primarily known as an enforcer, but he does contribute a bit offensively and hopes to grow in that regard. He had seven goals, 23 points, and 163 penalty minutes in 82 contests in 2015-16. He also averaged 12:55 minutes per game, up from 10:56 minutes as a sophomore and 7:56 minutes as a rookie. He's never going to be a top line player, but the 22-year-old is someone that the Capitals has valued for a while now and is showing signs of growth, so while his cap hit might be high compared to his past role, it's not terribly surprising that he got that kind of a deal.
Jun 30 - 4:17 PM

Washington gave Dmitry Orlov a qualifying offer on Monday.

The Capitals also presented restricted free agents Marcus Johansson and Tom Wilson with qualifying offers. They will continue to negotiate with all of them on a new contracts, but Johansson's is the top priority.
Jun 28 - 11:45 AM

Brett Connolly didn't get a qualifying offer from Boston.

He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 as a result, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney hasn't ruled out re-signing him. Connolly potted nine goals and 25 points in 71 games with the Bruins in 2015-16.
Jun 27 - 6:40 PM

The Washington Capitals have signed Paul Carey to a one-year, two-way contract.

Carey had a goal in four games with Washington last season. At the AHL level he had 13 goals and 31 points in 44 contests.
Jun 25 - 8:41 PM

Aaron Ness has inked a two-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals.

Ness had two assists in eight games with Washington in 2015-16. He also had six goals and 27 points in 62 AHL contests.
Jun 25 - 8:40 PM

The Washington Capitals will likely use Lars Eller as their third line center.

He'll line up behind Niklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov. He will likely start the season between Justin Williams and Jake Vrbana or Jason Chimera according to CSN Mid-Atlantic. Should that be the case, look for a 40 point effort from Ellers.
Jun 25 - 10:07 AM

The Washington Capitals have selected defenseman Lucas Johansen with the 28th pick of the 2016 Draft.

Much is expected of Ryan Johansen’s little brother, which is why so many scouts were delighted to see him improve on his eight-point season in 2014-15 when his Kelowna (WHL) team took home the championship. Johansen posted 10 goals and 49 points in 2015-16, plus eight more points in 18 playoff games. At 6’1" and 175 pounds, the 17-year-old wiry defender leaves plenty of room for growth in his overall game. It’s worth noting that Johansen excels at pushing the puck up ice crisply and efficiently, as well as understanding whom to distribute to and when to pinch-in. It’s his defensive game that needs more work as he’s seen to lack the classic "jam" front offices love so much. He is a project but the Capitals have plenty of time to wait.
Jun 24 - 10:39 PM

Lars Eller has been shipped to Washington in exchange for two second-round picks.

The picks are for the 2017 and 2018 drafts. Eller had 13 goals and 26 points in 79 games with the Canadiens last season.
Jun 24 - 7:26 PM

The 2016 Vezina Trophy winner is Braden Holtby.

Holtby tied the NHL single-season record with 48 wins last season. He also posted a 2.20 GAA and .922 save percentage in 66 starts. In the end the Vezina voting wasn't even close as Holtby got 140 points to Ben Bishop's 51.
Jun 22 - 8:55 PM


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