Player News - Capitals

Date: Team: Pos:

Braden Holtby believes Carey Price should be the starting goaltender for Team Canada at the World Cup.

Holtby won the Vezina trophy this season, while Price missed most of the year with a knee injury. "All of us want to play, but if Carey's healthy, there's no reason to not go with him," Holtby said. "He has all the experience internationally and the smart choice obviously would be that. I'm going to go there and play hard, [do] what I do, support the team in any way possible, whether it's playing or supporting another guy." Price was the starting goaltender for Canada at the last Olympics.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 26 - 10:48 PM

John Carlson says his injured ankle is fully healed.

Carlson broke his ankle last February, but says the injury isn't bothering him anymore. "I hurt it, took some time off, tried to come back, it felt good, and then it kind of deteriorated," Carlson said recently. "At that time, we just felt the only option was to get surgery and put some screws in it to basically bulletproof it, make sure that I was back in time for the playoffs and that we were not ever going to have an issue with it again. It’s perfect, has been the whole summer. It’s good."
Aug 26 - 9:12 AM

Restricted free agent Dmitry Orlov will play in the World Cup even if he and the Capitals fail to come to terms on a new contract.

Orlov is the only player on the Caps roster that is still looking for a new deal. This is far from a unique situation, as Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Jacob Trouba and Nikita Kucherov are all in the same boat. Orlov was named to Team Russia's final roster earlier this year.
Aug 18 - 11:16 AM

Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (groin/hernia) is close to being 100 percent healthy.

Alzner suffered the injury during last year's playoffs. He's currently operating at 85 percent, but expects to be fully ready once training camp rolls around in just over a month's time. "I can do everything now, but I’m just maybe a half step slow because I can’t get the full extension with the power, the little kick at the end," Alzner said. "Once I get that kick back, then I’m 90-100 [percent]. So, I’m close." The 27-year-old has been remarkably healthy throughout his career. He's currently played in 458 consecutive games for the Caps, which is a franchise record.
Aug 15 - 11:49 AM

Travis Boyd impressed during Washington's summer developmental camp.

"I think you've done a tremendous job and [we're] really happy," said Capitals coach Barry Trotz told Boyd in a nearly nine-minute documentary. "You're going to get a good opportunity at camp and the exhibition games and all that. Showcase yourself. Get ready for that and go for it." He tallied 21 goals and 53 points in 76 games with the AHL's Hershey Bears last season. It sounds like Boyd could be one of the first call-ups if there's an injury, but it's likely that he will start the 2016-17 season in the minors.
Aug 14 - 8:45 AM

The Washington Capitals will have eight players in the World Cup and Nicklas Backstrom believes that is a good thing.

"I think it can only help," he said. "For all the players [in the World Cup], hopefully we'll get used to playing tough games and bring that into season and we can get a good start because of it." Only the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks, with 12, will have more players in the tournament. Backstrom is also back on the ice preparing for the World Cup about two weeks earlier than in previous summers.
Aug 13 - 1:10 PM

John Carlson hit the ice earlier than he normally does to prepare for the World Cup of Hockey.

"I probably started skating two-and-a-half weeks earlier, just because everything is a little bit earlier and it's a little bit crazier of a schedule," Carlson said following an informal skate. "In the NHL, you get a month long training camp. [With the World Cup], we're going to have seven or eight practices before we're playing a game that really means something." Players who are participating in the World Cup next month will have to get into gear a little earlier than usual.
Aug 13 - 11:24 AM

Stanislav Galiev is motivated to earn a roster spot with the Capitals.

"[Coach] Trotz told me I have to step up my game," Galiev said. "He's going to give me a chance." He made the team out of camp last season because he has to clear waivers to be sent down, but he played in only 24 games. Galiev had three assists with the Capitals and he spent most of his time as a healthy scratch. He will be a restricted free agent at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.
Aug 13 - 11:10 AM

The Capitals and the Russian Hockey Federation have denied a media report that Alex Ovechkin could miss the World Cup of Hockey due to a lower-body injury.

A member of Washington's PR department said: "No truth to this rumor." He added that Ovechkin is in Moscow, where he is training for the tournament and the upcoming NHL season.
Aug 9 - 10:21 AM

According to a source, the Capitals are optimistic that an agreement will be reached with Dmitry Orlov before training camp opens.

Washington and Orlov's agent, Mark Gandler, have declined to make anything from their talks public. He earned $2.25 million in salary last season and the Capitals have $3.45 million in cap space available.
Aug 5 - 12:56 PM

Dmitry Orlov is expected to agree to a bridge deal with a one- or two-year term.

The restricted free agent didn't file for salary arbitration, so it's unclear when he will get a new deal. According to generalfanager.com, the Capitals have $3.45 million left in salary cap space, so he's unlikely to get much of a raise from the $2.25 million he earned last season.
Jul 28 - 12:52 PM

Marcus Johansson has inked a three-year, $13.75 million contract with the Washington Capitals.

With that, Johansson and Washington narrowly avoided the arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday. His $4.58 million annual cap hit roughly represents the middle ground between the $5.25 million he requested and the $3.85 million the Capitals countered with. It's also a sizable increase from his previous $3.75 million salary. He had 17 goals and 46 points in 74 games in 2015-16.
Jul 20 - 12:13 PM

Mike Moore has signed with the German league's Fischtown Pinguins.

Moore had 10 points and 59 penalty minutes in 48 AHL contests in 2015-16. The 31-year-old defenseman has appeared in six career NHL contests.
Jul 18 - 10:12 PM

Marcus Johansson's requested salary for the 2016-17 campaign is $5.25 million while the Washington Capitals are countering with $3.85 million.

Unless the two sides can agree to terms prior to Johansson's scheduled hearing on July 20, an arbitrator will decide his next contract. Johansson requested a $4.75 million salary last season, but settled for a one-year, $3.75 million deal. He then recorded 17 goals and 46 points in 74 contests.
Jul 18 - 12:24 PM

Zach Sanford has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.

Sanford was taken by Washington with the 61st overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He had 13 goals and 39 points in 41 games with Boston College last season.
Jul 12 - 4:15 PM


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