Player News - Capitals

Date: Team: Pos:

Christian Djoos has signed a two-year, $1.3 million contract with the Washington Capitals.

Djoos' new deal is a two-way agreement in 2017-18, but becomes one-way in 2018-19. What that means is that Djoos will earn less money if he plays in the minors next season, but he'll earn the same amount regardless of where he plays during the second season of the contract. The 22-year-old blueliner is coming off a strong season in the AHL where he recorded 13 goals and 58 points in 66 contests. Keep an eye on him during training camp.
Jun 22 - 2:22 PM

Karl Alzner will test free agency on July 1, but he did speak with the Golden Knights.

If Vegas signed him during their 72-hour window then the Capitals would not be in danger of losing defenseman Nate Schmidt or backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer in the expansion draft.
Jun 21 - 2:16 PM

Ilya Samsonov is expected to be back in the KHL for the 2017-18 campaign.

Washington has a very good prospect in Samsonov and they are happy to wait for the time being even though their depth in the crease could be hurt by the expansion draft. "I think there's no need to rush him. He's progressed very well for us. He played very well last year in the KHL, and I thought he was really, really good at the World Juniors, the under-20," said Capitals assistant GM Ross Mahoney. "We forget he's only a 19 year old this past year, so he's still a young guy. I think his future is really going to be bright." Samsonov had 15 wins along with a 2.13 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage in 27 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in 2016-17.
Jun 20 - 2:04 PM

The Washington Capitals might not be able to sign T.J. Oshie with the cap set at $75 million for the 2017-18 campaign.

Capitals GM Brian MacLellan previously suggested that the team would have a decent shot of signing Oshie if the cap went up to $77 million. Per capfriendly, Washington's current cap hit for next season is only at about $50 million, but that's before factoring in the major RFAs they still need to come to terms with. Washington needs to re-sign Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and Philipp Grubauer, among others. Plus even after re-signing those RFAs, the Capitals would still have several important vacancies in terms of both forwards and defensemen, so filling out their roster might be complicated and it would get harder if T.J. Oshie comes with a cap hit of say $6 million or so. Perhaps Oshie would be willing to give the Capitals a discount though if he's focused on staying in Washington.
Jun 18 - 5:27 PM

The Washington Capitals have protected 11 players in the expansion draft.

They include Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, Tom Wilson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Alex Ovechkin, Lars Eller, Marcus Johansson, Dmitry Orlov, John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and Braden Holtby. The Golden Knights will likely decide between Philipp Grubauer and Nate Schmidt as to who they will select from Washington.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:47 AM

The Washington Capitals have acquired Tyler Graovac from the Minnesota Wild for a fifth-round pick in 2018.

Washington needed to acquire one more player who met the minimum requirements for the expansion draft or they would have had to expose two of Lars Eller, Tom Wilson or Jay Beagle. Graovac had seven goals and two assists in 52 games with Minnesota this season. Regardless of where he plays next season, he won't have any fantasy value.
Jun 14 - 8:49 PM

Justin Williams has revealed to the media that he has met with Brian MacLellan about returning to the team.

Williams also added that he expects to have another meeting with the Caps GM soon. Williams will likely have to take a discount to return to Washington. The Capitals have just under $23 million to spend with the current cap sitting at $73 million with many players needing extensions. Williams might have to wait for Kuznetsov, Burakovsky and Orlov to sign before he can get a deal of his own. It's nice to see Williams interested in returning to Washington and getting them over the final hump in their quest for the organization's first Stanley Cup.
Jun 10 - 12:30 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk will reportedly narrow down his list of teams to sign with by the end of the week.

Shattenkirk is slated to meet with his agents and go ever his preferred destinations. He will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and he will be a highly sought-after defender.
Jun 7 - 6:08 PM

Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey are expected to be in the running for NHL roster spots in 2017-18.

The Capitals may have an opening on the third pairing alongside Brooks Orpik. Djoos and/or Bowey will have to outperform depth defender Taylor Chorney at training camp to earn their spot. Djoos racked up 58 points in 66 games for AHL Hershey last season.
Jun 7 - 10:37 AM

Jakub Vrana is not guaranteed to have a roster spot with the Capitals in 2017-18, according to GM Brian MacLellan.

"He definitely has NHL speed, [an] NHL shot, NHL goal-scoring ability. We still project him as a top-six guy, but he's going to have to learn to play the complete game," said MacLellan. "And that's what we're trying to do. We're trying to develop him into a 200-foot player down there versus when he comes up here." Vrana recorded three goals and three assists in 21 appearances with Washington last season. He had 36 points in 49 AHL contests before going pointless in seven playoff outings.
Jun 7 - 10:22 AM

There's an off chance that the Vegas Golden Knights might decide to sign Kevin Shattenkirk before the UFA period, which would be to the benefit of the Washington Capitals.

Vegas will get a window to sign pending UFAs from June 18-21 before other teams are eligible to do so. The tradeoff is that any unrestricted free agent the Golden Knights sign during that period will count as their expansion draft selection from the players' former team. So while has an opportunity to ink Shattenkirk early and thus remove one of the top potential UFAs from entering the open market, the Capitals would then be spared losing anyone else during the expansion draft. Given that Washington is very unlikely to re-sign Shattenkirk and the club is deep enough that it would lose someone valuable in the expansion draft, Vegas signing Shattenkirk during its exclusive window might be seen as a best case scenario for the Capitals. Keep in mind this is all speculative though and shouldn't be taken as an indication of what is likely to happen, only what could potentially happen.
Jun 4 - 3:49 PM

The Vegas Golden Knights will not be trading for Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, per GM George McPhee.

"That's not going to happen. Too many No. 8 jerseys in Washington," McPhee told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. McPhee could be bluffing, but the Golden Knights also don't really have the assets to acquire a player of Ovechkin's caliber in a trade. McPhee has also said that he plans on going with younger players in his quest to build up his expansion roster. All in all, Ovechkin to Vegas seems like a huge long-shot.
Source: The Score
Jun 3 - 6:58 PM

Nathan Walker has signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with the Washington Capitals.

Walker was set to become a restricted free agent this summer as his entry-level contract was over. He had 11 goals and 33 points in 58 AHL contests in 2016-17. There's a real chance that he'll make his NHL debut next season.
Jun 1 - 2:46 PM

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan says the team won't make any changes to their coaching staff.

The Capitals won't be firing anyone, but that doesn't mean they won't lose their assistants to other teams. Todd Reirden has reportedly interviewed with the Florida Panthers for their vacant head coaching position. He could also end up in Buffalo. Interestingly enough, head coach Barry Trotz has one year remaining on his deal and MacLellan admitted that they haven't spoken about an extension yet.
May 30 - 8:44 PM

Andre Burakovsky may graduate to Washington's top-six forward group next season.

Washington GM Brian MacLellan would like to see Burakovsky move onto one of the team's top-two lines in 2017-18. "It sure looks like Burakovsky is ready to get to the next level," said MacLellan. "You put him in a top-six role, I would assume he’s going to be successful." Burakovsky mostly played on the third line this past season and he produced 35 points in 64 games, but he looked good on a line with Nicklas Backstrom during the playoffs. He could be worth keeping an eye on going into next year.
May 30 - 6:05 PM


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