Player News - Capitals

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John Carlson has inked an eight-year contract extension with the Washington Capitals.

Carlson's new deal will be worth $64 million for an annual average value of $8 million per season. He was eligible for unrestricted free agency, but the Capitals made sure that didn't happen. Carlson led all defensemen in scoring during the regular season with 68 points in 82 games. He also topped all blueliners in scoring during the playoffs with 20 points in 15 outings.
Jun 24 - 6:37 PM

John Carlson's agent, Rick Curran, is speaking to other teams, but a return to Washington is still a possibility.

The Capitals cleared some cap space on Friday with the trade that sent Brooks Orpik and Philipp Grubauer to Colorado. However, an extension for Carlson hasn't been worked out yet and he is free to talk to other teams at this time.
Jun 24 - 11:10 AM

The Washington Capitals selected Kody Clark, the son of Wendel, with the 16th pick in the second round, 47th overall.

Wendel was the first overall pick in 1985 by the Toronto Maple Leafs but having his son selected on Saturday was more exciting according to the Leaf legend. Clark played last season for the Ottawa 67s of the OHL, scoring 18 times and chipping in with 21 helpers. He will return to Ottawa next sesaon and finish out his junior career.
Jun 24 - 9:16 AM

The Washington Capitals have reportedly made an offer to pending unrestricted free-agent Michal Kempny.

Acquired by the Capitals at the trade deadline for a third round pick, Kempny proved to be a huge bargain and played a big role in the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup. Washington cleared $5.5 million in cap space by moving Brooks Orpik's contract to the Avalanche in the Philipp Grubauer deal and are reportedly also inching closer to renewing John Carlson's contract. Washington's executives are currently awaiting Kempny's response on their offer.
Jun 23 - 1:52 PM

Alexander Alexeyev has been chosen with the 31st pick by the Washington Capitals in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Alexeyev has played two seasons in North America since being selected in the CHL Import Draft by the Red Deer Rebels. The Russian blueliner put up seven goals and 37 points in 45 games in the Western League in the regular season before adding five points in three postseason contests. The 18-year-old is a good skater, he’s a strong puck mover and he has good offensive instincts. He still needs a little more polish in the defensive zone, but that's something that might come with more experience. If all goes well with his development, he could turn into a good second-pairing defenseman.
Jun 22 - 10:55 PM

The Washington Capitals' home opener for the 2018-19 campaign will be against the Boston Bruins on Oct. 3.

That's when Washington will raise its banner as Stanley Cup champions. Then the work of defending that title will begin in full swing. The Boston Bruins will be a tough opening opponent for the Capitals, but Washington did sweep its three-game series against the Bruins last season.
Jun 20 - 12:10 PM

Todd Reirden might be the next head coach of the Washington Capitals.

Reirden has worked as an assistant under former bench boss Barry Trotz for the last four seasons. He has apparently been groomed to take over, but Capitals GM Brian MacLellan may still conduct an interview or discussion as part of the process. Still, it seems like Reirden is the favorite for the position at this time following Trotz's resignation on Monday.
Jun 18 - 4:56 PM

Look for Ilya Samsonov to start the season with Hershey of the AHL.

The netminder was selected 22st overall in the 2015 draft and spent the last three seasons in the KHL before inking an entry-level deal in May with Washington. "I think he needs time in Hershey," GM Brian MacLellan said. "We'll start him in Hershey I would anticipate and see how he grows, see how he gets accustomed to the small rink and hopefully get some good coaching, get our guys in that work with him. It'll be up to him. I think he'll adapt fairly quickly given his skill set." Samsonov could get a taste of NHL action this season and will likely be a member of the Capitals in the following season or two.
Jun 17 - 8:37 AM

Pheonix Copley could be the backup goaltender in Washington next season.

The Capitals seem to be ready to trade current backup Philipp Grubauer who is an RFA and if they do so, Copley is the odds-on favorite to become the backup to Braden Holtby. Holtby seemed to be a lot better in the playoffs as he was not used as much in the regular season and if this is the case, Copley could find himself playing 25-30 games next season as the Capitals backup. He had a 2.91 GAA and a .896 save percentage this past season with Hershey of the AHL.
Jun 17 - 8:34 AM

When the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup, Lars Eller made history as the first Danish player to be part of a championship team.

"It’s just icing on the cake," Eller said. "Just the fact to win the Stanley Cup alone would have been enough for me. But, of course, it’s special to be the first to break that ground. For me, it was special enough just to win it. But I think for people back home, it just makes it more special to be the first-ever athlete from this country to do this. I’m proud." He had 18 goals and 38 points in 81 regular season games with Washington. During the playoffs, he added another seven goals and 18 points in 24 contests. He plans to take the Cup with him to Denmark over the summer.
Jun 15 - 4:38 AM

T.J. Oshie was dealing with a lower-body injury during the postseason.

Oshie said it was a problem at the start of the playoffs, but he was feeling much better by the time the Stanley Cup Final came around. He only missed some practices and morning skates when he was hurt.
Jun 13 - 7:44 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov played through a shoulder injury in the Stanley Cup Final.

Kuznetsov presumably sustained the injury when he was checked by Brayden McNabb in Game 2 of the finals. Kuznetsov left that contest and didn't return, but he was still able to play from Game 3 on. He won't require surgery for the injury.
Jun 13 - 4:35 PM

John Carlson gave a measured response when asked if he wants to re-sign with Washington.

Carlson is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. "I love it here. I want to stay here. But there’s more to it than that," he said. Carlson is coming off a monster season where he scored 15 goals and 68 points in 82 contests. That should set the 28-year-old defenseman up with a big contract and while the Capitals are in a position where they likely could find a way to accommodate him and stay cap complaint, they may be reluctant to go down that path. It wouldn't be surprising to see him at least test the UFA waters before making a decision on his future.
Jun 13 - 3:12 PM

Jay Beagle would like to re-sign with the Washington Capitals.

That said, Beagle and the Capitals haven't engaged in any contract talks yet. Washington has other cap considerations, particularly with John Carlson, and Beagle understands that. If he's not signed by July 1 though, then he will become an unrestricted free agent.
Jun 13 - 3:07 PM

Nicklas Backstrom had two fractures in his right index finger.

Backstrom missed four playoff games due to a hand injury and now we have the specifics. He won't need to have off-season surgery, which is good news. He played in every game of the Stanley Cup Final, though, and collected seven points (one goal, six assists) in five outings. Backstrom was a major contributor in the Capitals' championship run with five goals and 23 points in 20 postseason games.
Jun 13 - 12:52 PM


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