CAPITALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Six NHLer’s Confirmed For Russia’s World Championship Roster by   Steven Ellis

With the Washington Capitals missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-2007 season, the Russian national team will be fortunate enough to ice the talents of Evgeni Kuznetsov and Alexander Ovechkin. Unfortunately, with Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Radulov and Alexander Semin missing the tournament due to injuries, the team will have a tough time trying to reach the medal [...]
Via The Hockey House
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Capitals Forward Joel Ward to Throw Out First Pitch at Nats game

Photo: NHL.com For the first time in seven years, Caps fans won’t see their team disappoint them in the playoffs compete for a Stanley Cup Championship. However, those suffering from Caps withdrawal symptoms can see Caps’ forward Joel Ward throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Thursday night’s Nationals game, according to a press release put out by the Nats. Thursday is...
Via DC Sports-Kings
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Quick Hits: Would You Keep George McPhee?

Here is the question for Washington Capitals fans before you. ================================================================ Should the Washington Capitals keep George McPhee? --   YES --   NO   As we all know, probably 80-90 percent of fans would overwhelmingly say no. Then again, you are not Ted Leonsis. It appears that Washington is going with the "status...
Via Puckrant.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin: I’m never going to ask for a trade

Photo: sports.ru There is a lot of finger pointing going on throughout the media in Washington with the Capitals set to miss the postseason for the first time since the 2006-07 season. There were some positives but clearly a lot more negatives to the 2013-14 season. Alexander Ovechkin led the NHL in goals, scoring 51 along with 24 power play goals and a +/- rating of a -35. Ovechkin...
Via DC Sports-Kings
3 days ago  |  Discuss

No Word for Adam Oates on His Job as Head Coach

According to Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates, to the best of his knowledge, he remains the Caps’ head coach.  Oates performed a few exit interviews today and met with the media this afternoon. The Capitals season ended yesterday without a playoff appearance for the first time since the 2006/07 season.  The jobs of General Manage George McPhee and Oates may be in question...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Caps' Marcus Johansson's season ends with UBI

As if barely missing out on the playoffs wasn't painful enough, the Washington Capitals now have to endure injury added to insult.Centerman Marcus Johansson left The Capitals' win over the coasting Chicago Blackhawks in the second period on Friday night, the result of taking a Nicklas Backstrom drive off of his left hand during a Caps' power play and did not return...
Via Sports Injury Alert
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin Heading Home?, and other Caps Randoms

     I have an incredibly busy Saturday planned for today thanks to my wife and kids but there are still a few items to discuss coming from the American capital today. Since I am in a big hurry I've decided to steal a page out of Clouts' book and just fire these off in a point form random style blog.  1. First off where the hell was this team when the games actually...
Via Puckrant.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dear NHL - Your BLUNDER May Cost Washington a Playoff Spot

What ever do I mean? Remember back on January 18th when FOUR, count 'em FOUR refs and linesman didn't see a deflected puck hit the protective netting? Remember when that puck bounced OFF the netting and off of Jonathan Quick's back and into the net for a GOAL with 26.1 seconds left in regulation giving the Red Wings a VICTORY over the Kings and an extra POINT that they...
Via Puckrant.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin would have to negotiate out of current deal to head to KHL

Ilya Kovalchuk shocked the hockey world last summer when he retired from the NHL and signed with SKA Saint Petersburg in the KHL the following week. Would Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin be next? From TSN: On Thursday’s edition of Insider Trading on the NHL on TSN, (Pierre LeBrun) reported that there were whispers out of the KHL that one of the clubs may try to approach...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The truth is Alex Ovechkin is an over-rated player

I agree with EVERYTHING  said about Alex Ovechkin. Because of his shortcomings on the other side of the puck I consider him an over-rated player–as much as that can be said of anyone who scores roughly fifty times a year besides the fact that he hits people all over the ice. But he–like Mario Lemieux back when  #66 was in his athletic prime–is indifferent (to say the least...
Via USA Sports 360
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Caps out of playoffs. What next?

The Washington Capitals were officially eliminated from the NHL playoffs last night.  It is the first time since the 2006/07 season that the Capitals roster will be watching the playoffs from the comfort of their own homes. Sad?  Yes.  Necessary?  Yes. Think about it.  If the Caps squeeked into the NHL playoffs, with the roster constructed as is, they would not have advanced...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jaroslav Halak’s Agent ‘Bewildered’ Adam Oates Would Betray His Player’s Trust

The Washington Capitals are fighting for a playoff spot in the final days of the regular season, and if that wasn’t tough enough, the team also is dealing with an issue between head coach Adam Oates and starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Oates told reporters before Tuesday’s 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues that Halak “wasn’t 100 percent comfortable” playing against his...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jaroslav Halak's agent upset with Adam Oates, says he didn't ask out

Things are headed south faster than the politicians' approval ratings in Washington. On Tuesday Jaroslav Halak did not start when the Capitals faced the Blues in St. Louis, his former team as of a little more than a month ago. Coach Adam Oates said that Halak told him he was not comfortable facing his old team thus Braden Holtby got the start (and win). You just had to know...
Via Pro Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Brouwer and Johansson collide in bad way

The Washington Capitals are faced with a must win situation the rest of the season. If the team wins out, they may have an outside shot at a playoff berth. In tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues, forwards Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson met between the blue line and center ice during the Capitals late first period power play. Let’s just say that Brouwer has a pretty...
Via DC Sports-Kings
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals Coach Throws Goalie Under Bus For Not Wanting To Face Former Team

Washington Capitals goaltender Jaroslav Halak had an opportunity to play against his former team and show it why trading him prior to the March 5 NHL trade deadline was a mistake, but instead of relishing the opportunity to make a statement, he wanted no part of starting net Tuesday night. “We know the feelings when you go into your old stomping ground and it’s not always easy...
Via NESN.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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