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Capitals netminder Braden Holtby allowed two goals in Saturday's loss to Buffalo. | 11/22/2014 10:06 PM
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Capitals netminder Braden Holtby allowed two goals in Saturday's loss to Buffalo.
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Impact
He made 19 saves on 21 shots on goal. Holtby is now 7-5-2 on the season, and is a decent option in net for fantasy owners.
Capitals netminder Braden Holtby will start in goal on Saturday. | 11/22/2014 11:36 AM
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Capitals netminder Braden Holtby will start in goal on Saturday.
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Impact
Holtby is 7-4-2 with a 2.26 GAA and .914 save percentage this season. He has a very friendly matchup against the Sabres on Saturday.
Capitals netminder Braden Holtby stopped 23-of-24 shots in Tuesday's overtime victory against Arizona. | 11/19/2014 9:59 AM
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Capitals netminder Braden Holtby stopped 23-of-24 shots in Tuesday's overtime victory against Arizona.
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Impact
He has played well this season, and now is 6-4-2 with a 2.28 GAA and .913 save percentage.
Capitals right wing Eric Fehr scored the game-winner in Tuesday's overtime victory against the Coyotes. | 11/19/2014 9:56 AM
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Capitals right wing Eric Fehr scored the game-winner in Tuesday's overtime victory against the Coyotes.
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Impact
It was just his third goal of the season, and Fehr now has five points overall, making him an irrelevant fantasy player at the moment.
Capitals right wing Joel Ward scored on his one shot on goal against the Blues. | 11/16/2014 10:13 AM
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Capitals right wing Joel Ward scored on his one shot on goal against the Blues.
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Impact
Ward now has eight goals and two assists this season. Those are decent numbers for the top-line forward in Washington, but Ward has an even rating and two penalty minutes.
Capitals netminder Braden Holtby took a tough-luck loss against the Devils. | 11/14/2014 9:37 PM
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Capitals netminder Braden Holtby took a tough-luck loss against the Devils.
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Impact
He stopped 27-of-28 shots on goal, but Washington fell 1-0. Holtby is now 5-4-2 this season.
Capitals forward Marcus Johansson scored two goals against the Blue Jackets. | 11/11/2014 10:01 PM
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Capitals forward Marcus Johansson scored two goals against the Blue Jackets.
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Impact
Johnansson joined Alex Ovechkin as multi-goal scorers on Tuesday. Johansson finished plus-one with eight shots. He has eight goals and four assists this season.
Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored twice on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets. | 11/11/2014 9:58 PM
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Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored twice on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.
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Impact
Ovechkin scored on the power play to put Washington up, 2-0, and then answered a Blue Jacket score with an even-strength goal late in the first period. Ovechkin had eight shots on goal and has 16 points this season.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored the overtime winner Saturday versus Carolina. | 11/09/2014 10:47 AM
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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored the overtime winner Saturday versus Carolina.
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Impact
Alex Ovechkin set him up, and Backstrom now has four goals and 10 points on the season. He will continue to be a solid option moving forward.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scord the overtime winner Saturday versus Carolina. | 11/09/2014 10:47 AM
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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scord the overtime winner Saturday versus Carolina.
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Impact
Alex Ovechkin set him up, and Backstrom now has four goals and 10 points on the season. He will continue to be a solid option moving forward.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scord the overtime winner Saturday versus Carolina. | 11/09/2014 10:47 AM
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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scord the overtime winner Saturday versus Carolina.
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Impact
Alex Ovechkin set him up, and Backstrom now has four goals and 10 points on the season. He will continue to be a solid option moving forward.
Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer scored a goal on Saturday night. | 11/08/2014 10:50 PM
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Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer scored a goal on Saturday night.
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Impact
He now has five goals and nine points on the season, and should be a solid option for fantasy owners the entire season.
Capitals netminder Braden Holtby stopped 38-of-40 shots to defeat the Blackhawks on Friday, 3-2. | 11/08/2014 10:19 AM
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Capitals netminder Braden Holtby stopped 38-of-40 shots to defeat the Blackhawks on Friday, 3-2.
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Impact
It was a huge victory for Holtby and the Capitals. Washington erased a 2-0 deficit with three second period goals. It was a statement victory against a yearly Stanley Cup favorite.
Capitals rookie left wing Andre Burakovsky scored a goal and an assist on Friday against the Blackhawks. | 11/08/2014 10:15 AM
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Capitals rookie left wing Andre Burakovsky scored a goal and an assist on Friday against the Blackhawks.
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Impact
Burakovsky led the Capitals back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Blackhawks. He scored to cut the Chicago lead, 2-1. Then he assisted Marcus Johansson's goal to tie the game. Burakovsky has three goals and seven assists this season.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist in Tueaday's loss to the Flames. | 11/04/2014 10:21 PM
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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist in Tueaday's loss to the Flames.
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Impact
It was only his third goal of the season. but Backstrom now has 13 points overall.
Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin had two assists in Tuesday's overtime loss to Calgary. | 11/04/2014 10:19 PM
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Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin had two assists in Tuesday's overtime loss to Calgary.
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Impact
He also had seven shots on goal, which is a nice sight for owners, but was also -1 on the night. Ovechkin is still one of the top players in the game.
Capitals forward Brooks Laich (shoulder) may return to action this week. | 11/03/2014 4:43 PM
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Capitals forward Brooks Laich (shoulder) may return to action this week.
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Impact
He has been out since mid-October after injuring his shoulder against the Panthers, but since he was not placed on the injured reserved list, Laich could suit up any day. Stay tuned.
Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen has been a fantasy disappointment in the first 10 games of the 2014-2015 season. | 11/01/2014 10:49 PM
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Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen has been a fantasy disappointment in the first 10 games of the 2014-2015 season.
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Impact
Niskanen was minus-three on Saturday versus the Lightning and has not scored yet. He has just three assists. The 27-year-old had 10 goals and 36 assists last season with Pittsburgh and signed 7-year, $40.25 million contract in July.
Washington netminder Braden Holtby took his second loss of the seasn, Wednesday against Detroit. | 10/29/2014 10:03 PM
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Washington netminder Braden Holtby took his second loss of the seasn, Wednesday against Detroit.
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Impact
He let up four goals on only 22 shots, but owners do not need to worry yet. Holtby will look to get back on track, next time out.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin are no longer on the same line. | 10/28/2014 5:44 PM
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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin are no longer on the same line.
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Impact
Washington moved rookie winger Andre Burakovsky to the top line to play next to Ovechkin and Joel Ward. Backstrom will play alongside Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer on the second line. We still expect Backstrom and Ovechkin to reunite on the same line at some point this season. He gave Washington a two-goal lead early in the third period, and was also +1 on the night. Backstrom now has seven points on the season, and looks destined for a solid 2014-15 campaign.
Capitals rookie left wing Andre Burakovsky will play on the top line Wednesday. | 10/28/2014 5:04 PM
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Capitals rookie left wing Andre Burakovsky will play on the top line Wednesday.
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Impact
That means he will play with Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward. Burakovsky has gotten off to a great start this season with five goals and seven points. He is worth picking up in standard leagues.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal of the season. | 10/26/2014 10:21 AM
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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal of the season.
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Impact
He gave Washington a two-goal lead early in the third period, and was also +1 on the night. Backstrom now has seven points on the season, and looks destined for a solid 2014-15 campaign.
Washington netminder Braden Holtby made 20 saves, to help the Capitals earn a 3-1 victory on Saturday night. | 10/26/2014 10:19 AM
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Washington netminder Braden Holtby made 20 saves, to help the Capitals earn a 3-1 victory on Saturday night.
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Impact
He is now 3-1-1 with a solid 1.92 GAA and .922 save percentage. Fantasy owners who gambled on Holtby later in drafts, have it paying off nicely early on.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal of the season. | 10/26/2014 10:13 AM
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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal of the season.
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Impact
He gave Washington a two-goal lead early in the third period, and was also +1 on the night. Backstrom now has seven points on the season, and looks destined for a solid 2014-15 campaign.
Washington right wing Joel Ward recorded two goals and four shots on goal in Saturday's victory over Calgary. | 10/26/2014 10:11 AM
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Washington right wing Joel Ward recorded two goals and four shots on goal in Saturday's victory over Calgary.
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Impact
He now has four goals on the season, and if owners left Ward undrafted, he is a viable waiver candidate, for everyone in need of a goal-scorer.
Captals goalie Justin Peters stopped 20-of-21 shots against the Panthers on Saturday. | 10/18/2014 10:37 PM
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Captals goalie Justin Peters stopped 20-of-21 shots against the Panthers on Saturday.
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Impact
The only goal Peters allowed was on the power play, but unfortunately for Washington, they also only scored one goal in regulation. Peters earned the victory in the shootout. The goalie stopped Panthers' right winger Jossi Jokinen and then Alex Ovechkin scored to win.
Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored on his shootout attempt to seal a Washington victory on Saturday night. | 10/18/2014 10:37 PM
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Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored on his shootout attempt to seal a Washington victory on Saturday night.
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Impact
Ovechkin was the third Capital to score in the shootout, and goalie Justin Peters stopped Panthers' Jossi Jokinen just prior to Ovechkin's score. Therefore, the victory was sealed. Ovechkin had two shots and seven hits in the game.
Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored on his shootout attempt to seal a Washington victory on Saturday night. | 10/18/2014 10:31 PM
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Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored on his shootout attempt to seal a Washington victory on Saturday night.
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Impact
Ovechkin was the third Capital to score in the shootout, and goalie Justin Peters stopped Hurricanes' Jossi Jokinen just prior to Ovechkin's score. Therefore, the victory was sealed. Ovechkin had two shots and seven hits in the game.
Captals goalie Justin Peters will start start the next two games for Washington. | 10/18/2014 11:38 AM
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Captals goalie Justin Peters will start start the next two games for Washington.
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Impact
Coach Barry Trotz said he wants to get Peters some action, and will do just that over the next two contests.
Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin continued his hot start to the season Thursday against the Devils. | 10/16/2014 9:56 PM
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Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin continued his hot start to the season Thursday against the Devils.
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Impact
He scored his fifth goal of the season and now has six points through four games. It goes without saying, Ovechkin is easily a top-five fantasy option.
Capitals defenseman Mike Green had a goal and an assist on Tuesday against the Sharks. | 10/14/2014 10:18 PM
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Capitals defenseman Mike Green had a goal and an assist on Tuesday against the Sharks.
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Impact
Washington trailed, 3-0, after the first period in the game, but rallied to force overtime and earn a point. Green scored his second goal of the year at the 6:35 mark of the second period and assisted the game-tying goal with under five minutes to go in regulation. Green was plus-two with three shots as well.
Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored twice and had an assist in a loss to the Sharks on Tuesday. | 10/14/2014 10:15 PM
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Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored twice and had an assist in a loss to the Sharks on Tuesday.
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Impact
San Jose won the game, 6-5, in the shootout. Ovechkin scored towards the end of the second period and then on the power play in the third as the Capitals rallied from two behind to earn a point. Ovechkin has four goals this season.
Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored twice and had an assist in a loss to the Sharks on Tuesday. | 10/14/2014 10:15 PM
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Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored twice and had an assist in a loss to the Sharks on Tuesday.
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Impact
San Jose won the game, 6-5, in the shootout. Ovechkin scored towards the end of the second period and then on the power play in the third as the Capitals rallied from two behind to earn a point. Ovechkin has four goals this season.
Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin put two pucks in the back of the net on seven shots Saturday night. | 10/12/2014 12:34 AM
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Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin put two pucks in the back of the net on seven shots Saturday night.
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Impact
You didn't think he would be held scoreless for long did you? He led the NHL with 386 shots and 51 goals last season.
Washington netminder Braden Holtby stopped all 29 shots in recording a 4-0 shutout of the tough Boston Bruins in Boston. | 10/12/2014 12:31 AM
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Washington netminder Braden Holtby stopped all 29 shots in recording a 4-0 shutout of the tough Boston Bruins in Boston.
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Impact
Holtby could be in for a good season if the Capitals defenders continue to pay attention to the ice in front of him. That hasn't always been the case in the past.
Capitals defenseman Mike Green will travel to Boston on Saturday but still may not suit up according to CSN Washington. UPDATE: Green will play on Saturday night. | 10/11/2014 4:02 PM
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Capitals defenseman Mike Green will travel to Boston on Saturday but still may not suit up according to CSN Washington. UPDATE: Green will play on Saturday night.
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Impact
Green has an upper body injury that coach Barry Trotz would rather his star defeseman not aggravate. The Capitals might elect for him to rest.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has impressed the entire Washington organization with his play. | 10/11/2014 11:40 AM
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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has impressed the entire Washington organization with his play.
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Impact
The Washington Post reports Backstrom is seen as the team locker room leader, and coach Barry Trotz has been really impressed with his play on the ice. Backstrom should get a bundle of power play points, which he led the league in last season, and flirt with a point per game this year.
Capitals defenseman Mike Green will travel to Boston on Saturday but still may not suit up according to CSN Washington. | 10/11/2014 10:50 AM
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Capitals defenseman Mike Green will travel to Boston on Saturday but still may not suit up according to CSN Washington.
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Impact
Green has an upper body injury that coach Barry Trotz would rather his star defeseman not aggravate. The Capitals might elect for him to rest.
Washington rookie left wing scored his first career goal on Thursday against Montreal. | 10/09/2014 10:33 PM
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Washington rookie left wing scored his first career goal on Thursday against Montreal.
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Impact
He did it in the first period of his first game, and finished with two shots on goal, in Washington's shootout loss. Keep an eye on Burakovsky, to see if he becomes fantasy-relevant.
Washington netminder Braden Holtby played well in loss. | 10/09/2014 10:18 PM
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Washington netminder Braden Holtby played well in loss.
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Impact
He had 23 saves on 24 shots, and eventually fell to the Canadiens, in a 2-1 shootout loss. Even though he came out on the wrong side of the scoreboard, it was a positive first game for Holtby.
Washington rookie left-wing scored his first career goal on Thursday against Montreal. | 10/09/2014 10:16 PM
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Washington rookie left-wing scored his first career goal on Thursday against Montreal.
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Impact
He did it in the first period of his first game, and finished with two shots on goal, in Washington's shootout loss. Keep an eye on Burakovsky, to see if he becomes fantasy-relevant.
Capitals defenseman Mike Green remains questionable for Washington's season opener according to the Washington Post. | 10/08/2014 7:25 PM
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Capitals defenseman Mike Green remains questionable for Washington's season opener according to the Washington Post.
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Impact
Green's injury is not serious, but Green has been battling injuries for years. He played in 70 games last season, the most he has been in since 2009-2010.
Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov could score a lot in his rookie campaign playing alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. | 10/04/2014 6:05 PM
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Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov could score a lot in his rookie campaign playing alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
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Impact
The 22-year-old is already the favorite to win the Calder Trophy. He scored nine points in 17 games last year and many project him to score more than 50 points this season. He is definitely worth a late-round pick.
Capitals forward Marcus Johansson should remain fantasy relevant this season. | 10/04/2014 6:02 PM
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Capitals forward Marcus Johansson should remain fantasy relevant this season.
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Impact
Johansson will be the team's No. 2 center at even strength and on the power play as long as the rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov doesn't take over the role. Johansson scored eight goals and 44 points last season.
Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer scored 21 of his 44 points last year on the power play. | 10/04/2014 5:46 PM
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Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer scored 21 of his 44 points last year on the power play.
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Impact
Therefore, Brouwer has much more value in a league that emphasizes power-play points in the scoring system. Owners can also expect him to stay healthy as he has missed just eight games the past five seasons.
New Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen had a career-year in his last season in Pittsburgh a year ago. | 10/04/2014 5:42 PM
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New Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen had a career-year in his last season in Pittsburgh a year ago.
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Impact
The question is, can the 27-year-old repeat his 10 goal and 36 assist performance from last year? It seems unlikely since Green will likely get the majority of the power-play minutes. Niskanen is still a guy worth drafting, but the expectations should not be set based on his production a year ago.
It is unclear how Capitals defenseman John Carlson fits in new head coach Barry Trotz's system with a healthy Mike Green and the addition of Matt Niskanen. | 10/04/2014 5:39 PM
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It is unclear how Capitals defenseman John Carlson fits in new head coach Barry Trotz's system with a healthy Mike Green and the addition of Matt Niskanen.
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Impact
All three are offensive defenseman and will compete for playing-time on the power play. Carlson should, however, receive top-four defenseman minutes and play some on the secondary power-play unit. Carlson has far less risk than Green or Niskanen because Carlson has not missed a regular-season game since his rookie year.
Capitals defenseman Mike Green is healthy and should somewhat return to fantasy stardom. | 10/04/2014 5:35 PM
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Capitals defenseman Mike Green is healthy and should somewhat return to fantasy stardom.
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Impact
Green is always somewhat of a risk due to his injury past, but when healthy, Green has proved he is an elite offensive defenseman. We still would be wary of drafting him too early just based on merit, but at the right time, he is a quality selection.
Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin will likely be a more complete player this season. | 10/04/2014 5:33 PM
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Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin will likely be a more complete player this season.
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Impact
That doesn't mean Ovechkin is all-the-sudden going to play exceptional defense, but with new head coach Barry Trotz, Ovechkin should at least make his embarrassing minus-35 in plus/minus more respectable. Even though it was "a horrible" year for the Russian, failing to make the playoffs and win at the Olympics, he still led the NHL with 386 shots and 51 goals. He has an agrument to go No. 1 overall due to the lack of depth at right wing.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had an assist and a shootout goal in Washington's preseason victory over Philadelphia on Thursday. | 10/04/2014 5:28 PM
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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had an assist and a shootout goal in Washington's preseason victory over Philadelphia on Thursday.
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Impact
The center position is too deep to have Backstrom ranked in the top tier or even the second tier, but he is a top-15 fantasy center. His value is also higher than top-15 if your league emphasizes power-play production in the scoring system. No player logged more points in the man advantage last season and with Alex Ovechkin at his side, that is not changing anytime soon.
Karl Alzner pumped for 2014-15 campaign | 07/17/2014 2:29 PM
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Karl Alzner is excited for the 2014-15 campaign after the Capitals signed defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik this summer.
CSN Washington

Impact
"I'm fired up about it," Alzner said when asked about the upgrade on the blue line. "I think we have, on paper right now, one of the deepest blue lines, so I'm happy about that. You know that you have to pay players to get them sometimes and we're happy, I'm happy, for all the guys whenever they can get a good paycheck and that's great. So if we're going to have to pay guys numbers that other people don't necessarily agree with and we want that player and need that player, then it doesn't matter to us - you've just got to get them." Well, obviously it's not that simple in a cap-based league, but regardless, the Capitals defense certainly has been upgraded this summer. As for Alzner in particular, he got next to no power-play ice time last season and that certainly won't change now that Niskanen has joined the team.
Capitals agree to terms with Jakub Vrana | 07/15/2014 11:36 PM
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Jakub Vrana has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Washington.
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Impact
Vrana had two goals and three points in 24 games in the Swedish league last season. Obviously those numbers aren't impressive, but he does have a lot of offensive upside. He was taken with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Capitals sign prospect Vitek Vanecek | 07/15/2014 3:37 PM
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Vitek Vanecek has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Washington.
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Impact
Vanecek was taken with the 39th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He played for Billi Tygri Liberec in the Czech Republic's under-20 league in 2013-14 and finished with a 2.64 GAA and .921 save percentage in 38 contests.
Madison Bowey has beefed up since draft | 07/15/2014 9:54 AM
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Madison Bowey has gained 10 pounds since he was drafted in 2013.
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Impact
Bowey, who is 6-foot-2, now weighs in at 205 pounds. In addition to getting stronger, he's also coming off of a great campaign in the WHL. He had 60 points and 93 penalty minutes in 72 games with the Kelowna Rockets in 2013-14. Although he's still a long shot to make the Capitals' opening game roster, he should get into some preseason games. "I want to prove I am close enough," Bowey said. "Going back to Kelowna definitely wouldn't hurt me at all. It'll be another year of development for me and another year for me to mature and round my game so that I can play at the next level. That's definitely what the plan is, I think."
Nate Schmidt inks two-way deal with Caps | 07/14/2014 1:05 PM
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Nate Schmidt has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal.
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Impact
Schmidt had two goals and six points in 29 games with Washington in 2013-14. Given that Washington already has eight defensemen signed to one-way contracts, we don't like Schmidt's chances of making the team's opening game roster.
Andre Burakovsky good bet to make Capitals | 07/13/2014 11:55 AM
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Forward Andre Burkaovsky, Washington's first-round pick (No. 23) at the 2013 NHL Draft, has realistic aspirations of challenging for a roster spot come training camp in September.
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Impact
The 19-year-old Swede thrived in his first season with Erie in the OHL, posting 41 goals and 87 points in 57 games. "I'm going to do whatever it takes to have a chance to play some games in the NHL," Burakovsky said. "I had the chance to play some games last year, some preseason [games], I think I did really good there and I think the OHL was really good for me too. I think I might be ready to at least try to take the next step to the NHL." Burakovsky was able to distinguish himself with his quick release. "What really separated him was his wrist shot when he was on the rush," Erie coach Kris Knoblauch said. "He scored numerous goals just using the defenseman as a screen and shooting it through his legs and beating the goaltender. With his wrist shot that's certainly something that the other players, as good as they were, couldn't do."
Jakub Vrana turning heads at Caps' camp | 07/12/2014 10:22 AM
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Through five days of the Washington Capitals' development camp and two full scrimmage games, management is pleased with what it's seen, especially from 2014 first-round selection Jakub Vrana.
CSN Washington

Impact
Vrana's speed and creativity have been evident through the first two scrimmages. On Thursday afternoon, he blew past a defenseman for a breakaway, and pulled a sick move on a shootout to score a goal. On Friday morning, the 18-year-old Czech blasted a slap shot under the crossbar in an 8-3 rout for Team Red. "That was a shot not a lot of people are going to stop," Caps assistant general manager Ross Mahoney said. "But I also like that he was the first man back [on defense] and back-checked and disrupted the play. So he's showing he's a very determined young man as far as playing defense."
Capitals try shifting Burakovsky to center | 07/11/2014 10:14 AM
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The Washington Capitals experimented with using Andre Burakovsky as a center during development camp.
Washington Post

Impact
"It was actually the first time I played center," Burakovsky said, "but it was good for me.I felt good out there, actually." If the Capitals feel like Burakovsky is capable of shifting to center than it would help his chances of making the team. He had 41 goals and 87 points in 57 OHL games in 2013-14.
Tom Wilson won't be ready for camp | 07/09/2014 8:17 PM
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Tom Wilson isn't projected to fully recover from his ankle injury until after the start of the Capitals' training camp.
Washington Post

Impact
Capitals coach Barry Trotz was previously optimistic about Wilson's chances of being ready for the start of camp. Wilson's agent said that his client is still expected to be fine before the end of the preseason though. He suffered the injury during the offseason in a "fall," but other than that the Capitals are being vague on what caused it.
Edward Pasquale agrees to two-way deal | 07/09/2014 12:23 PM
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Edward Pasquale has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals.
Monumental Network

Impact
The Capitals acquired Pasquale from Winnipeg on June 28. He had a 2.43 GAA and .920 save percentage in 31 AHL games in 2013-14.
Ovechkin encouraged by Orpik, Niskanen deals | 07/07/2014 10:15 PM
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Alex Ovechkin is upbeat after the Capitals were able to sign defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen.
Pro Hockey Talk

Impact
"That our team signed such guys [as Niskanen and Orpik] - that's a very strong move," Ovechkin said. "Orpik, for example, is a very physical defenseman. If he plays on your team - it's a positive for you. But the results will be at the end of the season, it hasn't even started yet. Who knows what other changes are coming to the team- maybe there will be a trade or something else." Not everything that happened for the Capitals this summer was a positive in Ovechkin's eyes. He had a close relationship with Mikhail Grabovski and he's said to see him go.
Tom Wilson (ankle) should be fine for 14-15 | 07/07/2014 2:29 PM
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Tom Wilson (ankle) should be fine for the start of training camp, according to coach Barry Trotz.
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Impact
Wilson had 10 points and 151 penalty minutes in 82 games last season. He was used sparingly, averaging just 7:56 minutes per game as a rookie.
Barry Trotz a factor in Matt Niskanen's pick | 07/06/2014 6:08 PM
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Part of the reason Matt Niskanen decided to sign a seven-year, $40.25 million contract with the Capitals was the presence of head coach Barry Trotz.
CSN Washington

Impact
Trotz is very well-respected in hockey circles after the success he managed to achieve during his tenure in Nashville and this was very much part of Niskanen's thought process. "I heard nothing but great things about Barry Trotz and the way things are going there," Niskanen said after signing with the club. In addition, both Brooks Orpik and newly-signed backup goaltedner Justin Peters admitted they were swayed by a conversation they had with Trotz before signing in Washington as free agents.
Caps explain why Braden Holtby remains No. 1 | 07/06/2014 10:21 AM
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By not signing veteran free agents Martin Brodeur or Tomas Vokoun, and by signing Justin Peters as a backup goalie, the Washington Capitals made it clear that they are sticking with Braden Holtby as their main man in net.
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"We want Holtby to be our guy and we want him to be supported by a good backup," Caps general manager Brian MacLellan said after signing Peters to a two-year, $1.9 million contract. "Peters is a good backup in our mind and he has some upside, too. He's 28 years old, he's still a young guy. He's a good teammate, he gets along with the No. 1 guys he's played with, so we thought it was a match that way. I mean, if you bring in an older, experienced guy it's going to cost us more money and it might have been a little more pressure on Holtby. We wanted to send a message to Holtby that he's our No. 1 guy." Holtby had a career-worst .915 save percentage and 2.85 goals-against average last season, which makes next season a huge one considering Holtby is entering the final season of a two-year, $3.7 million contract.
Kris Newbury joins Capitals' organization | 07/04/2014 12:15 PM
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Kris Newbury has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Washington Capitals.
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Newbury had 18 goals, 49 points, and 207 penalty minutes in 63 AHL games in 2013-14. As valuable as he is in the minors though, he has never been able to establish himself in the NHL level. The 32-year-old is a nice depth signing for the Capitals, but he's not expected to start the season as a member of their NHL roster.
Washington signs Tim Kennedy | 07/04/2014 12:06 PM
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The Washington Capitals have signed Tim Kennedy to a one-year, two-way deal.
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Kennedy had two goals and eight points in 37 games with the Arizona Coyotes in 2013-14. He isn't worth drafting in standard leagues for the 2014-15 campaign.
Matt Niskanen ready for higher expectations | 07/04/2014 9:51 AM
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Matt Niskanen knows that his new contract carries higher expectations and he feels he will be up for the challenge.
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"I've played essentially top-four minutes for 80 percent of the year last year. I had a lot of responsibility and at times I was the oldest defenseman by far on our team and our team had a lot of success," he said. "I had a good year. It definitely was a breakout year, and now the challenge for me is to try to keep moving forward. That's one thing me and Todd [Reirden] talked about, how do you get a little better this week, this season. I look forward to working with him some more." The two of them have a relationship from back in Pittsburgh. Niskanen amassed 10 goals, 46 points and a plus-33 rating in 81 games last season.
Capitals remain committed to Mike Green | 07/03/2014 12:06 PM
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Washington is still committed to Mike Green after adding a pair of defenseman in free agency on Tuesday.
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"He's a good player," GM Brian MacLellan said. "He had a little bit of struggles with injuries last year. He had an okay year. But we're hoping to get him back on track, yes." The Capitals brought in former Pittsburgh blueliners Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen on high profile contracts, while Green carries a $6,083,333 cap hit on the final year of his deal. His name came up as a possible trade candidate, but that doesn't appear to be in the cards for the Capitals.
Tom Wilson has suffered an ankle injury | 07/02/2014 4:51 PM
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Tom Wilson has sustained an ankle injury.
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Wilson is being evaluated and there's no timetable for his recovery yet. Even if he ends up being projected to return in time for the 2014-15 campaign, this might significantly hinder his summer workout routine.
Caps assistant coach very high on Niskanen | 07/02/2014 9:33 AM
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Washington assistant coach Todd Reirden had a lot to do with the team's signing of Matt Niskanen.
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Before joining he Capitals, he was an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins so he is very familiar with Niskanen. "We've scouted Matt for a long time too," GM Brian MacLellan said. "We had some questions on this is a big year for him, he had a good year, he had a good year two years ago, but Todd Reirden our defense coach had a lot of input on why his game was where it is and why he believed it would stay at this level. So we trusted Todd's opinion on that." Niskanen enjoyed a career year offensively with the Penguins last season and he was the top free agent defenseman on the market.
Brooks Orpik could play with Carlson or Green | 07/02/2014 9:26 AM
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Brooks Orpik is projected to be paired with John Carlson or Mike Green in Washington.
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He has shown signs of slowing down, so it was surprising to see the Capitals grant him a five-year deal worth a total of $27.5 million. Washington targeted him as a player they needed, so they were willing to outspend the competition to land him.
Justin Peters brought in to back up Holtby | 07/02/2014 9:13 AM
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The Capitals like Justin Peters' upside, so they decided to sign him rather than seek a goaltender with a proven track record.
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"He's still a young guy," GM Brian MacLellan said. "He's a good teammate, he gets along with the number one guys he's played with. So we thought it was a match that way. If you bring in an older, experienced guy, it's going to cost you more money, it was going to cost us more money, and it might have been a little more pressure on Holtby. We wanted to send a message to Holtby that he was our number one guy." It sounds like Peters will compete for the team's backup position with Philipp Grubauer at training camp.
The Capitals have signed defenseman Matt Niskanen to a seven-year contract. | 07/01/2014 8:34 PM
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The Capitals have signed defenseman Matt Niskanen to a seven-year contract.
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With Kris Letang and Paul Martin dealing with injuries for most of the season, the 27-year-old Niskanen stepped up and served as the Penguins top blueliner. He finished with 10 goals and 36 assists in 81 games, all career highs. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to quite reach those numbers again.
Capitals sign Jon Landry to a 2-way contract | 07/01/2014 5:38 PM
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Jon Landry has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Washington.
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The big defenseman registered 18 assists and 32 penalty minutes in 50 games with the Iowa Wild of the AHL last season. Landry stands 6-foot-3 and he weighs 220 pounds, but he doesn't have any NHL experience.
Mike Moore joins Capitals on two-way deal | 07/01/2014 5:35 PM
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Mike Moore has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Washington Capitals.
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Moore had 21 points and 106 penalty minutes in 75 AHL games in 2013-14. He's 29 years old and has only played in six career NHL contests.
Caps, Niskanen sign a 7-year, $40.25M deal | 07/01/2014 4:59 PM
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The Washington Capitals have locked up Matt Niskanen to a seven-year deal worth $40.25 million.
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"We are very excited that Matt Niskanen has chosen to sign with Washington," said GM Brian MacLellan. "At 27 years of age, he is just entering his prime for a defenseman. We feel he will be a staple on our blueline for many years to come. We have stated all along that upgrading the defense was our top priority this offseason and we feel we accomplished our goal with our signings today." He racked up 10 goals and 46 points in 81 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. Niskanen will add another weapon to Washington's top-raked power play.
Michael Latta re-signs with Washington | 07/01/2014 1:45 PM
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The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Michael Latta to a two-year contract.
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Brooks Orpik signs with the Washington Caps | 07/01/2014 1:02 PM
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Brooks Orpik has signed a contract with the Washington Capitals.
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Justin Peters signs with the Capitals | 07/01/2014 12:34 PM
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The Washington Capitals have signed Justin Peters to a one-year contract.
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Mikhail Grabovski will test UFA market | 07/01/2014 10:40 AM
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Mikhail Grabovski will test the unrestricted free agent market.
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No surprise there given that we're just over an hour away from the market opening, but if you needed early confirmation, then there you go. Grabovski's agent is claiming that about a dozen teams are interested in his client's services.
Capitals give Michael Latta qualifying offer | 06/30/2014 10:02 AM
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The Washington Capitals have given center Michael Latta a qualifying offer.
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The Capitals also qualified Edward Pasquale, Cam Schilling and Nate Schmidt while Nicolas Deschamps, Brett Flemming and Peter LeBlanc did not receive a qualifying offer and will become UFA's.
Trotz: Alex Ovechkin needs less 'glide' | 06/29/2014 11:41 AM
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Coach Barry Trotz said that Alex Ovechkin will need less 'glide' in his game next season.
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Trotz also said that Ovechkin will start the season on the right wing. "Alex has got a little too much glide maybe in his game," Trotz said. "He's trying to score too much, so he's getting not as much space actually. You remember Alex when he would get that speed and he's moving and he can do things with the puck. He can beat you with his skill, he can beat you with his size and speed and hold you off. When you're standing still you're really easy to cover. I was just talking to Alex and said we gotta get a little more space for you. Sometimes that's coming back [into the defensive zone] and getting the puck in a good position. Sometimes when you're standing still you think you're in a position where if I get the puck I'll score. But you're easier to cover and we talked about that. That's a process." Ovechkin seems to be interested in improving so look out for him next season.
Capitals draft first Aussie Nathan Walker | 06/29/2014 11:34 AM
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The Washington Capitals drafted the first Australian ever when they selected Nathan Walker in the third round.
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The Capitals were well aware of Walker as the 20-year-old played 43 games with their AHL affiliate in Hershey this past season, scoring five times and adding six assists. Walker fell in love with hockey when he saw the movie "The Mighty Ducks" and his family moved to the Czech Republic when he was 13 to further his career. The only way this story could be better would be if the Anaheim Ducks selected him for a real Hollywood ending.
Talks with Mikhail Grabovski hit a snag | 06/28/2014 4:47 PM
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Contract talks with Mikhail Grabovski have hit a bit of a wall, according to Washington GM Brian MacLellan.
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He said "the money is a little bit prohibitive right now" and reports indicate that Grabovski is seeking around $5 million per season. MacLellan has spoken with Grabovski's agent, Gary Greenstin, a couple of times in Philadelphia at the draft. If the two sides can't bride the gap then Garbovski will walk as an unrestricted free agent next week.
Jets deal Edward Pasquale to Washington | 06/28/2014 3:17 PM
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Winnipeg traded Edward Pasquale to the Washington Capitals on Day 2 of the NHL draft.
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He was dealt along with pick No. 159 (Steven Spinner) in the 2014 draft for the 164th (Pavel Kraskovsky) and 192nd (Matt Ustaski) selections, as well as a seventh round pick in 2015. Pasquale posted a 17-13-1 record with a .920 save percentage and a 2.43 GAA in 31 games with St. John's of the AHL in 2013-14.
Jakub Vrana joins Caps as 13th overall pick | 06/27/2014 8:34 PM
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Jakub Vrana has been taken by the Washington Capitals with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Jakub Vrana is a scoring winger who plays confidently, creatively and can unleash a remarkable shot. The 5'11", 172 pound Czech controls the game on his stick and creates quality scoring chances with masterful acceleration and all-around skill. Vrana fools goaltenders with a quick and accurate wrist shot, but is inconsistent defensively and has a lot of bulking up to do. Vrana was performing at over a point-per-game pace in Sweden's junior league this season, but his success did not transfer well into the Elite League after he made the jump, managing just three points in 24 games. With a few years of on and off ice development, Vrana could play his way into a top-six role in the NHL as a scoring forward. The Capitals could certainly using the scoring depth after Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, but Vrana should be regarded as a bit of a project.
Washington hires Lane Lambert | 06/27/2014 12:35 PM
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Lane Lambert has joined the Washington Capitals as an assistant coach.
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Lambert spent the last three seasons with the Nashville Predators, so he's already got plenty of experience working with head coach Barry Trotz. Lambert oversaw forwards and the Predators' penalty kill during his tenure with Nashville.
Agent denies Ryan Stoa to Russia report | 06/26/2014 4:47 PM
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Ryan Stoa's agent, Neil Sheehy, has denied an earlier report that his client has agreed to play in the KHL next season.
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"He's not signed," Sheehy said. "There's nothing to it." Stoa, who can become an unrestricted free agent in July, would like to re-sign with the Capitals, but negotiations are on hold for the NHL Draft.
Ryan Stoa signs with KHL club | 06/26/2014 11:49 AM
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Ryan Stoa has signed a contract with Metallurg of the KHL, according to Sport-42.ru.
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He's an unrestricted free agent after spending the vast majority of the last two seasons with the AHL's Hershey Bears. He recorded 16 goals and 40 points in 67 games in the minors in 2013-14. Stoa also skated in three matches with the Capitals.
Barry Trotz hires Todd Reirden as Asst. Coach | 06/25/2014 8:36 PM
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Barry Trotz has hired former AHL head coach and NHL assistant coach Todd Reirden to join his staff on the Washington Capitals this season.
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Reirden played 183 games as a player in the NHL, accumulating 181 penalty minutes. The 43 year-old took over the head coaching job for the Wilkes-Barre Penguins after Dan Bylsma was promoted to head coach in Pittsburgh, and then worked his way up to the NHL as an assistant on Bylsma's staff. The Caps swooped in quickly once the Pens announced Reirden would not be returning on Mike Johnston's coaching team.
Todd Reirden joins Caps as assistant coach | 06/25/2014 6:28 PM
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The Washington Capitals have hired Todd Reirden to serve as an assistant coach.
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Reirden will work under new bench boss Barry Trotz. He previously spent four campaigns as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins with a focus on their defense and power play.
Can Andre Burakovsky jump to the NHL? | 06/19/2014 10:51 AM
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New Capitals assistant GM Ross Mahoney is looking forward to seeing prospect Andre Burakovsky at training camp.
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"I've always said, these players determine where they end up. If they come in and have good camps, that probably determines whether they go back to juniors for more seasoning or whether they go to the [AHL] or whether they make that step up to the Capitals," said Murray, who worked 16 seasons as Washington's director of amateur scouting. "But Andre's definitely on the right path. Very, very pleased with his progression. I'm really looking forward to him coming to training camp and seeing how he does." He's still recovering from a separated shoulder he suffered in the OHL with Erie, but he has time to heal before attending the Capitals' summer developmental camp.
Philipp Grubauer will start 2014-15 in AHL | 06/17/2014 11:23 AM
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The Washington Capitals plan to have Philipp Grubauer start the 2014-15 campaign in the minors.
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Grubauer had a 2.38 GAA and .925 save percentage in 17 contests with Washington last season. However, the Capitals remain committed to using Braden Holtby as their starter and they would rather put Grubauer in a position where he'll get plenty of ice time. With that in mind, the Capitals will sign a veteran backup to serve as Holtby's understudy.
Braden Holtby is still Caps' starting goalie | 06/17/2014 11:20 AM
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The Washington Capitals plan to stick with Braden Holtby as their starting goaltender for the 2014-15 campaign.
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Holtby had a 2.85 GAA and .915 save percentage in 48 games last season, but Capitals GM Brian MacLellan thinks he'll bounce back. The fact that the Capitals' coaching staff is changing could help Holtby as the 24-year-old netminder didn't feel comfortable with former coach Adam Oates' goaltending strategy.
Washington wants to add top-line defenseman | 06/16/2014 4:53 PM
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Bringing in a top defenseman is high on Washington GM Brian MacLellan's wishlist.
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He wants to acquire a top-flight blueliner through a trade or free agency. The Capitals desperately could use an upgrade on their back end.
Washington doesn't plan to trade Mike Green | 06/16/2014 4:47 PM
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Washington GM Brian MacLellan would like to keep Mike Green and help him get back "on track."
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"I guess I'm open to trading anybody," he said, "but as of right now I think we'd like to bring Mike Green back." MacLellan added that there were circumstances that hindered Green during the 2013-14 campaign, but he didn't go into detail. Green has missed chunks of the past four seasons due to injuries.
Caps to give Kuznetsov a look as No. 2 center | 06/16/2014 4:35 PM
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Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said the team may give Evgeny Kuznetsov a shot at being the team's No. 2 center next season.
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"We're going to have to develop one of our young guys to play second-line center," he said. "I think it's hard to add in free agency." Mikhail Grabovski can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but Washington is looking into re-signing him. Kuznetsov notched three goals and nine points in 17 games with the Caps in 2013-14 after he joined the club in March.
Braden Holtby had one of better 5v5 SV% | 06/14/2014 8:52 PM
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Braden Holtby ended up tied for sixth on five-on-five save percentage this season.
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He had a .930 mark when considering goalies who played at least 41 games. This is notable because the Capitals will now presumably be firming up their structure and playing a little more defensive minded on a whole under new coach Barry Trotz. With an overall .915 save percentage, Holtby didn't seem to have the best of seasons, but this gives fantasy owners some perspective that there is some upside to dream on here with the 24-year-old.
Capitals expected to add Mitch Korn to staff | 06/13/2014 9:50 AM
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Mitch Korn is reportedly expected to be hired to work as Washington's goaltending coach.
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He has worked in that role for the last 15 seasons with the Nashville Predators, so new Capitals coach Barry Trotz knows him well. A team spokesman declined to confirm the hire.
Dmitry Orlov (wrist) should be ready for Oct. | 06/13/2014 9:45 AM
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Dmitry Orlov (wrist) is slated to be ready by early October.
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He underwent surgery on May 22 to repair a broken left wrist after he was injured while playing in the 2014 IIHF World Championships. Orlov may be able to participate in some preseason games at the end of September if his recovery goes well.

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