Matthew Speck

Matthew Speck covers the Washington Capitals organization for The Hockey Writers. He provides coverage of both Washington at the NHL level and prospect related content. Matthew also covers local sports for the Lebanon Daily News in Central Pennsylvania. You can email him at with any questions or comments.

Recent Articles by Matthew

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Is the Washington Capitals Defense Set?

With the loss of Mike Green in free agency to the Detroit Red Wings, it was known that the Capitals would likely stay quiet on the blue line and just […]

by · July 2, 2015 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
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Justin Williams Signing Outstanding Deal For Capitals

Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan had been searching for a serviceable top-six forward to aid Washington’s offense for the 2015-16 season and quite possibly, beyond. After an uneventful day in […]

by · July 2, 2015 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
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Jay Beagle: Another Questionable Decision By Capitals’ GM MacLellan

Brian MacLellan has been the general manager of the Washington Capitals for roughly over a year and has altered much of the team’s personnel, both on the ice and behind the […]

by · June 30, 2015 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
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Washington Capitals Restock Defense Pipeline at Draft

The Washington Capitals made a franchise altering splash last July in free agency, signing free agents Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen to long-term deals. The contracts were not cheap at […]

by · June 28, 2015 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
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Ilya Samsonov Worth Risk For Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals surprised many with their selection of goaltender Ilya Samsonov in the first round of the 2015 NHL entry draft Friday night. The Capitals last selected a goalie […]

by · June 27, 2015 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
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Washington Capitals Prospect Rankings

With the NHL draft to begin tonight in Florida, the Washington Capitals will look at add more high-end talent and continue to accumulate depth in their minor league system. There […]

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Top 5 Free Agent Goalies

The NHL draft commences Friday evening and concludes Saturday as the NHL offseason will be in full swing come the end of June. July 1st at noon marks the first minute that […]

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Capitals Keep Hershey Bears Staff Together

There was an unsettling feeling from the Hershey Bears following an unsatisfactory 2013-14 season under Mike Haviland that resulted in a rare absence from the AHL playoffs. The organization made […]

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Brian MacLellan Makes Capitals Youth A Priority

The moves will get harder and the decisions will become tougher for Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan this offseason. For now, MacLellan will look to get the bulk of […]

by · June 19, 2015 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
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Why Andrew Gordon Signed in Sweden

Andrew Gordon played eight professional hockey league seasons before deciding to make a big career decision this week, signing with Linkoping in Sweden. The 29-year-old veteran winger had seriously thought […]

by · June 5, 2015 · 0 comments · AHL, Washington Capitals
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Does Garrett Mitchell Have NHL Potential?

The Washington Capitals and GM Brian MacLellan completed their first free agency move on Tuesday, re-signing forward prospect Garrett Mitchell to a two-year, two-way contract. Mitchell has yet to appear […]

by · June 3, 2015 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals
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Washington Capitals Hindered by Limited Picks at NHL Draft

The Washington Capitals are in a pretty good spot. They just finished a good, but not great season under first-year head coach Barry Trotz and GM Brian MacLellan. Their farm […]

by · May 28, 2015 · 0 comments · Washington Capitals