Capitals: Breaking Down Uncertain Goalie Situation

Capitals: Breaking Down Uncertain Goalie Situation

July 7th, 2019 This NHL offseason has been a busy one for the Washington Capitals. Yet some insiders are more concerned with next offseason, when goaltender Braden Holtby’s contract expires, leaving him an unrestricted free agent and possibly clearing the way for his exit from Washington.
Capitals Find Spare Parts to Replace Connolly

Capitals Find Spare Parts to Replace Connolly

July 3rd, 2019 On Monday, the news that everyone had already come to accept - including the team’s front office - became official. Brett Connolly is no longer a Washington Capital, after accepting a 4-year, $3.5 million offer from the Florida Panthers.

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June 23rd, 2019
Capitals Prospects

Washington Capitals general manager Matt McLellan has a reputation of scoring more misses than hits with his NHL draft selections. In the past five years, only one homegrown talent, 2014 first-round selection Jakub Vrana, has achieved significant ice time with the Capitals. McLellan has instead relied on free agency and deep pockets to build his squads, neither of which will be at his disposal this off-season. Though the exact figures for the NHL salary cap are still being worked out, rumors indicate that the ceiling will be slightly under $83 million - the projected figure that the league’s general managers have used as a baseline. According to CapFriendly.com, Washington has less than $9.75 million of cap space to work with, fifth-worst in the league. Several key players, such as Vrana, Andre Burakovsky, and Brett Connolly remain unsigned, making this draft essential in case any of those players decide to walk.
June 21st, 2019
Capitals History

The 2019 Draft Lottery is in the books and the New Jersey Devils are now looking forward to picking a generational talent in either Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko in June. Hopes are high for these two teenagers, as they have the potential to change their new franchises for the better. But will they? In 1993, the Ottawa Senators were accused of tanking in order to draft "the Next Gretzky", but Alexandre Daigle failed to score over 51 points in his ten-year career. When the New York Islanders picked Rick DiPietro first in 2000, the first goalie to ever go first in the modern era, it looked like they would be getting their starting goalie for the next decade. Instead, the Islanders got himuntil 2029, even though DiPietro hasn't played since 2013. Related: The Worst First Overall Draft Picks in NHL History So you really can never tell how a pick will turn out. But, then again, sometimes you can. Sometimes, the writing on the wall is so obvious, it seems uncanny that anyone...
June 17th, 2019
Capitals Transactions

Less than a week into the National Hockey League offseason, Washington Capitals fans have an idea of how their offseason will shape up. General manager Brian MacLellan secured a key piece of the Caps’ roster Sunday afternoon when he re-signed Swedish forward Carl Hagelin to a contract extension worth $11 million over four years.
June 16th, 2019
Capitals Transactions

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Washington Capitals have signed winger Carl Hagelin to an $11 million, four-year deal. Hagelin counts $2.75 million against the salary cap through the 2022-23 season. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Sunday. Washi...