Capitals Don’t Win 2018 Cup Without Ex-GM McPhee

Capitals Don’t Win 2018 Cup Without Ex-GM McPhee

March 30th, 2020 Fewer people were cheering as much for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final as then-general manager George McPhee. Fewer still had as much riding on their opponents and eventual champions, the Washington Capitals, McPhee’s last team. Capitals vs. Golden...
NHL Rumors: Flames, Maple Leafs, Capitals, More

NHL Rumors: Flames, Maple Leafs, Capitals, More

March 26th, 2020 In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is speculation that a couple of Calgary Flames forwards may have dodged a bullet when it comes to trades because of the NHL stoppage, the Toronto Maple Leafs and forward Kyle Clifford are interested in an extension and what will the Washington Capitals do with a...

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February 20th, 2020
Capitals Goaltending

It's the right time of year for players to get healthy, but sometimes, that creates a tough decision for the front office. That's the situation the Columbus Blue Jackets face right now. Additionally, one general manager is standing by his goalie while another went out to acquire one in the buildup to the trade deadline, and an NCAA goalie is on a historic hot streak. Korpisalo On the Mend The Blue Jackets got some good news Wednesday morning, announcing that goaltender Joonas Korpisalo would join the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning assignment. The goaltender has been out since late December after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus suffered in a controversial shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Korpisalo had been putting together a very strong first season as the Blue Jackets' starter before the injury. He'd built a 17-10-4 record and...
February 19th, 2020
Capitals Transactions

The Washington Capitals got into the trade mix on Tuesday, Feb. 18, picking up defenseman Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a pair of draft picks. Deadline rentals rarely come cheap and this move was no exception for Washington. Once again, the Caps dipped into their pool of future assets to improve the team in the short-term. This time the cost was a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick in 2021. Related: Lightning's 3 Worst Trades of the Decade It was a necessary move when you look around the division and see the Pittsburgh Penguins bolstering their offense in the Jason Zucker trade and the New York Islanders upgrading their blue line with the acquisition of Andy Greene. The race is on in a loaded Eastern Conference and Washington may not be done upgrading a roster that has lost its edge in recent weeks. Addressing a Need In Dillon, Washington is adding stability on the back end. The veteran of almost 600 NHL games is not known...
February 18th, 2020
Capitals Transactions

Players continue to be on the move in advance of the Feb. 24 NHL Trade Deadline, as the Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 third round pick. Dillon off to DC In Dillon, the Capitals are getting a veteran defenseman who will be given the opportunity to play a key role on a team that's first in the Metropolitan Division with a 37-17-5 record and looks primed for a deep Stanley Cup run. “We felt it was important for us to add a player of his caliber to our defensive group," Capitals' general manager Brian MacLellan said. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Dillon has suited up for 588 career games between the Dallas Stars and the San Jose Sharks, where he's played since the 2014-15 season. Over his career, he's amassed 22 goals and 92 assists for 114 points; this season, he has one goal and 13 assists and 83...
February 14th, 2020
Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals have spent much of the 2019-20 season atop the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference standings. However, a recent stretch of mediocre play has allowed both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins to work past Washington in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy. The Pittsburgh Penguins are hot on the Caps’ trail in the division, while the New York Islanders also remain within striking distance. Despite owning the third-best record in the league, the Capitals are just 11-9 over their past 20 games. They have allowed over 3.5 goals against per game in that stretch and have seen an 11-point lead over Pittsburgh shrink to just five. The main reason for this sudden change in fortune has been Washington’s inability to keep the puck out of their own net. While much of the recent focus surrounding the Caps has been centered around Alexander Ovechkin’s latest goal-scoring surge, a lack of focus in the defensive end has the team struggling...