Capitals Insider: offseason


Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Karl Alzner: Free agents remain who can help Caps 'tremendously'

Defenseman Karl Alzner believes there are still free agents available on the market that can help the Capitals improve.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:46 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agency, George McPhee, Karl Alzner, offseason

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Capitals re-sign Karl Alzner to four-year deal (Updated)

Washington re-signs defenseman Karl Alzner, 25, to a four-year, $11.2 million deal.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:54 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Karl Alzner, offseason, Restricted free agents

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 07/09/2013

George McPhee: Brooks Laich slotted as Capitals' second-line center

General Manager George McPhee says the Capitals plan to start next season with Brooks Laich as their second-line center.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:31 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, George McPhee, offseason

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Capitals sign Tyson Strachan, two others as depth additions

The Capitals signed defenseman Tyson Strachan, winger Matt Watkins and goaltender David Leggio to two-way contracts Monday, adding depth at the AHL level.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:32 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AHL, Free agency, Hershey Bears, offseason, Tyson Strachan

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 07/03/2013

Capitals buy out Jeff Schultz

Jeff Schultz cleared waivers allowing the Caps to buy him out.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:43 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  compliance buyouts, Jeff Schultz, offseason

Posted at 08:34 PM ET, 07/02/2013

NHL free agency: Vincent Lecavalier agrees to terms with Philadelphia

Vincent Lecavalier, the most sought after free agent, has agreed to terms with the Flyers. What does it mean for the Caps?

By Katie Carrera  |  08:34 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agency, offseason, Unrestricted free agents

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Capitals re-sign Tomas Kundratek to two-year deal

Washington re-signed defenseman Tomas Kundratek to a two-year contract.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:46 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  offseason, Restricted free agents, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Capitals will buy out Jeff Schultz

Washington placed Jeff Schultz on unconditional waivers Tuesday with the intent of using a compliance buyout on the defenseman.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:45 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  compliance buyouts, Jeff Schultz, offseason

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 07/02/2013

Capitals make qualifying offers to five restricted free agents

Washington tendered qualifying offers to restricted free agents Karl Alzner, Marcus Johansson, Tomas Kundratek, Nicolas Deschamps and Peter LeBlanc.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:49 AM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agency, offseason, Restricted free agents

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Matt Hendricks prepared to hit free agent market

With no progress on an extension with the Capitals, Matt Hendricks is prepared to test the unrestricted free agent market when it opens at noon Friday.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:25 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agency, Matt Hendricks, offseason, Unrestricted free agents

Posted at 12:45 AM ET, 07/01/2013

Vincent Lecavalier 'fits into our puzzle', Adam Oates says

Coach Adam Oates met with impending UFA Vincent Lecavalier Saturday and believes the veteran center would fit well with the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:45 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Free agency, George McPhee, offseason, Unrestricted free agents, Vincent Lecavalier

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Capitals 'would always match' offer sheets, McPhee says

General Manager George McPhee wants to maintain roster flexibility heading into draft and says Capitals' would match any offer sheet to their restricted free agents.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:15 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, offseason, Restricted free agents, Unrestricted free agents

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Capitals 'not interested' in trading Michal Neuvirth, McPhee says

General Manager George McPhee says the Capitals have no interest in trading Michal Neuvirth. But he's still penciled in as Braden Holtby's backup heading into next season.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:24 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, George McPhee, Goaltenders, Michal Neuvirth, offseason

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Tim Hunter unlikely to return as Caps assistant coach

The Capitals have granted Tim Hunter permission to seek employment elsewhere and it is unlikely he will return as an assistant coach in 2013-14.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:03 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, coaching staff, George McPhee, offseason, Tim Hunter

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Hershey Bears name Mike Haviland coach

The Capitals' AHL affiliate has named Mike Haviland as their new head coach.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:33 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AHL, Hershey Bears, offseason

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 06/16/2013

Alex Ovechkin says fractured foot is healing well

Alex Ovechkin says his foot is "okay" and discusses playing through injuries.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:14 PM ET, 06/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Injuries, offseason

Posted at 07:40 PM ET, 06/15/2013

Alex Ovechkin wins third Hart Memorial Trophy

Alex Ovechkin has become just the eighth player in NHL history to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as hockey's most valuable player three or more times in his career.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:40 PM ET, 06/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Hart Trophy, NHL awards, offseason

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 06/14/2013

Alex Ovechkin has 'tons of room to improve,' Adam Oates says

Coach Adam Oates talks about the star winger's progress leading up to the NHL's award presentation. Alex Ovechkin is a finalist for both the Hart Memorial Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, the winners will be announced Saturday evening.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:06 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Hart Trophy, offseason, Ted Lindsay Award

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 06/12/2013

A month after Capitals' playoff elimination, Adam Oates looking forward to next season

Catching up with Coach Adam Oates, who is looking forward to making sure the Capitals continue to improve as individuals and a group in his second season behind the bench.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:10 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, offseason

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 06/07/2013

Agent: 'No progress at all' between Matt Hendricks and Capitals

Matt Hendricks's agent says that he hasn't discussed a new contract for the gritty winger with the Capitals since the trade deadline.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:00 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agency, Matt Hendricks, offseason, Unrestricted free agents

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Joey Crabb won't return to Washington

Fourth-line winger Joey Crabb "has no intentions" of re-signing with the Capitals according to his agent.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:41 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agency, Joey Crabb, offseason, Unrestricted free agents

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Jeff Schultz asks Capitals to trade him

After seeing his ice time diminish each of the past two seasons, defenseman Jeff Schultz has asked the Capitals to trade him.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:16 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defensemen, Jeff Schultz, offseason

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Capitals season review: Defensemen

A look at the season that was for the Capitals' defensemen and what the future might hold.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:08 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dmitry Orlov, Jack Hillen, Jeff Schultz, John Carlson, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Mike Green, offseason, Season breakdown, Steve Oleksy, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 05/23/2013

Capitals season review: Forwards, Part II

A look at how the players on the third and fourth lines fared this season and what the future might hold.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:13 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Jason Chimera, Jay Beagle, Joel Ward, Joey Crabb, Mathieu Perreault, Matt Hendricks, offseason, Season breakdown, Tom Wilson

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Capitals season review: Forwards, Part I

A look at how the players who finished the season on the Capitals' top two lines fared and what the future might hold.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:04 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Eric Fehr, Marcus Johansson, Martin Erat, Mike Ribeiro, Nicklas Backstrom, offseason, Season breakdown, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 05/22/2013

Breaking down the Capitals' restricted free agents

A look at the Capitals' restricted free agents.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:07 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Karl Alzner, Marcus Johansson, offseason, Restricted free agents, Season breakdown, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 05/21/2013

Breaking down the Capitals' unrestricted free agents

A look at the Capitals' unrestricted free agents.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:47 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joey Crabb, Matt Hendricks, Mike Ribeiro, offseason, Season breakdown, Tom Poti, Unrestricted free agents, Wojtek Wolski

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 05/21/2013

Should the Capitals re-sign Mike Ribeiro?

The Capitals finally found a second-line center in Mike Ribeiro, but the pending UFA's contract demands might not mesh with the team's long-term plans.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:29 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agency, Mike Ribeiro, offseason, Unrestricted free agents

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 05/20/2013

Should the Capitals re-sign Matt Hendricks?

Matt Hendricks has become an important part of the roster, but is there cap space to bring him back?

By Katie Carrera  |  10:11 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agency, George McPhee, Matt Hendricks, offseason, Unrestricted free agents

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 05/20/2013

Wojtek Wolski signs with KHL team

Wojtek Wolski, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, signs in the KHL.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:50 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  offseason, Unrestricted free agents, Wojtek Wolski

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 05/17/2013

Tom Wilson eager to make an impact for Caps

Tom Wilson made his NHL debut in the playoffs but that doesn't mean he's a lock to make the Capitals' opening-night roster next fall.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:07 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, offseason, Tom Wilson

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Tom Poti will not return to Capitals

Defenseman Tom Poti hopes to continue his NHL career, but it won't be in Washington.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:39 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  offseason, Tom Poti

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Capitals head into offseason with coaching stability

For the first time in three summers there is no question of who the Capitals' head coach will be in the upcoming season, what type of system they might play or how much leeway a bench boss might have. That stability should help them in the offseason.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:16 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, George McPhee, Jay Beagle, Mike Green, offseason