Ovechkin made his training camp debut Wednesday after playing at the World Cup of Hockey, joined by Russian teammates Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov. Russia lost to Canada in the semifinals Saturday, and Ovechkin, who got a couple of days off like other World Cup players, felt physically OK when getting back to work.
The Capitals have an extra forward spot open on the roster, and with just under $900,000 in cap space, a player on an entry-level contract seems like the lone possibility to fill the role.
The new mascot’s name is Hunter, named after the Oilers’ original owner, Bill Hunter. Hunter is a lynx. And he is a little bit scary.
A 4-3 victory over Sweden on Wednesday wasn’t enough to get Team North America into the semifinals at the World Cup of Hockey. The most exciting show on ice has two victories and a one-goal loss but needs Finland to beat Russia on Thursday to advance.
Orlov remained as Washington’s last restricted free agent of the offseason.
Phil Kessel, an elite scorer, was left off of a Team USA roster, and the team was eliminated as quick as physically possible in the World Cup.
San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski has been named the team captain of Team USA for the World Cup of Hockey.
Capitals coach Barry Trotz was selfishly glad to still have Reirden and Lambert on the bench, especially considering the Capitals have most of their players back and are again a Cup favorite.
Roy has stepped down as coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche, citing disagreements with the organization.
The club narrowly avoided arbitration with the 25-year-old Swede who had 46 points in 74 games last season.
McPhee most recently served as special adviser to New York Islanders GM Garth Snow and before that spent 16 seasons as GM of the Washington Capitals. As the Capitals’ GM, McPhee oversaw a complete rebuild around star winger Alex Ovechkin that led to six consecutive playoff appearances before he was fired in 2014.
Chimera goes to New York on a two-year, $4.5 million deal that ends his run of seven consecutive seasons with the Capitals.
Wilson signed a two-year, $4 million contract, the Capitals announced on Thursday. He is due to make $1.75 million in 2016-17 and $2.25 million in 2017-18, according to the team.
Johansen, who was drafted 28th overall by the Capitals last Friday, missed the first day of development camp with an illness. He returned to the ice on Wednesday and was excited to be competing with his teammates.
The Nashville Predators pulled off a blockbuster before the start of free agency Wednesday by acquiring P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Shea Weber, a swap of All-Star defensemen.