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St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo , right, competes for the puck against Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in St. Louis. The Capitals won 4-1. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee) EDWARDSVILLE OUT  ALTON OUT

Tom Wilson's return unknown as he recovers from broken left leg

- The Washington Times

Wilson broke the bone in an accident in Ontario in July and underwent surgery to repair the break on July 8. He has just recently begun to skate by himself, doing so once in Toronto and once at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, where the Capitals began training camp on Friday.

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) takes a shot past Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

HBO: No '24/7' for Capitals-Blackhawks Winter Classic

Associated Press

The network said in an email to The Canadian Press on Thursday "there was never an expectation" that HBO would do such a show leading to the Winter Classic every year. The NHL said it will announce plans Sept. 23 for its new Winter Classic show partner.

Jets fly over Nationals Park before the start of an opening day baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals on Thursday, April 12, 2012 in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Nationals Park officially named venue for Caps-Blackhawks Winter Classic

- The Washington Times

While a variety of locations in the area had been suggested in the media for months, including FedEx Field, RFK Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and even the National Mall, it always seemed apparent that Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, would host the game.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 file photo, Russian ice hockey player Alexander Ovechkin, left, and retired Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko attend the pairs short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has broken off her planned wedding to Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

Alex Ovechkin, Maria Kirilenko split; engagement called off

Associated Press

Kirilenko says in comments distributed by the Russian Tennis Federation that there were "a lot of reasons" behind her decision. Ovechkin had faced questions from Russian media about the relationship when he did not accompany Kirilenko to Wimbledon last month.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tim Gleason, left, defends against Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Capitals' Tom Wilson had surgery for fractured fibula: agent


Wilson's agent said Wilson "rolled his ankle" but did not elaborate on how the injury occurred. Wilson played in all 82 games for the Capitals last season, recording three goals, seven assists and 151 penalty minutes, ranking seventh in the NHL in penalty minutes.

Washington Capitals left wing Andre Burakovsky (65), of Austria, looks on during the first period an NHL preseason hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Andre Burakovsky knocking on the Caps' door


The question facing Burakovsky now is whether he will return to Erie for a second season or make the Caps' roster as the high-scoring left wing they have been lacking since Alex Ovechkin moved from the left side to the right.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) shoves Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) from in front of the goal crease during a third-period power play in an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The Penguins won 2-1.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Barry Trotz enthused about Brooks Orpik signing, no matter the price


"Who does Alexander Ovechkin play against?" Trotz said. "He's one of the strongest, most dangerous players in the league and he plays against Brooks Orpik all the time and you need those players. Brooks is also a great role model for a team that's really young."

Detroit Red Wings' Tomas Tatar (21), of Slovakia, tries to get to the puck controlled by Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Niskanen (2) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 20, 2014 in Detroit. The Red Wings defeated the Penguins 5-4 in overtime. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Capitals' blueline additions pricey, but should pay off

- The Washington Times

It's hard to dispute that the Capitals improved their blueline this week with the signing of free agents Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, who left the Pittsburgh Penguins for D.C. That was the organization's top goal coming into the offseason to help restart a team that missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) fights with Calgary Flames center Lance Bouma (17) in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Capitals' Tom Wilson suffers ankle injury; extent unclear

The Washington Times

Wilson played in all 82 games last season as a rookie and was seventh in the league with 151 penalty minutes. He tallied three goals and seven assists on the season, averaging 7:56 of ice time per game.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) celebrates with teammate Sidney Crosby (87) after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. The Penguins won the game 5-4. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Capitals spend big on defense as NHL free agency opens

- The Washington Times

Washington took a step toward solving its weaknesses by signing free agent defenseman Matt Niskanen to a seven-year, $40.25 million contract and his former Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Brooks Orpik to a five-year deal worth $27.5 million.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) shoves Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) from in front of the goal crease during a third-period power play in an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The Penguins won 2-1.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

NHL free agency: Brooks Orpik joins Caps on $27.5M deal

The Washington Times

Orpik has 132 points (13 goals) and 734 penalty minutes in 703 NHL games and had been an alternate captain for Pittsburgh since 2008. He was a member of the 2010 and 2014 U.S. Olympic teams.

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick introduce new general manager Brian MacLellan, left, and head coach Barry Trotz, right, to the media at a press conference at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Is Caps GM Brian MacLellan ready to make first big trade?


When it comes to trade chips, the Caps own the 13th pick overall, along with three players that could interest other teams — forwards Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer and defenseman Mike Green.

Jakub Vrana pulls on a Washington Capitals sweater after being chosen 13th overall during the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NHL draft: Jakub Vrana fits Capitals' first-round profile


The Capitals have taken a European with their first pick of the draft in seven straight years, with five of them coming from a Swedish league — Anton Gustafsson in 2008, Marcus Johnansson in 2009, Filip Forsberg in 2012, Andre Burakovsky in 2013 and Vrana this year.