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The agent for Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov has asked the Capitals to trade him, saying it's the 'only humane thing to do'
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, at least temporarily, quashed worries about his health thanks to some good news he got from a neurologist this week.
There is growing concern about Nicklas Backstrom, the Washington Capitals No. 1 center who got hurt during his NHL lockout stint in Russia and this week went to see a specialist.
George McPhee can't talk about it yet. It's probably best for Washington Capitals fans not to think about it.
Alex Ovechkin knew right away how badly he was missed. When he landed at Dulles International Airport on Monday afternoon, the Washington Capitals captain heard firsthand the sound of the end of the NHL lockout.
The NHL appears headed toward a 48-game season for the second time in two decades.
Karl Alzner and his fellow players skating in Calgary last week tried to turn up the intensity from typical, informal workouts during the NHL lockout in an attempt to simulate the regular season. They skated hard and pressed on workouts.
The NHL's latest offer to the Players' Association to end the lockout generated some optimism this week. There was talk about an 82-game season and regular-season hockey as soon as Nov. 2.
As Dynamo Moscow winger Alex Ovechkin was saying the other day Sorry, I just had to type those words.
Alex Ovechkin left the United States on a jet plane bound for Russia, saying earlier this month he wasn't sure when and if he would be back.
NHL stars Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar have signed with Mettalurg of the Kontinental Hockey League after the NHL imposed a lockout of its players.
John Carlson, as recently as Tuesday, insisted he didn't want to think about a potential NHL lockout. He didn't have any plans beyond this weekend, when the collective bargaining agreement expires and owners can shut the doors to team facilities.
A year ago, Alex Ovechkin and Stan Galiev were on the ice in Arlington, Va., for some informal preseason workouts when they heard the news.
It looks like business as usual for early September around the Washington Capitals as players trickle into town and start preparing for the season. Coach Adam Oates is excited about seeing his players and chatting with them.
The Washington Capitals preach patience with their draft picks.