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Capitals' Dylan McIlrath: Signs with Washington on Wednesday
McIlrath signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Capitals on Wednesday.
McIlrath has never shown much of a scoring touch, but the tough-as-nails defenseman had eight points and 70 PIM in 29 games with AHL Grand Rapids last season. The 29-year-old will likely assume a similar defensive depth role with AHL Hershey in 2021-22.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Hunter Shepard: Seals two-year deal with Washington
Shepard signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Capitals on Wednesday.
The Minnesota-Duluth product spent most of his time with ECHL South Carolina last year, where he had a 12-6-2 record, a 2.55 GAA and a .922 save percentage. Shepard is likely to spend the bulk of 2021-22 with AHL Hershey, as Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek are locked in as the Capitals' top two goalies.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Matt Irwin: Signs with Washington
Irwin signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Capitals on Wednesday.
Irwin spent parts of the 2020-21 campaign as a healthy scratch for the Sabres, which suggests he doesn't have much left to offer at the NHL level. He had two assists, 56 hits and 43 blocked shots with a minus-10 rating in 24 contests. The 33-year-old defenseman will likely take on a depth role for the Capitals.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Lucas Johansen: Stays with Washington
Johansen signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Capitals on Wednesday.
Johansen has yet to make his NHL debut, and he's produced just four helpers across 14 games in the last two seasons with AHL Hershey. The defenseman will remain in the Capitals' organization as depth, but he's unlikely to get a look with the big club.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Vitek Vanecek: Traded back to Washington
Vanecek (lower body) was traded from the Kraken to the Capitals on Wednesday in exchange for a second-round pick in 2023.
Vanecek was selected by the Kraken in their expansion draft last Wednesday. After the Kraken signed Philipp Grubauer to be their No. 1 netminder, Vanecek became expendable, and they found a suitor in his former team. He'll likely again compete with Ilya Samsonov for a share of the starts in 2021-22.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: Signs five-year deal
Ovechkin (undisclosed) agreed to terms on a five-year, $47.5 million contract with Washington on Tuesday.
At 35 years of age, this likely will be the final contract of Ovechkin's NHL career. The world-class winger's 24 goals this past year was the lowest of his career but certainly had more to do with the shortened season than a drop-off in production. Ovechkin will no doubt continue racking up goals for the Caps over the next five years and could conceivably challenge Wayne Gretzky's NHL-leading 894 goal total.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' John Carlson: Undergoes minor surgery
General manager Brian MacLellan indicated that Carlson (knee) recently underwent a "minor procedure," Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports.
Carlson brought up the knee issue following Washington's exit from the postseason in May and indicated that surgical options were possible. MacLellan indicated that the 30-year-old defender is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Fantasy managers should target the offensive rearguard early in all formats following his 10-goal, 44-point effort in 52 games last season.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Brent Johnson: Rearguard joins Washington
Johnson was drafted 80th overall by the Capitals at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
Johnson is another in a long line of undersized (5-foot-11, 160 pounds) offensive-minded defensemen available in this year's draft. A native of Dallas, Johnson was one of the USHL's best rearguards this past season. His 11 goals placed him third among all USHL defenders and his 32 points placed him tied for fifth. It was quite a season for Johnson considering the significant step up in competition he faced this year. He needs to get considerably stronger and work on his play in his own zone, but Johnson, who is headed to the University of North Dakota, has middle-six potential down the road if it all comes together.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Vincent Iorio: Headed to Washington
Iorio was selected 55th overall by the Capitals in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Iorio was one of many prospects affected by the pandemic, notching five goals and 12 points in just 22 games with WHL Brandon last season. The 6-foot-3, 191-pound blueliner possesses an intriguing blend of size, speed, and poise that should translate to an NHL game as he continues his development. The 18-year-old is a few seasons away from fantasy relevance and is likely to spend the 2021-22 season in the junior ranks.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: Not protected for Expansion Draft
Ovechkin (undisclosed) was not included on Washington's protected-player list Sunday ahead of Wednesday's Expansion Draft.
It's common knowledge that Ovechkin, an unrestricted free agent come July 28, wishes to sign another deal with the Capitals and finish his storied career in D.C. The Kraken wouldn't be able to select the superstar without negotiating a new contract with him, anyway, so his being formally exposed to the draft basically serves to allow the Capitals to protect an additional player.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Beck Malenstyn: Re-signs with Washington
Malenstyn (Achilles) signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Capitals on Thursday.
Malenstyn missed the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign after undergoing surgery in early December to repair his Achilles tendon, but he should be ready for next season's training camp. The 2016 fifth-round pick spent most of 2019-20 in the minors, picking up seven goals and 15 points in 46 appearances with AHL Hershey, but he also drew into three games with the Capitals, going scoreless while posting a minus-1 rating over that span.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Henrik Lundqvist: Resumes light workouts
Lundqvist (heart) announced via his personal Instagram account that he has resumed light workouts.
Lundqvist appeared to be tracking well in his recovery from open heart surgery during the winter before announcing that inflammation had been detected around his heart in April, causing the Swedish netminder to take a step back in his rehabilitation. The 39-year-old's professional future remains uncertain even though his return to light workouts is a positive step in his recovery.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Shane Gersich: Pens extension with Capitals
Gersich signed a one-year, two-way contract with Washington on Saturday.
The deal is worth $750,000 annually at the NHL level, but Gersich only has three top-level contests under his belt, with the last one coming in 2017-18. Gersich recorded 14 points in 33 games with AHL Hersey this year and figures to continue playing there next season.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Michael Sgarbossa: Inks two-year deal
Sgarbossa signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with the Capitals on Thursday.
Sgarbossa spent the majority of the 2020-21 campaign in the minors, picking up 10 points through 14 games, but he also drew into five games with the Capitals, notching two helpers over that span. The 28-year-old forward will likely continue to spend most of his time with AHL Hershey for the duration of his two-year extension.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Garrett Pilon: Pens two-year deal
Pilon agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.5 million contract with Washington on Thursday.
Perhaps the most significant part of Pilon's new deal is the fact that it starts as a two-way contract but then becomes a one-way in the second year, which will make him a significantly stronger candidate for the 23-man roster heading into the 2022-23 campaign. The 23-year-old center made his NHL debut this year but ultimately spent most of the campaign playing for AHL Hershey, for which he garnered 16 points in 14 contests.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Bobby Nardella: Inks two-year deal
Nardella signed a two-year, $1.5 million contract with the Capitals on Wednesday, per PuckPedia.
The first year of the deal is a two-way contract, and then one-way in the second year. Nardella was excellent for Djurgardens IF of the Swedish League in 2020-21, racking up 33 points in 47 games. He could compete for a bottom-pairing job in training camp this fall.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Axel Jonsson-Fjallby: Snags two-year deal
Jonsson-Fjallby agreed to terms on a two-year, two-way contract with Washington on Monday.
Jonsson-Fjallby has yet to break into the NHL after being selected by the Caps in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft. The 23-year-old winger started the 2020-21 campaign in Sweden with Vasterviks IK, for which he recorded 15 points in 26 games, before finishing out the year with AHL Hershey and tallying another 15 points in 31 games. The Swede will likely continue to develop his game in the minors for the upcoming campaign but could get a chance to make his Capitals debut.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Joe Snively: Signs extension
Snively signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Capitals on Thursday.
Snively spent the the 2020-21 campaign with AHL Hershey, picking up 17 points through 30 games. The 25-year-old forward will likely spend the entirety of the 2021-22 season in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' John Carlson: Dealt with knee injury
Carlson dealt with a knee injury toward the end of the season that may require surgery, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
At this point it isn't clear if Carlson is in danger of missing time at the start of the 2021-22 campaign. The 31-year-old blueliner turned in another fantastic season in 2020-21, racking up 10 goals, 44 points and 128 shots on net through 52 contests. He'll remain a high-end fantasy commodity heading into next year's drafts.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Ilya Samsonov: Won't play in World Championship
Samsonov (undisclosed) won't join Team Russia for the IIHF World Championship tournament in Latvia, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Samsonov was originally expected to join Team Russia after getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Bruins on Sunday, but an undisclosed injury will prevent him from doing so. The 24-year-old goaltender went 13-4-1 while posting a 2.69 GAA and a .902 save percentage in 19 regular-season appearances before suffering three straight losses to the Bruins in the playoffs while posting a sub-par 2.99 GAA and .899 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
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