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Washington Capitals Free Agent Signings
Matthew Mountjoy - Sep 13, 2022

Welcome to Last Word on Hockey’s 2022 summer series, exploring the best and worst free agent signings for each NHL team of the post-lockout, salary cap era. With this past offseason seeing some big splashes (and potential gambles) like Johnny Gaudreau, Claude Giroux, John Klingberg, and others, it’s time to look at how teams have boosted and stunted […]


Ilya Samsonov unqualified
Caleb Mauldin - Jul 11, 2022

With the restricted free agent deadline approaching, teams are tendering their final qualifying offers on Monday. The Washington Capitals just left a huge piece hanging. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov will be hitting the free agent market on Wednesday. After trading Vitek Vanecek, this leaves the Caps with Zach Fucale as the only goalie under contract. This […]

Shane Wright 2022 NHL Draft Grades
Ben Kerr - Jul 9, 2022

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2022 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for the […]

Darcy Kuemper Washington
Matthew Mountjoy - Jul 9, 2022

After the Washington Capitals made a surprising move by trading away Vitek Vanecek, they are apparently a potential match for Goaltender and Stanley Cup champion Darcy Kuemper, according to Pierre LeBrun. Darcy Kuemper, Cam Talbot and the rest of the goalie market after the NHL Draft. Weekend Rumblings ⤵️ via @TheAthletic https://t.co/piIvfH8jN6 — Pierre LeBrun […]

Washington Capitals canters
Tommy Bennett - Jun 22, 2022

The rumour mill keeps on churning faster and faster. With the draft and free agency approaching, teams are trying to get their ducks in a row. Everyone is aiming to improve and make the right moves to signal the direction that they are headed in. Today we focus on the Washington Capitals who need centres. […]

Nicklas Backstrom Surgery
Erin Butler - Jun 18, 2022

Washington Capitals winger Nicklas Backstrom underwent hip resurfacing surgery on Friday. His return date is unknown. #Caps center Nicklas Backstrom underwent left hip resurfacing surgery on Friday. The surgery was performed at the ANCA Clinic in Belgium. Backstrom will begin his rehabilitation and lengthy recovery process immediately. — CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) June 18, 2022 Nicklas Backstrom […]

Tom Wilson Injured
Taylor Newby - May 25, 2022

After a team’s season is cut short and they are knocked out of the playoffs, the list of injuries sustained to get to that point is usually to follow. That is no different for the Washington Capitals. Forward, Tom Wilson was injured in Game 1 in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and […]

NHL Rumours

It’s Monday and it’s time to start the work week with another bunch of NHL rumours. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are down to the final eight and will get pared down further. Clubs that are in their off-season are getting ready to make moves and the NHL rumours are really ramping up. Today’s NHL rumours […]

Claude Giroux
Ella Chang - May 14, 2022

The Florida Panthers have defeated the Washington Capitals in a hard-fought 4-2 series. A comeback win at home in Game 5 paved the way for the Panthers to close out the first round in Washington. It was Carter Verhaeghe who scored the game-winning goal in overtime, an elevated backhand shot off a perfect feed from […]

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers
Robert MacDonald - May 13, 2022

Welcome back to another day of NHL Predictions. Each day, Last Word on Hockey takes a look at the games that are happening and gives our predictions for each one, breaking down head-to-head and other factors that may play in. We also have a featured game of the day, which is considered must-watch TV. Today’s […]

Alex Slemp - May 11, 2022

Welcome back to another day of NHL Predictions. Each day, Last Word on Hockey takes a look at the games that are happening and gives our predictions for each one, breaking down head-to-head and other factors that may play in. We also have a featured game of the day, which is considered must-watch TV. Today’s […]

Colorado Avalanche vs Nashville Predators
Nic Hendrickson - May 9, 2022

Welcome back to another day of NHL Predictions. Each day, Last Word on Hockey takes a look at the games that are happening and gives our predictions for each one, breaking down head-to-head and other factors that may play in. We also have a featured game of the day, which is considered must-watch TV. Today’s […]

Washington Capitals Goaltending
Ella Chang - May 8, 2022

It hasn’t been an easy road thus far for the Washington Capitals. The Florida Panthers’ high-powered offence, led by superstars Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, looked to be heating up in Game 2. However, in Games 1 and 3, Washington put together two hard-fought wins. Though the Capitals benefited from a strong neutral zone defence, […]

New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Bret Litke - May 7, 2022

Welcome back to another day of NHL Predictions. Each day, Last Word on Hockey takes a look at the games that are happening and gives our predictions for each one, breaking down head-to-head and other factors that may play in. We also have a featured game of the day, which is considered must-watch TV. Today’s […]

tom wilson out
Sterling Blount - May 5, 2022

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson will miss tonight’s Game 2 matchup against the Florida Panthers. Tom Wilson (lower body) is getting treatment today and will be a game time decision tomorrow, Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said today. John Carlson is fine after taking hit from Sam Bennett late in game last nights Optional practice […]

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers
Nic Hendrickson - May 5, 2022

Welcome back to another day of NHL Predictions. Each day, Last Word on Hockey takes a look at the games that are happening and gives our predictions for each one, breaking down head-to-head and other factors that may play in. We also have a featured game of the day, which is considered must-watch TV. Today’s […]



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