Capitals free agents

A handy-dandy guide to Caps' free agents

The Caps have a bunch of expiring contracts. Who needs a new deal and who is likely on their way out of town? Here are all of the Caps' free agents and everything you need to know about them.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast - Reacting to losing Schmidt
JJ Regan, Tarik El-Bashir and Jill Sorenson react to Nate Schmidt being claimed in the expansion draft. 
Mahoney reacts to losing Schmidt and the plan to replace him
Capitals assistant GM Ross Mahoney didn't hide his disappointment at losing defenseman Nate Schmidt to the NHL expansion draft. But he did identify some internal candidates to step up.
Mahoney planning for draft as if Caps could move up
Capitals assistant GM Ross Mahoney is planning for all possibilities on draft day, including that his team could move up into the higher rounds.
Mahoney suggests Djoos could compete for roster spot
The Caps are intrigued by Christian Djoos' mobility and offensive upside, according to assistant GM Ross Mahoney. 
The Caps' 2017-2018 schedule
The NHL has announced the schedules for the 2017-2018 season and the Capitals have some good matchups to look forward to this season.
Behind the scenes of Nate Schmidt's vacation golf outing
CSN gave Nate Schmidt a Go-Pro to use on his vacation golf outing in Hawaii during some downtime in the 2016-2017 season. This is the behind the scenes footage.
Caps re-sign Djoos, could he be a potential Schmidt replacement?
The Capitals need to find a replacement for Nate Schmidt and may have taken the first step by re-signing prospect Christian Djoos.
Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt
How do the Caps recover from the loss of Schmidt?
The Caps didn't just lose a big smile, they lost a top-four defenseman from their lineup for next season.
MacLellan says prospects 'ready to make the jump' to replace Schmidt
Brian MacLellan sounds confident Washington's prospects can step in and replace Nate Schmidt.
Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt
Was losing Schmidt the worst case scenario for the Caps?
With Nate Schmidt headed to the Las Vegas Golden Knights, where do the Caps turn to replace him?
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Holtby falls short of claiming second Vezina
Braden Holtby narrowly missed out on his second Vezina as the league's top netminder.
El-Bashir discusses impact of Caps losing Nate Schmidt
The Las Vegas Golden Knights selected Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt in the expansion draft.
NHL defenseman Nate Schmidt
Vegas swipes Schmidt from Caps in expansion draft
The Capitals' happiest player will be bringing his smile to Vegas after being selected in the expansion draft, CSN has confirmed.
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A list of players the Vegas Knights are reportedly drafting
Because almost no news in the sports world can happen without leaks, here's a list of players the Vegas Golden Knights are reportedly taking in Wednesday's draft.
Vegas general manager George McPhee
Mock expansion draft: Who is headed to Vegas?
The expansion draft is officially over. Here's a preview of what Vegas' first 30 players could look like.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Capitals date and opponent for 2017-18 regular-season home opener
The Capitals announced their home opener opponent, date, and time for the 2017-2018 season. The full schedule is set to come out on Thursday. 
New NHL jersey reveal
NHL reveals new adidas jerseys for all 31 teams
With 30 updated jersey looks and one new one in Vegas, there is a lot to digest. But don't worry, we've got you covered.
Jenks reads tweets about the new Caps jerseys
The NHL has released new NHL jerseys for each team. Michael Jenkins reads some tweets from fans and what they think about the new Caps jersey.
Will Caps regret not protecting Schmidt or Grubauer?
With the expansion draft coming up, will Las Vegas take either Nate Schmidt or Philipp Grubauer from the Caps?
Capitals adidas jersey revealed
The Caps' new jersey looks pretty much the same except for some minor tweaks.
Caps assistant GM predicts McPhee's expansion draft plan
Capitals assistant GM Ross Mahoney worked with George McPhee for years. Does he have insight into McPhee's strategy for Las Vegas in the expansion draft?
Washington Capitals prospect Madison Bowey
Bowey in position to challenge for spot on the blue line
Madison Bowey's development was set back a bit by injuries last season.
Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana
Why this offseason will be critical for Vrana
Jakub Vrana is only 21, but he faces the most important training camp of his career this summer.
The five Capitals that Vegas is most likely to target
CSN Capitals reporter Jill Sorenson ranks the five Capitals that the Las Vegas Knights are most likely to nab in the expansion draft.
Washington Capitals prospect Ilya Samsonov
Samsonov still a year away from playing in North America
Caps fans may be excited for Ilya Samsonov, but they are still going to have to wait awhile before he takes the crease in Washington.
The Capitals at the NHL draft
Caps preparing for entry draft looking for late-round steals
The Capitals don't have a pick until the fourth round of the draft and will need to do their homework to find good prospects.
Former Washington Capitals head coach Ron Wilson
Former Caps coach to be inducted into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
Only one coach has led the Caps to a conference championship and he is now headed to the Hall of Fame.
Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt
Worried about losing Schmidt? McPhee willing to negotiate
George McPhee is willing to let teams keep their rosters intact, but it is going to cost them.
Jay Beagle, Philipp Grubauer, Nate Schmidt, Brett Connolly
Caps' 10 most likely expansion draft targets for Vegas
The Caps are going to lose one player to Vegas. Who are the 10 most likely targets?
El-Bashir: Who Caps are likeliest to lose in expansion draft
The Capitals have protected 11 players from the expansion draft. Caps Insider Tarik El-Bashir talks about which player they could lose on Wednesday.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
Salary cap rises, will it be enough to keep Oshie?
The Caps will have an extra $2 million to work with, but that still may not be enough to keep T.J. Oshie.
Which players did the Caps leave unprotected?
See the entire list of Capitals and Hershey Bears left exposed for the expansion draft.
Philipp Grubauer and Nate Schmidt
Report: Grubauer, Schmidt left exposed in expansion draft
The Caps' reported protected list offered no real surprises but did bring Philipp Grubauer and Nate Schmidt one step closer to Vegas.
Alex Ovechkin and Pele
Ovechkin meets soccer great Pele
Alex Ovechkin, a self-described passionate soccer fan and 2018 World Cup ambassador, met the best player of all time. 
Projected protected players for Caps in expansion draft
Who exactly will the Capitals protect in the expansion draft this weekend?
Las Vegas
As expansion draft nears, expect plenty of 'horse-trading'
The most fascinating part of the expansion draft may not be the draft itself, but rather the trades made before, during and after.
Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov
20 questions: Who should be the No. 1 center?
Which Caps' center deserves top billing next season? Nicklas Backstrom or Evgeny Kuznetsov?
Could Phillipp Grubauer get taken in NHL Expansion Draft?
Should the Capitals be worried about Philipp Gruebauer being selected in the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft?
Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley
Former Cap to be named head coach of Buffalo
Buffalo has tabbed a former Cap as its new head coach, a decision that will also impact that Caps' current coaching staff.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
20 questions: Can the Caps count on Holtby to rebound?
History shows Braden Holtby shrugs off adversity better than most. Will he do it again?
Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Expansion draft special
JJ Regan, Tarik El-Bashir and Jill Sorenson talk all things expansion draft!
Washington Capitals forward Tyler Graovac
Caps make trade with eye towards expansion draft
Faced with the possibility of exposing Lars Eller in the expansion draft, the Caps made a trade to make sure that didn't happen.
Filip Forsberg and Tom Wilson
A re-do of the 2012 draft is not kind to the Caps
If you look back at the 2012 draft, things...could have gone better for the Caps.
Riley Barber, Jakub Vrana, Nathan Walker
20 questions: Which forward prospects will make an impact?
The Caps will have holes to fill on their roster. Which of their forward prospects will step up?
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
2017 NHL Free Agency information
Unlike last season, the 2017 NHL Free Agency period should be packed with moves. 
The main concourse as hockey fans arrive before the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagara Center.
2017 NHL Draft: How to watch
With another team in the mix, the 2017 NHL Draft could turn into quite the event. 
What's MacLellan's plan as the expansion draft approaches?
The expansion draft offers plenty of intrigue as each general manager decides how to approach it. So what will Brian MacLellan's approach be?
Washington Capitals prospect Madison Bowey
20 questions: Which D prospects will make an impact?
Change is coming to the Caps. Will that create an opening for a blue line prospect?
Projecting the Caps' protected list for the expansion draft
Who will the Caps protect from the expansion draft? The rules for who the team must expose makes it more difficult than you may think.
Capitals' Braden Holtby participates in the Pride Parade
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby shows support for the LGBT community and participated in the Pride Parade on Saturday.
Pheonix Copley, Philipp Grubauer and Ilya Samosonov
20 questions: What should the Caps do about their No. 2 goalie?
Backup goalie /could/ become a concern for the Caps depending on what happens with Philipp Grubauer.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Caps still among favorites to win the Cup next season
The Caps are entering an offseason of uncertainty, but the oddsmakers still have faith in them evidently.
Craig Laughlin sees Caps resigning Williams but not Oshie
CSN Caps analyst Craig Laughlin doesn't see the money being available for the Caps to resign T.J. Oshie.
Lots of summer fun coming up w/ the Caps and Craig Laughlin
Craig Laughlin wants to see you at two fun events this summer; a fundraiser for local high school hockey players and the Caps alumni summer classic.
Laughlin feels Caps didn't have push they needed vs. Pens
CSN Caps analyst Craig Laughlin feels if the Caps and Pens played right now, the Pens would still come out on top.
Washington Capitals fans
Does Pittsburgh's win make Caps fans feel better or worse?
Does the fact that the Caps lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champions make fans feel better or worse about Washington's loss?
Marcus Johansson
Marcus Johansson plays a key role for the Caps
After signing a three-year contract, Marcus Johansson played an instrumental role in the Caps' postseason, and will hopefully do the same next season.
Washington Capitals fans
D.C. ranks among top cities for hockey fans
Hockey has come a long way in Washington.
The Washington Capitals
How do Caps stack up among top teams of the salary cap era?
The Capitals have had some pretty good teams the last few years, maybe even better than we thought.
Holtby Pride
Holtby participates in Pride Parade
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby took the the streets of D.C. on Saturday to participate in the Capital Pride Alliance's 2017 Capital Pride Parade. 
Washington Capitals forward Justin Williams
Williams to meet with MacLellan, has 'no inkling' whether he will be back
Justin Williams is the type of player the Caps need to get over the playoff hump, but can they afford to keep him?
Washington Capitals forward Justin Williams
Justin Williams becomes U.S. citizen
Justin Williams is a three-time Stanley Cup winner, a playoff MVP, an All-Star and, as of Saturday, an American. ​
Former Washington Capital Dmitri Khristic
Former Cap named head coach of the Capitals...of Edinburgh
A former Cap is taking a place behind the bench of a Scottish hockey team, also named the Capitals.
2017 Capitals Top 5: Counting down the best hits
CSN counts down the best hits of the year by the Capitals. Vote for your favorites.
Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin, Andre Burakovsky
20 questions: Which veteran do the Caps most need to step up?
We each chose a forward. See who we picked.
Controversial Crosby bounces Subban's head off the ice
Sidney Crosby, the NHL's 'Golden Boy' was once again at the center of controversey thanks to some questionable behavior against P.K. Subban.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby
Game 5 proves 'Golden child' Sidney Crosby can do no wrong
The Penguins demolished the Predators 6-0 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final and Sidney Crosby pummeled P.K. Subban's head into the ice.
General overall view of the T-Mobile Arena exterior on Las Vegas Blvd. on the Las Vegas strip. The facility will be the home of the NHL expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights
Rules for the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft
Rules for the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft are confusing and intense, don't worry though we make it simple for you.
2017 Capitals Top 5: Counting down the best saves
CSN counts down the best saves of the year by the Capitals. Vote for your favorites.
2017 Capitals Top 5: Counting down the best postseason goals
We're counting down the best postseason goals from 2017. You can vote too.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Ovechkin dresses as Darth Vader for charity
Darth Vader isn't always evil. This time, he's working for charity.
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20 questions: What one area must Caps address for next season?
If there’s one area the Caps must address in 2017-18, what is it?
Player profile: Lars Eller thrives at his natural position
Lars Eller got the one thing he needed but couldn't get in Montreal: Consistency. Eller got the chance to play his natural position on the third line and took advantage.
Player profile: Alzner faces free agency after strong season
Karl Alzner remained one of the top defensive players on the Caps' blue line, but what does his future hold with free agency looming?
Player profile: Brett Connolly proves a steal for Caps
The Caps signed Brett Connolly for cheap and boy did it pay off.
Player profile: Tom Wilson was a force to be reckoned with
Tom Wilson limited his penalty minutes, but not his physicality as he became a more responsible player this season.
Player profile: Orlov's career season shows a high ceiling
Dmitry Orlov continued to show why he is a part of Washington's defensive core with a career year.
Player profile: Beagle posts best season, rough postseason
Jay Beagle had a career year...until the playoffs when he was held without a point.
Holtby to participate in Capital Pride Parade
Braden Holtby will participate in the Capital Pride Parade and will be joined by Natasha Cloud and Ivory Latta of the Mystics.
Player profile: Nate Schmidt's season left Caps smiling
Nate Schmidt was pushed out of the Caps' lineup by Kevin Shattenkirk, but he got back on the ice in the playoffs and played well enough that he now factors big into the team's future plans.
Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Fact or fiction
JJ Regan, Tarik El-Bashir and Jill Sorenson discuss the conclusions fans have drawn after a disappointing postseason and introduce the new mailbag.
Former Washington Capitals forward Wojtek Wolski
Former Cap returns to ice months after serious neck injury
Wojtek Wolski suffered a scary neck injury, but less than a year later he's back on the ice.W
Four Caps rank among the NHL's top free agents
Why will it be so hard for the Caps to retain the same players as last season? Because they will be in high demand.
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
Capitals release preseason schedule
Mark you calendars, Caps fans. We now know when hockey returns to Washington.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
20 questions: Which bottom-six forwards should Caps protect?
GM Brian MacLellan recently indicated that the Caps intend to use the 7-3-1 option. 
Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana
Several prospects could crack Caps' lineup next season
The Capitals have a number of young players who could compete for roster spots this season.
Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt
20 questions: Is Schmidt ready for a top-4 role?
Nate Schmidt is going to have a chance to take a top-4 role next season. Is he ready for that?
South Carolina Stingrays
Caps' ECHL affiliate falls in Kelly Cup Final
The South Carolina Stingrays came within four games of a championship, but they would come no further.
Justin Bieber defends wearing Penguins jersey
Justin Bieber posted a picture on Instagram wearing a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey for the Stanley Cup Final. He took to Twitter to defend himself after being called a bandwagon fan. 
NHL referee
Competition Committee doesn't recommend changes to video reviews
The Competition Committee's recommendations don't touch the controversial video reviews that now plague the NHL.
Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer
Grubauer named 'trade bait' by TSN but is unlikely to get traded
Trading Philipp Grubauer seemingly makes sense. Here's why it is unlikely to happen.
What rival jersey would you buy?
What is the one jersey a D.C. sports fan would wear if they were forced to buy a jersey of their least favorite team?
Andre Burakovsky
20 questions: Can Burakovsky take the next step?
The Caps plan to give Andre Burakovsky top-6 minutes next season. Is that a smart move?
Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk
Why Shattenkirk could prove vital to Caps even if he leaves
Kevin Shattenkirk won't be back in Washington next season, but that doesn't mean he won't have a major impact on the roster.
Barry Trotz and family help renovate ice rink
Slapshot and Caps head coach Barry Trotz volunteered at a Caps Care event to renovate Fort Dupont ice rink ahead of summer camp season.
Barry Trotz can't let Game 7 loss go
The Capitals head coach reflects on Game 7, saying big losses never go away.
Former Capitals general manager George McPhee
McPhee on trading for Ovechkin: 'That's not going to happen'
Think the idea of Alex Ovechkin going to Vegas makes sense? George McPhee doesn't and he said it's not going to happen.
Caps goalie coach taking time to consider future
Mitch Korn may return to the Caps with a different role next season.
Washington Capitals Jakub Vrana
Vrana's play will determine whether he starts in NHL or AHL
There are going to be jobs available next September. Will Jakub Vrana seize one of them?
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman
Bettman really wants you to know the NHL is not playing in the Olympics
Garry Bettman keeps having to shut the door on the Olympics because people won't believe him.
D.C. area mascots snubbed in Deadspin ranking
Where would you rank D.C. area mascots in a list of the 70 best? Deadspin did, and where they put them is not great.
Washington Capitals forward Brett Connolly
20 questions: Should the Caps re-sign Connolly?
The Capitals own the rights of RFA Brett Connolly and have a decision to make.
Fans cheer in the stands during the game between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins
Date released for Caps Fan Fest and Alumni Exhibition
The season is over for the Capitals but there are still opportunities to hang out with the team this off-season. 
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
No contract extension yet in the works for Trotz
Barry Trotz is entering the last year of his contract, but Brian Maclellan needs to see some improvements before an extension gets done.
Nathan Walker USA Today
Capitals re-sign Aussie Nathan Walker
Nathan Walker's quest to become the first Australian to play in the NHL continues.
Brooks Orpik and Karl Alzner
MacLellan tips hand on plan for Orpik, Alzner
What does the future hold for Brooks Orpik and Karl Alzner? Brian MacLellan spoke volumes if you just read between the lines.
Spelling Bee: DMV athlete edition
In honor of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee taking place in the D.M.V. on Thursday, we dug up a list of the hardest D.C. athlete names to spell.
Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Differing philosophies
JJ Regan, Tarik El-Bashir and Jill Sorenson discuss Brian MacLellan's interview with reporters and Barry Trotz's performance as coach.
Michael Jenkins roasts Justin Bieber for being bandwagon fan
Looks like Justin Bieber is doing bangwagon stuff again. Michael Jenkins called him out for it.
Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov
Caps 'open' to signing Orlov and Kuznetsov long-term
Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov, both restricted free agents, are 'a big part' of the Caps' future.
Washington Capitals forward Brett Connolly
Connolly remains in Caps' plans despite late benching
There have been substantive talks with Brett Connolly's agent about a contract extension.
Justin Bieber
One more reason to hate Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber has seemingly declared who he is rooting for to win the Stanley Cup. Caps fans won't be happy.
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MacLellan won't blow up Caps' roster this offseason
Brian MacLellan knows change is needed for the Caps, but he doesn't think it needs to be anything major.
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El-Bashir: Caps game at Naval Academy a good nod to military
Insider Tarik El-Bashir thinks that the Naval Academy should be a good venue for a Capitals game and a nice nod to the military.
Tarik El-Bashir
El-Bashir makes sense of what Caps GM MacLellan told media
Insider Tarik El-Bashir breaks down what general manager Brian MacLellan told reporters Tuesday about a series of pressing offseason Capitals questions.
Jill Sorenson Tarik El-Bashir
Caps looking to re-sign RFAs, Ovechkin's future as player
Jill Sorenson and Tarik El-Bashir reflect on what they learned after a day of talking with Capitals GM Brian MacLellan on Tuesday.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
MacLellan gives update on potential Oshie deal
Will T.J. Oshie end up back in Washington? It's possible not guaranteed.
MacLellan, Trotz take different view on Caps' postseason history
Brian MacLellan is not shying away from the Caps' postseason history. To him, acknowledging their struggles is the only way to overcome them.
Bettman comments on scheduled Caps game at Naval Academy
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman offered his thoughts on the Capitals' announced game to be held next season at the Naval Academy.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
After down year, Caps want to see Ovechkin adjust
Alex Ovechkin isn't getting any younger. Brian MacLellan knows the Caps' captain will have to make some adjustments in order to stay productive.
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Trotz, staff will return next season
Brian MacLellan told reporters no coaching changes will be forthcoming this offseason.
MacLellan says Caps must own postseason struggles to move on
In an 1-on-1 with Jill Sorenson, Brian MacLellan says it's time for the current Capitals to own their part of the team's history of postseason disappointment. Only by confronting those issues can they move...
MacLellan says Ovi will make 'necessary changes' to win Cup
As Alex Ovechkin matures, he'll have to adapt his game and find new ways to succeed. Capitals GM Brian MacClellan tells Jill Sorenson he's confident Ovi will do everything in his power to secure a Stanley...
In exit interviews, MacLellan asked what happened vs. Pens
Speaking 1-on-1 with Jill Sorenson, Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said his exit interviews were largely about what went wrong in the Penguins' series. Some players requested time to cool down before talking...
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner
20 questions: Should the Caps re-sign Alzner?
Karl Alzner has been a rock for the Caps since 2010. But is his time in Washington up?
Tom Wilson approves of Bryce Harper's fighting
No one on the Capitals racks up penalty minutes like Tom Wilson, so when he compliments Bryce Harper's fighting skills, Harper should feel very proud.
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Trotz reportedly added to NHL's competition committee
In addition to coaching the Caps, Barry Trotz will reportedly serve on the league's competition committee.
Jay Beagle talks why last season was special for the Caps
Jill Sorenson talks to Jay Beagle about why the 2016 season was different for the Capitals than any other season.
Mike Fisher
Possible free agent targets from the Predators
As the Stanley Cup Final begins, are there any pending UFAs on the Predators that Caps fans should be watching?
Caps outdoors
Caps to host Leafs in outdoor game at Naval Academy
The Caps are set to play outdoors for the third time since 2011.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
Report: New deal for Oshie is 'all but done'
T.J. Oshie was set to become one of the biggest free agents on the market. According to one report, however, it sounds like he will be staying put.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino
Possible free agent targets from the Penguins
Like the Caps, the Penguins also have several players with expiring contracts. Who should be on Washington's radar?
Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov
Orlov in talks with KHL, why it doesn't mean anything
Dmitry Orlov may be in talks with the KHL, but there's little reason to worry about a possible return to Russia.
Washington Capitals forward Justin Williams
20 questions: Should the Caps re-sign Williams?
Mr. Game 7 has not been able to get the Caps over the playoff hump yet, but could his time in Washington already be over?
Steve Sands: 'Ovechkin shouldn't be the captain'
Golf Channel reporter and huge Caps fan,Steve Sands, doesn't think the Caps should trade Ovi but believes he shouldn't be their captain.
7 reasons why Caps fans should root for Preds
The 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final is all set. If you're a Capitals fan, you should be cheering for the Predators. Why? Here's why.
Capitals will have a tough decision to make on Justin WIlliams
Capitals wing Justin Williams got off to a slow start for the Capitals, but he's turned into a fan favorite in D.C. over the last two years.
A handy-dandy guide to the Caps' free agents
The Caps have a bunch of expiring contracts. Who needs a new deal and who is likely to move on? Here is everything you need to know.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
20 questions: Should the Caps re-sign Oshie?
T.J. Oshie will be expensive to keep but tough to replace. He is the topic of the latest edition of "20 Offseason Questions."
South Carolina Stingrays
South Carolina headed to Kelly Cup Finals
Finally, something for Caps fans to cheer for this spring.
In just two years, TJ Oshie has made a lasting impact on DC
T.J. Oshie has only been with the Caps for two years, but it feels like much longer as fans have come to love him on and off the ice. But with an expiring contract, will Oshie be back in Washington next...
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Why the Caps will not trade Alex Ovechkin
Would the Capitals actually consider trading Alex Ovechkin? Not likely
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20 questions: What direction should the Caps take?
Should the Caps rebuild or make another push for the Stanley Cup? Should they rebuild or tinker?
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
6 reasons why Ovechkin will not be traded
Alex Ovechkin is undeniably the best player to ever suit up for the Washington Capitals. He is the greatest goal scorer of a generation and one of the best players of all time. And yet, he is still...
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What's next for the Caps? No one seems to agree
Opinions seem to differ among the players and coaches as to just what the Caps need to do to overcome their playoff woes.
Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Who is coming back?
JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir look at the Caps' free agents and talk about who could be back and who will be moving on.
Washington Capitals
Caps release key offseason dates
Here are the offseason dates facing the Capitals this offseason.
Ovechkin's dog rocks camo onesie
Before catching a flight at Dulles Airport, Ovechkin makes sure his dog is dressed for the trip.
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How do the Caps overcome their mental block?
Something seems to be holding the Caps back in the playoffs and the players all seem to think it is mental.
Should Caps fans be rooting for the Pens?
Should you root for the team that knocked you out of the playoffs? The Junkies are split on whether or not they should root for the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup
Sweden forward Nicklas Backstrom
Backstrom scores decisive shootout goal to win Worlds
Nicklas Backstrom earns gold, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov earn bronze in World Championship.
Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle
A bitter end to a better year
Beagle enjoyed his healthiest—and most productive season—at age 31.
Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom
Backstrom has become vocal leader of the Caps
When Nicklas Backstrom speaks in the locker room, his teammates listen.
Caps need to figure out how to overcome second-round hump
Rob Carlin and Alan May address the biggest challenges facing the Capitals and what they can do to overcome those challenges.
Capitals postseason
Why do the Caps struggle in the postseason?
Jill Sorenson looks at the reasons the Caps continue to fall short in postseason play.
Washington Capitals forward Stanislav Galiev
Galiev ready to move on from the Caps
Stanislav Galiev is a UFA this summer and it sounds like he is not anticipating a return to Hershey or the Capitals.
Former Capitals prospect Pheonix Copley
Pheonix Copley suffered groin muscle pulled off the bone
Hershey Bears goalie Pheonix Copley missed the final three games of Hershey's series with Providence. Now we know why.
Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt
Schmidt ready to make jump into the top-4
Nate Schmidt is one of six restricted free agents. He also might be targeted in the expansion draft. 
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Is Alex Ovechkin a good leader?
Another early playoff exit has left some people wondering if Alex Ovechkin is a good leader. His teammates were all emphatic with their answer.
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner
Free agency presents Alzner with first taste of unknown
Ten years after being drafted by the Caps, it's possible Alzner will be changing teams this summer.
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How can the Caps balance pressure with joy?
Being a contender every year brings a lot of pressure. Have the Caps let that pressure take the joy out of their game?
A delicate balancing act: Pressure vs. joy
The Caps have been contenders for many years. With that comes a lot of pressure. Are the Caps allowing the pressure to get to them by not enjoying the ride? Do they need to find more joy in their game to...
More heartbreak for Caps as Hershey falls in Game 7
Washington sports fans suffer yet another Game 7 loss.
Hershey prospects the Capitals could use in the future
The Capitals need some younger players to step up in the coming years. Alan May lists a few names that could be the ones to do so.
Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov
In need of new contract, Orlov has proven himself
Dmitry Orlov signed a one-year prove it deal last year and he did just that this season.
After two strong years, TJ Oshie wants to remain in D.C.
TJ Oshie is an unrestricted free agent this summer, but his end of season comments sure make it seem like he'd love nothing more than to stick around with the Capitals.
Washington Capitals forward Brett Connolly
Connolly sees a future with Caps
Brett Connolly, a restricted free agent, says there have been talks about an extension.
Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What happened and what now?
JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir are joined by Jill Sorenson to talk about what went wrong in the Penguins series and what happens now for the Caps.
Ovechkin will have to work harder as he ages
Alex Ovechkin wants to keep getting better, but at this age, that's going to take him working even harder.
Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer
With expansion draft, Grubauer faces uncertain future
Will goaltender Philipp Grubauer be back with the Washington Capitals next season or will he be headed to the Las Vegas Golden Knights?
Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson
Johansson hopeful to avoid surgery
A fractured finger kept Marcus Johansson from the World Championship, but how serious is it?
Washington Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden
Caps assistant reportedly will interview with the Panthers
Trotz said last week the team does not intend to stand in the way of possible promotions for its assistants.
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
Kuznetsov not ready to commit to the Olympics...yet
The NHL says it will not participate in the 2018 Olympics. Evgeny Kuznetsov is waiting to see how it all plays out.
Ted Leonsis and Alex Ovechkin
Would the Capitals consider trading Alex Ovechkin?
Rob Carlin and Alan May address whether the Capitals would ever consider trading Alex Ovechkin. And if not, how can they rebuild around him?
Washington Capitals forward Daniel Winnik
Winnik faces another offseason of uncertainty
Daniel Winnik needs a new contract, but is there room for him still in Washington?
Kevin Shattenkirk
Shattenkirk unsure about future with Caps
Kevin Shattenkirk discusses Washington's flameout, evaluates his postseason performance and weighs in on the burden felt by the Caps in the playoffs. 
What's next for Capitals free agents?
Alan May and Rob Carlin talk which free agents could stay in Washington and who will likely leave.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
The Caps need to do everything they can to sign T.J. Oshie
T.J. Oshie has made it clear he wants to stay with the Capitals, but both sides will have to agree to a deal.
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
Kuznetsov not overly concerned with new contract
Evgeny Kuznetsov needs a new contract, but he doesn't sound too worried about it.
Justin Williams
Williams wants to return
Williams, 36, netted 24 goals this season—his high total since 2006-07. 
TJ Oshie, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom
An early projection of the Caps' opening night lineup
Just what will the Caps' lineup look like at the start of the 2017-18 season? 
What's next for Caps and Ovechkin after disappointing end
CSN's Jill Sorenson and Tarik El-Bashir were at the final media availability of the season for the Capitals following their Game 7 loss. How does Alex Ovechkin change his game to make the next step?
Backstrom feels like Caps were more relaxed on the road
Nicklas Backstrom actually thinks that the Capitals were more loose when playing in Pittsburgh than they were when on home ice.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Photo shows Ovechkin's gnarly hamstring injury
Alex Ovechkin's hamstring injury is pretty disgusting.
Barry Trotz says Ovechkin still has what it takes
Barry Trotz didn't say much about Alex Ovechkin immediately after Game 7, but opened up on Friday on his star's current standing and future.
Closeness of Caps' locker room makes year's end hurt more
Jay Beagle says the fact that the Capitals locker room had such a close bond makes the season's conclusion all the more painful.
Justin Williams thought this year was different, too
The talk around town all year was that this year's Capitals team was "different." Justin Williams sensed that as well.
Capitals' issues are mental-based, says Brooks Orpik
Brooks Orpik had a few theories for why the Capitals are again ending the season without advancing deep into the playoffs.
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Trotz positive about team direction, but distraught over loss
Barry Trotz put on a positive face for the media...until he was asked about being positive.
Mutual interest between Caps and Oshie, but will he return?
TJ Oshie says the D.C. fits him, and Barry Trotz gushed about him Friday. But Oshie and the Caps haven't talked much about bringing him back.
Kevin Shattenkirk sees free agency as an opportunity
Kevin Shattenkirk says he enjoyed his time with the Capitals, but admits he is also interested in trying out free agency.
Alex Ovechkin gives details behind playoff injuries
Alex Ovechkin had a chance Friday to clear the air behind his postseason injuries and how they affected his play.
Ovechkin confirms injuries, details toll they took
Ovechkin admitted to reporters he needed pain-numbing injections in the playoffs, and said his lower body issues kept him from being 100-percent.
Game 7 loss will have Justin Williams sulking for months
Justin Williams has racked up years of experience in the NHL, but the Capitals' most recent loss hurts more than any he can remember.
TJ Oshie doesn't hesitate when asked where he wants to be
TJ Oshie's future is uncertain because he is a free agent, but he didn't even pause when asked where he wants to play in 2017/18.
Capitals give their final review of 2016/17 season
The Capitals used Friday as a final day to reflect on the 2016/17 season before going their separate ways. Catch all quotes and thoughts here.
Should the Caps consider trading star players?
Previously on the Junkies, John Feinstein made a bold statement that if the Caps lose their series against the Pens, Ovi should be traded. One week later, he's still backing his statement.
Moving forward for the Capitals; is it time to 'blow it up?'
During this of-fseason the Capitals are facing a tough situation where they will not be able to keep all of their all-stars. Should the Caps power through or just blow up and start a new? Alan May responds.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals
Why the Caps lost to the Penguins
This year was supposed to be different. It wasn't. What happened?
How did Caps' 2017 locker room mood differ from 2016?
CSN's Jill Sorenson was in the Capitals locker room following the Game 7 loss and details how the mood differed from that of the locker room following the Game 6 loss in 2016.
Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson
Backstrom to play in Worlds, Johansson will not
Team Sweden will add Nicklas Backstrom for the World Championship, but not Marcus Johansson will have to miss due to an injury.
Washington Capitals fan
ESPN full of hot takes after Game 7 loss
There are times when ESPN takes a few minutes to briefly talk about hockey. Unfortunately, those moments always come at the low points for the Caps.
Previously undisclosed injury to keep Ovechkin out of Worlds
Alex Ovechkin won't be representing Team Russia in the World Championship this year due to a previously undisclosed injury.