Category Archives: Defense

The Pros And Cons Of The Capitals Re-Signing Brenden Dillon

The biggest question for the Washington Capitals entering this offseason in terms of the roster is how they are going to fill a hole on defense. The team is currently talking to Brenden Dillon’s representation to see if a deal … Continue reading

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Looking At The Capitals’ Best UFA Options On Defense

Photo: Getty Images After the Washington Capitals gave up an average of 3.44 goals-per-game from December 22 onward (the most among the 24 teams that were invited to the NHL’s return-to-play plan) and saw their defensive lineup turn into a … Continue reading

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Capitals Prospect Alexander Alexeyev Wants To “Prove I Can Play In The NHL” During Training Camp

Washington Capitals defensive prospect Alexander Alexeyev, the 31st overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, said on Wednesday that it was “pretty awesome, exciting” to get invited to camp and added that wants to compete for a roster spot and … Continue reading

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Capitals’ Dmitry Orlov Says It’s “Not A Problem” To Play On Right Side

Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden will start defenseman Dmitry Orlov on his off side, the right, on a pair with Brenden Dillon when the team begins playing games again and the 28-year-old told the media on Wednesday that is … Continue reading

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Who Will Start On Defense For Capitals In Game 1?

Photo: Nick Wass/AP When the 2019-20 NHL season paused on March 12, the Washington Capitals had been rotating defensemen in the lineup for the previous month since rookie Martin Fehervary shined in a brief stint with the big club. During … Continue reading

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Could The Capitals Deal A Defenseman Next Offseason?

Photo: @Capitals The Washington Capitals have a big offseason ahead as goaltender Braden Holtby can become an unrestricted free agent and captain Alex Ovechkin, forward Jakub Vrana, and goaltender Ilya Samsonov can all sign contract extensions. With some big money … Continue reading

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What Should The Capitals Do With Their Defense This Offseason?

Photo: @Capitals While goaltender Braden Holtby is arguably the biggest unrestricted free agent on the Washington Capitals, the team has some big decisions on defense looming after the 2019-20 season is over. Brenden Dillon and Radko Gudas can become unrestricted … Continue reading

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Blueline Blueprint: Do the Capitals Have Optimal Defensive Pairings?

Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images Following the acquisition of Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks on February 18, Washington Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden has been tinkering with different combinations of defensive pairings. This is often a challenging undertaking, … Continue reading

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John Carlson Ties Calle Johansson For First in Franchise History in Points By a Defenseman

With the banner season that Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson has had in 2019-20, it was a given that the 27th overall pick in 2008 would climb the franchise record books. During Saturday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, the … Continue reading

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Grading the Capitals’ Trade Deadline Defensemen Under Brian MacLellan

Since he took over from longtime incumbent George McPhee in 2014, Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan has overseen the return of the team to a perennial Stanley Cup contender. An interesting anecdote on MacLellan’s resume as General Manager has … Continue reading

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