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FILE - In this May 7, 2017, file photo, then-Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette, center left, and associated coach Kevin McCarthy, center right, talk during Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series against the St. Louis Blues in Nashville, Tenn. Kevin McCarthy joined Peter Laviolette's Washington Capitals coaching staff as expected Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, continuing the pair's partnership that has lasted for more than 15 years. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Capitals hire McCarthy as assistant, re-sign Siegenthaler

Oct. 21, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Kevin McCarthy joined Peter Laviolette's Washington Capitals coaching staff Wednesday, and the team re-signed one of the defensemen he'll be working with. Jonas Siegenthaler signed a one-year contract worth $800,000, a deal that should finalize Washington's blue line. McCarthy will be...

FILE - In this June 15, 2015, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks' goalie Corey Crawford kisses the Stanley Cup Trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series in Chicago. The past few weeks have seen several recent Stanley Cup winners get rid of members of their championship core. The Blackhawks moved on from Corey Crawford, the Washington Capitals did the same with Braden Holtby, the Pittsburgh Penguins traded fellow goalie Matt Murray and forward Patric Hornqvist and the St. Louis Blues signing Torey Krug means captain Alex Pietrangelo will sign elsewhere.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Several Stanley Cup winners breaking up championship core

Oct. 10, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

While Braden Holtby saw his split with the Washington Capitals coming, Patric Hornqvist, Corey Crawford and Alex Pietrangelo weren't so lucky. Hornqvist was “blindsided” the Pittsburgh Penguins wanted to trade him. Crawford was “devastated” the Chicago Blackhawks were going in another...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2019, file photo, Vegas Golden Knights' Paul Stastny skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. Stastny is returning to the Winnipeg Jets after being acquired in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights in a move completed hours before the NHL’s free-agency signing period opened on Friday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Goalies get shuffled in NHL free agency; Lightning depleted

Oct. 9, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

It didn’t take long for the bubble to begin bursting on the Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup party. The effects of a flat salary cap took its toll on the Lightning less than two weeks after winning their second Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay bid farewell to defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who signed with Anaheim,...

FILE - In this March 28, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, with New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Washington. Lundqvist signed with the Capitals when free agency opened Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Lundqvist to Caps, goalie carousel spins in NHL free agency

Oct. 9, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

Nets around the NHL will look very different next season after a flurry of musical goaltenders in free agency. Henrik Lundqvist is joining a team he tormented in the playoffs for years, Braden Holtby is leaving the franchise he led to the Stanley Cup, Jacob Markstrom got big bucks to join the Battle of Alberta...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams (14) tries to steal the puck form Detroit Red Wings center Luke Glendening (41) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. Williams retired Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, after 19 NHL seasons that included winning the Stanley Cup in 2006 with Carolina along with two more with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and 2014. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

Hurricanes' Williams retires as 3-time Stanley Cup champion

Oct. 8, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes forward Justin Williams is retiring after 19 NHL seasons and three Stanley Cup championships. Williams announced his retirement in a statement Thursday after spending his final three seasons in a second stint with Carolina, where he won the Cup for the first time in...

FILE - In this June 20, 2012, file photo, New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist poses with the Vezina Trophy after winning the award for the league's best goalie during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. The New York Rangers have bought out the contract of star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers parted with one of the greatest netminders in franchise history on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, when they paid off the final year of his contract.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Hank to DC? Lundqvist 'really solid candidate' for Capitals

Oct. 6, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

After losing one defenseman possibly for the season and bringing back another one, the Washington Capitals could be on the verge of adding a big name in goal. Washington re-signed Brenden Dillon to a $15.6 million, four-year contract Tuesday, an announcement that came minutes after saying Michal Kempny would miss...

Flyers sign Braun to 2-year extension; Niskanen retires

Oct. 5, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers signed defenseman Justin Braun to a two-year contract at an annual average of $1.8 million. Braun played in 62 regular-season games and all 16 playoff games in his first season with the Flyers. He had three goals and 16 assists for 19 points in the regular...

FILE - Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette answers questions during a news conference Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Washington Capitals hired Peter Laviolette, who won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, as coach on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, FIle)

Capitals hire Stanley Cup-winning coach Peter Laviolette

Sep. 15, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

Peter Laviolette sees the Washington Capitals as another opportunity to take a team to the Stanley Cup Final and try to win it all again. The Capitals see Laviolette as the experienced, steady hand who can help them contend for another title in what could be the final few years of their championship window. ...

Washington Capitals hire Peter Laviolette, who won Stanley Cup with Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, as coach

Sep. 15, 2020 10:01 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals hire Peter Laviolette, who won Stanley Cup with Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, as coach.
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020 file photo, Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils in Washington. The Washington Capitals have fired Reirden after a second consecutive first-round exit in the playoffs. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the move Sunday, Aug. 23 three days after the Capitals lost to former coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders in a five-game series. (AP Photo/Al Drago, File)

Todd Reirden returns to Penguins as assistant coach

Sep. 2, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Todd Reirden is back with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team hired Reirden as an assistant coach under Mike Sullivan on Wednesday, just over a week after Reirden was fired as head coach of the Washington Capitals following a playoff loss to the New York Islanders. This is Reirden's second...