Happy September, Washington Capitals and NHL nation. August culminated in one of the best fashions with an unbelievable gold medal showdown between the United States and Canada in the IIHF Women’s Worlds. Meanwhile, controversy and debate surrounding Tom Wilson continues across the league.
Here are all the latest news and notes to keep an eye on with the preseason on the horizon.
- What will the Capitals see from their young prospects in 2021-22? J.J. Regan and Andrew Gillis take a look at Washington’s up-and-comers, from Connor McMichael to Martin Fehervary. (NBC Sports Washington)
- Is Tom Wilson truly the most-hated player in the NHL? Bryan Hayes and Gord Miller share their thoughts on No. 43. (TSN)
- If you still haven’t watched the “Untold: Crimes & Penalties” documentary on Netflix: go do so. And check out our 1-on-1 with A.J. Galante for the entire wild story surrounding the “real Tony Soprano,” a pro hockey team of enforcers and an unreal FBI takedown. (Washington Hockey Now)
- Marie-Philip Poulin decided an intense OT championship game between the United States and Canada in the IIHF Women’s Worlds. Take a closer look at the action and Canada’s gold medal win. (The Athletic)
- In Jack Eichel news, the Buffalo Sabres captain is expected to finally undergo surgery “very soon” for an injury. Here’s the latest update and timetable, which would reportedly see him return around December. (Forever Blueshirts)
- Meanwhile, in Montreal, the Canadiens still have to decide whether or not they’ll match the Carolina Hurricanes’ offer sheet to Jesperi Kotkaniemi. James O’Brien ponders the Habs’ options if they elect not to match. (Pro Hockey Talk)
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- That bardown OT winner from Poulin was one of the best goals I’ve ever seen scored. Beautiful snipe, great accuracy and a heck of a way to win a game.
Bardown for the win. 🇨🇦 defeats 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/v8lGm4SVsQ
— Sammi Silber (@sammisilber) September 1, 2021
- Gerard Galant told the New York Post that he won’t let Tom Wilson “overtake the team” and that adding Barclay Goodrow, Ryan Reaves and more was to “make our team tougher to play against.” Ultimately, though, it seems the overtaking already happened.
- Former Capitals goalie Pete Peeters appears to have broken a fishing world record, catching what the Sturgeon Slayers guide service said is “the biggest white sturgeon landed in the world” that measures 11.5 feet with a girth of over 4.5 feet and a weight of 890 pounds.
Former Vezina-winning goalie Pete Peeters has something else to boast about; catching possibly the biggest white sturgeon landed in the world
Caught on Fraser River, B.C., the fish is 11½ feet long and around 890 pounds, and has been submitted to Guinness World Records pic.twitter.com/g6kJu0KYKq
— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) August 31, 2021