The Washington Capitals are starting to take over MedStar Capitals Iceplex with just weeks to go until the start of camp, and two good friends are back on the same ice, as both Hendrix Lapierre and Vincent Iorio are back in D.C.
Since meeting at a Team Canada camp, the two Capitals prospects have become close friends. They also saw another familiar face join them on Thursday, as Peter Laviolette III, the son of head coach Peter Laviolette, has been taking part in informal skates.
Meanwhile, some UFAs who remain unsigned could be headed to new teams on professional tryouts.
Here are all the latest news and notes from D.C. and across the NHL:
Washington Capitals Links
- The latest notes from the Capital informal skates, where Peter Laviolette III is participating alongside Evgeny Kuznetsov and more. (WHN)
- Hendrix Lapierre and Vincent Iorio have formed a tight bond since coming to Washington; we caught up with them in an exclusive 1-on-1 to discuss their bromance and how Haakon Hanelt factors in. (WHN)
- Coaches are slamming the KHL for not trying to do more to get Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin to stay overseas and play for Russia. (WHN)
- The mastermind behind the boring Sean Monahan parody Twitter account has been revealed — and it’s a former Flames defenseman. Calgary Flames (CHN)
- With P.K. Subban “selective” about where he’ll sign next, could a PTO be in the cards? And if so, are the Canucks a possible destination? Vancouver Canucks (VHN)
- After making some upgrades over the offseason, are the Red Wings ready to return to the playoffs? Detroit Red Wings (DHN)
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- Former Washington prospect and Hershey Bears captain Garrett Mitchell turns 31 today.
- The Metro Division is going to be one of the best in the league, and playoff competition will likely get intense. However, with two new netminders and more forward depth, the Capitals are in better shape than they were last year.
- Laviolette III is an incredibly hard-working forward and has a lot of skill. He’s a free agent, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he eventually makes his ways to the pros one way or another. He was the captain at Plymouth State this past season and was among the standouts at Washington’s development camp in mid-July.