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Sammi’s Daily: Capitals Gains, Hagelin’s New Visor, Why Subban Hasn’t Signed

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The Washington Capitals are just 42 days away from the start of the regular season, and less than a month from the start of training camp. Still, the team is seeing several of its players return, and good signs for some of those injured names.

Meanwhile, other free agents are still looking for their next landing spot, and it’s not necessarily because the interest isn’t there.

For instance, P.K. Subban hasn’t signed yet. However, it’s not because he doesn’t have any teams pursuing him. His agent, Don Meehan, told ESPN’s Greg Whyshynski that the 33-year-old blueliner has “earned the privilege to be somewhat selective” regarding where he’ll sign in 2022-23.

“He doesn’t just want to play anywhere, he has that measure of independence,” Meehan told ESPN.

“Without sounding too aggressive, I think he’s earned the privilege to be somewhat selective in terms of where he would play so that it works for the team and it works for him,” Meehan said. “In other words, he doesn’t just want to play anywhere. He has that measure of independence.”

Here are all the latest news and notes from D.C. and across the NHL:

Washington Capitals Links

  • Here’s a closer look at Carl Hagelin and his switch to a safer visor as he works to continue his NHL career with the Capitals. (WHN)
  • Mackane Vogel is officially here and writing for us, and he laid out Washington’s expectations for Connor Brown this season. (WHN)
  • Some fun banter and debate from a fun Capitals site – which city should get a franchise next? (Japers’ Rink)

NHL Links

  • The Penguins, who have seen their share of struggles of late, gave Mike Sullivan a three-year extension. Was it the right move? Pittsburgh Penguins (PHN)
  • After struggling with anxiety and other off-ice issues, Jonathan Drouin is ready to bring his star power back with the Canadiens. Montreal Canadiens. (MHN)
  • Here are some of the top free agents remaining and where they’ll go next. (ESPN)

Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes

  • Hendrix Lapierre has made himself prominent and has been greatly involved with the Capitals this summer — that mentality is exactly what will get him a roster spot, and even with limited vacancies, I expect him to make a major statement and make it difficult for the team to send him down.
  • Speaking of Lapierre, Vincent Iorio is back in the District and joined the team for informal skates. Meaning that the young dynamic duo is back together. We caught up with Lapierre and Iorio back in July to discuss their bromance and the third pea in the pod, Haakon Hanelt.
  • And, as for Hanelt, he’s in Gatineau and working on promos for the Olympiques. This year in juniors will be defining for the 19-year-old, who is fresh off a strong development camp and World Juniors run, and is no longer dealing with the shoulder injury that disrupted his rookie QMJHL year. Hanelt is still waiting on an entry-level deal, and he can definitely earn it this time around. Here’s an in-depth 1-on-1 we had with Hanelt earlier this offseason.

(Credit: olympiquesgat/Instagram)

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