With the Washington Capitals approaching the preseason, there are still questions surrounding the main roster. Meanwhile, NHL free agency’s still going strong, with a couple of big names signing megadeals down the stretch.
Here’s the latest news and notes for this Friday.
- From Evgeny Kuznetsov to Connor McMichael, a lot of questions remain in regards to Washington’s depth down the middle. J.J. Regan and Andrew Gillis ponder how the Capitals will fare at center in 2021-22. (NBC Sports Washington)
- Speaking of the Washington lineup, there could be a bit of a shuffle with Brenden Dillon drawing out and some young players possibly ready to make the NHL jump. Tarik El-Bashir breaks down the state of the team. (The Athletic)
- In an off-ice story, there’s a mom who helped an awkward kid from the DMV defy the odds and overcome early childhood trauma to become a Capitals writer. I share more on my mother and our journey together in a “Behind the Scenes” piece. (Washington Hockey Now)
- The Flyers were busy this offseason and in the last week, bringing in Derrick Brassard and re-signing Sean Couturier to an eight-year extension amid other big changes. Ryan Gilbert shares more on general manager Chuck Fletcher’s candid comments about the team’s major changes following an “unacceptable” season that, according to Fletcher, “took years off my life.” (Philly Hockey Now)
- Along with Couturier, Carolina forward Andrei Svechnikov signed an eight-year deal of his own on Thursday. James O’Brien wonders if this will help the Hurricanes toward a breakthrough next season. (Pro Hockey Talk)
- Henrik Lundqvist went from a seventh-rounder to one of the NHL’s greatest netminders of all time. Emily Kaplan details his amazing journey and how he changed the game. (ESPN)
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- NHL Network is featuring a marathon of milestones for the Capitals Friday, highlighting the team’s biggest games, including the famous dueling hat tricks showdown between Washington and Pittsburgh, the Capitals finally defeating the Penguins in the playoffs and more.
— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) August 27, 2021
- To kick off the 2022 Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Final Qualification, Poland defeated Belarus 1-0, Slovakia held on for a 2-1 win over Austria and Belarus topped Austria 5-2.
- Happiest of birthdays to former Capitals forward and coach Adam Oates, and also to one of our favorite Capitals writers/TV personalities, Mr. Jason Rogers.