The offseason continues to roll on, as do the usual headlines surrounding NHL Free Agency, trade speculation and more. Meanwhile, there’s a few Washington Capitals to keep an eye on in Da Beauty League.
So without further ado, sit back, open a soda and let’s catch up on some NHL news and notes.
- Ovechkin’s five-year, $47.5 million extension with Washington gives him time to work toward personal and team goals as well. Emily Kaplan takes us inside the contract negotiations, how Ovechkin helped turn around the franchise and his legacy. (ESPN)
- Speaking of The Great 8, his new deal is one that defines him as the greatest athlete in D.C. history. My press box buddy Jason Rogers has more on Ovi and details his lasting impact on the city and in sports history. (Washington City Paper)
- Now we move on to another forward: Tom Wilson. The 27-year-old has a reputation for his physical play, but he may have a much different impact next season — on offense. (Washington Hockey Now)
- Jonathan Toews missed the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign due to chronic immune response syndrome. Tracey Myers provides more on his condition and what GM Stan Bowman had to say about a return. (NHL)
- Marc-Andre Fleury is officially in the Windy City and tried on the Blackhawks sweater for the first time on Monday. Paul Sullivan explains how Flower made the decision to play for Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)
- As tensions continue to rise between Jack Eichel and the Sabres, the NHL is waiting for a trade call. Kevin Power outlines the risks and rewards of a potential Eichel deal. (Blueshirt Banter)
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- Shane Gersich is heating up in Da Beauty League. Through four games, he’s putting up Be-A-Pro numbers with 14 assists and 16 points. He’s tied with Bobby Brink for the league lead in scoring right now — and he scored a pretty nice goal yesterday to boot. Nick Jensen is also shining with eight points in four games.
— Sammi Silber (@sammisilber) August 3, 2021
- Speaking of Capitals taking the ice this offseason, it appears Brian Pinho was among several NHLers (including Eichel) skating at Warrior Ice Arena, the Boston Bruins practice rink. The Andover, MA native had eight goals and 12 points in 10 games with the Hershey Bears last season and also played two games up with Washington in 2020-21.
Plenty of local NHLers skating at Warrior Ice Arena, including Jack Eichel. Looks like Torey Krug is also here. pic.twitter.com/xBxtxgsAIU
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) August 2, 2021
- Shoutout to Simone Biles. Amazing to come back when you’re feeling up to it and capture bronze, as well as tie the record for the most individual medals for a Team USA Gymnast. Truly the GOAT.