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Sammi’s Daily: Strome Mania, Capitals Dev. Camp Updates, Free Agency News



Capitals center Dylan Strome

ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals have not sat back in NHL Free Agency, and have gotten some serious upgrades since the market opened. And, their latest addition could be a key piece to the puzzle.

Washington welcomed Dylan Strome to the ranks on Thursday, inking the 2015 third-overall selection to a one-year deal. All the while, there are still some top names remaining on the market.

Beyond free agency, Capitals development camp closes on Friday, ending in style as the prospects will take the ice at Capital One Arena for a full-length game.

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

Capitals Links

  • Washington signed Strome to a one-year deal, adding a potential top-6 center and much-needed secondary scoring, but the deal also comes with quite a few implications and raises questions regarding the team’s future. (WHN)
  • Here’s a closer look at new goaltender Charlie Lindgren, who brings a lot to the table beyond just his numbers. (WHN)
  • Meanwhile, Capitals Development Camp continued on Thursday, as Joaquim Lemay and Haakon Hanelt stood out on a busy Day 4.
  • Also at camp is head coach Peter Laviolette’s son, Peter Laviolette, and he scored a highlight-reel goal during Washington’s scrimmages that made several jaws drop. (WHN)

NHL Links

  • There are still a lot of big-name players left on the NHL Free Agency market, but why haven’t they landed somewhere yet? (PHN)
  • Speaking of free agency, the Detroit Red Wings are starting to look like contenders with their newest additions. (DHN)
  • On the flip side, the New York Islanders are in a tough spot after waiting on Johnny Gaudreau, losing out on key names who came off the market during the delay and seeing other Metro teams make a splash. (NYIHN)
  • No. 1 pick Juraj Slavkovsky and Filip Mesar are turning heads for the Montreal Canadiens, but they have another rising star that could steal the show come training camp: Lane Hutson. (MHN)

Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes

  • The Capitals development camp is going to culminate with a full-length game at 7 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena. Entry is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 6 p.m. ET. Fans can RSVP here. Ivan Miroshnichenko is also signing autographs between 6-7 at the Stella Lounge in Section 108.
  • It’s also great to see the ice back at Capital One. Also, the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club got to practice on that rink last night during NHL Club Business meetings.

  • Stick taps to Oskar Lindblom, who’s getting a fresh start with the San Jose Sharks following his buyout from the Philadelphia Flyers. GM Mike Grier also called Lindblom “exactly the profile we’re looking for.” He overcame Ewing’s Sarcoma to return to the Show, and he continues to impress.
  • Also, development camp scrimmages got a bit intense, as there was an entire draft between Washington’s prospects. Here’s all the fun content.