It’s the middle of the work week, and the excitement leading up to the 2021-22 continues to build. The Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin face expectations for next year as the team looks to make a deep run.
In other NHL news, there’s reportedly advertisements coming to jerseys, and The Great One is going digital (just like Alex Ovechkin did)
Here’s the latest happenings from across the league.
- Ovechkin has his sights set on trying to break Wayne Gretzky’s all-time scoring record, and his journey starts with the first year of a five-year extension this season. J.J. Regan ponders how many goals the Great 8 will have in 2021-22. (NBC Sports Washington)
- As Washington looks to return to its first-place standing in the Metro and aims for a deep playoff run, the team will rely on its depth to make major strides. Carl Knauf lays out expectations for the Capitals next year. (The Hockey Writers)
- Elizabeth Mantha, the older sister of Washington forward Anthony, will referee at the IIHF Women’s Worlds. She adds to an already-impressive resume that will hopefully feature the Olympics. (Washington Hockey Now)
- The NHL has reportedly approved jersey ads starting in the 2022-23 campaign. Greg Wyshynski has more. (ESPN)
- Anaheim appears to be in a typo of limbo, as the plan going forward for the team remains in question. Adam Gretz examines the Ducks and what’s next for them going forward. (Pro Hockey Talk)
- Wayne Gretzky has joined the chat in regards to NFTs, releasing his first-ever set of digital cards. (Forever Blueshirts)
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- As we close in on opening night, it’s wise that the team is electing to hold onto Evgeny Kuznetsov. Giving him a “prove it” season — and even more so not trading him away when there’s not a perfect deal out there — is a good decision. I believe he’ll have a bounce back year.
- The Capitals released a limited edition tee celebrating Alex Ovechkin’s re-signing. You can purchase it at the team store at Capital One Arena.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) August 18, 2021
- It was an honor to speak on a panel featuring amazing women in hockey, including Katie Gaus, Kathryn Dobbs and Kailey Sibley, for The Hockey Writers’ first annual career night. I owe a lot to Mark Scheig ang the crew over there for giving me my true start in this business. Stick taps to them.
It was an absolute honour to be on this panel with such amazing fellow women in this incredible industry. I’m truly truly blessed.
And to Mark and everyone at THW – thank you for having us! (Also, without you I wouldn’t be where I am today).
Let’s do that hockey. 🏒 https://t.co/7FvtJQF7kV
— Sammi Silber (@sammisilber) August 18, 2021