Amid a league-ride COVID-19 outbreak and spikes in Omicron cases across the globe, the NHL will not be sending players to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. However, a number of familiar faces could still be competing, especially when it comes to the Washington Capitals.
Three former Capitals in Daniel Winnik, Daniel Carr and Brendan Leipsic are on the shortlist for Team Canada, according to The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler. Washington alumni Eric Fehr is also earning consideration for the team.
Winnik spent two seasons with the Capitals from 2015 to 2016, racking up 14 goals, 30 points and 71 PIM in 92 total games. He spent one more season in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild, picking up six goals and 23 points, before signing in the Swiss-A league in the 2017 offseason. He has been with Geneve Servette over the last three seasons and has dished 17 goals, 31 points and 28 PIM in 27 games so far in 2021-22.
Washington inked Daniel Carr to a one-year, two-way deal back in 2020, and he played in eight games on loan with the National League’s HC Lugano, recording four goals and eight points. He played in six games with the Capitals, where he picked up one assist. Carr returned to HC Lugano this offseason and has seven goals and 13 points in 12 games. He is currently recovering from a concussion.
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Brendan Leipsic didn’t leave the greatest mark on the Washington organization. In 2019-20, the Capitals inked Leipsic to a one-year, $700,000 deal. He ended up scoring three goals and 11 points through 61 games. However, his private Instagram chats leaked, and in them, he attacked his linemates and made comments about possible drug use, as well as inappropriate remarks about women. Washington subsequently terminated his contract, and he headed to the KHL in 2020-21, picking up 11 goals and 24 points in 42 games with CSKA Moscow. This season, he is skating with Magnitogorsk Metallurg and has 14 goals and 33 points in 43 games.
Lastly, Eric Fehr’s name is being thrown around for the Olympic squad as well, and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes the Manitoba native will represent his country if he wants to after skating in the Channel One Cup.
Fehr spent nine years with the Capitals organization, dishing 87 goals and 174 points, as well as 307 hits. He won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and wrapped up his NHL tenure with the Wild in 2018-19 before heading to the National League, where he has played with the Geneve-Servette HC. The 36-year-old wore the “A” last season and dished 21 goals and 42 points through 50 games. Fehr signed with the KHL for this season and has skated in two games so far with Ak Bars Kazan.