Heading into 2022-23, the Washington Capitals may finally have more answers than questions after adding a lot of depth throughout the lineup in the first 48 hours of free agency.
However, there are a few things still up in the air, including Nicklas Backstrom and Carl Hagelin’s futures and Tom Wilson’s timetable, as well as the salary cap situations when those injured names come back on the books.
Around the NHL, Nazem Kadri and NHL Free Agency news continue to come out, and also, in fun news, a great Henrik and Daniel Sedin story is going around.
Here are the latest news and notes from D.C., as well as across the league:
Washington Capitals Links:
- We reopened the WHN Mailbag and discussed if the inconsistency is finally over for the Capitals, what to expect from Darcy Kuemper and Charlie Lindgren and much more. (WHN)
- Speaking of Kuemper, the new Washington netminder made the most of his day with the Stanley Cup by giving back to the Saskatoon community. (WHN)
- Tom Wilson is making serious progress in his recovery. (WHN)
- And, shifting to the Capitals defensemen, the blue line battle is getting intense, as Erik Gustafsson, Lucas Johansen and more LHD are competing for one full-time spot alongside Trevor van Riemsdyk.
- Per Instagram, Kevin Bieksa dropped a fun story about the Sedin twins and revealed that Henrik and Daniel used to swap jerseys and trick linesmen. (WHN)
- If Nazem Kadri comes to the New York Islanders, Jean-Gabriel Pageau could be the odd man out — and that may be the right way to go. (NYIHN)
- Jonathan Huberdeau is already becoming a big part of the Calgary Flames‘ identity; is he eventually their next captain, too? (CHN)
- Nick Suzuki didn’t hold back dissing the Toronto Maple Leafs, as the Montreal Canadiens forward admitted that he gets a kick out of their first-round losses. (MHN)
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- Henrik Borgstrom turned 25 on Saturday. General manager Brian MacLellan said that the Finn will be a “project” for Washington going forward as the Capitals look to get him back to the level of play that made him a first-round pick and additionally help him reach his full potential.
- It’s Sidney Crosby’s birthday, as the Pittsburgh Penguins captain turns 35 years old. In celebration, let’s look back at one of the greatest Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin rivalry moments: the famous “duelling hat tricks” playoff game from 2009.
- Also, Kuemper’s Cup day was the same date as Devante Smith-Pelly’s Cup day back in 2018.
A day after attending Tom Wilson's #StanleyCup viewing party, Toronto mayor John Tory is on hand to congratulate another local Cup champion, Scarborough's Devante Smith-Pelly. #caps #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/cSw8SJLZeF
— Mike Zeisberger (@Zeisberger) August 6, 2018
- Looking back at 2021-22, Evgeny Kuznetsov was back to having fun. It’ll be exciting to see what he has in store for next season. He appeared to be buying in completely in all roles and was also an integral piece of the puzzle. He’ll have to continue doing that with Backstrom’s return unknown.