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In 24 hours, the Washington Capitals will take the ice for their first formal skate of the 2022-23 campaign, as the team officially kicks off rookie camp at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.

Camp will consist of 11 forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders, with Hendrix Lapierre, Vincent Iorio, Bear Hughes and Alexander Suzdalev among several of the standouts. Meanwhile, the team is continuing informal skates ahead of camp, which starts with on-ice sessions in exactly one week.

Across the NHL, teams are putting the finishing touches on the offseason, and one player is looking to make an NHL return after receiving a not-guilty verdict in a sexual assault case.

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

Washington Capitals

  • Here is more on the Capitals rookie camp roster and schedule, key names to watch and everything else to know. (WHN)
  • Per reports, Washington was among the teams to inquire about Jake Virtanen, who is looking to play pro hockey again after sexual assault allegations from September 2017 were dropped against him. (WHN)
  • Per The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir, who was also on NHL Network Thursday, Tom Wilson is “ahead of schedule” in his recovery, and Nicklas Backstrom is making progress off-ice at MCI. (The Athletic)

NHL

  • The Penguins are in quite a bit of cap trouble. How are they going to get out of it? Pittsburgh Penguins (PHN)
  • Cam Atkinson said that training camp under John Tortorella won’t be easy by any means, but that it’s worth it. Philadelphia Flyers (PHN)
  • Elias Pettersson said he saw two different versions of himself last season and is ready to rebound. A bit funny now, as there are literally two Elias Petterssons out there for Vancouver. Vancouver Canucks (VHN)

Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes

  • Entering Year 2 on this site, I am so grateful and excited that I get to cover this team and share my work with you all. Thank you so much for being along for the ride, and here’s to the upcoming season.
  • It’s difficult to see where Virtanen would have fit into the Capitals’ plans, especially because right now, there could be a forward influx with Carl Hagelin on the road to recovery, new additions coming in and more.
  • Wishing Daniel Sprong the best as he tries out for the Kraken. Seattle has a lot of former Washington pieces this season, and Sprong still has upside left.
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