The Washington Capitals are closing in on the 2022-23 campaign and training camp, and some familiar faces are still making their way back to MedStar Capitals Iceplex.
T.J. Oshie was back in town on Wednesday, as he took the ice for an informal skate and also made it a family day. Meanwhile, the team is still waiting for Alex Ovechkin and more to come back from overseas, and Martin Fehervary remained busy in Paris on the NHL/NHLPA European Player Media Tour.
In other NHL news, a Fanatics leak may have led to the early reveal of all the Reverse Retro 2.0 jerseys, and Phil the Thrill finally found a home with a familiar club.
Here are all the latest news and notes from D.C. and across the league:
Washington Capitals Links
- Nicklas Backstrom spoke on his relationship with Ovechkin and said that the two — and the Washington locker room — avoid discussing the war in Ukraine. (WHN)
- Speaking of Backstrom, he also shared more on how his hip pain made even simple tasks like tying shoes or putting on socks seem impossible. (WHN)
- The Capitals’ new Reverse Retro jersey design may have been leaked following an apparently accidental Fanatics posting. (WHN)
- Phil Kessel officially has a home after signing a one-year deal in Vegas, and the 34-year-old will find plenty of opportunity there as well. Vegas Golden Knights (VHN)
- Lou Lamoriello took the podium to address a lackluster offseason for the Islanders, but insisted that he wasn’t disappointed at all. But here’s what sources say about New York and Nazem Kadri. New York Islanders (NYIHN)
- Trevor Zegras and Sarah Nurse make history as the NHL 23 cover athletes. The reveal trailer is also today.
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told reporters at the NHL/NHLPA European Media Tour that the league and IIHF are planning on bringing back the World Cup of Hockey in 2024.
- When it comes to who wins the Reverse Retro contest (if, of course, the leak is consistent with what we’ll see), the San Jose Sharks take the cake. The California Golden Seals tribute is pure gold.
- Elliotte Friedman said on his latest “32 Thoughts” podcast, Patrick Kane may want to wait going into the season to see who is good and a top contender before asking the Chicago Blackhawks for a trade.