It’s Thursday, and it’s been a slow and steady week. Rosters pretty much seem set, including the Washington Capitals, heading into 2021-22 — however, there’s still a lot of outstanding business left to handle for teams. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres are still pondering the future. In the off-ice world, the trailer for NHL 22 is finally here.
Let’s go over the latest news and notes from across the league.
- What role will Dmitry Orlov play in Washington’s success next season? We take a look at his play and improvement and what it all means going forward. (Washington Hockey Now)
- It looks like Evgeny Kuznetsov is staying put for now, and that may be the right move. Justin Trudel takes a closer look at the case of No. 92. (NoVa Caps)
- The Capitals handled all their pending free agents and cleared cap space, but pretty much chose to keep the same group together. J.J. Regan and Andrew Gillis ponder if the team had a successful offseason. (NBC Sports Washington)
- It may be quiet in free agency right now, but there’s still a lot of RFAs that need new deals. James O’Brien breaks down the “robust list” of remaining restricted free agents, from Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes to Brady Tkachuk. (Pro Hockey Talk)
- Owen Power, the Sabres No. 1 draft pick, is reportedly heading back to Michigan for his sophomore season. Here’s more on his apparent decision to delay his NHL debut. (Buffalo News)
- The NHL 22 trailer and reveal is finally here, and it looks pretty solid — especially on next-gen consoles. Here’s everything to know about the new game. (Sports Illustrated)
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- Sergei Ovechkin celebrated his third birthday yesterday with the coolest party I think I’ve ever seen in my life that featured The Great 8, drums, hockey and of course, a cameo from Dmitrij Jaskin.
Sergei Ovechkin turned three today and had maybe the coolest party I’ve ever seen featuring drums, hockey, The Great 8 and a cameo from former Caps F Dmitrij Jaskin 🏒
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— Sammi Silber (@sammisilber) August 19, 2021
- Auston Matthews will grace the cover of NHL 22, marking the second time in the last three years that he’s been the cover athlete. Alex Ovechkin was on the cover for NHL 21.
- My dark horse contender for next season: the New Jersey Devils. I really think this team is going to surprise, and a couple of strong offseason additions will pay off big time.