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Capitals prospects Håkon Hanelt, Hendrix Lapierre and Vinny Iorio
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As the offseason continues, the Washington Capitals appear pretty much set on the NHL Free Agency front going into training camp. However, other teams, including a couple of familiar Metropolitan Division opponents, still have work to do.

There’s still trade chatter and free agency talks, while other RFAs are also dealing with salary arbitration.

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

Capitals Links

  • Capitals prospects Hendrix Lapierre, Vinny Iorio and Håkon Hanelt are the three best friends anyone could have and discussed their close bond, what they do in their free time, Justin Bieber and more. (WHN)
  • What does the Dylan Strome signing mean for Washington and the lineup going into next season? (WHN)
  • Here are some of the risks and rewards that come with the Darcy Kuemper signing for the Capitals. (Japers’ Rink)

NHL Links

  • The Montreal Canadiens have made quite a few changes while forming a new core this summer, and general manager Kent Hughes isn’t done. (MHN)
  • After losing Johnny Gaudreau to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Calgary Flames are taking Matthew Tkachuk to arbitration in a rather surprising decision. (CHN)
  • Sam Carchidi caught up with John Tortorella to discuss his new gig with the Philadelphia Flyers and more in an exclusive 1-on-1. (PHN)

Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes

  • Strome and Connor Brown are set to speak on Tuesday for the first time since joining Washington. General manager Brian MacLellan will be available on Tuesday.
  • Speaking of MacLellan, he said last week that Tom Wilson’s recovery has been going well. Speaking of Wilson, Lapierre had nothing but good things to say about No. 43. Wilson took a young Hendrix under his wing back when the Quebec native was a rookie, and for No. 29, that inspired him to be more confident.
  • Looking at the current Capitals roster and newest additions, I believe they did a great job filling their voids and it will pay off in a competitive Metro next season.
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