The Washington Capitals remain in the throes of the 2022 offseason, but got some updates on Alex Ovechkin and continue to see their prospects making strides forward.
Ovechkin, along with Dmitry Orlov, will play in a charity match benefitting the Artemi Panarin foundation on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Great 8 has heard about his rankings on some NHL lists, and also took the time to comment on Russia.
Meanwhile, beyond D.C., NHL Free Agency continues.
Here are the latest news and notes from the District and across the NHL:
Washington Capitals Links
- Alex Ovechkin responded to his No. 70 ranking on a top-100 NHLers list and also discussed his plans to return to Russia in the future. (WHN)
- In an exclusive 1-on-1 interview, goaltender Clay Stevenson discussed how Dwayne Roloson inspired his career, his time at Dartmouth and road to Washington. (WHN)
- T.J. Oshie will see high school No. 19 raised to the rafters. The Warroad Warriors honor him this weekend while retiring his number. (Grand Forks Herald)
- Zach Parise turned 38 on Thursday and, following his surprise buyout from the Minnesota Wild, made a major impact with the New York Islanders. (NYIHN)
- After signing Juraj Slafkovsky to an entry-level deal, the Montreal Canadiens have to keep their eye on a number of rules regarding the No. 1 pick’s deal. (MHN)
- Amid his relapse, Bobby Ryan has taken to social media and expressed gratitude to fans for their support as he works to get back on track. (ESPN)
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- Stick taps to Patrick Marleau. He will see his No. 12 raised to the rafters in San Jose after an outstanding 23-year career with the Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Dylan Strome is doing some off-ice training — and has quite the partner.
- I’d be surprised if Oshie’s No. 77 wasn’t retired in D.C. when all is said and done. He’s made quite the impact, and it goes far beyond his play on the ice. He is the “heartbeat” of the team, as described by several of his teammates.