Thursday has been quite a busy day, full of fun times, major strides in Washington Capitals and NHL coaching history and a Stanley Cup parade in Denver.
Speaking of that parade in Denver, Capitals potential free-agent target Nazem Kadri debuted perhaps one of the best T-shirts in NHL history — and he had it made himself. The shirt shows him and his teammates celebrating his Game 4 overtime winner that put Colorado up 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final. That goal, however, led to some controversy and complaints from Jon Cooper and the Lightning, who believed there were too many men on the ice when Kadri scored.
However, given Rule No. 74 in the NHL rulebook — and the referees’ judgment — there was no too many men call and the goal stood. The Avalanche would then clinch the Stanley Cup in Game 6, making Kadri a first-time Stanley Cup champion. This custom-made tee pays tribute to that whole ordeal, and Cooper and Tampa, who won in 2020 and 2021.
Nazem Kadri ladies and gents.
I asked him if someone gave this shirt to him, and he said he had it made.
— Rachel Tos (@RachRichlinski) June 30, 2022
Here are other fun headlines and more news and notes from the District and across the NHL:
- The Capitals promoted Emily Engel-Natzke to NHL video coordinator, making her the first full-time woman coach in NHL and Washington history. (WHN)
- Alex Ovechkin can’t stop scoring, netting a hat trick while playing in former Capitals teammate Alexander Semin’s farewell to hockey game. (WHN)
- After missing significant time with an injury in 2021-22, his first full year with Washington, Anthony Mantha is eager to gain a step and expand his role in 2022-23.
- Bob McKenzie’s final TSN draft rankings are out, and at No. 20 sits Isaac Howard. Is he a fit for the Capitals? (WHN)
- Here’s the latest on Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang’s futures with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where the ball is in their court after Brian Burke made them offers. (PHN)
- The St. John’s Seadogs have won the Memorial Cup, and the New York Islanders appear to have won the jackpot with William Dufour. (NYIHN)
- When it comes to J.T. Miller trade chatter, the Vancouver Canucks aren’t in a hurry. (VHN)
- The Minnesota Wild made a splash, trading Kevin Fiala to the Los Angeles Kings. Fiala then signed a multi-year deal with L.A. (Pro Hockey Talk)
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- Huge congrats to Emily Engel-Natzke. A great person, hard worker and class act who continues to make strides. She has done outstanding work in Hershey and will bring that to Washington.
- Pavel Datsyuk, meanwhile, hinted at Semin’s farewell game that he hasn’t formally announced any plans to retire, but won’t play for other teams. Ovechkin also called Semin the best player in Capitals history at the festivities.
- Dmitry Orlov registered the ninth-hardest shot this past season, a 101.54 MPH rocket. Former Washington defenseman Radko Gudas led the way with a 101.7 MPH dart.
- If John Gibson is on the trade market, I’d still take the free agency route if I were the Capitals. And again, Darcy Kuemper would be my top name of choice.