It’s almost Friday, and free agency’s calmed a bit. The Washington Capitals are now 62 days (shoutout to Carl Hagelin) away from their season opener.
Washington appears to be sticking to a similar game plan as last season, while other teams shook up their rosters quite a bit, and they’re hoping it pays off.
Let’s crack open a Coca-Cola to start this fine morning, kick back and catch up on the latest news and notes around the league.
- Jakub Vrana re-signed with the Red Wings for three more years and shared via Zoom how playing for Detroit differs from lacing ’em up with the Capitals. Harrison Brown has more on what the former Washington winger had to say. (NoVa Caps)
- The Capitals re-acquired Vitek Vanecek, signed Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Samsonov to extension and kept the roster pretty much together. Michael Marccazzo evaluates Washington’s offseason performance. (Stars & Sticks)
- Meanwhile, the Hershey Bears added a Subban brother to the mix, signing defenseman Jordan to a one-year AHL contract. Here’s more on what he brings to the table. (Washington Hockey Now)
- Several teams, including the Chicago Blackhawks, made quite a few moves this offseason. Adam Proteau ranks the four teams that could be on the rise heading into 2021-22. (The Hockey News)
- Buffalo Sabres forward Riley Sheahan sat down with Sean Leahy to discuss his new podcast, getting help after alcohol issues in Detroit and the importance of mental health in sports and beyond. (Pro Hockey Talk)
- Elias Pettersson’s future with the Vancouver Canucks remains uncertain, and a new report shares that he said he wants to “play for a team that’s winning.” What does it mean going forward? (Sportsnet)
Sammi’s Top-Shelf Takes
- Jen (@NHLHistoryGirl) found this awesome clipping from the New York Times about Washington’s first win. Pretty cool to see a piece of franchise history and to compare that to how far the team has come.
— Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) August 12, 2021
- Da Beauty League held its first-ever women’s showcase – and it was epic.
The puck has dropped for our first-ever DBL women’s showcase!! pic.twitter.com/7AcgDUKbxa
— Da Beauty League (@DaBeautyLeague) August 11, 2021
- No one is immune from mental illness. Regardless of background, occupation, social status or anything else, it can impact just about anyone. It should be taken seriously. And to anyone who’s struggling right now: you’re not alone.