It’s Wednesday, and the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning are finally set to clash in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 1 kicks off at 8 p.m. ET live from Ball Arena. Meanwhile, the offseason continues for the Washington Capitals and the rest of the NHL, as teams look forward to the upcoming NHL draft and free agency in July.
In addition, trade talk continues to brew across the league. Sergei Bobrovsky is reportedly on the block, along with Alex DeBrincat and other big names.
Here are all the latest news and notes from D.C. and across the league, from the latest rumors to everything to know ahead of Game 1:
- Per Nick Kypreos, the Florida Panthers are pushing hard to trade Bobrovsky, so much so that they are willing to retain salary. Could Bobrovsky be a solution to the Capitals goaltending woes, and would Washington be interested? (Washington Hockey Now)
- Here’s a look back at T.J. Oshie’s season, which saw him persevere despite a number of injuries. (Japers’ Rink)
- Meanwhile, defensive prospect Tobias Geisser has left the Capitals organization and has signed with the Swiss League’s EV-Zug. (NoVa Caps)
- Colorado will be without Nazem Kadri and Andrew Cogliano for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Here’s the latest on the Avalanche lineup for the SCF opener. (Colorado Hockey Now)
- Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Lightning have built quite the dynasty, but can their powerhouse survive and manage a three-peat against the best in the West? (Washington Post)
- In coaching news, the Philadelphia Flyers have reportedly offered John Tortorella the head coaching position. Torts and former Capitals bench boss Barry Trotz were among the finalists for the gig.
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- With Torts hired in Philly, I don’t see how Trotz doeesn’t head to his home province of Manitoba to coach the Winnipeg Jets. Great potential, good opportunity, close to home and free beer for life.
- I’m predicting a Game 1 victory for the Avs. Gut feeling, but I’m excited to see these two clubs go head to head. Should be one of the most exciting Stanley Cup Finals yet.
- With Connor McMichael expected to take on a bigger role this season and Nicklas Backstrom’s future in flux, I wonder how this will impact Lars Eller going forward. There has been some talk of moving him in the offseason, but I’m not sure if that’ll be the case if Backstrom can’t lace ’em up in 2022-23.