It’s finally the weekend, and the Washington Capitals and NHL are one step closer to the expansion draft and free agency. Meanwhile, the league remains abuzz with trade rumors and continuous speculation.
So, like T.J. Oshie at the American Century Championship this week, let’s hit the links and catch up on the latest headlines.
- Oshie told NBC Sports Washington that he and Washington haven’t had any more talks on the expansion draft or the Seattle Kraken. J.J. Regan shares more on what Oshie had to say and why this is a good sign he’ll remain protected. (NBCSW)
- While he was at it, Oshie broke Patrick Mahomes’ record with a 369-yard carry on one of his drives. Ian Oland has more (Russian Machine Never Breaks)
- Speaking of the expansion draft, the Capitals face the risk of losing a top name. Greg Bowman explains why that may could be defenseman Justin Schultz. (Stars & Sticks)
- Bryan “Bugsy” Watson passed away Thursday at 78. We took a look at his career and famous restaurant that helped him cement his legacy in D.C. (Washington Hockey Now)
- Happy birthday to Florida Hockey Now, which turned two the other day. What better way to celebrate than with a mailbag? George Richards takes a look at some questions involving Keith Yandle and much more. (Florida Hockey Now)
- Patrick Maroon showed that a three-peat was possible. Can the Tampa Bay Lightning follow in his footsteps for another title in 2022? Jason Chen gives his take. (Sports Illustrated)
- The NHL buyout window is open, and it could be of interest to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dan Kingerski keeps an eye on potential buyouts for the Pens to watch. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
- Elliotte Friedman’s 31 thoughts include more on where the NHL stands on players going to the Olympics in 2022. (Sportsnet)
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- Before his famous shirtless post-game presser, Nikita Kucherov chugged a Bud Light. It was enough for him to earn a deal with the beer company. “After my Stanley Cup championship press conference, how could Bud Light not sign me onto their team?” Kucherov said. He and the team will be drinking limited-edition bottles on parade day Monday.
- If the New York Rangers do end up acquiring Jack Eichel, there should be no excuses for them not to make the postseason and even a Stanley Cup run. That will be one of the most loaded and dangerous rosters not just in their division, but the league as a whole.
- The Capitals are wise to protect Oshie. He’s still capable of 20-plus goal seasons, plays with tremendous energy and most importantly, is the heart of the team and a contagious personality in the locker room. Washington needs that to continue to maintain its winning culture.
- New Jersey re-signed Jonas Siegenthaler to a two-year deal on Friday. The former Capitals blueliner has tremendous upside and will likely get a bigger role with the Devils than he would have in D.C. Wishing him the best.