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Sammi’s Daily: Tom Wilson Update, Kuemper’s Cup Day, Kane & Barzal Rumors



Capitals Lars Eller and Tom Wilson

The Washington Capitals got a lot of positive news on Friday after seeing familiar faces making the most of summer.

Meanwhile, other news and headlines continue to brew around the NHL as free agency and arbitration cases continue.

Here are the latest news and notes from D.C. and across the league:

Washington Capitals Links

  • Capitals winger Tom Wilson is making major strides in his recovery from a torn ACL and is walking as he is back in the pool and on schedule in his rehabilitation. (WHN)
  • New Washington netminder Darcy Kuemper got his day with the Stanley Cup on Friday and made the most of it by giving back to the people of Saskatoon. (WHN)
  • The Capitals blue line battle is going to get intense come training camp, and here are different tiers, rankings and how things may pan out with several LHD competing for that one vacancy alongside Trevor van Riemsdyk. (WHN)
  • Speaking of Van Riemsdyk, he and two other Washington teammates in Conor Sheary and Mike Vecchione are all training together ahead of the 2022-23 Capitals season.

NHL Links

  • Here’s a deeper dive and commentary surrounding the possibility of Mat Barzal heading from the New York Islanders to the Detroit Red Wings. (NYIHN)
  • Is Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher on the hot seat? (PHN)
  • Here’s how the Jonathan Huberdeau deal in Calgary sets a precedent for David Pastrnak and the Boston Bruins. (BHN)
  • Could the next landing spot for Patrick Kane be his hometown Buffalo Sabres? (Buffalo News)

Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes

  • Alex Alexeyev would also be in the defensive battle for Washington come training camp. However, the shoulder surgery he underwent in late June will likely keep him out past the preseason and training camp. Taking that into account, Hershey will be the best place for him to get conditioning and minutes as well as he returns full-time after surgery.
  • The World Juniors kick off on Wednesday. Keep an eye on Capitals prospects Haakon Hanelt and Oskar Magnusson.
  • Lars Eller is back in the District and was among those taking in the Citi Open. He’s a big Rafael Nadal and tennis fan.

  • I don’t really see Barzal leaving New York, even if Nazem Kadri comes in. While his position may change, it wouldn’t be wise for the Islanders, who are looking to bounce back after not making the playoffs in 2021-22, to let a longtime member of the core walk.