Tom Wilson update, Compare Cup day, Kane and Barzal rumors

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

Meanwhile, news and other headlines about the NHL continue as free agency and arbitration cases continue.

Here are the latest news and notes from DC and across the league:

Washington Capitals links

  • Capitals winger Tom Wilson makes strides in his recovery from an ACL tear as he walks back to the pool and on schedule in his rehab. (WHN)
  • New Washington basketball coach Darcy Quimper 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 Blue Line battle at Capitals will intensify when training camp comes along, here are different levels, different rankings and how things could develop with several LHDs vying for that vacancy alongside Trevor van Riemsdyk. (WHN)
  • Speaking of Van Remsdijk, he and his other Washington teammates Connor Sherry and Mike Viccione are training together ahead of the DC 2022-23 season.

NHL links

  • Here’s a deeper look and commentary on the possibility of Matt Barzal heading from the islands of New York to the Detroit Red Wings. (NYIHN)
  • Is Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Chuck Fletcher on a hot seat? (PHN)
  • Here’s how Jonathan Huberdeau’s Calgary deal sets a precedent for David Pasternak and the Boston Bruins. (BHN)
  • Could Patrick Kane’s next landing point be his hometown of the Buffalo Sabers? (buffalo news)

Sammi’s top shelf takes

  • Alex Alekseev will also be in the defensive battle for Washington when he comes to training camp. However, the shoulder surgery he underwent in late June will likely put him out of boot camp and training. With that in mind, Hershey would be the best place for him to get conditioning and minutes as well as returning full time after surgery.
  • The World Junior Championships kicks off on Wednesday. Keep an eye on the prospects for Capitals, Haakon Hanelt and Oskar Magnusson.
  • Lars Eller returned to the area and was among those who participated in the Citi Open. He is Rafael Nadal and a tennis fan.
  • I don’t really see Barzal leaving New York, even if Nazem Kadri comes. And while his location may change, it wouldn’t be wise for the islanders, who are looking to return after not playing the playoffs in 2021-22, to let an old member of the core walk in.
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