Previewing the Washington Capitals 2021-22 season in the prevailing vocabulary of our time: vibes.
In this edition: The Caps are super old.
The NHL returned to ESPN for the first time in 17 years as the Tampa Bay Lightning took on the Pittsburgh Penguins in their banner-raising game on Tuesday. While the telecast of the game had some hits and misses, the storytelling from the Sports Leader remains second to none.
Ahead of the game, ESPN released a six-minute and 13-second feature on its iconic theme song. Narrated by pop singer and Leafs fan Justin Bieber, the story, entitled Harmony walks hockey fans through the song’s popularity and how composer Bob Christianson found “genius in G minor.”
There was good and bad news today for Nicklas Backstrom.
The bad news is that the Swedish center was placed on long-term injured reserve by the Capitals and will miss the first 10 games of the 2021-22 regular season… at the least.
The good news, however, was really, really encouraging. Backstrom took the ice today for the first time this preseason.
Nicklas Backstrom brilliantly plays the role of a mooch in a fantastic new commercial by MassMutual featuring Alex Ovechkin and Nastya Ovechkina.
The ad is set at the Ovechkins’ house in Northern Virginia. Nastya, who has just gone through a stack of mail, notices that Backstrom is on his life insurance policy. Thinking this is a mistake, she comes to her hubby with some important questions.
Alex Ovechkin was on the ice today for the Capitals optional practice. Until he wasn’t. And then he was again.
It was weird.
The Washington Capitals’ Opening Night roster is finally complete.
After placing Nicklas Backstrom on long-term injured reserve, the Capitals reversed a paper move from Monday and recalled rookie Connor McMichael and Beck Malenstyn from the Hershey Bears.
The Capitals will still be one of the oldest teams in the NHL, but the biggest takeaway — simply out of necessity — is that four rookies made the team out of Training Camp.
The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday that they have placed Nicklas Backstrom on long-term injured reserved. The move will force Backstrom to miss the first ten games and 24 days of the season.
The news comes after Backstrom did not skate one time during all of Training Camp and the preseason.
This also allowed the Capitals the ability to recall Connor McMichael and Beck Malenstyn from the AHL after the paper move they made yesterday.
Hi. The 2021-22 NHL season will kick off in a few hours, so we thought now would be a good time to formally welcome you all back to the site. You’ve all probably been back for a while now; I’m the only late-arriving slacker, but just go with me here.
RMNB is a humble media empire about hockey, usually. Like 60-70 percent of the time, tops. We think the sport can be a lot of fun, and we want this place to be fun too. So this is our annual introduction thread. This year we’re adding a goofy icebreaker game: two truths and a lie.
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