Previewing the Washington Capitals 2021-22 season in the prevailing vocabulary of our time: vibes.
In this edition: The Caps are super old.
The Washington Capitals may turn to Connor McMichael with Alex Ovechkin day-to-day with a lower-body injury and now possibly questionable for the start of the season.
McMichael slotted in as the Capitals top line left wing at practice Sunday and skated with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson.
Martin Fehervary also looks to not only have made the team but will start the season skating next to John Carlson on the Capitals top defense pairing.
The Caps open the season in only three days against the New York Rangers.
While Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette was dodgy when asked about Nicklas Backstrom’s availability for next week’s Home Opener, he was a little more open about the progress of two other injured Caps players who are nursing injuries.
Starting goaltender Ilya Samsonov returned to the ice on Wednesday for the first time since playing in his first full the Capitals’ first full game of the preseason, a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, on October 2.
Capitals defenseman Martin Fehervary left Monday’s night preseason game against the Devils in the second period. According to the Capitals PR, Fehervary suffered an upper-body injury and would not return.
The Washington Capitals are already dealing with several injuries to important players.
It’s no secret that the two big names from the Capitals prospect pool that fans want to see make an impression this preseason are Martin Fehervary and Connor McMichael.
On a team that has the vast majority of NHL spots already locked down, Hershey Bears head coach Scott Allen believes that it will be up to the two youngsters to prove over the next few weeks that they not only belong at the next level but can stay there.
Vitek Vanecek, the Capitals starting goaltender last season, was tragically snatched up by the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion Draft on Wednesday. Vitek will form a battery in net with Chris Driedger (FLA) and Joey Daccord (OTT).
During the night, tributes poured in from Vitek’s former (sigh) Capitals’ teammates.
Despite the Capitals running out of gas against the Boston Bruins and losing their third consecutive first-round series, general manager Brian MacLellan is hesitant to commit to a youth movement for next season.
Speaking on Wednesday during Capitals’ Breakdown Day, GMBM was asked about who would take the next step among the organization’s top prospects. There was only one prospect who graduated and is currently slated for a full-time role with the Capitals in 2021-22. That player is left-handed shooting defenseman Martin Fehervary.
The Washington Capitals, who will play their final game of the regular season on Tuesday against the Boston Bruins, made a flurry of roster moves in the morning and later changed up the lines during practice to accommodate several players who were still missing.
The Washington Capitals announced three roster moves on Monday as Justin Schultz, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Ilya Samsonov returned to practice.
The most notable move was the Capitals re-assigned Pheonix Copley from Hershey to the team’s taxi squad after a less-than-stellar relief outing by Craig Anderson.
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