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Borowiecki Update, Kempny Leaving NHL, Vrana, Capitals

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It’s been an action-packed weekend across the NHL as teams continue to establish identities to open the season. This includes the Washington Capitals, who still have work to do to get off to an ugly start behind them despite an exciting comeback win over the Los Angeles Kings.

In other league news, former Capitals defenseman Michal Kempney has gone elsewhere after ending his contract with the Seattle Kraken. The NHL is also rallying around Mark Borowiecki, the Blue Liner for his Nashville Predators. The same goes for former Capital Jakub Vrana, who has the help he needs from the NHL and the NHLPA.

Here are all the breaking news, notes, gists and hot takes from last weekend.

Washington Capitals Links

  • Points as the Capitals came back again with a big win over the Kings with four goals in the third period. (White)
  • But despite these rallies, Washington is unhappy with their recent play and doesn’t think they live up to the Capitals’ hockey standards.
  • Still, don’t hit DC’s panic button early in the 2022-23 NHL season. (White)
  • Marcus Johansson, meanwhile, wants to let the league know that the Washington Capitals never get old. (White)
  • When it comes to youth, Joe Snively hopes to transcend his “Little Caps” story and DMV roots to establish himself as an NHL regular. (White)
  • Speaking of regulars, Conor McMichael has been a healthy scratch in all but one game this season. (White)

NHL Link

  • Here’s an update on Borowiecki, who was stretched out after an unnatural blow during Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators against Philadelphia. He has been discharged from the hospital and is resting at his home, but has been conscious and moving his limbs since playing. Good sign. (Tennessian)
  • John Tortorella turned the Flyers around. Why he called the locker room ‘divided’ and how he fixed it. Philadelphia Flyers (PHN)
  • The Reverse Retro Jersey is also here and these are the best and worst sweaters of the lot. Pittsburgh Penguins (PHN)
  • Meanwhile, back on the island, Lane Lambert’s club has some tough words ahead of the season opener. “Pity.” New York Islanders (NYIHN)
  • On the other end of the spectrum, the star looks… real. Dallas Stars (DHN)
  • When it comes to the Bruins, Nick Foligno is trying to find his identity again in Boston. Boston Bruins (BHN)

Sammi’s top shelf take

  • Former Capitals forward Jakub Vrana is thinking about joining the NHL Player Assistance Program.
  • Former Washington Top 4 player Kempney also started the next chapter of his career, leaving the NHL for Europe and returning to his hometown of Czech HC Sparta.
  • Bruce Boudreau and the Vancouver Canucks haven’t gotten the start they envisioned and have yet to win a game. 0-4-2 and blowing multiple leads. We have to wonder if he’s in the hot seat, but given his resume, he’ll probably find another gig if he gets fired.
  • Borowiecki is one of the best players I have spoken to in my young career. I wish him all the best.
  • I also enjoyed writing this story while traveling with the Capitals fathers.

Daddy Gos To Work: Capitals’ dad talks paternity, balancing NHL and kids

  • And another story about Dylan Strom, who, deep down, loves the Capitals’ “W” jersey for very good reasons.

Strome takes Capitals’ ‘W’ jersey to heart: ‘Something special’

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