Nicklas Backstrom

It was inevitable—or seemingly so for seasoned skeptics. The NHL has paused their season amid the spread of the Omicron variant. An optimist might consider it an extended holiday break. The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers were two of six teams scheduled to skate one last time on Tuesday night before the pause. Yet, in
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The Washington Capitals head into training camp in Arlington, Virginia, this month following one of the quietest offseasons in recent memory. Washington’s biggest trade over the summer was acquiring goaltender Vitek Vanecek (“A week after losing Vitek Vanecek to Seattle, Capitals reacquire goalie from Kraken,” The Washington Post, July 28, 2021) from the Seattle Kraken
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