Ilya Samsonov, Michal Kempny Miss First Day Of Phase Three For Capitals

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Goaltender Ilya Samsonov in addition to defensemen Michal Kempny and Alexander Alexeyev, who could be a black ace when the Washington Capitals‘ round-robin slate begins against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, August 3 in Toronto, missed the first day of Phase Three for the team. The Capitals, as well as the other 23 teams resuming play, are not allowed to disclose injuries, absences, or positive COVID-19 test results, in order to protect player privacy, according to the agreement between the NHL and players’ association.

The league will now handle all announcements regarding COVID-19 cases on a weekly basis, typically in a Monday’s. The NHL announced on today that six more players tested positive for COVID-19 this week, including one that was not in phase two protocol.

Samsonov was replaced by Capitals assistant coach Brett Leonhardt during the team’s first practice.

Captain Alex Ovechkin, who is eligible to sign a contract extension as his expires after the 2020-21 NHL season, said he has not started negotiations with the Capitals yet. (More here)

A staff worker at MedStar Capitals Iceplex spent about half an hour disinfecting, mopping, and wiping down the bench area between the camp sessions.

Practice Groups

Forwards T.J. Oshie and Ilya Kovalchuk participated despite not skating with the team during phase two.

The Capitals released the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoff guide later on Monday afternoon. You can find it here.

Around The NHL

  • Toronto Maple Leafs C Auston Matthews confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19 last month but was asymptomatic
  • The Minnesota Wild extended head coach Dean Evason’s contract by two years
  • The Montreal Canadiens signed F prospect Alexander Romanov to a three-year entry-level contract

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By Harrison Brown

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