Your savory breakfast links:
- In case you missed it, the IIHF suspended Evgeny Kuznetsov for four years after he tested positive for a banned substance. The announcement came at 8:00 AM, and the NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daley, the Capitals, and Kuznetsov all released statements within a few hours. [Washington Post, NBCSW]
- Former Caps defenseman John Erskine was charged by the Ontario Provincial Police for a May car crash that left him severely injured. He is scheduled to appear in court in November. [Kingston Whig-Standard]
- Michal Kempny took the ice yesterday for the first time since his season-ending hamstring injury on March 20. On a day that was marred by some less-than-stellar Capitals news, the sight of a skating Kempny was certainly a bright spot. [NoVa Caps]
Michal Kempny is skating with a trainer before the #Caps’ informal skate. Kempny, of course, is working his way back from season-ending hamstring injury. (And that’s Lars Eller working with a skills coach along the wall.) pic.twitter.com/4DXY3vL5Cd— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) August 23, 2019
- Turning to the minors: Axel Jonsson-Fjallby the next Capitals superstar? Signs could be pointing to a breakout season with the Hershey Bears... [StarsandSticks]
- Finally, happy 60th birthday to Gary Sampson and happy 46th to Andrew Brunette!