Capitals revamp goaltenders with addition of Kuemper and Lindgren

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other off-season moves, NHL.com takes a look at where each team stands heading into the 2022-23 regular season, which begins Oct. 7. Today, the Washington Capitals:

Season 2021-22: 44-26-12, fourth in the Metropolitan Division; lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs

Key arrivals

Darcy KuemperG: After winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche last season, the 32-year-old signed a five-year contract July 13 to become the Capitals’ No. Kuemper tied for fourth in the NHL in wins (37-12-4) and shutouts (five), was fifth in save percentage (.921) and 11th in goals-against average (2. 54) in 57 regular season games (all starts) last season. He was 10-4 with a 2.57 GAA, .902 save percentage and one shutout in 16 playoff games (all starts). … Dylan StromF: The 25-year-old signed a one-year contract on July 14 to help replace the center Nicklas Backstrom, who is recovering from left hip resurfacing surgery. Strome had 48 points (an NHL career-high 22 goals, 26 assists) in 69 regular-season games with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. … Connor BrownF: The 28-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on July 13 for a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. Brown, who had 39 points (10 goals, 29 assists) in 64 games with the Senators last season, should help replace Thomas Wilson while the striker is recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. … Charlie LindgrenG: The 28-year-old signed a three-year contract on July 13 to be Kuemper’s replacement. Lindgren was 5-0-0 with a 1.22 GAA and .958 save percentage in five regular season games (four starts) with the St. Louis Blues last season and a 24-7-1 with a 2.21 GAA, .925 save percentage and three shutouts in 34 regular season games with Springfield of the American Hockey League. … Erik GustafssonD: The 30-year-old signed a one-year contract on July 13. Gustafsson had 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) in 59 games with the Blackhawks last season.

Video: TBL@COL, GM2: Kuemper ups Avs with shutout

Key departures

Ilya SamsonovG: The Capitals decided not to make a qualifying offer to Samsonov to retain his restricted free agent rights, and he signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 13. percentage and three shutouts in 44 regular season games (39 starts) and 1-3 with a 2.97 GAA and .912 save percentage in five playoff games (four starts) last season. … Vitek VanecekG: He was traded with a second-round pick (#46) in the 2022 NHL Draft to the New Jersey Devils on July 8 for a second-round pick (#37) and a third-round pick (# 70) in the 2022 draft. Vanecek, a restricted free agent who signed a three-year contact with the Devils on July 19, was 20-12-6 with a 2.67 GAA, save percentage of .908 and four shutouts in 42 regular season games (39 starts) and 1-1 with a 4.21 GAA and .863 save percentage in two playoff games (two starts) last season. … justin schultzD: He signed a two-year contract with the Seattle Kraken on July 13. Schultz had 23 points (four goals, 19 assists) in 74 regular season games and three points (one goal, two assists) in six playoff games last season. … Michel KempnyD: He signed a one-year contract with the Kraken on July 25. Kempny, a member of the Capitals’ 2018 Stanley Cup-winning team, had two points (one goal, one assist) in 15 regular-season games last season. … John LarssonF: An unrestricted free agent, Larsson had six points (one goal, five assists) in 14 regular season games and two assists in six playoff games with Washington after being acquired in a trade from the Arizona Coyotes on March 21.

About

Lucas JohansenD: The 24-year-old, who was selected with the 28th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, re-emerged as one of the Capitals’ top prospects last season after being injury-limited the previous two seasons and is expected to compete for a spot in the third defensive pair in training camp. Johansen had 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 62 games with Hershey in the AHL last season and made his NHL debut against the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 31, recording one assist. … Hendrix LapierreF: The 20-year-old, who was the 22nd pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, scored one goal in six NHL games early last season before being sent to Acadie-Bathurst of the Major Junior Hockey League of Quebec. Lapierre, who has 51 points (21 goals, 30 assists) in 40 games with Acadie-Bathurst, will likely start this season at Hershey after signing Strome pushed him down the center depth chart, but could be one of the first reminders. .

What they still need

To regain health. The additions of Strome and Brown will help bridge the gap, but Wilson isn’t expected to play until December, and it’s unclear when Backstrom will be able to return. Forward Carl HagelinThe future of is also uncertain due to an eye injury.

They said it

“It was the goal as free agency that we wanted to change our goalie, and we accomplished that. I feel good with the two guys we’ve had, and I can’t wait to start the season with both of them in goal. — General Manager Brian MacLellan

Fantastic focus

With Backstrom expected to be out long-term, the Capitals have a few options to fill the second-line void in Strome’s 25-and-under centers, Connor McMichael and Lapierre. Strome, who played mostly on a line with elite wings Patrick Kane and Alex De Brincat for the Blackhawks last season, had their third-most 5-for-5 points per 60 minutes (2.12; minimum 200 games) behind Kane (2.51) and center Jonathan Toews (2.16) and ahead of DeBrincat (2.03) in the four regular seasons since joining in 2018-19. Strome should be seen as a deep fantasy sleeper with a chance to play on the second line with wings TJ Oshie, Antoine Mantha and/or brown. –Pete Jensen

Video: ANA@CHI: Strome scores 3 goals for his 2nd hat trick

Projected programming

Alex OvechkinYevgeny Kuznetsov -Connor Brown

Anthony Mantha — Dylan Strome — Conor Sheary

Connor McMichael — Lars Eller –TJ Oshie

Marcus JohanssonNic DowdGarnet Hathaway

Martin FehervaryJohn Carlson

Dmitry OrlovNick Jensen

Erik Gustafsson — Trevor Van Riemsdyk

Darcy Kuemper

Charlie Lindgren

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