Thursday Caps Clips

Mattias Sjogren, via Caps In Pictures

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Caps365 video (daily recap, Boudreau), FanPost, Caps In Pictures (pics)]
    • It's here... the first game day of 2011-12. [WashTimes (Whyno)]
    • Mattias Sjogren is very much in the mix for a spot on the Caps' opening night roster. [DCEx (McNally, with a bit more here), CSN Washington (Gormley), ESPN (Sonier, $)]
    • In other "Swedes using 'ass' in a sentence" news, Marcus Johansson is certain not become complacent, lest he get his kicked. [CI (Carrera)]
    • One common theme that's come out of Kettler this week is the Caps' emphasis on conditioning. [OFB]
    • And speaking of conditioning, Jeff Schultz has been doing a lot of it this summer (something he was unable to do a year ago) and is hoping it'll pay off. [CI (El-Bashir)]
    • It looks as if Michal Neuvirth is going to be rocking a lot of red this season. [CI (Carrera)]
    • Get to know the South Carolina Stingrays' new bench boss, Spencer Carbery. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Elsewhere, if you were waiting for a transcription of Ted Leonsis's latest defense of his general manager, head coach and most mercurial player, you're in luck. [DC Sports Bog, CI (Carrera)]
  • A sobering look at the playoffs in The Playoffs Era. [Peerless]
  • Most everything you'd need to know surrounding next week's Baltimore Hockey Classic. [Baltimore Is Awesome]
  • A look ahead to Tomas Vokoun's 2011-12. [RtR]
  • Three of the five "coaching situations to watch" involve gentlemen who have spent time behind the Caps bench (including the man who paces back there currently). [SI (Hackel)]
  • The Capitals Radio Network has a new page on the team's site, with affiliate information, among other bits of info. [Capitals]
  • The latest on Steffen Soberg. [Hockeyramblings]
  • Happy 53rd birthday to Joel Quenneville and happy 58th to Ken Houston.
  • We've updated our Caps Convention After Party page with the evening's drink specials (including limited free beer and deals on craft beer), so check it out and get your free tickets now, because without a ticket... no deals for you. [RSVP]
  • Finally (and on a self-congratulatory note), thanks to everyone who voted for us for CBS Washington's Most Valuable Sports Blogger award and thanks to that site's editors, as we won both the People's and Editor's Choice awards. We're under no illusions as to what those accolades mean, but even if it's no more than "we could annoy the most people into voting for us," that's pretty cool too. So thanks.

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