Monday Caps Clips: Time to Go

Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: training camp gets underway with Eric Fehr but without Brooks Laich, Tom Poti heads to Hershey and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Updates from Day 1 of Training Camp 2013:
    • After a long layoff, the Caps are ready to start the sprint to April... [WaPo (with photos), Dump 'n Chase, Wash Times (and more), District of Hockey, Caps OT (Oates, Walton & Vogel) and loads of player interviews on Caps365]
    • ...and they're ready to do so under the helm of new head coach Adam Oates, who finally got his first look at his new team and appears to have won them over. [Yahoo!, WNST]
    • They weren't the only ones primed and ready to go, as hockey-starved fans packed the stands on Day 1 to welcome the boys home. [DSP, RMNB]
    • One face missing from the ice was Brooks Laich, who is, to quote George McPhee, "not quite ready yet". Vague injury updates? Hockey's really back, guys!! [WaPo, CSNW, DSP]
    • Are the guys who played overseas during the lockout in better shape than those who didn't? [DSP]
  • The Caps assigned Tom Poti to the Hershey Bears for a conditioning assignment... [WaPo, Wash Times, Patriot-News]
  • ...where he promptly scored a power play goal in Hershey's 5-0 shellacking of Connecticut. No big deal, it just came exactly two years and a day removed from his last professional hockey game. [Caps, AHL, Patriot-News, LDNews, SHOE (and again)]
  • It's official: Eric Fehr is back in the fold, as he signed his one-year, $600,000 contract at Kettler yesterday. [@EricFehr, Caps, Wash Times, CSNW, WaPo]
  • Predictions and expectations for the season ahead, where consistency will be key. [Sick Unbelievable (and again), RLS]
  • Is Adam Oates the right coach for Alex Ovechkin? Sounds like the Great 8 seems to think so. [CSNW, Ed Frankovic]
  • Breaking down the travel miles that lie ahead in the 2013 season - not surprisingly, the Caps have a slightly easier travel schedule than, say, the Minnesota Wild. [OtF]
  • With the Redskins' season over and Robert Griffin III on the shelf, it's time for Ovechkin and friends to pick up the baton. [Caps Outsider]
  • Getting ready for the season as only they can. [Puck Buddys]
  • And finally, happy 43rd birthday to Eric Charron, happy 48th birthday to our pal Alan May... and of course, mega super birthday wishes to our intrepid leader, J.P.!
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