Friday Caps Clips

Greg Fiume

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The status of the Caps' "window of opportunity", a few players who could return to earth in '13-'14, one who could take off and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Realignment, goalie talk and ranking the all-time Caps' sweaters in this week's installment of the #JapersMailbag - you keep asking, we'll keep answering. [Rink]
  • Newly engaged and just a few months shy of his 28th birthday, Mike Green could be poised for a huge season. Of course, the "if he stays healthy" part is always implied. [CSNW]
  • The Caps are introduced to their new conference rivals in Detroit as a team that will probably make the playoffs this year but whose window of opportunity to go deep is closing. Wait, there's more to the playoffs after the first round?? [MLive]
  • Next up on the 10 best games of the season to come: Nathan MacKinnon, newly re-signed captain Gabriel Landeskog... and the Return of Semyon Varlamov. [CSNW]
  • Another piece on players who overachieved last year, another Troy Brouwer mention. Weird, it's almost as if people think a shooting percentage of 17.1% is unsustainable... [THN]
  • It's not hard to believe that John Carlson would be a valuable commodity in the fantasy hockey world in 2013-14. Slightly harder to believe that RAHJC is a sleeper of any kind, but that's okay. [THW]
  • Reflections on a renewed "MetroPatrick" rivalry with the Devils. The rivalry can come back; the hideous - yes, I said it, hideous - Christmas tree jerseys can stay in the past. [Peerless]
  • The Saginaw Spirit have released Caps' Development Camp invitee Dalton Young after he stabbed his girlfriend's dad and tried to steal a police rifle. Well, yeah. [MLive]
  • More on the upcoming rookie game between the Caps' and Flyers' prospects September 9, this time from the enemy. [Flyers]
  • Steve Oleksy is training hard back home in Michigan, but still seems to be on cloud nine after his first NHL season. Love this guy. [MiHockeyNow]
  • Finally, the well-kitted camera crew and menacing security detail indicated that something unusual was going on in the Czech hockey arena. Sure enough, it was Alexandr Ovečkin getting his Nike on and once again doing his own stunts in a winter wonderland. [denik.cz, tyden.cz, iSport.cz (all links in Czech)]
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