Thursday Caps Clips: Welcome Back

Justin K. Aller

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Tom Wilson earns praises, Mike Green is ready for danger, Grabovski skates and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Mike Green has a full, healthy offseason under his belt for the first time in years and is finally ready to get back to being awesome and dangerous. Sláinte, Mike. [NHL.com]
  • Evaluating the Caps' first week of training camp. [CSNW]
  • While many of the NHL's goalies might be dreading the new goalie pad restrictions, Braden Holtby is all for it and has great reasons behind his thinking. [CSNWPHT]
  • After being traded three times in the last year, Casey Wellman is settling in to the Caps organization and looking forward to settling down. [Patriot-News]
  • So it sounds like Adam Oates might really like this Tom Wilson kid. Hmm. [WaPoExpressCSNW]
  • Connor Carrick is also a fan, and has some good memories of playing alongside Wilson in the playoffs. Ah, l'amour. [RMNB]
  • Speaking of Wilson, his great finish on Nathan Walker's even more awesome pass against Boston Tuesday night did the impossible - it actually cracked Sportscenter's Top 10. [Caps Outsider]
  • A few more leftovers from Tuesday's Baltimore Hockey Classic:
    • Some quick hits from Charm City. [KK]
    • Alex Ovechkin has had to dodge plenty of dangers in his career - big hits, high sticks, crazy reporters, and now, a vengeful piece of arena glass. [Bog]
    • Yeah, about that. This whole "let's play hockey in Baltimore" thing needs some increased safety measures if they're going to try for a third one. [DSP]
    • Video of the wayward crab that found its way onto the ice in Charm City. Hey, wonder if it plays defense. [Bog]
  • Joe Beninati weighs in with his thoughts on the Baltimore Hockey Classic and Adam Oates's coaching style. [WNST (audio)]
  • New Cap Mikhail Grabovski is one of the Eastern conference players who could - hopefully - have a breakout season this year... [Sportsnet]
  • ...which is why he's also on a list of some of the top potential UFAs next summer. Because it's never too soon for that. [Sportsnet]
  • A few of the Caps are sounding somewhat confident about the team's chances this year, which really is great. Just don't let it move from confidence to complacency. [CBS DC]
  • A response to ESPN's ranking of top goaltenders with a "real" ranking... which somehow has Holtby even lower than before, and trailing Tim Thomas and Cam Ward. [Raw Charge]
  • Counting down to opening night by the elements. In other words, the only way 'Jay Beagle' and 'magnesium' get used in the same blog post. [Peerless]
  • Grabovski is finally here and there's photographic proof. Also included, proof that Olie Kolzig secretly longed to play forward all these years. [Bog]
  • It's a new year and the New Year for hockey fans - which means it's time for some New Year's resolutions. Shooooooot! [Grantland]
  • Previewing the Metropolitan Division as only our pals over at Lighthouse Hockey can. [LHHockey]
  • If you're headed to the Caps Convention Saturday, be sure to get there by 10 for a "major announcement". I swear, if it's just that there's a new bobblehead... [CapsPHT]
  • And the first player in the NHL to get slapped with two minutes for tucking in the jersey is... wait for it... former Cap Alexander Semin. [@ice_chip]
  • Finally, happy 52nd birthday to Don Beaupre and happy [belated... stupid lying Internets!] 56th to Craig Laughlin, who will captain one of the teams in tonight's alumni game - good luck to all!

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