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- Washington and Nashville brokered a surprise blockbuster trade on Saturday, with the Caps' 2012 7th-rounder, defenseman Jaynen Rissling, headed to Nashville in exchange for the Perds' 7th round pick in the 2014 draft. [NHL.com, RMNB, On the Forecheck]
- We all knew that the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, with a new coach, new systems, and no preseason would probably find the team not at its best, but surely a full schedule and proper training camp would bring success. Surely? [Peerless]
- The NHL's man-games lost to injury, quantified as percentages of cap hit. [Springing Malik]
- Confident Braden Holtby became much less confident as he worked to make the changes to the Oatesian systems. [WaPo]
- Inventorying the Caps' UFA cupboard. [THW]
- The Hershey Bears won their playing-for-pride final game of the season, but larger questions loom this summer. [Patriot-News]
- The Reading Royals prevailed in Game Two with the Komets, and they will take their 1-1 series split on the road to Fort Wayne on Thursday. [ECHL]
Andre Burakovsky scored his 10th post-season goal in Game Two, but the Otters will return to the ConnorDome on Monday in an 0-2 hole versus Guelph.
- Caps prospect d-men Madison Bowey and Garrett Haar and their teams have each won a game in the WCF. They play again in Portland on Tuesday. Bowey is 2-1-3 in the series. Here's one of his goals.
- Finally, happy 64th birthday to Mike "Light the" Lampman.