Tuesday Caps Clips

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The latest on The Franchise and the search for the men who will coach and generally manage around him.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The latest on Alex Ovechkin:
    • First things first, the Caps issued the following statement: "Following our review of the available medical reports, Alex Ovechkin sustained a right leg injury during Team Russia's game versus Germany. This type of injury requires rest, but based on the current information provided, we are confident that Alex will be completely healthy prior to the start of training camp. We will continue to monitor his progress and request additional tests and medical information for our review. Once our medical staff receives and reviews that information, we will be able to make a better determination of the injury. We will share information with our fans as it becomes available." So yeah, not as bad as initially feared.
    • Heck, the Russians haven't even ruled him out for the medal round of this tourney yet (though common sense probably has). [WaPo, CSNW]
    • What does it mean for Team Russia? [MK.ru (link in Russian, so use Google to translate or get a Russian friend or something)]
    • Lastly, the IIHF likes NHL talent in its little tourney, so German forward (I think... who cares?) Marcus Kink was suspended for a game for the hit. [Puck Daddy]
  • Mikhail Grabovski is over in Minsk playing for his country, not a new contract (though if he wanted to sign one here some time soon, that'd be cool). [CPRMNB]
  • A look back at the season that was for...
  • If you were an up-and-coming general manager with your choice of taking that job in Washington, Pittsburgh or Vancouver, where are you headed? [WaPo]
  • So many questions, so few answers (but so many words!). [CSNW]
  • And how about some coaching thoughts? [CSNW, THW]
  • Back to Ovi for a moment, he's dishing on his dream linemates and (spoiler alert) Nicklas Backstrom didn't make the cut. Awk. Ward. [RMNB]
    • Statistical Sidenote 1: Perhaps it's not surprising that Sergei Fedorov is his center - Ovi has his highest five-on-five Corsi-For percentage with Fedorov among skaters with whom he's skated more than about 65 minutes (62.1% in 190 minutes). If only Feds had been looking for that pass against Philly...
    • Statistical Sidenote 2: Perhaps it's not surprising that Alexander Semin is his right wing (yes, in his dreams, Ovi still plays on the left side) - the two Sashas had a 64.6 five-on-five Goals-For percentage in 1,400 minutes, the highest mark for any forward with whom Ovechkin has skated at least 90 minutes.
  • Former Caps bench boss Adam Oates (feels good just typing that) would love to coach the Canucks. The rest of the Pacific Division would also love that. [CSNW]
  • Should the Caps be interested in Ryan Miller? A thoughtful list of the pros and cons. [RMNB]
  • So who's this Christian Djoos guy, anyway? [THW]
  • Speaking of Caps prospects, here's ten of 'em, ranked. [THW]
  • A Caps baseball, because why not? (My guess is a Nats puck would be easier to paint.) [Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, happy 49th birthday, Bruce Cassidy.
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