Friday Caps Clips

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Alex Ovechkin returns to the lineup, Gretzky likely out of the running in DC and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • What the Caps should go for in the Draft, what they've got in the pipeline and what is taking so long to fill the GM role in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. [Rink]
  • Vogs looks at the coaching search and the team's history at such pursuits. A history of hiring a coach a month after the last coach was fired, you say? Hmm... [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Remember all of the reports about Wayne Gretzky coming to work for the Caps? Here, have some reports saying the complete opposite. Hooray! [CBS SportsPHTCSNW (video)]
    • Nobody tell John Feinstein. He'll be heartbroken. And he might be the only one. [WaPo]
  • The season in review:
  • What went wrong for the Caps in 2013-14... [Rotoworld]
  • ...and what their plans could - or should - be this offseason. [TSN]
  • Updates from the World Championships in Minsk:
    • After a scary hit and scarier exit against Germany, Ovechkin was back in the lineup for Russia's quarterfinal match, a win over the upstart team from France. [NHLIIHFPHTAPCSNW and again), WaPoRMNB]
    • Alas, it's the end of the road for Joel Ward, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and the rest of Team Canada after being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Team Finland. [NHLIIHFToronto SunCP24]
    • Mikhail Grabovski and host country Belarus also bowed out, falling in a tight game against Sweden. [IIHF]
    • According to his brother Maxim, Dmitry Orlov underwent surgery on the arm injury he sustained early in the tournament. [TVN-TV.ru (and the video, for those Russian speakers among us)]
  • Congrats to Ovechkin on his nomination for "Sickest Moves" at the prestigious Kids' Choice Sports Awards. His fellow nominees include, among others... Sidney Crosby. Of course. [WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 58th birthday to Tom Rowe.
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