Tuesday Caps Clips

Justin K. Aller

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Calle Jo heads home, Alex Ovechkin and Barry Trotz talk with - and about - each other in Vegas and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Reminder: Alex Ovechkin accepts his fourth-career Rocket Richard Trophy tonight (and some other guys get some other shiny stuff) at the NHL Awards at 7:00 pm.
  • He's already won his award, so Ovechkin was able to chat about other topics when he met with the media yesterday, including new head coach Barry Trotz... [Monumental videoNHL.comAPWaPo (and again), CSNW (with video, and again)]
  • ...who flew in to Vegas just to dine with his captain, and talk with Vogs about it. [Monumental video]
  • Assistant coach and former Cap Calle Johansson has decided to leave the District to return home to Sweden and be with his family. Safe travels, Calle Jo. [Dump 'n ChaseWaPoCSNW, RMNB]
  • Tacked on at the end of another great 30 Thoughts is a mention of a guy who could be Johansson's successor, current Pittsburgh assistant Todd Reirden. [CBC]
  • Breaking down the top-25 unrestricted free agents as we inch closer and closer to July 1. [ESPN ($)]
  • With Mikhail Grabovski's future in DC somewhat up in the air, take a look at the multitude of options available to fill the Caps' 2C spot. Again. [Rink]
  • GM Brian MacLellan's first big decision in an official capacity was to not use his second compliance buyout; he's taken some heat about it, but perhaps we shouldn't judge him on that one move. [DSP]
  • Last season (and the one before that) the Caps got off to a slow start - so maybe they should do the opposite of that if they want to extend their season past early April this time around. [CSNW]
  • If the Devils don't re-sign Martin Brodeur this summer, one potential landing spot for him is right here in DC. And you thought Halak in a Caps' jersey was weird... [NJ.com]
  • A look at what each of the teams in the Metro Division need at the upcoming Draft. How about good players for the Caps, not-so-good players for the other seven teams? No? [NHL.com]
  • The Caps have made some Draft Day trades in the past, and some of been more costly than others, with 20/20 hindsight. Fascinating. [RMNB]
  • But seriously, which Caps, current or former, could be headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame someday? [CSNW]
  • Multiple milestone matches that mattered. [Peerless]
  • Congrats to Caps' trainers Craig "Woody" Leydig and Brock Myles, who were honored for working their 2000th and 1500th games respectively at this year's PHATS/SPHEM annual conference. [washingtoncaps]
  • The NHL schedule was revealed over the weekend; now our pals over at On the Forecheck bring you... the SUPER SCHEDULE. [OtF]
  • Also from On the Forecheck, a Game of Thrones ranking of the 30 NHL teams. No comment on which of us have never seen the show and therefore don't get it. [OtF]
  • Finally, happy 49th birthday to Alain Raymond.
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