Monday Caps Clips

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps lock up a few more players, looking ahead to the season in Hershey, and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Caps have signed defenseman Nate Schmidt to a one-year, two-way deal; that leaves them with just one unsigned RFA, Cameron Schilling. [CapsWaPoPatriot-NewsStars and Sticks]
  • In other signing news, it looks like they've also inked goaltender and 2014 draft pick Vitek Vanacek to an entry-level contract. [PHTRMNB]
  • New Caps' defenseman Matt Niskanen worked with new Caps' assistant coach Todd Reirden for two years in Pittsburgh, which was a big reason why Niskanen chose to head to DC. [CSNW]
  • He, along with Ted Leonsis, had many nice things to say about much-maligned Brooks Orpik. [WaPo]
  • Leonsis also spoke to the need for the team to be completely in sync from top to bottom... something that has been missing in recent years, for sure. [CSNW]
  • A few Development Camp leftovers:
    • Garrett Haar has had a rocky couple of years career-wise, but he believes that experience has helped him to grow on and off the ice. [WaPo]
    • Looking at camp standout Andre Burakovsky and the organization's decision to move him, at least for now, to center. [Stars and Sticks]
    • Jakub Vrana's shootout move in the first scrimmage of Development Camp was pretty sweet - so sweet that it made the cut of the top five of the summer so far, so there's that. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Hershey Bears, like the Caps, narrowly missed making the playoffs after a long stretch of postseason appearances. And like the Caps, they're hoping to improve in 2014-15. [CSNW]
  • One of the things they'll have to contend with will be revised overtime rules in the AHL. [Patriot-News]
  • Along with Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward, Eric Fehr was one of the Caps' stars for the 2013-14 season. [THW]
  • And while we're reflecting, how about a fancy look at 2010-11? [BrooksLaichyear]
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