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Thursday Caps Clips: Lots of Love for Orlov

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photo via <a href="http://tictactoehockey.blogspot.com/2009/07/dev-camp-pic-of-day-715.html">TTT Hockey</a> (and make sure to click through - this thumbnail does the picture little justice)
photo via TTT Hockey (and make sure to click through - this thumbnail does the picture little justice)

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Today at Development Camp: 10 a.m.: Group B on ice; 11:15 a.m.: Group A on ice; 3:30 p.m.: Intrasquad scrimmage.
  • Day three of Development Camp in the books...
    • This may be John Carlson's camp, but it was Dmitri Orlov's day, and he is well on his way to being this summer's revalation (which isn't entirely surprising). A sampling of the praise: He "was adept at keeping the puck in at the blueline on the power play and was solid all over the ice. His passes were sharp and he showed a willingness to use his body." (Vogs) He "has big-hit ability to go with his big shot. (Tarik). And so on.
    • Team White beat Team Blue in the first scrimmage of camp, with Team White getting goals from Michal Dubuc (3), Trevor Bruess and Sean Backman and solid goaltending from Braden Holtby (pictured, and awesomely) and Team Blue getting tallies from Dmitry Kugryshev, Carlson and Orlov.
    • Additional practice/scrimmage coverage from CK (who has video evidence of Stefan Della Rovere knocking Joe Finley over), Puckhead's Thoughts and Peerless (twice), as well as pics from Caps In Pictures (here, too).
    • Della Rovere was a wrecking ball all day (until he hurt himself, that is), which is just Delly being Delly. [Washington Times]
    • Trevor Bruess was impressed by the crowd and Joe Finley was impressed by Trevor Bruess.
    • 2009 fifth-round pick Brett Flemming "looks like a hockey player." [Welcome to the Show]
  • Alex Ovechkin thinks GMGM isn't done tinkering with the team. [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • The NHL schedule was released yesterday afternoon, and the Caps are likely looking at five appearances on Hockey Night in Canada (including the first Saturday of the season and a game in Montreal in late November that is about "50/50" to be played at Olympic Stadium), one NBC game (you'll never guess against whom) and potentially seven appearances on Versus (including Opening Night).
  • The Caps will be racking up more frequent flyer miles than they did a year ago. [On the Forecheck]
  • The League blew it by leaving the Caps out of the Winter Classic. [ESPN]
  • The League also blew it by not re-launching the season post-Olympics with a Caps/Pens game on the Mall. [Globe & Mail]
  • The Caps have a doozy of a schedule for the first half of October with a softer end to the month. Anyone want to wager the half in which they perform better? [CK]
  • You know you're a legend when you walk into a building that has a two-story tall banner of your likeness hanging at one end of the main rink, and that's what Dale Hunter saw in person for the first time yesterday. Tarik caught up with him, as did Vogs (video).
  • In case you missed it, Jeff Schultz didn't sign his Qualifying Offer by yesterday's 5:00 p.m. deadline. Or did he? He didn't. Or did he?
  • Olie Kolzig's charity golf tourney is this weekend, in case you happen to be in the neighborhood. [KNDO]
  • On this day back in 1990, the St. Louis Blues signed Scott Stevens. Grr...
  • Finally, Happy 43rd Birthday to Mikhail Tatarinov.