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Saturday Caps Clips: All is Well

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Nicklas Backstrom has good news, a couple of Caps bury the hatchet, more players arrive in DC and more.

Patrick McDermott

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Great news out of Kettler yesterday, as Nicklas Backstrom skated with his teammates for the first time and then uttered the two sweetest words ever: "No concussion." [Caps365, WaPo (and again), Wash Times (and again, more), Examiner, CSNW, DSP, NHL]
  • More great news: after a bit of a war of words during the lockout, Roman Hamrlik and Troy Brouwer have kissed and made up. N'awww. [Wash Times, CSNW, WaPo]
  • Yes, yes, we know... you're sick of the new CBA already. We are, too. But because we can't help ourselves (and because DGB could make anything funny), here are five lingering questions about the new agreement. [Grantland]
  • After a breakout performance in the playoffs and a strong start to the season with Hershey, Braden Holtby is primed for a big 2013... [Sportsnet]
  • ...but he'll still have to earn that net, because his competition just got back into town. [RMNB]
  • Of course they'd both better be looking over their shoulders or they'll be replaced by the guy in the video booth. We missed you, Stretch! [DCSN]
  • The Caps are trying to make nice by kicking off their Fan First Program, but to some gestures and canned "thank yous" are simply not enough. [ESPN, RMNB]
  • And for one fan, our pal Peerless, enough is enough. [Peerless]
  • With camp lasting just five or six days, the pressure will be on all thirty coaching staffs to get their teams in gear and hit the ground running. [WTOP, SI]
  • Speaking of pressure, Mike Ribeiro will probably be feeling it, as he'll be expected to wear a number of hats for the Caps this year. [Puck Daddy]
  • Previewing the 2013 season - can the Caps be a success or will this just be a transition year? You decide. [THW]
  • According to TSN's power rankings, the Edmonton Oilers are above the Caps. Well, sure... because they haven't played any games yet. [TSN]
  • With NHL hockey on its way back to our nation's capital, the ripple effect is being felt in both Hershey and Reading. [Caps Outsider]
  • Count CBS Sports Radio 1300 in Baltimore as the latest to join the ever-expanding Caps Radio Network. [Capitals Voice]
  • As his NHL expatriates return to North America, KHL GM and former Cap (still surreal to type that) Sergei Fedorov may be looking to lace 'em up again. [Voice of Russia]
  • Finally, happy 35th birthday to Josef Boumedienne, happy 52nd to Daryl Evans, and happy 46th to Ulf Dahlen.