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Tuesday Caps Clips: Return of the Paralyzer

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Ovechkin opens up, Tom Wilson continues to impress, the goalies will duke it out and more.

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Day 2 of training camp is in the books as we head into the halfway point of Training Camp 2013:
    • Assorted news and notes from Kettler [Japers' Rink, Capitals Voice, WaPo, THN, DSP (and again), Wash Times]
    • The story of the week so far is Tom Wilson, as the Caps' 16th overall pick from last summer's draft (and a last-minute invitee) is already making an impression. [WaPo, Examiner, Wash Times, CSNW, Sick Unbelievable]
    • Alex Ovechkin could see some time on the right wing this year... and it was his idea. [CBC, Wash Times, WaPo]
    • Mike Green is getting something from the new coaching staff that has perhaps been lacking in recent years: clarity. [WaPo]
    • Goalie controversy!! ...okay, not really. But with just forty-eight games to play, Coach Oates is going to take advantage of having two young, able-bodied netminders at his disposal. [WaPo, NBCW, Examiner, Wash Times]
    • Not even those able-bodied netminders could stand up to Matt Hendricks' patented "Paralyzer" move in yesterday's shootout practice, though. So beautiful. So deadly. [HockeyShopped, RMNB]
    • If you're craving something more hockey-esque than the usual training camp drills, swing by Kettler at around 10:30 a.m. today when the Reading Royals will be in town for a friendly intra-organizational scrimmage. [Ted's Take, ReadingEagle]
  • If you wanted to know Alex Ovechkin's thoughts on everything from his last three coaches to his wife-to-be, you're in luck, as the captain opens up. [CSNW (Part 1, Part 2)]
  • He may not have coached a game yet, but Adam Oates is already having an impact on his team - right down to the twigs they use. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Oates has big shoes to fill - meet Wendy Marco, the woman responsible for helping to keep some of the boys in tip-top shape during the lockout. [Hockeyshopped]
  • With so many questions facing the Caps, will they have time to answer them? [KK, Caps Outsider]
  • Speaking of questions, there are plenty of them, both on- and off-ice. [DSP]
  • The NHL and NHLPA made a big mistake with the lockout, and it's going to take more than a slogan and a few apologies to make it better. [BrooksLaichyear]
  • More on Tom Poti's triumphant return to the ice after a two-year absence. [WTOP]
  • Playing in the AHL during the lockout could be beneficial to many of the league's young stars, including goalie Braden Holtby... [NHL]
  • ...who is one to watch this season (along with his captain). [TSN, CBC]
  • We all know that Brooks Laich is not an easy player to replace, but while he's on the shelf the Caps will attempt to do so by committee. [Wash Times]
  • No surprise here but the Penguins' visit to DC on Super Bowl Sunday is one of the key games to put on the calendar in this shortened season. [CBC]
  • Introducing Mike Ribeiro! [DC Pro Sports]
  • Take 5 with Joel Ward! [Capitals Voice, and check out Ed Frankovic's blog for more on Ward's health and... the Baltimore Ravens?]
  • 'Tis the season to predict, rank and make bold proclamations:
    • Just how many games will Braden Holtby start? [Sick Unbelievable]
    • After a disappointing 2011-12 season, not surprising to see Ovechkin ranked so low... but Nicklas Backstrom not even cracking the top 30? Oookay. [TSN]
    • The Caps will miss the playoffs because of goaltending. Oh, and Tom Poti played 21 games last season. Must have missed that. [Puck Daddy]
  • Former Cap-turned-current Cap Eric Fehr is very happy to have turned a successful outing in Finland into a contract with his old team... [Examiner]
  • ...but perhaps not as happy as his biggest fan in the whole world. Aww. [RMNB]
  • And speaking of fans being unable to contain themselves, this kid just couldn't hold it in. Eww. [DCSN]
  • As the Hershey Bears prepare to take their game outside, a very cool look back at outdoor games in hockey history. [SHOE]
  • Michal Neuvirth's got a shiny new mask, and it fittingly pays tribute to one of the franchise's best. [DC Sports Bog, CapsOT]
  • At least one Georgetown resident is ready for hockey and isn't afraid to show it. [@CapsYouthHockey]
  • Finally, happy 60th birthday to Randy Holt.