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Friday Caps Clips: Finishing Touches

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps take to the Verizon Center ice, Ted Leonsis takes to the airwaves, and everyone puts their last preseason takes in pixels.

Rob Carr

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Notes and assorted whatnot from yesterday out at Kettler... and last night out at Verizon Center:
  • Business is business! And business must grow, regardless of crummies in tummies, you know. [Caps365 video (Leonsis), DC Sports Bog (and again), DCEx (and again and again), WaPo, WashTimes, CSNW, 106.7 The Fan (audio), WTOP (audio), NBC4 (video), RMNB]
  • Alex Ovechkin is all growed up... [WaPo]
  • ... making his GM happy... [DC Sports Bog]
  • ... getting the boss's blessing to go to Sochi... [WaPo, WashTimes, DCEx]
  • ... and a prediction for happiness under his new coach... [RMNB]
  • ... but not the stat geek's forecast to break Peter Bondra's short-season goal mark. [WaPo, TSN]
  • "Face it Caps. This is your best goalie, your best in years. Embrace it. Go with it." [WashTimes]
  • All that said... has the window closed? [WashTimes (with more on the strange campaign ahead here)]
  • Tremendous post by Vogs on what Adam Oates intends to do to awaken a dormant power play. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • As a former standout at Colorado College, we can go ahead and say that Jack Hillen is giving it the old college try as he attempts to crack the opening night lineup. [CSNW]
  • More questions, previews and predictions. [SI, NHL.com (and again), WashTimes, Sick Unbelievable]
  • Lots. Of. Radio:
  • Brooks Laich is a doll. No, really, Brooks Laich is a doll. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Remember the last time Nick Backstrom and Mike Green were both healthy? Yeah, me neither. [Sick, Unbelievable]
  • Speaking of Backstrom, a fellow countryman has great expectations for the Caps pivot. [FanShot]
  • Eric Fehr and Wojtek Wolski: two men enter... one probably gets hurt. [Puck Daddy, with more on Wolski at NBC4]
  • A look at the men behind the Caps masks. [DSP]
  • The Ballad of Mathieu Perreault. [Caps Basketball]
  • Where to get your drink on pregame so you don't have to spend money inside the building. [WaPo, and to see where a couple of Caps were spotted eating cow, click here]
  • Getting ready behind the scenes. [Puck Buddys]
  • Rooting for a former Cap to not become a former NHLer quite yet. [CSNW]
  • Congrats to Tomas Kundratek on being named an AHL All-Star. [Bears]
  • Finally, in case you missed it (and even if you didn't), give the vid below a view or two, won't you?