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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Work continues on the CBA, players begin heading back to DC, Hershey adjusts and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • As the official CBA begins to take shape, more information is starting to trickle out about the 2013 season,including start dates (probably January 19th) and season length (48 games). [Globe and Mail, TSN]
  • Exploring the new amnesty clauses in the CBA. Buy or sell: "Mike Green has outlasted his value as a solid offensive defenseman at a $6 million AAV." [BHS, Puck Prospectus]
  • Speaking of exploring the CBA, here's a fantastic FanPost by sk84fun_dc. [Japers' Rink]
  • In the first 30 Thoughts of the post-lockout era (hooray!), the always great Elliotte Friedman looks at how the shortened NHL season would work. [CBC]
  • For an agreement to be made, the "needs" for both sides had to outweigh the "wants"; ultimately the biggest need of all was the need for a season. [Globe and Mail]
  • The lockout spawned some pretty horrible fans... and frankly if you don't see yourself in at least two of these, you weren't having nearly enough fun. [Grantland (DGB)]
  • Just how much damage did this latest civil war do to the NHL, anyway...and how can they begin to make it up to the fans? [Forbes, BHS, Puck Daddy, ESPN, SI, Examiner]
  • Breaking down the winners and losers of the NHL lockout. Poor KHL. [Puck Daddy]
  • Er, wait, did we say "poor KHL"? We meant "suck it, KHL". [@TSNBobMcKenzie]
  • A look at questions facing each of the teams heading into the 2013 season. Not surprisingly for the Caps, the biggest question mark is behind the bench. [THN]
  • Back to life, back to reality, back to business. [Globe and Mail]
  • Things are starting to get back to normal in Arlington, as the players return to their spacious (and nicer-smelling, apparently) digs at Kettler. [WaPo, CSNW, DCEx]
  • With just a week of training camp and no exhibition games, the players are going to need to get their butts in gear pretty quickly. [Wash Times]
  • Chatting with Hershey coach Mark French on all things Caps/Bears, including what we can expect to see from Adam Oates. [RMNB]
  • Lockout's over, time to wake up... Edith be singing. [Capital Spirit]
  • The boys are back in town!
    • Checking in with Jason Chimera. [Caps365]
    • Mike Ribeiro is pretty stoked to be here, to get back to playing, and to start passing to Alex Ovechkin. Tough to blame him. [Examiner, CSNW]
    • Did someone say Ovechkin? Welcome home, Captain. [Capitals OT]
    • As everyone could have easily predicted, the end of the lockout means the return of Tom Poti. Er, wait... [WaPo, Wash Times]
    • Onward to DC, intrepid travelers! [@MattHendy26, @tbrouwer20]
    • We will gladly accept your apologies, Caps players, but only if you win a Stanley Cup for us this year. That's not asking too much, right? [WaPo]
  • Apparently the businesses that share a zip code with the Verizon Center weren't hurting too much after all during the lockout... [Sporting News]
  • ...except actually they were. [WTOP]
  • The end of the lockout is great news up here; maybe not so much for the minor leagues:
    • After dominating the Eastern Conference over the past two months, the ECHL's Reading Royals face an uncertain future as call-ups to Hershey begin. [Reading Eagle]
    • Naturally that means some shake-ups at the AHL level, too, with Hershey set to make some changes of their own. [Caps, LD News]
    • One area of organizational strength is in net, as the Caps boast a wealth of talented young goalies - all of whom are about to get shuffled around a bit. [PennLive, THW]
  • Previewing the Southeast Division for the 2013 season. [DCSP]
  • The fact that Mike Knuble won't be returning to the Caps has some vultures up in Western Pennsylvania licking their chops. Ugh. Just say no, Knubs. [Pensblog]
  • Finally in "spend good money on silly things" news, Bovada Sportsbook has the Caps as 22-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup and 12-1 to win the Eastern Conference. So there's that. [Puck Daddy]