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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Caps/'Canes previews, Big Daddy Backstrom and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Previews of tonight's first of a five-game homestand against former Southeast Division (R.I.P.) brethren Carolina from VogsNHL.com and Peerless, and be sure to check in with our SB Nation partners over at Canes Country for the other side of tonight's game.
  • Oh the thinks you can think when you think at The Rink! [Rink]
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • News and notes from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Oates, Laich)]
    • Nicklas Backstrom on becoming a proud papa. [Monumental (video), WaPo, CSNW]
    • Alexander Urbom is expected to make his Caps debut tonight. [CSNW, Express]
    • Buried in a post on some guy who doesn't play for the Caps, a note that Martin Erat hasn't asked for a trade... yet. [CSNW, and for Bob McKenzie's take, head over to TSN]
  • What the Caps need to do in Year Two of the Adam Oates Era... [ESPN ($)]
  • ... a plea for patience... [Peerless]
  • ... and, well, the opposite of all of that well-measured assessing. [The Hockey News]
  • While the long break has been good for the Caps in terms of getting some quality practice time, it hasn't been great for fans. [RMNB]
  • Connor Carrick is "way too good for juniors." But that's not really the question, is it? [WaPo]
  • A couple of radio hits on 106.7 The Fan yesterday, as Brooks Laich chatted up The Junkies and Karl Alzner did likewise with LaVar and Dukes. [Laich (audio, text excerpt), Alzner (audio)]
  • Braden Holtby and Erat are hot topics of discussion. [NBC4, Stars and Sticks]
  • Also, Holtby beachball jokes? Really? [SI.com]
  • On the owner, the Caps lack of weaknesses and the fans. [WaPo]
  • A couple of KHL teams made a swap that involved the rights to Dmitry Orlov. Why you shouldn't worry... much. [RMNB]
  • One place the Caps will always do well? Fantasy hockey rankings. [ESPN, NHL.com]
  • Some leftovers from the Six Flags event, including Troy Brouwer and Karl Alzner swinging (which, FYI, has nothing to do with wife-swapping). [Caps Outsider, RMNB]
  • This year, the Caps have a tough teacher. Okaaaay. [WaPo]
  • Andre Burakovsky spoke ahead of last night's Otters game (before going out and potting a goal and an assist in victory). [YouTube]
  • Riley Gill is back in Reading after attending Caps and Bears camps. [Reading Eagle]
  • Sergei Fedorov apparently isn't done playing hockey quite yet. [Puck Daddy]
  • Finally, if you happen to be in Bridgewater next week, you can watch Al Iafrate play hockey. You're considering a road trip, aren't you? [South Shore Now]

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