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Friday Caps Clips: Wey on the Way

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Patrick Wey jumps into the Caps' blue line revolving door, updates on Brooks Laich and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • All defensemen, all the time in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. Keep those questions coming - you ask, we answer! [Rink]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (OatesRinkside Update/Brouwer)]
    • Checking in with Brooks Laich, his "concerning" groin injury, and the poor acupuncturist who almost got his head kicked off. [Monumental video (Laich), WaPo (and again), CSNW]
    • Another spin on the wheel o' defensemen sends Tyson Strachan down to Hershey, with Patrick Wey getting the call to Washington. [Monumental video (Wey), Caps, Dump 'n Chase, CSNWPatriot-News]
    • Wey joins rookie defensemen Nate Schmidt and other young blueliners who are getting some unexpected playing time due to injuries. [WaPoCSNW]
    • Talking about fighting back isn't as effective as actually doing it, so sayeth the coach. [CSNW]
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • Alex Ovechkin is doing his part (and then some) so far this season - so where's his team? [THW]
  • Looking ahead to next summer and the potential UFAs who could be sticking with their current teams. [Spectors Hockey]
  • One of those names is settling in quite nicely with the Caps and, so far, has been better than advertised. [THW]
  • It's been a busy time between the pipes for the Caps and their minor league affiliates. [Patriot-News]
  • Living and dying on the power play - especially doing the latter - isn't going to help you move up in power rankings. [SB Nation]
  • And in power rankings of a different sort, reflecting on a fairly eventful week for Caps' GM George McPhee. [Puck Daddy]
  • Radio hits a-plenty:
    • Even a battered groin and a corrupt mayor wouldn't keep Laich from his weekly radio stop with The Junkies... [106.7 the Fan]
    • ...while Troy Brouwer checked in with Holden and Danny... [106.7 the Fan]
    • ...and Karl Alzner did a spot with Lavar and Dukes. [106.7 the Fan]
  • Most players take naps between morning skate and the game; Steve Oleksy is not most players. [WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 52nd birthday to Chris Valentine.