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Monday Caps Clips: Climbing the Rungs

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: the Caps start to find their way under Oates' system, standings-watching at the halfway mark and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Miss anything from over the weekend? We've got you covered.
  • A few more tidbits and leftovers from Saturday's big win over division rival Winnipeg. [WaPo, CSNW]
    • Braden Holtby got to rock the famous Hockey Night in Canada towel after posting his third shutout of the season. [Caps OT]
  • With the halfway-point of the season looming, the Caps are starting to keep an eye on the standings... just like the rest of us. [Wash Times]
  • The good news is that their quest for some semblance of movement will get slightly easier if they continue to improve under Coach Oates' system. [WaPo]
  • Looking back at the week that was. [Peerless]
  • Big John Erskine is back in the fold for two more years, and his teammates couldn't be happier. [CSNW]
  • The Caps may have had the day off yesterday, but a few of them again took time out to give back as they skated with families of fallen soldiers. [WTOP, RMNB, @JohnCarlson74]
  • In "bad communication between parties" news, the Vancouver Canucks placed Aaron Volpatti on waivers - shortly before learning that Ryan Kesler would be out with a broken foot. Oops. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • In prospect news, check out this sweet dangle by Riley Barber en route to Miami's CCHA championship win. [Fox Sports Ohio, YouTube (via @FedFedRMNB)]
  • The NHL has made great strides in expanding diversity and including people of all races, especially considering where it was even a decade ago... but there's still a lot of work to do. [Globe and Mail]
  • As the League looks on pace to top $2 billion despite playing a shortened season, an interesting suggestion from Larry Brooks: cut the season back to 70 games. Hear, hear. [NY Post]
  • Big weekend for the Bears. [Patriot-News, SHoE]
  • Finally, congrats to Alan May on being inducted into the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Hall of Fame over the weekend. Pretty sweet ring, sir. [CapsOutsider]