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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Stability behind the bench at last, dishing on the defensemen, the Caps head to the ballpark and more.

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  • It's been a long, bumpy road behind the Caps bench, and Mike Green sums up what Adam Oates means for the team: "Stability is everything. We've had four coaches since I've been here. With each year we didn't know what to expect and with Adam it's so consistent. I know exactly what I need to do to prepare myself for next season and that's key." Hear, hear. [CSNW]
  • The year in review for the crew that held down the blue line (most of the time) this season... [WaPo]
  • ...and for one of their top minute men... [GM on a Couch]
  • ... and for their most-pleasant surprise. [Peerless]
  • Despite a third period surge, the Reading Royals fell short of completing the sweep as they take on the Stockton Thunder in the Kelly Cup Finals. Game 5 is tonight in Stockton. [ECHL, Caps Outsider]
  • With no awards show this year, there could be a potentially awkward (or really annoying) moment when the Hart Trophy is announced prior to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. But hey, no Nickelback this year. So there's that. [CSNW, Puck Daddy]
  • Ryan Zimmerman's annual "A Night at the Park" event raised $300,000 for his ziMS Foundation Thursday night... with the help of some friendly Caps faces. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • And some friendly Caps faces were back at the park the next night to watch their Nationals pals pick up a Curly W against the Phillies. [@Nationals, @recordsandradio (and again)]
  • Wanted: Executive Assistant to the General Manager, Vice President of the Washington Capitals. Gee, that title sounds familiar... [Indeed]
  • Finally, happy 56th birthday to Robert Picard.