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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Hershey gets a new coach, the Caps lose an assistant coach, Backstrom gets his name on the (Gagarin) Cup and more.

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  • A summer after interviewing for one coaching job in the Caps' organization, Mike Haviland is in as the new bench boss for Caps' AHL affiliate Hershey Bears. [Caps, Patriot-News, WaPo, CSNW, SHOE]
    • For the new guy, old memories linger of a particularly feisty playoff series almost a decade ago between his Norfolk Admirals and the eventual Calder Cup Champion Bears. [Patriot-News]
    • One of the things Haviland brings to the table: the ability to communicate and develop a good rapport with his players. Hmm, sounds familiar... [Patriot-News]
  • One coach in, another coach out, as it appears as if Tim Hunter's tenure as assistant coach has come to an end after just one season. So who's next? *scans 1997-98 Caps roster* [WaPo, CSNW, PHT]
  • Lost in the whole "Sidney Crosby was robbed by Alex Ovechkin" Hart Trophy discussion is the fact that John Tavares had an MVP-worthy season, too... but we still think the PHWA made the right choice. [THW]
  • Breaking down the season that was for Mike Ribeiro (and if you missed it, be sure to check out our take from yesterday here) [CSNW]
  • Poor Jeff Schultz; even on a list of potential buyouts he's basically a healthy scratch. [LWoS]
  • Five years later, a do-over of the 2008 draft. Why yes, we will take Gustav Nyquist instead of Anton Gustafsson, thanks! [ESPN ($)]
  • Counting down the organization's top-10 prospects, starting with recent BC grad Patrick Wey. [CSNW]
  • The GMs will be meeting later today to discuss the changes proposed by the NHL's competition committee, including hybrid icing and mandatory visors. [KK]
  • More on the preseason visit to Belleville, Ontario, where 3,257 lucky people will get to see a game between Eastern Conference exile Winnipeg and our very own Capitals. And probably eat a lot of Kraft Dinner. [CSNW]
  • Looks like Nicklas Backstrom's name will be engraved on a shiny silver trophy this summer after all... unfortunately it's just the Gagarin Cup, but congrats to ol' #99 anyway. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 66th birthday to Walt McKechnie.