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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Dima speaks, there's another MVP in the org, and a look ahead to the draft.

Greg Fiume

Your savory breakfast links:

  • As Alex Ovechkin basks in the glow of his third Richard Trophy, we pause to consider - could there ever be a fourth? Or even another 50-goal season? [WaPo]
  • This year's pending UFA list sports a fedora right at the very top ... [Star Phoenix]
  • ... and the question is asked - would the Caps consider trading the rights to that fedora? [RtR]
  • ... oh and here's a look at his season. [GM on a Couch, with our take here]
  • On the best laid plans of mice and men. [Peerless]
  • Dmitry Orlov gives great interview. He's home in Novokuznetsk right now, and shares his thoughts on his injuries, getting sent down to Hershey, his good friend Sergei Bobrovsky, and oh yeah, he'll be back Stateside in July. [Novokuznetsk News Portal, link in Russian]
  • In which John Walton, Mike Vogel, and Kyle Woodlief break down the upcoming draft. [Monumental (video)]
  • It's never too early to start making your hockey-watching plans for the new season. Reading Royals fans, you're in luck. The Royals' 2013-14 schedule is set and operators are standing by. [Patriot-News]
  • Today in prospect news:
    • Evgeny Kuznetsov is doing a bit of offseason cross-training by a) holding cute babies, b) signing autographs, c) playing rock-paper-scissors with his Traktor 'mates, or d) goalie'ing it up at a metric football game. [RMNB]
    • There's another MVP in the Caps organ-i-zation, as Golden Gophers defenseman Nate Schmidt picked up the honor from Minnesota. [Gopher Sports, Star Tribune, Gold and Gopher]
    • Counting down the organization's top-10 prospects. Checking in at #9: Stanislav Galiev. [CSNW]
  • The Jean-François Fortin Era in Washington may be over, but the JFF Era in Blainville-Boisbriand is just getting started. Fortin has been named to an assistant coach position with the Armada of the QMJHL. Bon voyage! [Journal de Montreal, link in French]
  • KHL economics are murky at best, but KHL-during-the-lockout economics are positively mystifying... [R-Sport]
  • ... and speaking of the K, the League announced they will shut down a full two weeks prior to the Sochi Games. Your move, NHL. [R-Sport]
  • Finally, happy 36th birthday to Joe Corvo.