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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Michael Latta returns from his Oz adventures, facetime for Eric Fehr, and honors for the Caps' youth hockey programs.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Looking back at the first of six Games That Mattered in 2013 - Caps @ Devils, January 25 - Alex Ovechkin makes his less-than-triumphant return to left wing. Good times. [Peerless]
  • Winding down the 2013 player reviews:
  • Ramping up the prospect reviews:
    • At number 6, Michael Latta. [CSNW]
    • At number 5, a pleasant surprise from the 6th round of the 2012 draft. [CSNW]
  • Speaking of Latta, he is returning to North America after a two-week jaunt Down Under for an exhibition ice hockey tournament. Team Canada took two games of three from Team USA in front of packed arenas in Melbourne and Sydney. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Eric Fehr chatted up Mike Vogel on his way to the off-season. [Monumental (video)]
  • Fantasy team owners are advised to keep an eye on a couple of Caps prospects ... Tom Wilson in particular. [Dobber, and again]
  • Bakersfield bench boss Troy Mann bids a fond farewell to Hershey. [Patriot-News]
  • Congrats are in order for the Kettler Capitals (kids' ice hockey development program). USA Hockey designated the organization as a "Model Association Program." Model Associations adhere to the USA Hockey guidelines for age-appropriate player development and receive additional resources and guidance from Team USA, so the work of Building America's Hockey Capital continues apace. [JuniorHockey.com]
  • Former Cap draft pick Yanick Jean is currently l'entraîneur-chef of the Victoriaville Tigres, and now he has a coaches' invite to DevCamp. [La Nouvelle, link en français]
  • Finally, belated happy birthday to Brooks Laich, who turned 30 yesterday. [DSP, @brookslaich]