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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Oates on Kovalchuk, Alzner, Laich and more, the latest from Development Camp, Alzner leftovers and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Ilya Kovalchuk's sudden retirement shocked the hockey world, and certainly was felt down here in D.C., most notably by one of his former coaches, Adam Oates. [WaPo, CSNW]
  • Oates also spoke on a number of other topics du jour (including his second-line center and more)... [CSNW, LaVar and Dukes (audio)]
  • ... while GMGM did similarly on Elliot in the Morning. [YouTube]
  • Plenty more coverage from the day at Development Camp:
    • In general.[Monumental video (scrimmage highlights)]
    • For Tom Wilson, it's stick with the big club or head back to juniors, because, unfortunately, Hershey isn't an option. [WashTimes]
    • Speaking of Wilson, he apparently drilled Connor Carrick in open ice and crushed Matt Petgrave along the boards (see the 1:38 mark here). Easy, big fella... don't break anyone.
    • Still more on Wilson... and Andre Burakovsky and Nate Schmidt. [CBS]
    • Also, he was mic'd up, which is always a good time. [WaPo]
    • The Caps may have found a late-round gem in Riley Barber. [CSNW]
    • Get to know Caleb Herbert. [Monumental (video)]
    • On balancing books and pucks. [WaPo]
    • Hold it here! Craig Laughlin's daughter Courtney is helping out with the campers. [WaPo]
  • DevCamp continues today with an intrasquad scrimmage at 11:00.
  • Some leftovers from Karl Alzner's re-signing, including King Karl noting that there are still free agents out there who "can help [the Caps] tremendously." [WaPo, Dump 'n Chase, NBC4 (and again)]
  • A breakdown of how Division D will divvy out dough. [RMNB]
  • Penalty plus-minus - it's a thing and an important one. [The Score, with related thoughts at BSH]
  • Peerless's deep dive into a decade of drafts continues... and continues to get uglier. [Peerless]
  • Steven Oleksy tries to return an Andy Roddick serve and it goes about as well as you'd expect. (Stick to hitting Flyers, Binky.) [RMNB]
  • The mystery of "5-10 Mathieu Perreault" may be solved! [RtR]
  • Finally, happy birthday to... us! Eight years ago today this blog was born. Thanks to all of you (including my e-family on the masthead) who have made and continue to make it worth the effort. Cheers, all.