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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Olympic hopefuls get invited to be oriented, an RFA signs (no, not that one), a must-read interview with a former Cap and more.

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  • Yesterday was a big day in Olympic orientation camp news (if such a thing is possible):
    • The greatest nation on the planet will be holding its camp at Kettler, as you know, but what you may not know is that it'll include a "public day." [CSNW]
    • Invites went out yesterday and John Carlson got one from Team USA (and since he'll be the host, we can only assume he'll be making individual goody bags for everyone)... [United States of Hockey, Puck Daddy, WaPo, NHL.com]
    • ... Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and some old friends got Valentines-in-July from Team Russia... [Puck Daddy, NHL.com]
    • ... Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson got the call from Team Sweden... [NHL.com]
    • ... and netminder Braden Holtby, along with the duo of Mike Green and Karl Alzner, got asked by Team Canada. [Puck Daddy, NHL.com]
    • (Presumably the invites for Martin Erat, Michal Neuvirth and Tomas Kundratek will be announced soon, but they haven't been yet. Maybe... the Czech's are in the mail)
  • In transactional news, restricted free agent Nicolas Deschamps signed a one-year deal, leaving Johansson as the team's lone uninked RFA. [Capitals, CSNW]
  • Today's must-read is a wide-ranging interview with former Cap Andrei Nikolishin. [RMNB]
  • Some thoughts on financial transactions and the coverage thereof. [The Fingerman]
  • Television still likes the Caps. [CSNW]
  • Speaking of the telly, is Ovechkin's "The Spy" ESPN's best commercial... ever?! It is pretty, pretty good. Go vote, I guess. [@SportsCenter, Facebook]
  • Gym rat/tough guy/stay-at-home defenseman Tyler Lewington is a loooongshot to be an NHLer, but you tell him that. [CSNW]
  • Jenny, Jenny - the Caps need a 67 (and a 309?) [8-67-5 (oh, and I found one)]
  • Congrats to Bryan Helmer on his new gig. [The World of Junior Hockey]
  • Finally, happy 44th birthday to both Dmitri Khristich and Andrew Cassels and happy 22nd to Dmitry Orlov.