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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Looking ahead to Sochi with more on Olympic orientation camps, looking back at some 2012-13 "highlights", and more.

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Martin Rose

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  • Now that the invites are out, it's time to fill the hockey-less void with talk of the Olympic... orientation camps. Ah, July.
    • The Caps' own Mike Green and Braden Holtby are among those on the radar for Team Canada... [The Star Phoenix]
    • ...which makes sense, particularly in the case of the former, since GM Steve Yzerman wants his team to have both speed and skill. [CBC, Edmonton Journal, PHT]
    • Meanwhile, Team USA is keeping an eye on the future with a number of youthful names on the list of invitees to next month's camp... [NHL.com, Puck Daddy]
    • ...where the emphasis will be off the ice, as GM David Poile will be focusing more on the on-ice product during the regular season for his prospective Olympians. [NHL.com]
    • Regardless of the emphasis, both the US and Canada could face obstacles at the Olympics - among them, the fact that the North American game doesn't always translate to international ice. [SI.com, Globe and Mail]
    • Judging by preliminary camp invitees, there could be as many as nine Caps heading to Sochi next February for the Olympics. But is that a good thing? [CSNW]
    • "I'm not sure what Holtby has done to warrant an invite over [Cam] Ward"... I suppose being better at stopping the puck and stuff is too simplistic an answer. [Edmonton Journal]
  • A great look at zone entries and exits during the playoffs for every team. [Shutdown Line (entries, exits)]
  • With realignment comes a slew of "new" division rivals for the Caps... and that could cause some problems for them. [ESPN ($)]
  • It's official: Jaromir Jagr has a new team, and it's not the Caps. Which really is for the best, even if you don't take into account perfectly rational mullet-centric hatred. [CSNW]
  • Looking back at the best comebacks of the 2012-13 season. Or, considering the Caps' entry on the list, the "best". [NHL.com]
  • Speaking of comebacks, Mathieu Perreault helped his team overcome a 3-0 deficit to beat Sean Couturier's team 8-4 in a charity tournament over the weekend. [QC Hebdo, Journal Express]
  • Examining the 2013-14 NHL schedule from the perspective of the players - or, why you shouldn't feel that bad for guys who fly in private jets. [BHS]
  • AHL legend (and former Cap/Hershey Bear) Bryan Helmer is bidding adieu to his playing days after 19 seasons and well over 1000 games in the league. [PHT]
  • The Reading Royals have re-signed Michigan native Brad Walch after the defenseman missed last season with an injury. [MLive, ECHL]
  • Finally, happy 58th birthday to one of the original Washington Capitals, Mike Marson.