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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: the players take to the ice, Laich leaves the ice, Grabovski's visa status is on ice and more.


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  • Be sure to check out our latest round of mailbag questions, where we tackle potential trade partners and the search for a left-handed defenseman. [Rink]
  • News and notes from Day 1 of training camp out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (McPhee, Oates, Ovechkin, Green, Backstrom, Laich, Holtby, Alzner, Brouwer), Caps OT (pics: Chimera, Erat, Ward and LeBlanc, Ovechkin, Brouwer and Oleksy; video: Ovechkin skating), NBC4GM on a Couch]
    • The big news of the first day broke very early, as Brooks Laich left the ice ten minutes into practice and is "day-to-day" with a hip flexor... we hope. Ugh. [ (and again), APNBC4WaPoCSNW (and again), WashTimesPHT]
    • Another player missing in action was Mikhail Grabovski, who is still dealing with visa issues. Bureaucratic red tape? Inconvenient delays? Welcome to DC, Grabo. [NHL.comPHTWaPo]
    • Your third-line center after the first day of training camp is, as expected, Eric Fehr. Wait... what? [Dump 'n Chase]
    • Questions facing the Caps as training camp gets underway. [NHL.comWaPo]
    • There aren't a whole lot of roster spots available (as we discussed a few days ago), but that's not stopping Garrett Mitchell and Michael Latta from giving it a shot. [Patriot-News]
    • One area where there could be a bit of room for competition is on the blue line, where the Caps are hoping to shore up their depth. []
    • New Hershey Bears coach Mike Haviland may be a relatively new face to most of the attendees at training camp, but he and Troy Brouwer go back a long time. [Patriot-News]
    • Today's schedule:
      • Group C kicks things off on the Caps Rink at 9:45 a.m.
      • Group B hits the ice on the Arlington Rink at 10:45 a.m.
      • Group A rounds out the trio back on the Caps Rink at 11:45 a.m.
  • Fantastic story of Adam Oates flying halfway around the world for a 24-hour visit with Alex Ovechkin last month. Simply incredible on so many levels. [WaPo]
  • Speaking of the coach and the captain, Oates got Ovechkin to take his game to another level last season... and believes he's capable of even more. [CSNW]
  • In the real world, familiarity is said to breed contempt; for the Caps, it's anything but, as they look forward to a bit of stability for once. [WaPo]
  • Using some stats - and the good ol' A-B-Cs - to try and sort out the Caps' lines. [RMNB]
  • Marcus Johansson is freshly re-signed, and is ready to turn his bridge contract into something bigger. []
  • We help some 'Hawks fans get familiar with the 2013-14 Caps - good timing, since the two teams meet about eleventy billion times between now and October 1. Or three. Whatever. [Second City Hockey]
  • The countdown to opening night continues... [Peerless]
  • Previewing the 2013-14 season for the Caps from a fantasy hockey perspective. [THN]
  • You know what everyone wants to talk about before a single preseason game is even played? Which players will win awards next summer. Place your bets. #OleksyforNorris [Puck Daddy]
  • Watch a sharp-dressed Mike Green accept his award at Sneaker Ball X from earlier this week (and some of his nattily-attired teammates turn out to support him). [Monumental video, What's Up Ya Sieve?]
  • A Sabres fan adds Braden Holtby to his wish list, and proves that even fans of the Sabres can exhibit signs of good taste. (We kid, we kid.) [Sabrenoise]
  • Get a few more glimpses of the magnificent drooling eagle on Braden Holtby's new mask. [Caps OT]
  • Usually a guy making Alex Ovechkin cheddar wouldn't need to take a summer job... but alas, this one was for love, not money. [DC Sports Bog]
  • If you were curious about what a hockey player's favorite superhero says about him - and why wouldn't you be? - now you can find out. (For what it's worth, Tom Wilson's? Superman.) [Extra Mustard (]
  • The paper tickets may have gone by the wayside, but some lucky season ticketholders still get a pretty snazzy box full of... well, season ticketholder stuff. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Finally, happy 37th birthday to Jose Theodore.