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Sunday Caps Clips: Convention, Cuts and a Confirmed Classic

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Winter Classic is officially headed to the District, wrapping up the 2013 Caps Convention and more.

Justin K. Aller

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  • It's official: the Winter Classic is heading to the District in 2015. [Caps, Monumental video, Capitals Overtime,, CBC, WaPo, CSNW (and again), AP (and again), PHT, KK, THW, DSP]
    • Venue and opponent are, as yet, undecided... which of course won't stop anyone from speculating. As of now, the Flyers at Nats Park appears to be the frontrunner. [CSNW,, PHT, KK]
    • As nice as Camden Yards is, last time I checked it wasn't in Washington. Or even in a suburb of Washington. The Baltimore Capitals, however, are free to hold a Winter Classic there any time... [Puck Daddy]
  • The Winter Classic announcement was just the opening bell of the Caps Convention, a day filled with panels, autographs and plenty of red. [Capitals Overtime (Ovechkin, barefoot Alzner, short shorts-wearing Brouwer) Monumental (video, pics), Caps Outsider]
  • Ten days until the season opener in Chicago, and the roster is down to 36 - with 13 cuts still to make by opening night. [Dump 'n Chase, WaPo]
    • Four of the players cut were sent to Hershey, including camp invitee Nathan Walker, who removed the "invitee" from his name and added "official Hershey Bear". [Patriot-News, SHOE, RMNB]
    • Andre Burakovsky also had his Caps' training camp experience come to an end, as the 2013 first round pick was sent back to Erie of the OHL after an impressive first outing. [PHT]
    • Training camp ended a few days earlier for Chandler Stephenson, but he, too, headed back to juniors after a dream-filled week that saw him fill in for the visa-delayed Mikhail Grabovski. [Regina Pats, Leader-Post (h/t sk84fun_dc)]
    • One guy who is still here? Tom Wilson, and as you may have heard, he's making something of an impression. Could he be the missing piece? [PHT, Caps Outsider]
  • Sincere best wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery to former Cap Tomas Vokoun, who underwent an emergency procedure yesterday to dissolve a blood clot in his pelvis and is out indefinitely. [Pens (with updates from Ray Shero), TribLIVE, Empty Netters, Pensburgh (and again), Puck Daddy, CBSSports, PHT]
  • Looking at what 2013-14 holds for the forwards, wrapping things up with Joel Ward. [Peerless]
  • The element-ary (...get it?) countdown to opening night continues, with two more days crossed off the table of elements calendars. [Peerless (11, 10)]
  • Finally, happy 54th birthday to Harvie Pocza.