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Wednesday Caps Clips: Olympic Dreams

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Two more Caps punch their tickets to Sochi, looking at the curse of too many goalies, Urbom waived and more.

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  • With three healthy, NHL-capable goalies on the active roster, the Caps' crowded crease is starting to become an issue for the team. [RinkWaPoPHT]
  • Your Capitals Moment for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • With just a month to go until the Sochi Olympics, the rosters are in and the countdown begins:
    • Congratulations to Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, who were officially (albeit not surprisingly) named to their countries' Olympic rosters. [RinkVogsCaps, Caps Today (Ovechkin, Backstrom), WaPo (OvechkinBackstrom), CSNW (and more on OvechkinBackstrom), NBC4, RMNB (OvechkinBackstrom),
    • More on the host country's team, as Ovechkin and friends try to win the gold medal in front of the hometown crowd. Wait, no Alexander Semin? Really? [Puck DaddyReutersSporting News]
    • While Backstrom will be donning the Tre Kronor next month, a stacked Swedish roster meant his fellow countryman Marcus Johansson would be staying home. Poor Mojo. [CSNW]
    • There won't be any Caps on Team Canada this year, but Canada's depth is such that they would maybe make the B squad... or the D squad. Or the E or G squad. [All Won Media]
    • Great look at the differences between playing on Olympic- and NHL-sized ice - key to note that North American teams have not fared well when international tournaments are on international ice. [BHS]
  • Ovechkin's ongoing awesomeness is a storyline for the second half; it also makes him one of fourteen players to watch in the season's final 40 games. Yeah, we might keep an eye on him. [NHL.com]
  • News and notes from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (OatesOvechkinBackstromBrouwerLaich)]
    • The Caps are playing better of late - and yet have very little to show for it. [NBC4]
    • After being a healthy scratch since the end of November, defenseman Alexander Urbom was placed on waivers yesterday. [WaPoCSNW]
  • Boy, there are a lot of former Caps and former Caps' draftees kicking around in the NHL, aren't there? [Peerless]
  • The Caps' prospects get high marks for their performance at this year's WJC... and feel free to ignore the team (and one name in particular) above them on this list. No, really, don't look. [ESPN ($)]
  • Assessing Team USA's forwards after the World Junior Championship, including Caps' prospects Riley Barber and Thomas DiPauli. [USoH]
  • Connor Carrick's trek back from the World Juniors to Hershey was a bit of a tumultuous one, to say the least. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, wishing a very happy birthday indeed to Ted Leonsis.