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Monday Caps Clips: Rest Stop

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The team took an R&R day as they prepare for their West Coast swing, the stats (fancy and not-so-fancy) are trending in the right direction, the Verizon Center swag schedule was announced and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Week That Was, Volume 2. [Peerless, RMNB, ILWT (with a look at the Metro)]
  • Smokin' Al dropped in for a chat with John Walton for today's Morning Drive. [Capitals Voice (audio)]
  • Here's a list of five teams that got at least one thing right this past offseason. Yep. [USA Today]
  • Related: Rankings. [CSNWBlackhawk UpMetro]
  • Justin Peters won his first start as a Cap and will get plenty of coaching in between starts from Mitch Korn. [WaPo]
  • Jason Chimera giveth, and Jason Chimera taketh away. [WaPo]
  • From the Dept. of Hockey Players are Not the Same as You and Me, we learn that when Liam O'Brien arrived for rookie camp, he had a lacerated ankle bone and had to use a wheelchair to get around the airport. [WaPo]
  • Pheonix Copley recorded his first pro shutout in his second pro game by blanking the Hartford Wolfpack 1-0. [Patriot-News]
  • Beach bags, bobbles and "better half" baskets are just a few of the items on the Caps' promotional schedule. [Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, happy 36th birthday to Mike Farrell.