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Saturday Caps Clips: Red, White, and Navy Blue

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: the Caps do a little team bonding, Burakovsky makes his case for opening night and more.

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  • With training camp starting to wind down, Barry Trotz took his team to the Naval Academy in Annapolis for a day of team bonding. Hooyah! [Monumental (videovideopictures), WaPoCSNWRMNB]
  • Some of the Caps shared memories of past bonding trips, that ranged from blowing stuff up to doing a bit of curling. [CSNW]
  • Mike Green isn't quite ready for action just yet, but he is skating again and is hopeful that he'll be ready for the season opener next week. [NHL.com]
  • He may be the Caps' second-oldest player, but 34-year-old Brooks Orpik has put himself on a strict nutritional regimen to help keep his NHL career going. Mmmm... hemp powder. [WaPo]
  • The team is starting to take shape, as the Caps have sent Chris Conner, Kris Newbury, Philipp Grubauer, Nathan Walker and Patrick Wey to Hershey. [WaPoPatriot-News]
  • Among the players already sent down is Connor Carrick, who is embracing his time in the AHL. [Patriot-News]
  • So now that camp is starting to thin out, a look at what the final roster could be on October 9. [WaPo]
  • Previewing the Metropolitan Division... [CBS Sports]
  • ...the 2014-15 Capitals... [Bleacher Report]
  • ...and Matt Niskanen. [Peerless]
  • Andre Burakovsky continues to be the surprise hit of the preseason, and is steadily making his case for a spot on the opening-night roster... [WaPoNBC4Buzzing the NetPressboxDCThe Score]
  • ...which means the second-line center battle rages on. [Talk the RedBrooksLaichyear]
  • But are the Caps' rookies ready? [CSNW]
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about advanced stats, but were afraid to ask... or were too busy actually watching the games, ya nerds. (Joke! Joke.) [RMNB]
  • Liam O'Brien's extended stay at training camp has been a pleasant surprise - but for his QMJHL team back in Sherbrooke, it means more time playing the waiting game. [Chronicle Herald]