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Tuesday Caps Clips: Ovechkin's Dream Date

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Ovechkin makes a young fan's day, O'Brien gets a contract, Oleksy hits waivers and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • At last, an article about Barry Trotz and Alex Ovechkin that doesn't resort to lazy narratives about the Caps' Russian superstar. It's like the hockey-writing equivalent of a unicorn! []
  • After a surprise standout performance, camp invitee Liam O'Brien has earned himself a three-year deal with the Caps. [CapsDump 'n ChaseWaPoCSNWLa PresseLa FrontierePatriot-NewsMetroNews]
  • Meanwhile the blueline picture gets a little bit clearer, with Steve Oleksy placed on waivers en route to (hopefully) Hershey. [Patriot-NewsWaPoCSNW]
  • Continuing our fantasy look at a world in which the Caps had both Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. [Rink]
  • There's still work to be done, but Trotz is seeing his team make early strides... [CSNW]
  • ...but file those lazy stick penalties under the "still work to be done" category. [WaPo]
  • Another rule change is headed to an NHL rink near you, as the League has decided to implement a change in the spacing of faceoff hashmarks after successful preseason tests. Spicy. [SBN]
  • Also spicy? Calling for a suspension on a "brutal" elbow from Sunday's Caps-'Canes game. No, oddly enough it's not referring to this one... [THN]
  • Previews, get your previews:
    • The 2014-15 Caps broken down by the potential risk factors facing them. [PHT]
    • Previewing the Metropolitan Division. [XN Sports]
    • A look at Justin Peters' potential for 2014-15. [Peerless]
    • Celebrate good times - and the start of the Caps' season - with some preview shows and a special on Barry Trotz this week on Comcast. [CSNW]
    • Evgeny Kuznetsov is a Player to Watch in the 2014-15 season. [Reuters]
  • If you liked the line combinations from Sunday's win over the Hurricanes, you're in luck - that should be pretty close to what you'll see Thursday night. [WaPo]
    • And if you wanted a closer look at those lines, check out some nice photos from behind the bench of the Caps-Canes game. [RMNB]
  • Some final impressions and thoughts on the Caps after eight preseason games. [THW]
  • Poor undervalued, overlooked Dmitry Orlov. [THW]
  • Two days from now, the Caps will open their regular season with an eye toward returning to the playoffs. [Pressbox DC]
  • The Caps and Hershey Bears are looking to revitalize their affiliation in 2014-15 - and it starts with the coaches. [Patriot-News]
  • Do preseason NHL rankings have the same amount of weight as preseason games? [THW]
  • Okay, yes, it's October... but if you're looking forward to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, get yourself ready with this handy guide from our SBN pals at The Cannon. [Cannon]
  • Congrats to Caps' prospect Madison Bowey, who was named the WHL Player of the Week. [WHLKelowna NowJr Hockey News,
  • Need some happy? Settle in and read about Alex Ovechkin's surprise date with a very special young lady. [Caps Today, Monumental (videopictures), WaPoCSNWSporting NewsFTWThe ScoreCBC]
  • And for extra cute, more on Eric Fehr's children's book, The Bulliest Dozer. [CSNWFTW]
  • This poor, poor man has been subjected to over 12 hours of gut-wrenching, heartbreaking DC playoff losses. And he's never invited to another game ever. [WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 65th birthday to Jim Hrycuik and happy 26th to Cameron Schilling.