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Thursday Caps Clips: State of the Skate

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Fifteen games in to the 2014-2015 season, where do the Caps stand?

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Fifteen games into his general managership, Caps GM Brian MacLellan sits down with Mike Vogel to assess the state of the Caps union. [Monumental (video)]
  • "...we’re going through a process of learning how to win games, how to be comfortable when it’s uncomfortable." Barry Trotz is coaching 'em up. [WaPo (Wise)]
  • Today in (growl) "Trade Mike Green," Rob Vollman looks at teams that could be in the hunt.  [ESPN $]
  • News and notes from yesterday out at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, Fehr, Niskanen, Rinkside Update/Holtby)]
    • Coach has plans for Evgeny Kuznetsov at center and building a line around him. The fourth line. [WaPo]
    • Heart, effort, grit, and a well-timed drop pass earned Jay Beagle kudos for his work on the top line. [WaPo]
    • All hail the man of the moment, Marcus Johansson. [NBC4, THW, Caps Outsider]
    • Your 2014-2015 Washington Capitals penalty minutes leader is... Brooks Orpik. [CSNW]
    • Injury updates: Tom Wilson is out for Friday, possibly possible for Saturday, and Brooks Laich will be in the no-contact sweater for a while yet. [WaPo]
  • Assessments:
    • What We've Learned, fifteen games in.  [THW]
    • Putting the power in the man-advantage play. [RMNB]
    • The Index, it is Awesome. [RMNB]
  • News from Chocolatetown:
  • Congrats are in order for Caps 2014 5th-round draft pick Shane Gersich , who was named to Team USA for this year's World Junior A Challenge. #merica [USA Hockey, RMNB]
  • Hockey 'n' Heels, hooray! [Caps OutsiderWe're A Caps Family]
  • Forces of Hockey, "Stick Lie" edition. [Monumental (video)]
  • Jason Chimera has Nick Backstrom's er, back. [CSNW]
  • Braden Holtby brought little Benjamin to Kettler to skate for the very first time. ADORBS/60: Off the chart. [Monumental, RMNB]
  • In which Jill Sorensen sits down with Bruce Boudreau. [CSNW]
  • Hmmm... looks like the cameras are getting ready to descend on Kettler as Epix lets out a bit more detail on its Road To The Winter Classic. []
  • Finally, happy 45th birthday to Patrik Augusta.