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Wednesday Caps Clips: Lucky #13

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Grabovski is looking for stability in DC, the draft lottery slots the Caps in at #13, Hershey's crucial final week and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Ted Leonsis hasn't made a decision yet on the fate of, among others, his general manager and head coach. It's a decision he should make sooner rather than later... [Rink]
  • ...in part because it's holding up any potential contracts with soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Mikhail Grabovski, who wants to know who he'd be playing for if he stayed. [WaPo, CSNW]
  • If unsigned, Grabovski is one of three players set to hit the open market July 1, joining Dustin Penner and Jaroslav Halak as potential UFAs. [WaPo]
  • As far as Penner is concerned, he's open to all options - including the Caps. Although saying "I need a job" doesn't seem like a ringing endorsement to stick around in DC. [CSNW]
  • Meanwhile, speaking of Halak, interesting notes from Elliotte Friedman in this week's 30 Thoughts on that whole Halak/Adam Oates kerfuffle (and equally interesting notes on Alex Ovechkin). [CBC]
  • All of this "trade Ovechkin" nonsense? Yeah, that needs to stop. [Caps Circle]
  • One last injury update from the Caps' walking wounded before they head home to heal. [WaPo]
  • Breaking down some of what went wrong with the Caps, with a focus on coaching. [DSP]
  • If ownership decides that coaching was an issue, their major challenge will be finding someone who can win with Alex Ovechkin. [WashTimes]
  • No playoffs means no playoff misery. Hooray! [WashTimes]
  • Looks like Troy Brouwer may be headed to the World Championships, along with a few of his teammates - including a few Green Line residents. [CSNW]
  • Dmitry Orlov: "So what does it mean that [my Corsi] is second highest - is it bad?" Aw, Dima. [RMNB]
  • The Caps themselves, however, are still looking for the exact moment when the season went off the rails. [NBC4]
  • You mean that 0.5% chance of winning the draft lottery wasn't enough to secure the #1 overall pick?? Ah, well. #13 it is. [NHL.com, CSNW]
  • The Caps sent one more player down to the AHL for the playoff push yesterday, with Tyson Strachan Hershey-bound... if he clears waivers, of course. [Caps, Patriot-News]
  • Congrats to Olie Kolzig, who will be honored with a spot in the DC Sports Hall of Fame on April 27. Well deserved. [WaPo]
  • The Bears have less than a week remaining in their regular season as they battle for their playoff lives...and before all is said and done, they'll face the team that's chasing them twice. Buckle up. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, happy 50th birthday to Garry Galley.