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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The day in McPhee/Oates, the playoffs have commenced, and Joel Ward gets a special honor.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Wednesday was largely quiet on the Kettler front, as the Caps' brass continued their evaluation process. [CSNW]
    • McPhee and Oates should definitely keep their jobs because Rick Nash. [WaPo (Feinstein)]
    • Oh looky - there's a Mike Green-shaped object under the Oatesbus.[WaPo, WashTimes]
    • Braden Holtby reflects on a sadly sideways season. [CSNW]
    • If you were a buyout, whose buyout would you be? [CSNW]
    • The assistant coaches get a thumbs up from the players. [CSNW]
  • The Week That Was, Volume 26. [RMNB]
  • Tourney time! The first three games of the 2014 NHL playoffs are in the books:
    • Here's the definitive primer for restless Caps fans. [Rink]
    • Survey says... [Caps Outsider, WaPo]
    • Here's your handy field guide. [WaPo]
    • I coulda sworn I'd heard that voice before. Oh right, I did. [RMNB]
  • The Kitties won the draft lottery, which means Washington retains its pick at #13. Do everyone a favor and draft a forward, k? [RMNB]
  • The Hershey Bears dropped the first of two key games to the Norfolk Admirals, and now they will have to win both of their remaining games to stay north of the playoff cutoff line. Yikes. [Patriot-News, SHoE]
  • Finally, happy 74th birthday to the late Tommy Williams and happy 49th to Kent Paynter.
  • One more: In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, Joel Ward has been invited to throw out the first pitch today at Nats-Cards. Tickets are available. [@WashCaps, CSNW]