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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Year-end reviews, Oates and Ovi chatter and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • A look back at the season that was for...
  • By the by, if you're wondering when our Rink Wraps will start rollin', wonder no more - Alzner, Karl drops on Monday.
  • Adam Oates defends his methods of trying to make the team better... [CSNW]
  • ... as he twists in the wind... [PHT]
  • ... while his captain says he's "a pleasure to work with." (Not exactly the juicy "coach-killer" red meat for which the vultures are clamoring.) [RMNB]
  • And speaking of numero ocho, "Could one argue that he is the worst player in the NHL?" "Is Ovechkin the worst defender in any two-way sport? I don't know." [WaPo]
  • Oh, and "[i]f Alex Ovechkin ever thought of hiking off to the KHL down the road, it [sic] could land with the Moscow Dynamo, for whom he’s an adviser." Because journalism. [Edmonton Journal]
  • The 2013-14 disappointment stretches all the way from D.C. to Hershey... [Patriot-News, LDN, CSNW, SHoE]
  • ... and might even reach as far as Erie, Pennsylvania, where Andre Burakovsky and the Otters are now one game away from being swept by the Guelph Storm after Monday's 7-1 drubbing. Game Four is tonight at 7:30 Eastern. [CBC]
  • Big season-ending wrap-up podcast on Talk The Red tonight starting at 7:30, featuring a handful of local Caps writers (including yours truly), so tune in.
  • Finally, happy 69th birthday to Bob Paradise, happy 53rd to Bob Mason, and raise a glass for the late Peter Zezel, who would have been 49 today.