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Sunday Caps Clips: Boom Goes the Dynamite

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The hammer falls, the shoe drops; GMGM and HCAO get the gate.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Capitals' 2013-2014 season ended with a 1-0 shootout loss to Tampa and several burning questions, none more immediate than the continued employment of its head coach and general manager.  That question was answered on Saturday, when the team announced that GM George McPhee's expiring contract would not be renewed and that head coach Adam Oates had been relieved of his duties. [RinkCaps Today,, WaPo (and again), WashTimesCSNW, NBC4, Puck Daddy, THN, USA Today, SB Nation, RMNB (video), Kukla, TMM]
    • Ted Leonsis and Dick Patrick held a presser, and shared how they arrived at this difficult decision. [Caps, CSNW (video, blog), RMNB, PHT]
    • At least it wasn't all Alex Ovechkin's fault. Probably. [ESPN]
    • Unless maybe it was. [WaPo]
    • "Ted Leonsis is finally doing something besides blog." [WaPo]
    • Requiem for a general manager. [Rink, Peerless, Sporting News, SB Nation]
    • Requiem for a micromanager. [RMNB]
    • Adam Oates thanks the or-gan-i-zation for the opportunity, etc. [CSNW]
  • And now, to the future:
    • First step - solve the Caps' identity crisis. [Puck Daddy]
    • No, seriously - what's next? [THN, ESPN ($)]
    • Saturday's moves were the correct ones... [CSNW (video)]
    • .... but beware some possible danger signs. [DSP]
    • Someone make sure to keep Hershey in the loop, m'kay? [Patriot-News]
  • Who ya got?
  • Finally, happy 26th birthday to Semyon Varlamov.