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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: George McPhee says goodbye, so all eyes turn to The Captain and more.

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Patrick Smith

Your savory breakfast links:

  • George McPhee met with the media yesterday to face the music. [Monumental (video), WaPo, CSNW (column, video, video), NHL.comExpressCP, RMNB (pics), DSP]
    • Was there a rift between the GM and his last bench boss? [RMNB]
    • Goodbye from Chocolatetown, USA. [Patriot-News]
  • A look back at the season that was for...
    • Karl Alzner... [Rink, RMNB]
    • ... Mike Green... [Peerless]
    • ... heck, all of the defensemen... [DSP]
    • ... and Chris Brown. [CSNW]
  • The GM is gone. The coaches - four of them - are gone. Ball's in your court, Alex Ovechkin. [WaPo]
  • Or should they just up and trade the captain? [CBC]
  • Maybe not. [Frankovic]
  • And did it almost happen "a couple of years ago," or is Boz just yappin'? [WaPo]
  • Five questions that need answers (and have nothing to do with why this night is different from all other nights). [WaPo]
  • Are the inmates running the asylum? [CBC]
  • "If the Caps had a more bruising defence corps and a bit more consistency in goal, they could be a factor again soon." Solid job identifying two things that aren't among the Caps' biggest issues. [Globe and Mail]
  • McPhee not only built it, but unwittingly helped to tear it down. [OFB]
  • The offseason is the worst season of all the seasons. [WashTimes]
  • Never tell me the odds! (OK, tell me the odds.) [PHT]
  • What the St. Louis Blues can learn from the 2009-10 Caps (hint: resist the urge to over-correct). [Grantland]
  • Sure, the Filip Forsberg and Semyon Varlamov trades gets a lot of "worst trade ever" ink, but how about that Cody Eakin deal? [RMNB]
  • I'll admit that I have little idea what Game of Thrones is all about, but these are pretty rad. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 34th birthday to Mathieu Biron and happy 58th to Steve Clippingdale.