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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The World Championships get underway in Minsk, Mike Haviland departs Hershey and more.

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  • After one season in Hershey, Mike Haviland has decided to leave the Bears for a coaching gig at Colorado College. As if this summer won't be busy enough... [SBN College HockeyPatriot-News and again), WaPoAPSHOE
  • The World Championships are officially underway:
    • Alex Ovechkin and Team Russia got off to a hot start, downing Switzerland 5-0 in their opening match, with the captain picking up a power-play goal (natch) and adding an assist. [WashTimesRMNB]
    • Not such good times for the trio of Caps on Team Canada, however, as former Cap Cristobal Huet shut the door in the shootout to help France upset the Canadians. [APNHL]
    • Meanwhile Mikhail Grabovski had an assist on the host country's lone tally in a lopsided loss to Team USA. [USA TodayIIHF]
  • Speaking of Grabovski, catch up on Mike Vogel's final sit-down with the center. [Rinkside Update]
  • More end-of-season report cards:
  • A few weeks after being dismissed from the Caps, Adam Oates has only nice things to say about the organization that kicked him to the curb. N'aww. [CSNW]
  • When the Caps go looking for a general manager, they should try thinking outside the box - and bringing in someone who does the same. [Jumping the Glass]
  • There weren't many bright spots in a season that saw the Caps miss the playoffs for the first time in six seasons, but Evgeny Kuznetsov's arrival definitely qualifies. [Caps Outsider]
  • Pretty cool story of how John Carlson made one lucky Caps fan's day at a local Wawa. [RMNB]