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Wednesday Caps Clips: Meet the Press

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Brian MacLellan and Barry Trotz meet the DC media (and a few of their players) to lay out their future plans, and more.

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Patrick Smith

Your savory breakfast links:

  • A day after their new employment was announced, GM Brian MacLellan and head coach Barry Trotz took to the podium for their first press conference in DC. [Monumental video (press conferenceLeonsis post-press conference), WashTimes, Globe and Mail, SB NationPressboxDC]
  • The new hires were a pretty clear message that the organization is looking to refresh, not rebuild... [NHL.comDSPRMNB]
  • ...and their success or failure, as with everything else, could boil down to the man with the 'C' on his jersey. [WashTimes]
  • Brooks Laich, Braden Holtby, John Carlson and Jason Chimera were all on hand to greet their new bosses. [CSNW, Monumental video (LaichHoltbyCarlsonChimera)]
  • While the focus is on the current team, there will also be more of an emphasis on developing young players, in DC and throughout the system. [WaPoPatriot-News]
  • Remember that Shawn Simpson rant about Mr. MacLellan? Craig Laughlin chalks that up to a bit of sour grapes. [WaPo]
  • For the longest time, the Caps' M.O. has been to go with the experienced GM and a rookie GM; with MacLellan and Trotz, they've flipped the script. [WaPo (Wise)]
  • But is promoting MacLellan an inspired move or just more of the same? [DSP]
  • More on MacLellan: 
    • Post-press conference chat. [Monumental video]
    • MacLellan will have quite a tall task ahead of him this summer, whether it's addressing soon-to-be free agent Mikhail Grabovski or that pesky blue line. [WaPo]
    • He also needs - and wants - to put his own stamp on the team for which he's worked for over a decade. [CSNWWashTimesPuck Buddy]
    • MacLellan picked a pretty ballsy move to kick off his job interview - he told his boss what he was doing wrong. [WaPo (and again), Slam]
    • So who is this Brian MacLellan fellow? [THW]
  • More on Trotz: 
  • Meanwhile, as the new coach was making radio waves, his predecessor took to the air to chat about his time behind the Caps bench. [TSN 1260]
  • He's also winning awards for his work in DC which is just...something. [WaPo]
  • Breaking down the 2013-14 Rocket Richard-winning season for Alex Ovechkin. [RinkRMNB]
    • Speaking of Ovechkin, the man knows how to party. Now picture that celebration a million times bigger, with a trophy a million times better... [Puck Daddy]
  • A look at the season that was for the dearly departed (it's not as morbid as it sounds). [Peerless]
  • Laich continues to be pain-free (and did a jig to prove it, which somehow didn't get captured on video) and is working toward being functional. [WaPo]
  • It's pretty much accepted that NHL players peak in their late 20s - but why? [WaPo]
  • Wings fans ponder the possibility of Mike Green wearing the winged wheel. [A2Y]
  • Meanwhile we can ponder the possibility of Ales Hemsky rocking the red here in DC. [Vavel]
  • The trade request: hockey's version of "he's just not that into you". Good times. [THW]
  • Finally, happy 59th birthday to Doug Hicks, happy 46th to Jim Hrivnak, happy 65th to Gary Inness, happy 62nd to Jack Lynch, happy 41st to Pat Peake and happy 59th to former head coach Ron Wilson.