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Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Nine Caps descend on Minsk for the World Championships, grading the renaissance of Fehr and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • A look at which teams the Caps should emulate and a coaching comparison in this week's mailbag. Remember to keep those questions coming - you ask, we answer! [Rink]
  • The IIHF World Championships get underway today in Minsk, and the Caps will be well represented, with nine members of the organization participating... [Dump 'n ChaseWaPo]
  • ...including Jason Chimera, who was named an alternate captain for Team Canada in his third World Championship appearance. Congrats! [Hockey Canada]
  • You can catch all the action - or at least Team USA's action - on NBCSN throughout the tournament. [Caps]
  • As the Caps find themselves looking for their fourth bench boss in five years, they might want to opt for one with a wee bit o' NHL experience. [CSNW]
  • If you were hoping the Leafs would fire Randy Carlyle so the Caps could hire him, well... sorry. Both for Carlyle's extension and for that massive head trauma you must have suffered. [Puck Daddy]
  • Thoughts on the coaching carousel, including a potential new home for ousted head coach Adam Oates. [ESPN]
  • Player report cards:
  • If you create a stat that ranks the "best" players in the NHL, and neither Sidney Crosby nor Alex Ovechkin crack even the top 150... it's probably not a very good stat. Just a thought. [WaPo]
  • Reports out of Sweden are saying that the Caps have signed prospect Christian Djoos, just under a month shy of the deadline to do so. [Hockey SverigeRMNB]
  • Steve Oleksy and Tomas Kundratek recently hung out with members of the Blue Man Group. Bet you can't tell which is which in the picture. [Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, happy 63rd birthday to Steve Self, happy 35th to Andrej Podkonicky, and happy 47th to Mark Tinordi.