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Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Grabo's agent gives a status update, Laich's agent does not forsee a buyout, Orlov talks table tennis, and better know your World Cup players and teams.

Greg Fiume

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Mikhail Grabovski's agent confirms, more or less, that the Caps are still in contention for his client's affections, but as yet no i's have been dotted nor t's crossed. And then there's that whole pesky "June 25-30 window to talk to other interested teams" clause. Operators are standing by. [WaPo]
  • Brooks Laich's agent, on the other hand, hastens to assure anxious fans that his client is not a candidate for a compliance buyout, no way, no how. Certainly not. Nope. Non. Nein. [CSNW, PHT]
  • The Captain's four-goal game Mattered - for mostly all the wrong reasons. [Peerless]
  • Hey, let's take a few free-agent defensemen out for a test drive. Be extra careful with the Anton Stralman model - it just got a lot more expensive. [BrooksLaichYear]
    • The Dmitry Orlov model defenseman is still in the shop for repairs, but that didn't keep Dima from spending a nice long morning chatting with the kids back home at the Novokuznetsk table tennis school. The cast and sling look fairly significant. [TVN-TV (via GoogleTrans), SportKuzbass (video), links thanks to CapsFan75]
    • And the John Carlson model defenseman will throw in free floor mats tomorrow if you adopt these adorable puppies today. [RMNB]
  • We had the story for you on Monday in Swedish; now you can read it in English.  Andre Burakovsky is ready to tear it up on the pro circuit, just as soon as his shölder heals up. [RMNB]
  • Caps prospect forward Brian Pinho is headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame - in the form of the Clark Cup-clinching puck that went into the opposing net off his twig. Nifty! [USHL]
  • Timely and topical - The Caps Fan's guide to the (metric football) World Cup. Viva las vuvuzelas! [Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, happy 39th birthday to Frederic Cassivi.