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Friday Caps Clips: Authoring A First Draft

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Brian MacLellan steps into the spotlight, plenty of Draft nuggets to chew on, another new coach, a new old affiliate and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • On the eve of his first Draft as general manager, Brian MacLellan (and assistant GM Ross Mahoney) sat down with Mike Vogel for a quick conversation. [Monumental (video)]
    • One nugget (or maybe it's two nuggets) from the chat: the team is in talks with a third and final assistant coach, but Blaine Forsythe will be staying with the team, though "his role's going to be changed a little bit." [WaPo]
    • Spoiler alert: that third and final assistant coach is Lane Lambert. [CSNW, WaPo]
  • Back to the Draft:
    • The plan is simple: pick the best player available. [Pressbox DC]
    • Lucky 13 indeed. [Dump 'n Chase]
    • Previewing the Caps' draft. [HF]
    • Wrapping up the mockery. [WaPo]
    • Okay, one more. [CSNW]
    • Time for GMBM to step up and make a difference. [Express]
    • Oh, and how about a coach for Hershey? [Patriot-News]
  • The Caps have had one of the five best draft classes of the past decade... and it wasn't the one in which they selected Alex Ovechkin, Jeff Schultz, Mike Green, Sami Lepisto and Andrew Gordon. [ESPN ($)]
  • Say what you want about George McPhee, he can out-draft a potato (which is more than you can say for some of the NHL's general managers. [Canucks Army]
  • And, of course, the Draft isn't just about selecting 18-year-olds who may or may not amount to much of anything; it's also about making moves involving veteran players who may or may not amount to much of anything. Here are five trade chips in GMBM's arsenal. [WaPo]
  • The Caps will once again be affiliated with ECHL South Carolina (after two years apart), which just sorta feels right. [WaPo, CSNW, Ted's Take, Patriot-News, Caps Outsider]
  • London, Ontario: hotbed for NHL scouts and Qdoba aficionados. [LFP]
  • Ryan Stoa may or may not be going to the KHL, which is about as much information as anyone really needs about Ryan Stoa. [WaPo, Patriot-News]
  • Finally, happy 30th birthday to D.J. King.