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Tuesday Caps Clips: Gentlemen, Start Your Checkbooks

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Fresh off his first Draft as general manager, Brian MacLellan gets to try his hand at unrestricted free agency.

Rob Carr

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The NHL's silly season kicks off at noon Eastern today, when teams are allowed to sign unrestricted free agents to deals they'll likely regret within a couple of years. So what's what heading into the free agent frenzy?
    • The Caps' top priority is shoring up the blueline, and they've got options. [Rink, WaPo, Express, CSNW, RMNB]
    • Should they head in a different direction and choose to fill the gaping hole that will be left should Mikhail Grabovski sign elsewhere, there are options there, too. [Rink]
    • And Braden Holtby needs a back-up, so let's not forget about the goaltenders. [Rink]
  • Meet the assistants! [Dump 'N Chase, Monumental video (Reirden, Lambert, Korn, Forsythe), WaPo]
  • Alex Ovechkin: left wing or right wing? It doesn't matter. [WaPo]
  • Hop on the bus, Gus - Mike Green's driving. [Sporting News]
  • Power rankings already? Power rankings already. [ESPN]
  • Looking back on the Draft. Ah, memories. [ESPN ($), Talk The Red, HF]
  • New kid on the block Jakub Vrana was at Kettler yesterday, skating and meeting with the media. [Monumental video (skating, talking)]
  • Oh, and Nathan Walker is one heck of a story. [Sasky On Sport]
  • The Bears have their free agents too, y'know. [Patriot-News]
  • A three-foot-tall Ovechkin bobblehead, a.k.a. nightmare fuel. [Caps Outsider]
  • Assuming you like Internet things, it might interest you to know that Olie Kolzig has a new website. []
  • Finally, happy 56th birthday to John Barrett, and we wish a very happy Dominion Day to our Canadian friends.