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Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Loads of goodies from Day #4 - and scrimmage #1 - of Development Camp out at Kettler.


Your savory breakfast links:

  • Wrapping up Day #4 of Caps' development camp, with the first scrimmage in the books:
    • Chatting at the rink. [Monumental video (Rinkside UpdateTodd Reirden mic'd upBurakovsky]
    • Check out all of the highlights from yesterday's scrimmage... [Monumental video]
    • ...including a pretty wicked shootout goal from first-rounder Jakub Vrana that was so nice, they filmed it twice. [Monumental video (Angle 1Angle 2), RMNB]
    • Stars of the first scrimmage included Vrana, last year's first-round pick Andre Burakovsky and Travis Boyd, with Burakovsky getting a look at center. So that's the Caps' new 2C! [WaPoCSNW]
    • All joking aside, Burakovsky is looking to do what a few guys did last year and make a push for a spot on the NHL roster as a 19-year-old. []
    • A profile of goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley. [Caps OT]
    • Nathan Walker is in Arlington, VA this week, but his dreams of making the NHL have taken him all around the world. [WashTimes]
    • Connor Carrick is still getting over the fact that he played in the NHL last year, but he's ready to make it a permanent situation. [NBC4CSNW]
    • Camp invitee Eliot Antonietti is looking to make a name for himself besides just "the big bearded guy". [WaPo]
    • The fledgling Division I hockey program at Penn State now has representatives at a handful of NHL development camps this summer, including two right here at Kettler. [WaPo]
  • Talking defensive development, potential trades and a whole lot more in this week's Mailbag. Keep those questions coming - remember, you ask, we answer! [Rink]
  • New coach Barry Trotz is excited to move into the scrimmage portion of this week's camp, and is feeling good after talking to many of his players on the big club. [CSNW (and again)]
  • Hey, have you heard that not everyone loves the Brooks Orpik deal or Trotz's defense of it? [THW]
  • Devan Abercrombie grew up playing hockey at DC's Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club; now with a scholarship earned through the NHL's "Hockey is for Everyone" initiative, he hopes to inspire others to follow in his footsteps. [WaPo]
  • Left over from Wednesday's session, take a look at these awesomely hilarious drills Mitch Korn had the netminding prospects doing. [Fanpost]
  • The AHL will have a few new rules in the 2014-15 season, including a seven-minute overtime session that will feature both four-on-four and three-on-three play. [Patriot-News]
  • New Hershey coach Troy Mann has the full backing of a couple of former Bears' bench bosses in Mark French and Bob Woods... [Patriot-News]
  • ...who are eager to continue their friendship - and embark on a friendly rivalry - with their new gigs in the WHL. [Patriot-News]
  • French's hiring by the Calgary Hitmen was helped along by a glowing review from none other than current Cap and former Calgary defenseman Karl Alzner. [Patriot-News]
  • Looking back at Olie Kolzig, Killer Kaminski, Ken Klee,  Barry Trotz and the rest of the 1994 Portland Pirates. [Sun JournalMaine Journal]
  • Finally, happy 48th birthday to Bob Joyce and happy 58th to Jorgen Pettersson, and raise a glass in memory of the late Gaetan Duchesne, who would have been 52 today.