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Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Working up to "The Capitals Way", Karl Alzner checks in, Ovi is getting new wheels, Joel Ward talks metric football and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Caps coaching staff is developing their vision of "The Capitals Way" and working up models of what they might need from the players' leadership group. Much of this, naturally, will fall into place when they actually meet their team. [WaPo]
  • Related: This month is prob'ly not the best time to ask Barry Trotz about his line combinations and d-pairs and such. "I always call it 'fantasy hockey' when you ask me those questions in July", sez Coach. Plus a #protip for Tom Wilson - his injury is likely opening up opportunities for other players. [Press Box DC]
  • "The Caps should absolutely/definitely/probably/maybe/or maybe not/or maybe trade Mike Green" articles only appear on days ending in "Y", so here is Thursday's version. [CSNW]
  • Karl Alzner checked in on the Brady and Walker podcast and had some thoughts on losing Grabo, gaining a defensive-minded coach in Barry Trotz, his new blueline teammates Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, the promise of Evgeny Kuznetsov , and by the way, his wife is due two weeks before the Winter Classic. [sportsnet.ca (scroll down to July 16, 7am at about the 14:20 mark), Nichols on Hockey (partial transcript)]
  • In other Alzner news, if life (or the Kettler Caps team store) hands you lemons, make marmalade. [@justmikeday]
  • Nathan Walker and his mum are taking Australia by storm... [news.com.au]
  • ... and if you click on only one link today, make it this fantastic interactive Australian introductory guide to the sport of ice hockey. [The Age]
  • Vitek Vanecek's Liberec teammates and fans are happy for his success, but the Bílí Tygři (White Tigers) were hoping for a couple-three more years with the home team. [NHL.cz, iSport.blesk.cz, and an unrelated but fun pictorial of Liberec doing some summer training (Facebook)]
  • Chandler Stephenson is ready to fight for a spot in Hershey this coming season. [CSNW]
  • From the Caps on Holiday files:
    • Alex Ovechkin asked, and Vladimir Putin answered.  The members of the 2014 IIHF World Cup gold medal-winning Russian national team are taking delivery of their brand new Mecedes GL's, complete with custom "Sbornaya Rossiya" license plates. [gazeta.ru, vesti.kz (links in Russian)]
    • Speaking of Ovi, if your walls are in need of some Rocket Richard rejuvenation, we've got you covered. [Dogum Design]
    • Joel Ward did a little cross-sport diplomacy at Dero United, the summer soccer camp founded by former D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario. [@DeroUnited]
    • Jason Chimera and Connor Carrick teed it up at Pebble Beach for the NHLPA's annual charity golf game. [NHLPA, @NHLPA]
  • #28 in the hockey logo rankings and #1 in our hearts, the Caps' wordmark confounds. [THN]
  • Finally, congrats are in order for former Cap Mike Knuble, who has been named to the 2014 class of the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame. [mlive]