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Wednesday Caps Clips: Pilfering Penguins

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Free agent frenzy opens with a defensive bang for the Caps, Braden Holtby gets a new backup and more.

Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Your savory breakfast links:

  • One day of free agency in the books, and the Caps wore out their bank account:
  • The Caps' brass checked in with the media to discuss the moves of the day. [Monumental (MacLellanReirden), Ted's TakeWaPoRMNB]
  • After a busy day of shopping, the verdict is in and apparently the Caps are... losers. Welp. [Yahoo!The Score]
  • They weren't the only ones spreading some cash around; the rest of the Metropolitan (and the League) was making some moves, as well. [CSNWTribLiveAP]
  • The Caps may have added some new names to the roster, but it looks like they will also be subtracting one, as Mikhail Grabovski will test the market. [WaPo]
  • And because of that, signing Niskanen shouldn't be the last move they make. [F Street Faithful]
  • They did do one thing they set out to do from the start, though, and that was to address the team's defensive depth. [WaPoWashTimesAPSports XchangeDSPWNST]
  • Meanwhile the Penguins say goodbye to some familiar faces. N'aww. [TribLivePensblog]
  • Brian MacLellan does seem to be a change from his predecessor... but is that change necessarily a good thing? [CSNWF Street Faithful]
  • Doing a little farm work:
    • Defensive depth bolstered, the Caps turned their focus to the AHL, signing Chris Conner (another former Penguin), Jon Landry and Mike Moore to two-way deals. [Caps (ConnerLandry/Moore), Patriot-News (and again)]
    • As expected, goalie David Leggio is on his way out of Chocolatetown after signing a deal with the Islanders. [Patriot-News]
    • What lies ahead for the Bears this offseason? [THW]
  • Finally, happy 38th birthday to Tomas Vokoun... and happy 56th to our old friend George McPhee.