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Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: There just might be a light at the end of the tunnel, Grubi's got a new lid, Backstrom has some new hardware and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The team's 2014-2015 season will be considered successful if _______________. [Rink]
  • The Caps' possession numbers may be trending in the right direction at long last. Here's hoping... [RMNB]
  • ... unless the team would benefit more from just blowing the whole thing up and starting over. [Fansided]
  • Russian players, they're just like us! sez Barry Trotz (who apparently is no Rex Ryan). [CSNW]
  • The Caps' new management team is working hard to strengthen ties between the parent club and its Hershey affiliate. [PressBox DC]
  • Speaking of Hershey, the old barn is getting rink-end netting, repurposed from Giant Center where they've installed new netting for 2014-15. Doug Yingst is looking for a way to host a preseason game there, but it won't be anytime soon. [Patriot-News]
  • Oh hai there Michael Latta. Perhaps we'll see you around more this year. [RNMB]
  • Related? Number 83 is number 23. [CSNW]
  • Philipp Grubauer unveiled his new 2014-2015 bucket, with a strong ratio of stars-to-weagles. It doesn't look very chocolatey, does it?  Maybe he'll just break it out when the Bears play the Rochester Amerks. [CSNW, RMNB]
  • Au revoir et bonne chance to Nicolas Deschamps, who decamps for Finland for the new season. [WaPo]
  • The franchise by the B's. [Peerless]
  • From the Caps on Holiday files, Nicklas Backstrom "... made an eagle and some birdies, so I'm happy." And where was he golfing? At the Gary Player Invitational at Wentworth. He was the "celebrity" in the "celebrity pro-am" format, and even though his foursome didn't backcheck and finished with an appalling minus-21, they managed to finish six shots better than the rest of the field and they took home the trophy. [Arbetarbladet, and again]
  • Congrats are in order for Joe Beninati, who will be calling college football and lacrosse games for the new kids in town, BTN (Big Ten Network). [UM Terps]
  • Finally, happy 59th birthday to one of the O.G. Caps, Mike Marson.
  • Oh, and one more thing: