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Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The evergreen and eternal Quest For a Second Line Center begins anew, Ovechkin gets some defense, the kids go camping and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Rosters, debated. [Rink]
    • Barry Trotz has full faith in his second-line center - just as soon as he figures out who that will be. [HBPHT]
    • Related: The Swedish press is watching the North American press watching Andre Burakovsky. [Aftonbladet, ViaSatSport]
    • Also related:  Eric Fehr, #16 in your programs and #18 in your top 25. [CSNW]
  • Lay off Alex Ovechkin already, people. I mean, really. Sheesh. [Puck Daddy]
  • In which the Caps join the prestigious list of NHL teams facing an identity crisis. [sports-central]
  • E is NOT for Esa Tikkanen. [Peerless]
  • "There’s just a strength that comes with having kids and drinking beer and those kind of things. These guys have it and I try to compete with it." Rock on, Connor Carrick. [WaPo]
  • Three of the Caps kiddies are headed for WJC U-20 selection camps - Madison Bowey to Camp Canada, and Jakub Vrana and Vitek Vanecek to Camp Czech - both camps are being held in Montreal. [WaPo]
  • Belated congrats are in order for Vrana, who was named the best Czech junior player for 2013-2014 at the prestigious Zlatá Hokejka (Golden Hockey Stick) Awards in June. [ZH.eu, FinancniNoviny (pics)]
  • You may recall that the Caps had some interest in Swedish free-agent defenseman Daniel Rahimi earlier this summer, at least until he sustained a lacerated kidney at the World Cup. Well, he has recovered more-or-less fully and is back in training with the SHL's Linkoping - where he played last year with Vrana. [Expressen]
  • Former Cap Mathieu Perreault spoke about his decision to sign with Winnipeg. Money, term, and the promise of lots and lots of ice time worked to bring him to Manitoba. Bonne chance, MattyP. [Le Journal de Quebec]
  • Finally, Danielle Sikes is a Congressional legislative correspondent by day, a Red Rocker by night - and #1 on The Hill's 2014 list of the "50 Most Beautiful". [NBC4, The Hill]