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Friday Caps Clips: Happy Birthday, America

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Chatting with (and about) the newest Caps, introducing the new Bears' bench bosses and more.

Martin Rose

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Talking blueliners and second-line centers in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. Keep those questions coming - you ask, we answer! [Rink]
  • Tuesday was a pricey day for the Caps, as they shelled out over $67 million on defensemen alone - but the moves to upgrade the blueline should pay off. [WashTimes]
  • And for their troubles, they get a not-completely-failing grade on July 1. Hooray! [Puck Daddy]
  • Well... unless you ask these guys. Worst. Signing. Ever. [WaPo]
  • Meanwhile, Brooks Orpik admits that it was a "no brainer" to sign with his one-time rival. I can think of 27.5 million reasons why that was the case... [CSNW, with a closer look at Orpik at BrooksLaichyear, who also has a rundown of all of Tuesday's signing action]
  • As for the other blueline acquisition, Matt Niskanen is ready for the challenge of high expectations that accompany his high paycheck. [WaPoCSNW]
  • And what of the Caps' highest-paid blueliner, Mike Green? He's still in the Caps' plans, and they hope to get him back on track. Yes, please. [WaPoNBC4]
  • Checking in with the Metropolitan Division to see who got better, who got worse, and who got bored in the first few days of free agency. [The Cannon]
  • A day after being announced as the new Hershey coaching staff, head coach Troy Mann and assistant Bryan Helmer met with the media:
    • Check out the full video of the introductory press conference here.
    • It was an emotional moment for Mann, who returns to the Bears after a brief foray into ECHL excellence. [WaPoPatriot-News]
    • The men at the helm (...sorry) speak about their new roles with Hershey. [Patriot-News video (MannHelmer)]
    • First on the agenda for Mann and Helmer? Development camp at Kettler, which gets underway Monday. [CapsWaPoPatriot-News]
  • Journeyman defenseman Tyson Strachan is off on another journey... to Buffalo. Or Rochester, more likely. [SabresAPSports Xchange]
  • Friday Flashback #1: Another dip into the awesomeness that was the cheesy lip-syncing magic of the Caps' late 80s/early 90s highlight video. [Grantland (DGB)]
  • Friday Flashback #2: Cooking with GM Brian MacLellan, 1990-style. [WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 42nd birthday to Mike Knuble, and happy 238th birthday, America! (Well... sort of.)