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Monday Caps Clips: Development Camp Opens

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Campers, campers. The future is now.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The 2014 Capitals Prospect Development Camp kicks off at Kettler this morning.  Team White hits the ice at 9:00am, with Team Red following at 10:45, and then more ice time for both teams at 4:00pm. [Pressbox DC]
    • Can't tell the players without nametags hastily velcro'd onto practice jerseys a program.Here's the official guide from the team with schedule... [Capitals]
    • ... and here's the authoritative unofficial guide expertly assembled by sk84fun_DC. [FanPost]
  • The team is already beginning to look distinctly Trottsian... [CSNW]
    • ... "[N]ew coach Barry Trotz will have this group dialed in defensively. It will hurt to play the Capitals, which hasn’t been said in a long time." [Blue Jackets Extra]
    • ... even as the Metropolitan Division is undergoing dramatic change this offseason. [CSNWCharlotte Observer, NHL.com]
  • In which Tyler Dellow joins the Brooks Orpik conversation. [mc79hockey]
  • Braden Holtby, the cage is yours. Now go stop some pucks. [CSNW, PHT]
  • Tom Wilson and Rich Clune danced, and it was a dance to behold. [Caps Outsider]
  • A few updates to the Caps on Holiday notebook:
    • Alex Ovechkin and Pavel Datsyuk will be working with the kiddies in a youth hockey workshop in Sochi. [vesti.ru]
    • Joel Ward played in Wayne Simmonds' charity ball hockey tournament in the GTA. Tom Wilson was scheduled to play as well, but... yeah. [WRHW]
    • Brooks Laich's new lady love is a lady in love, for true. [E! Online]
  • Fifty years ago, the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall was thisclose to being remodeled into an 8 1/2 acre skating rink.  But then the bureaucrats got involved. [Puck Buddys]
  • Best wishes to Chris Peters, the proprietor of the United States of Hockey blog, who announced that USoH will go dark as he takes over the CBS Eye on Hockey site from Brian Stubits. #merica. [USoH]
  • And finally, the Rink raises a stick salute to the memory of John Beamer, who was the Caps' press box announcer for over thirty years. He retired this past April, and passed away this weekend. Rest well, John. [@CapsPR]