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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Sarge gets his day with the Cup, a Penguin takes note of the sudden gaps in his blueline, a Dima-Sasha summit in New York and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • A stick salute for Sarge. Stanley Cup Champion  Jeff Schultz had his day with the chalice. Well done, old friend. [RMNBBarstool Sports]
    • Get 'em while they're hot. [Amazon]
    • A season spent in professional purgatory ended with a championship and a contract extension. Notable and quotable: "He was part of a penalty kill that killed off the final eight Ducks power plays spread across a pair of wins that catapulted the Kings into the Western Conference Final." [LA Kings Insider]
  • Contender or Pretender? Looking ahead to a new season. [THW]
  • The Caps' 7th-most impactful player is Evgeny Kuznetsov. [CSNW]
  • Marc-Andre Fleury has a sadz. [CSNW]
  • Musings on puck possession and other topics with Caps AGM Ross Mahoney. [Dump 'n' Chase]
  • Look out Sid! Alex Ovechkin is coming for your hypothetical Art Ross trophy. Again. [Puck Daddy]
  • "Hulking" forward Tim Spencer signed an AHL contract with Hershey. [Patriot-News]
  • The Caps' prospect pool is rated fair to middlin'. So middlin', in fact, that it is ranked #15 in a 30-team league. [ESPN $]
    • Speaking of prospects, here's an interview with Jakub Vrana and other members of the Czech WJC Training Camp team, after a 3-0 loss to Team USA. The interview is fairly boilerplate athlete-on-the-losing-team fare, but OMG WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR NOSE, JAKUB? [Czechlist]
  • From the Caps on Holiday files:
    • Mike Green and his beautiful bride are on le honeymoon in Paris. [RMNB]
    • Oh hai there Sasha Semin, chillaxing in New York with Dmitry Orlov.  Dinner today, wrist rehab tomorrow. [RMNB]
    • Binky WENT THERE for his #ALSIceBucketChallenge, by golly.  Joel Ward could not be reached for comment. [@StevenOleksy]
    • Oh that?  That's nothing. You should see the other guy. [@StevenOleksy (with content advisory - he's on his way to get stitched up.)]
  • Finally, happy 39th birthday to Brendan Morrison, happy 45th to James Black, and happy 60th to Roland Stoltz.