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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Brooks Orpik dismisses the haters, Coach Trotz and Joe B go for a dip and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Just how bad will the Caps' fourth line be next season? An answer to that and other burning mid-August questions in the Japers' Rink Mailbag. [Rink]
  • Nicklas Backstrom: the guy with the second-biggest potential impact on the Caps in 2014-15. Only one remains... but who could it be??? [CSNW]
  • As the long offseason continues, a look back at the very first offseason, when players and fans alike tried to recover from that eight-win season. Someday... [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Talk about Brooks Orpik being overpaid all you want; he's not listening. [WaPo]
  • So the Caps' blueline is pretty well stocked - but where are there other jobs up for grabs in the lineup, and in the rest of the division? []
  • Mark your calendars, because the Kings will be bringing their Cup-winning swagger to DC in early February. And maybe, just maybe, Jeff Schultz. [CSNW]
  • Apparently Alex Ovechkin won't lead the League in goals in 2014-15 because a) he doesn't play with any elite playmakers, b) Barry Trotz, c) it's too much pressure to repeat, or d) all of the above. Um... discuss. [PDL]
  • Speaking of The Cap'n, I don't want to give away anything, but he might be on the Caps' all-time "O" team (and he might get to work with Adam Oates again!). [Peerless]
  • Of course, not everyone thinks he'll have an issue finding the back of the net next season - just one of a handful of bold predictions for the upcoming Caps' season. [THW]
  • After watching him sign his entry-level deal with the Caps earlier this summer, the Regina Pats are preparing themselves for life after Chandler Stephenson. [Regina Leader-Post]
  • Checking in with 2013 draft pick Zach Sanford. [Rinkside Update]
  • Hardly a day goes by without someone saying "THIS ALS ice bucket challenge is the best one yet!" But no, really... this one from Trotz and Joe Beninati is pretty flippin' great. [Monumental video]
  • Looking at life for Sergei Gonchar after the Caps. Besides all of the "whoop whoop"s, of course. [CSNW]
  • Finally, happy birthday to former player and assistant coach Dean Evason, who hits the big 5-0 today.