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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Backstrom finally gets his silver medal, the Caps are both poorly managed and fascinating and more.

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  • Looking ahead to what to expect from Philipp Grubauer (and when), JP faces his fears and more in this week's mailbag. [Rink]
  • Finally, finally, finally, Nicklas Backstrom is officially a silver medalist. Congrats, sir. [THN, CBS SportsExpressenFTWTHN]
  • Alex Ovechkin scores a lot of goals. And last time I checked, the way a hockey team wins games is by getting more of those goal thingys than the other team. But sure... he's overrated. [THW]
  • Love Ovechkin and love to hate him - that's pretty much the way life goes for fans of not-the-Caps. [SCoC]
  • The Caps are one of the ten most fascinating NHL teams in 2014-15 season... [Puck Daddy]
  • ...and also, coincidentally, one of the "worst managed" teams in the League. Kind of unfair for a number of reasons, including that the new guy's been in place for just a few months, but whatever. [Bleacher Report]
  • He's still adjusting to life in the US and still learning English, but Evgeny Kuznetsov knows one very important English phrase: "I want to win the Cup". [NHL.com]
  • Bet you can't guess who makes yet another appearance on yet another "worst contracts" list! ...okay, maybe you can. But hey, at least he's not #1 this time? [THN]
  • Taking a fantasy hockey look at new Caps' blueliner Matt Niskanen. [Along the Boards]
  • Always fun when Ovechkin takes to social media to toe the Vladimir Putin Party Line. [Vox, RMNB]
  • The average lifespan of an NHL coach these days is 2.4 years. So start the clock on Barry Trotz and hope for an over-the-average performance... [THN]
  • Jakub Vrana would like to make the NHL as soon as possible - and after impressing at last month's development camp, the next step on his journey is the upcoming rookie camp. [Aftonbladet]
  • Another prospect eyeing an NHL job in the near future is Madison Bowey, who in the meantime is hoping to lead his Kelowna Rockets to a championship. [Daily Courier]
  • Life after the Caps for Mike Gartner. [CSNW]
  • Vogs hops in the wayback machine for a look at the first captain in Caps' history, Doug Mohns. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • If the rumors of NHL expansion pan out, who would the Caps keep in an expansion draft? [Stars and Sticks]
  • The 17th best city to be a sports fan is the Washington/Baltimore area. You know, unless you like teams that win stuff a lot. [Bleacher Report]
  • Projecting  Jay Beagle's 2014-15 season. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Now that the AHL schedule is out, the Bears have released their promotional schedule. Snow globes and bobbleheads and jerseys, oh my! [Patriot-News]
  • New Bears' goalie Eddie Pasquale, obtained from the Jets earlier this summer, had offseason hip surgery but should be ready to go for the start of the season. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, happy 54th birthday to Tim Tookey and happy 33rd to Martin Erat.