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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Backstrom chats about his summer and the upcoming season, expect MoJo to regain his mojo and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Reminder that voting for the first part of the first round of our first GIF tournament ends at 11:55 pm tonight - and stay tuned for the other half of the bracket this Friday! [Rink]
  • Fantasy notes on a possibly under-rated Alex Ovechkin. [Dobber]
  • "[N]ot making the playoffs last year might have been the greatest day going forward for our organization..." Brooks Laich goes into detail on the changes in store for the team after a season spent on the outside looking in. [NHL.com]
  • Nicklas Backstrom spoke with the Swedish press about his summer so far and the team's fresh new start. [HockeyramblingsArbetarbladet.se (video)]
  • Speaking of Backstrom, he was one of many NHLers to participate in Brynas's Black & White scrimmage yesterday, an event that drew beyond a packed house. [Aftonbladet.se]
  • Like Jason Chimera immediately before him, expect Marcus Johansson to be among those who could bounce back from an unsustainably low shooting percentage next season... one would think, because 7.5% is a tad bit low for him. [Hockey-graphs]
  • Oh and hey, speaking of Marcus, he's #14 on the list of impact Caps for the 2014-15. [CSNW]
  • Fun fact: Barry Trotz once coached two-time Cup-winning bench boss Joel Quenneville. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • "H" is for hockey! And also for a bunch of former Caps. [Peerless]
  • More on former Caps' goaltending coach Arturs Irbe and his new gig with the Buffalo Sabres. [CSNW]
  • As NHL teams continue to bring in new voices who understand the importance of analytics in hockey, perhaps we can put an end to statements like "watch the game, nerd!" [RMNB]
  • While back home in Orland Park, Illinois, Connor Carrick took some time out of his vacation to help out with some local youth hockey players. [OP Prairie (reg. required)]
  • Ravens' coach John Harbaugh will face his brother in preseason action tomorrow night, just one of many sets of coaching siblings with local ties - including former Caps' brass Bryan and Terry Murray. [Pressbox Online]