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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A summer of disappointment, looking at offer sheets and hits, the NHL goes to court and more.

Rob Carr

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Check out the remaining eight competitors in our bracket of 16 as the GIF tournament continues - and don't forget to vote! Yay, summer. [Rink]
  • A look back:
    • So many disappointments, so little space, as JP contributes to Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer series. If you need a really cheery, uplifting read... well, this ain't it. But read it anyway. [Puck Daddy]
    • Speaking of disappointments, take a trip down memory lane with a look at that horrible inaugural Caps' season - when the GM actually begged the rest of the League for help. [THN]
  • A look ahead:
    • Breaking down the players in the Eastern Conference who could break out in 2014-15... [Sportsnet]
    • ...looking at #11 of 25 impact players for the Caps, Brooks Laich... [CSNW]
    • ...and previewing the team as a whole. [Rotoworld]
  • Turns out that not everyone is so critical of the Caps' offseason moves so far. [Toronto Star]
  • A suit against the NHL's restrictions on local broadcasts will head to trial next year, and could become a class action... which means every Center Ice customer would become a plaintiff. Which is awesome for so many reasons. [TSN]
  • Looking at why RFA offer sheets are so rare, and why it may not just be about the the "old boys network" of NHL GMs. [LHH]
  • An in-depth look at why "hits" in the NHL are a flawed statistic that actually have very little to do with overall success...usually because it means the other team has the puck. Preach. [The Cannon]
  • Vogs chats with 2014 draftee Steven Spinner. [Rinkside Update]
  • More on Nicklas Backstrom's silver medal, which he's set to receive at the end of this month. [CSNW]
  • Julien Brouillette, who made his NHL debut with the Caps last year after appearing in almost 450 AHL/ECHL games, has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Jets. [JetsAPSportsXchange]
  • Craig Laughlin not only hosted the annual coaches vs. students game for his Network Hockey program, he also played in it - alongside his son and daughter. [WaPoCaps Outsider]
  • Everyone gets a statue! You get a statue, and you get a statue... [THN]
  • EA's NHL15 player rankings are out, and Alex Ovechkin checks in as the highest-rated... left wing. Well, he may be there in 2015, we don't know. [Gamenguide]
  • Finally, happy 62nd birthday to Harvey Bennett and happy 52nd to Jim Johnson.