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Labor Day Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps' diaspora is re-aspora, Philly's fancystats have a Capitals flavor, Ovi takes one for the team and more.

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Rob Carr

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Destination DC - With rookie camp scheduled to start a week from Thursday and main camp the week after, the current and future Caps, Bears and Stingrays are beginning to make their way to Ballston:
    • Karl Alzner and family checked in from I-70. [RMNB]
    • Marcus Johansson has been building a new house in Karlstad and working out with his lockout team, Karlskoga BIK.  He's headed stateside September 2. []
    • Jakub Vrana has been playing well for Linkopings (on a line with Jeff Taffe and Jacob Micflikier), but left yesterday for Prague to take care of some visa issues. [Aftonbladet]
    • Related: Caps' Euro scout Mats Weiderstal says the team is really impressed with his development but the 18-year-old will most likely play this season in Sweden. []
    • Kevin Elgestal could not be more excited - he's got a ticket for rookie camp and main camp.  He has just wrapped up a tournament with Smakronora, Sweden's U-20 team.  They finished second to Finland. [Expressen]
    • Christian Djoos has been playing very well for Brynas in the SHL preseason and will be headed across the Pond on September 8. [Expressen, Hockey Ramblings]
    • Nathan Walker dropped the ceremonial first puck for the AIHL's Goodall Cup championship and spent one last weekend being Australia's Most Famous Hockey Player. [Stock Journal, @mustangs_hockey]
  • In the meantime, Alex Ovechkin is winding down his hometown obligations with the traditional end-of-summer charity tournament, now with added international sanctions. [RMNB]
  • Right here in River City we've got Trouble with a Capitals T which rhymes with V which stands for Very Few Games Played. [Peerless, and again]
  • "The Flyers got into the [fancystats] action this year by hiring former Washington Capitals manager of team services Ian Anderson as "manager of hockey analytics..." [USA Today]
  • Finally, happy 54th birthday to Alan Haworth and Brian Bellows hits the big 5-0.