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Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals at Flyers Rookie Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Caps' prospects head to NJ to take on the future Flyers, almost all present and accounted for at KCI, Mitch Korn talks goalies and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Barry Trotz isn't looking to change Alex Ovechkin's game - he's just looking to tweak it, while letting him do what he does best. [Globe and Mail]
  • Meanwhile Darren Dreger thinks that Ovechkin is bad at defense and a coach-killer and that he needs to buy in or the Caps won't improve and oh hey look I have narrative Bingo. [TSN1050 (audio)]
  • But how can Ovechkin buy in to what Trotz is selling if "[f]or too many years, Ovechkin has tuned out coaches"? Going to need a new Bingo card... [XN Sports]
  • News and notes from the final day of Caps rookie camp:
  • The Caps have plenty of young talent in the pipeline, from the CHL to the AHL to Europe. [Hockey's Future]
  • A bevy of blueliner banter:
    • John Walton chats with new assistant coach Todd Reirden, who has the unenviable task of sorting out the Caps' suddenly deep defense. [Capitals Voice]
    • Checking in with one member of that defensive corps, Nate Schmidt, as he talks about the competition for roster spots and his work with Defending the Blue Line. [BrooksLaichyear]
    • Poor Jack Hillen... if he didn't have bad luck, he'd have no luck at all. The latest? A staph infection in his knee over the offseason. [WaPo]
    • After breaking his wrist and undergoing surgery this summer, Dmitry Orlov is back on the ice and easing his way back to preseason shape. [WaPo]
    • Also back on the ice? John Erskine, who rounds out the veteran crew, with only Tom Wilson yet to make an appearance in DC. [@ChuckGormley]
  • Great feature on new goalie coach Mitch Korn, his infamous props, and his true passion - teaching the next generation of goaltenders. [WaPo]
  • There are a number of unsigned veterans floating around this (and every) fall, but don't expect any of them to show up at Kettler this weekend. [CSNW[
  • Who has the best contract in the NHL? Here's a hint: he's Swedish, he's uber-talented and he suffers from the occasional bout of hay fever. [THW]
  • Nothing Caps-related, but Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts is back (with a new home) and has some interesting notes on changes to goal reviews this year. [Sportsnet]
  • Previewing the 2014-15 season for Jason Chimera... [Peerless]
  • ... Eric Fehr... [Peerless]
  • ...and Evgeny Kuznetsov. [Stars and Sticks]
  • HBO may be out of the Winter Classic game, but the NHL has found a new reality-show partner for the lead-up to Caps-Hawks (and the Sharks-Kings) in Epix. Which is apparently a real channel. [WaPoPuck DaddySBNationThe ScoreSecond City Hockey]
  • We all love getting a glimpse of what happens behind the closed doors of the locker room, but Barry Trotz isn't so sure that some of it shouldn't be kept off of camera. [CSNW]
  • Caps' 2011 draft pick Patrick Koudys is entering his senior year at Penn State - and while he's focused on his goal of playing pro hockey, his education isn't taking a back seat. [PSU]
  • Finally, happy 25th birthday to Braden Holtby and happy 57th to Koach Korn.