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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The first preseason game of the Barry Trotz Era is upon us.

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  • Game on! Preview of tonight's preseason battle with the Blades from Vogs, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at Die By The Blade for more from the other side of tonight's match-up.
    • And now begins the Barry Trotz Era of Washington Capitals Hockey:
      • Those seemingly crazy-quilt lines you'll see tonight and over the next few games are on purpose - it's a mentorship thing. [Dump 'n' Chase, WaPo]
      • It's also a family thing - just ask Troy Brouwer and Mike Green. [CSNW (video)]
      • Will it be an Alex Ovechkin thing?  Well, he'll line up on Nick Backstrom's left wing (!) and we shall see. [CSNW]
      • But mainly, it's a leadership thing, and now the members of the team's leadership group are accountable to the team and to each other. [WaPo, CSNW]
    • It's not certain if the team will face old friend Michal Neuvirth tonight, but he and fellow netminder Jhonas Enroth bonded late last season, sharing rides to the orthopedist. [USA Today]
    • What is certain, however, is that this preseason game (and all the rest) will be officiated by the regular NHL crew; their new CBA is expected to be ratified by the season's start. [Sudbury Star]
    • What's this? Preseason Caps on the teevee? Huzzah! Tonight's game is on CSN at 5pm Eastern. Radio coverage is on WFED 1500AM / Caps Radio Network and Caps Mobile App.
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from training camp out at Kettler:
  • "The simple fact is that Ovie’s linemates ran into some serious shooting-percentage issues while he was on the ice last year. It cost them, and him. And, in the end, the Caps." [Sportsnet.ca]
  • Mike Green will be UFA at the end of the 2014-15 season, and it may be some time before the team chooses to begin contract negotiations. In the meantime, he has their full confidence and, at long last, a professional-grade defense corps to back him up. [WaPo]
  • It's not quite Pittsburgh-on-the-Potomac, but the addition of former Baby Pen Chris Conner brings a bit more Steeltown flair to the nation's capital. [Patriot-News]
  • "He was gracious after the fact. He sent me a text and told me he felt really bad about it. I can't hold anything against him. That's what he does and he's really good at it. It's not what I do and I'm not very good at it, which was made clear." Patrick Wey reflects on his ill-chosen fight with Rich Clune and looks ahead to the new season. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, happy 45th birthday to Curtis Leschyshyn.