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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Changes continue on and off the ice for the Caps, the Hershey Bears open training camp and more.

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  • A few questions and a few answers on what to expect from the Caps in 2014-15 (and be sure to check out the big, beautiful SB Nation NHL preview). [Rink]
  • A few leftovers from Sunday's blanking of the Canadiens: [CSNWEOTP]
    • A sore subject last season and at the beginning of camp, the Caps have been working on their penalty killing and it showed Sunday night in Montreal. [Dump 'n ChaseWaPo]
    • Barry Trotz made the most of his first visit to Montreal as the Capitals' head coach, chatting about his new team and his love of Arlington. [La Presse]
  • Trotz continues to make changes to his new squad, including rearranging the seating in the locker room. [CSNW]
  • Silver medal in hand and increased responsibility on his shoulders, Nicklas Backstrom is ready to put his Olympic drama behind him and focus on the season ahead. [ESPN]
  • He may have suffered a minor (we hope) injury in training camp, but big things are expected of Mike Green this season - from his coach and from himself. [HNGN]
  • One of the things Trotz would like to see from Mike Green? More penalty-killing time. Sharpen up those shin pads, Mike. [CSNW]
  • Speaking of Mike Green, take a look at what the 2014-15 season could hold for him... [Peerless]
  • ...and Steve Oleksy. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Add Brooks Laich to the list of candidates to fill that omnipresent void at second-line center. [WaPo]
  • Laich is nice enough to let Garrett Mitchell stay with him during training camp... but he does make Mitchell watch Dancing with the Stars, so apparently the room doesn't come without a cost. [WaPo]
  • The Caps are one of a handful of teams who are poised to take a step forward in the upcoming season. [THW]
  • Take a look at who has been cut and who has made the cut so far in training camp, and why. [BrooksLaichyear]
  • AGM Don Fishman talks Winter Classic jerseys. [TTR]
  • Prospect watch:
    • Training camp is officially open for the Hershey Bears and new coach Troy Mann. [Patriot-News (and more, with pictures), Lancaster OnlineLD News]
    • Among those in attendance for Hershey's camp will be defensemen Tomas Kundratek and Cameron Schilling, who cleared waivers yesterday. [WaPoPatriot-News]
    • With two NHL-affiliated teams - and their prospects - to work with, the Stingrays can afford to be more selective about free agents. [Post and Courier]
  • This guy is a really, really big fan of Alex Ovechkin. Hopefully. [Puck DaddyCBSSports, RMNB]