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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Ovechkin's on the NHL's media junket, Holtby's off the NHL's top-14 list, Orpik's in town, Rookie Camp draws closer and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Alex Ovechkin met the press in the Big Apple as part of the NHL's Media Tour. [WaPoESPN, and there'll be more coming from a day full of interviews]
  • Elsewhere, he's being disrespected as "one of the least-feared 50-goal scorers in the history of the game," whatever the hell that means. [THN]
  • On the plus side, at least the 60 or so kids from the American Special Hockey Association that he'll be hosting on Thursday presumably won't be scared of him. [Capitals]
  • What's it like to play with Ovi? Pretty awesome, if you don't mind him taking some of your shots. [RMNB]
  • Ridiculously, Braden Holtby is not one of the top-14 goalies in the League, according to the experts (who apparently are unaware of his rank in five-on-five save percentage since coming into the League)... [NHL.com]
  • ... but he is the undisputed #1 for the NHL's tenth-best goalie tandem... [B/R]
  • ... and he's got a nice new bucket. [DC Sports Bog, RMNB]
  • Brooks Orpik has arrived and I must say - he looks a lot better in red than in black and yellow. [Monumental (video)]
  • John Walton chats with Mitch Korn for your Morning Drive. [Capitals Voice, and in case you missed our own Rob Parker's hit with JDubs yesterday, here it is]
  • Jay Beagle wants to be bigger and better this season and, well, he's bigger. [WaPo]
  • Should the Caps find themselves tied after 65 minutes of hockey this year, who should they trot out to give them their best shot at grabbing that extra point in Ye Olde Gimmick? [CSNW]
  • What does 2014-15 hold for John Erskine? [Stars & Sticks]
  • Six out of six Jackets bloggers agree: Columbus will finish ahead of Washington again this season. [The Cannon]
  • Rookie Camp kicks off on Thursday, and you need to know what you need to know. [2014 Washington Capitals Rookie Camp Guide, WaPo, CSNW, Patriot-News]
  • Speaking of rookies, the top-end of the Caps' prospect pool is niiiiice. [NHL.com and again and again]
  • 2009-10 sure was fancy. Le sigh. [BrooksLaichyear]
  • Happy 48th birthday to Kevin Hatcher, and happy 61st to Nelson Pyatt.
  • Finally, back to the NHL Media Tour for this prediction from the Caps' captain: