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Thursday Caps Clips: Ladies and Gents, Your 2015-16 Washington Capitals

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Strap in - 2015-2016 here we come!

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Twenty-three man, cap-compliant rosters were due at 5:00 Tuesday, and here's who's still here (and who's on the shelf):
    • Forwards: Nicklas Backstrom (injured, sigh), Jay Beagle, Chris Brown (injured), Andre Burakovsky, Jason Chimera, Sean Collins, Stanislav Galiev, Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brooks Laich, Michael Latta, T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Justin Williams, Tom Wilson
    • Defensemen: Karl Alzner, John Carlson, Taylor ChorneyMatt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov , Brooks Orpik, Nate Schmidt
    • Goalies: Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer
  • The Metro is a well-centered division. [Rink]
  • Venn the moon hits your eye like a deep-depth pizza pie... [Rink]
  • Previews and predictions of the 2015-16 season:
  • There was no practice yesterday as the team reported to the Potomac River for a festive team-building rowing regatta. [Monumental (pics, video)]
    • "Stick to the Script" isn't just a slogan on a ball cap... [WaPo]
    • ... and it applies to the coach just as much as the players. [PressBox DC]
    • Nate Schmidt and Philipp Grubauer are looking forward to their first full season in the NHL. [CSNMA]
    • Evgeny Kuznetsov by the numbers. [Today's Slapshot]
    • Tom Wilson will need to find a balance between the physical game and the skill game. [WaPo]
    • Nicklas Backstrom 's absence from the lineup affects Andre Burakovsky the most, and Burra's role will change again when Backis returns. [CSNMA]
    • Congrats Stan Galiev, you've made it to Opening Night. [WaPo]
    • Goalie coach Mitch Korn was in the mood to chat about the evolution of his coaching techniques and his work with Braden Holtby . [WashTimes]
  • Hershey is also gearing up for their season opener in Springfield on Saturday, and hey, look at that beauty new scoreboard. [Patriot-News]
    • Bears assistant coach Bryan Helmer's wife documented a bit of their training camp time in DC. [FB]
  • Time flies - Tuesday was the 10th anniversary of Ovi's first NHL game, Wednesday was the 25th anniversary of Jaromir Jagr's first NHL goal, and this weekend, Bobby "The Can't Miss Kid" Carpenter's son Bobo will debut as a freshman at Boston University. [SBN College Hockey]
  • All-Access Alex - check out the previews of Graham Bensinger's Moscow adventure with the Great Eight. [Monumental]
  • Finally, happy 56th birthday to John Blum.