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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Many previews to sift through as Caps' opening night draws closer, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Season previews, right this way:
    • What can the Caps expect from John Carlson in 2015-16? [Rink]
    • Storylines, questions and other potentially interesting elements to keep an eye on in the upcoming season. [Rink]
    • Previewing the Caps' forwards... [Dump 'n Chase]
    • ...and the defense. [DSPStars and Sticks]
    • We helped Flyer fans understand the Caps' offseason moves, their place in the Division and why Philly probably isn't making the playoffs. [Pattison Ave]
    • The Eastern Conference outlook. [Pressbox DC]
  • Get a sneak preview of Graham Bensinger's exclusive interview with Alex Ovechkin, and find out what subject is off limits to the newly-engaged Caps' captain. [WaPo]
  • A great chat with beloved anthem-singer Bob McDonald, and a plea to help him and Caleb Green sing it out loudly, proudly and respectfully tomorrow night. [PuckBuddys]
  • News and notes from yesterday out at Kettler.
    • In general. [Monumental video (TrotzRinkside Update/Niskanen)]
    • The Caps are facing a season of big expectations, and they're ready to embrace all of them. [CSNMAWashTimes]
    • In case you didn't know it by now, Ovechkin is an elite goal-scorer - the best in the biz. [WashTimes]
    • We all know him as T.J. "Sochi", but now that he's in DC, T.J. Oshie is looking to make his name with a different team in red, white and blue. [WashTimes]
    • Officially established as the team's backup goaltender (at least for now), Philipp Grubauer is ready for a new role in the NHL. [WaPo]
    • Grubauer will likely get more starts than his predecessor did last year - because while Braden Holtby would love to play every game, the Caps aren't so keen on the idea. [WaPo]
    • Not that Holtby's planning to sit back anytime soon, even with a career year behind him and a lucrative contract in hand. [WashTimes]
    • Taylor Chorney isn't sticking around in DC solely to be the team's seventh defenseman; he's here to challenge Dmitry Orlov for the last spot in the active roster. [WaPoCSNMA]
  • Favorite this, contender that... just keep jinxing the Caps, media people. [WaPo]
  • Listen in on Justin Williams' lively in-game chatter during the final preseason matchup against the Islanders. [Monumental video]
  • A look at some of the changes coming to the in-game entertainment at Verizon Center. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Previewing the Hershey season:
    • The Bears' roster is set for the 2015-16 season... [Patriot-News (forwardsdefensegoalies), Stuccio]
    • ...and they have a new captain. Congrats, Garrett Mitchell! [Patriot-News]
    • Hershey will go into this season with a youthful approach, as a bevy of talented prospects continue their path up the pipeline to make their pro debut. [Patriot-News]
    • The season starts Saturday against the rival Falcons from Springfield. [MassLive]
  • An interview with Caps' legend Peter Bondra about all things hockey, including his thoughts on what his former club is up to these days. [Sport.aktuality.sk]
  • Farewell, Brouwer Rangers... and ciao, TJ Yoshie! [CBS DC]
  • See the NHL's hottest players like Julianne Hough's fiancé! ...also known as "E! Online covers sports". [E!Online]
  • Holtby is so cool that he even makes a silly virtual reality helmet look good. [Caps OT]