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Wednesday Caps Clips: Caps, Kids, and Caps' Kids

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Orpik welcomes a daughter while his teammates put smiles on the faces of other kids, and there's some hockey in between.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Taking a look at who the ideal matchup would be for the Caps should they make it to the postseason - or as we like to call it, pissing off Canadiens fans, one at a time. [RinkTVA]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice out at Kettler:
  • The Hershey Bears have received an influx of talented reinforcements, from Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt... [WaPoCSNWPatriot-News]
  • ...to prospects Christian Djoos and Vitek Vanecek. [Patriot-News]
  • After being leapfrogged by the Senators, the Bruins may consider turning their attention to catching the Caps. [NESN]
  • Examining the troubling trend of the NHL media as a weapon. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • A Mike Green contract renewal with the Caps may depend on what Braden Holtby's new deal looks like, and more from Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts. [Sportsnet]
  • As the McEichel lottery draws ever closer, a look back at trades teams have made to capture that oh-so-coveted #1 pick - including one involving the lowly Caps of the mid-70s. [Grantland (DGB)]
  • Breaking down the race for the Hart. [Rotoworld]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov (with guest star Orlov) chat with Russian radio about the adjustment to the NHL and Barry Trotz's systems. [RMNB]
  • Caps + kids = an overload of cute:
    • Little Bensten Schone - aka BMan - is on the road to recovery, and got some very special visitors to wish him well. [MonumentalCaps OTFTWQMI]
    • Budding author Eric Fehr made another stop on his book tour to read his masterpiece, "The Bulliest Dozer". [NBC4 (video)]
    • Congrats to Brooks Orpik and wife Erin, who welcomed daughter Harlow to the world on Monday. Bet her first words will be "please, no more tofu". [WaPoCSNW]
    • Not Caps' related, but speaking of babies, check out the truly amazing story of how Darren Helm's daughter made her way into the world. Just wow. [Red WingsMLiveDetroit NewsFreepWaPo]
  • It's probably not all that surprising to find Alex Ovechkin on the list of the most exuberant goal celebrations in history (although he's done better than the one that made the cut). [The Score]
  • Finally, happy 60th birthday to Ted Bulley, happy 59th to Dwight Schofield, and happy 42nd to Andrei Nikolishin.