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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A Swedish hip check for Nick Backstrom, Jeremy Roenick make a prediction for Alex Ovechkin, Matt Niskanen enjoyed his first year with the Caps and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • "I’ve been in pain since sometime in November so we had to fix it. It’s hard to say how long it will take for me to come back. It varies from individual to individual, but five months is a time frame I have heard. Right now my main focus is to get back the mobility in my hip again." Nick Backstrom is back in Sweden and provides an update to his hometown press. [Hockey Ramblings]
  • The Stingrays lost Game Seven 6-1 and the Allen Americans have claimed the 2014-2015 ECHL championship and the Kelly Cup.  Says the Reading Royals' beat writer: "[South Carolina] won 23 in a row, beat teams in playoffs that earned 96, 105 and 107 points and didn't win the championship. It's really hard to win, folks." [@JasonGuarente, Caps Outsider]
  • Player reviews, continued:
  • Do you know who's a big Alex Ovechkin fan? Jeremy Roenick is a big Alex Ovechkin fan. A Russian reporter went to meet JR in Chicago: "Years from now, the name of 'Ovechkin' will shine in gold letters in the history of the NHL. Even if he does not win the Stanley Cup. Though I wish him to become a champion." [Sovetsky Sport, via GoogleTrans]
  • "The whole year was fantastic.’’ Matt Niskanen held a hockey clinic back in his hometown of Virginia, Minnesota. [Mesabi Daily News]
  • Draft steals? The Caps got a good one with the 93rd overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft... [B/R]
  • ... but keep an eye on Edmonton. Could they be preparing an offer sheet? [Oil on Whyte]
  • Today in "Pending UFA Mike Green": Philly prob'ly shouldn't take a flyer on signing him. [THW]
  • Caps on Holiday:
    • Barry Trotz took part in a gala dinner honoring Clare Drake, the storied coach of the University of Alberta's Golden Bears hockey team. [Edmonton Journal]
    • AO8 and Phil Esposito will be participating in a pair of charity hockey games (June 17 & 20) in conjunction with the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. [, via GoogleTrans]
  • The Caps' annual Development Camp is getting closer. Here are some Shane Gersich USHL highlights to pass the time. He'll be reporting to North Dakota for his freshman season this fall. [Reddit (video)]
  • Finally, congrats to Jeff Schultz, who flat-out wins. (Now.) [RMNB]