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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Talking Patrick Sharp rumors, free agency expectations, draft predictions and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Talking possible options for the Caps' top-line needs, free agency, and more in the summer's first mailbag. Remember, you ask, we answer - so keep those questions coming! [Rink]
  • One of the options floating out there to fill the a top-six winger role might just be Patrick Sharp... [The ScoreCSNWStars and Sticks]
  • ...or possibly, maybe, perhaps, someone much more familiar to Caps fans. [CSNW]
  • Whatever the Caps end up doing, don't expect it to happen on July 1, as the team is anticipating a quiet opening to free agency... or so they say. [WaPo]
  • A great look at how DC is becoming something of a mecca for gay hockey fans. [The Classical]
  • Season in review for Joel Ward... [CSNW]
  • ...Tom Wilson... [Stars and Sticks]
  • ...and the future. [Peerless]
  • With one week to go, get all of your Draft primer needs right here:
    • Your official 2015 NHL Draft guide from the official team of the nation's capital. Very official. [Caps]
    • For the first time ever, the Caps will have the 22nd-overall pick in this year's Draft. [Dump 'n Chase]
    • As much as GMs get praised - or bashed - for their picks in the NHL Draft, getting it right often comes down to luck over skill. [ESPN ($)]
  • Casting votes for the 2015 All-Playoff team. [ESPN ($)]
  • More on the Caps' most recent contract extensions to Nate Schmidt and Philipp Grubauer. [PressboxDCSC Times]
  • Investigating how the paths of the Capitals and the storied Lady Byng Memorial Trophy have intertwined over the years. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Finally, happy 68th birthday to Walt McKechnie.