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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Stingrays take the lead in their Kelly Cup series, the Caps and Bears re-up for another year, player reviews, Caps on holiday and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Kelly Cup update: The South Carolina Stingrays defeated the Allen Americans 4-1 to take a two-games-to-one lead in the finals. The series now moves to North Charleston; the next game is on Sunday. [Stingrays (video highlights), Caps Outsider]
  • The Caps and the Hershey Bears announced that they have renewed their affiliation through the 2015-2016 season. Sweet! [Press Release, Patriot-NewsWaPoCSNW, Ted's Take]
  • Season reviews:
  • One free agent each NHL team must sign. [THW]
  • Speaking of signed free agents, does Garrett Mitchell have NHL potential? [THW]
  • And what should Nate Schmidt's RFA deal look like? [S&S]
  • Former Caps coaches in the news:
    • Ron Wilson has got the nod, and the bench, for Team USA's 2015-16 World Junior squad. Go get 'em, Ron. [TSN]
    • Adam Oates and Scott Stevens will each get an interview to remain as assistants under New Jersey's new head coach John Hynes... [NHL.com]
    • ... or could Oates be moving back to Boston? Rumor has it that Cam Neely is in favor. [Boston Herald]
  • Caps on Holiday:
    • Nick Backstrom hopped on down to Nats Park along with Mike Green (and maybe a couple other Caps) to see the Nats fall to the Blue Jays. [DC Sports Bog]
    • Karl Alzner and his wife Mandy are hosting a community service project to spruce up Fort Dupont on Saturday, June 13. Information and registration available here: [Monumental Foundation]
    • Tom Wilson and Michael Latta will be celebrity guest NHL'ers at Zenon Konopka's summer hockey camp in St. Catharine's, Ontario. Konopka is hoping to make it back to the pros, but knows that time and an unfortunate PED suspension are fairly steep hurdles to his return. [St. Catharine's Standard]
  • Here's a list of five superstars who have yet to play in a Stanley Cup Final. G'won, guess. Sigh. [THW]
  • Finally, happy 45th birthday to Jay, err, John Gruden and happy 49th to Nick Kypreos.