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Wednesday Caps Clips: Let the Frenzy Begin

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The free-agent market officially opens at noon, a couple of longtime Caps get ready for a new team and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Gentlemen, start your checkbooks...
    • After splurging on a couple of pricey blueliners last year, the Caps are prepared for a much quieter opening to free agency this year... unless something good comes along, of course. [Dump 'n ChaseInquisitr]
    • They're not the only ones proceeding with caution. [AP]
    • The day promises to be anything but quiet for a couple of departing Caps, who are among the top options available in a thin UFA class. [TSNTennesseanPHTCSNW]
    • With the 'Canes buying out the rest of his contract, Alexander Semin is back on the market... might he return to DC? [Hockeybuzz]
    • Some other options the Caps might be looking at if they choose to go the free agency route (and most of them haven't retired yet!). [Stars and SticksCSNW (and again)]
  • Breaking down a couple of the Caps' picks at this year's Draft. [Rink, with additional thoughts on the Draft and free agency at DSP]
  • An updated look at the Caps' top prospects now that the 2015 Draft is in the books. [Stars and Sticks]
  • With Eric Fehr likely to test the UFA waters, it's time to reflect back on Mr. Outdoors and his greatest moments in Washington. [Caps Outsider]
  • Not hitting the open market? Jay Beagle, who inked a three-year contract extension just days before becoming a UFA. [PressboxDCWaPo]
    • Not everyone's a fan of the deal. [THW]
  • The next step in turning the Caps into a Cup champ: adding scoring depth. [RMNB]
  • If they're looking to fill a top-six wing via the trade route, Radim Vrbata might be an interesting option. [THW]
  • While the Caps look for a right wing, their AHL affiliate in Hershey is leaning to the left. [Patriot-News]
  • Brooks Orpik hops into the hot seat for an end-of-season chat with Mike Vogel. [Monumental video]
  • Hop in the wayback machine and relive the deal that sent Robert Lang to the Red Wings - and gave the Caps the draft pick that would become Mike Green. [THW]
  • Finally, happy 57th birthday to John Barrett.