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Thursday Caps Clips: Where There's a Will...

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The first day of free agency for the Capitals was fairly quiet, and perhaps even disappointing. Until it wasn't.

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  • A thoroughly underwhelming first day of free agency was redeemed with the late-evening breaking news that three-time Stanley Cup champion and 2014 Conn Smythe recipient Justin Williams has agreed to a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Capitals. Waitwhat?
    • Yep. Justin. Williams. Signed. [, Team Release, Caps Today, RinkDump 'n ChaseWaPo, LAK Insider]
    • Clutch time, and have we already seen the best bargain of the summer? [Puck DaddyPHT, ESPN, Frankovic, RMNB]
    • Los Angeles bids farewell to a fan (and franchise) favorite:
      • Our SB Nation pals hosted a "favorite moments" roundtable. Many of those moments featured large shiny silver objects and/or the work performed in order to acquire said objects. [Jewels From The Crown]
      • "For the first time in my life, I have a second favorite hockey team. For the next two seasons, it’s the Washington Capitals. A proper send-off article will be written for Justin Williams when I no longer desire to repeatedly punch something." [Surly & Scribe]
      • Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar had previously considered the pending free agency of their teammates Williams and Jarret Stoll . [Mayor's Manor]
  • As for the balance of Free Agent Frenzyday, it featured a few comings and goings.
  • First, the comings:
    • Stanislav Galiev has earned the confidence of his coaches and a new two-year, $1.15 million dollar contract. Go get 'em, Gally. [Caps TodayS&STHW, RMNB]
    • Defenseman  Taylor Chorney , UFA from the Pens organization, received a one-year, $700K one-way contract. [Rink, THW, Caps Today]
      • Hershey assistant coach Bryan Helmer knows Chorney well, having skated on a defensive pairing with him when they played for the Oklahoma City Oil Barons. [Patriot-News]
      • Chorney's father, Marc, also played pro hockey as a defenseman for the Pens from 1980-1983. [Pens Media]
    • Four more depth signings were announced: Forwards Carter Camper and Sean Collins, and defencemen Mike Moore and Aaron Ness signed one-year, two-way contracts. [Caps Today]
  • Now, alas, on to the goings:
    • Farewell to Caps defenseman and Hershey Bears captain Steve Oleksy , who has signed a one-year, two-way contract with (ugh) the Western Pennsylvania Waddlebirds. We'll miss ya, Binky. [Caps Outsider, Chocolate Hockey, Pensburgh]
    • Hershey also saw forwards Jim O'Brien and Chris Conner depart for the Flyers' and Devils' organizations. The Bears suddenly have a lot of roster slots to fill. [Patriot-News]
  • And finally, the news we've been expecting/dreading arrived - Mike Green signed a three-year, $18M contract with the Detroit Red Wings. [, Winging it in Motown, Detroit Free Press]
    • The Capitals issued a statement: "We want to thank Mike for 10 great seasons with the Washington Capitals. Mike was an ultimate professional in his long tenure with our organization and had a huge impact on our community. We wish Mike all the best with the Detroit Red Wings organization." [Caps Today]
    • Green's now-former teammates bid him farewell. [RMNB]
    • Dan Steinberg pays tribute to the Young Guns Era, quarterbacked by the man who now moves on to Motor City. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Finally, happy 39th birthday to Tomas Vokoun... and happy 57th to our old friend George McPhee.