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Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Hip Watch continues for Nicklas Backstrom, the looming battles at the bottom, Wrecker's back in town, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Metro Madness - Hockey's most interesting division. [The Sports Quotient, Dobber Hockey]
  • Nicklas Backstrom gave an interview to Swedish radio late last week. He's still hoping to be ready by the start of the season, and he wouldn't mind wrapping up his career back in a Brynas sweater. But that's still a ways away. [Hockey RamblingsNoVa Caps Fans, Expressen (via GoogleTrans), Sverigesradio (audio)]
    • Even if Backstrom is available to start the season, the Caps' center depth is still suspect. Could a trade be forthcoming? [THW]
    • FWIW, Eklund (I know, sorry) says a name out there is James van Riemsdyk. [HB]
    • Oh hai there... Chandler Stephenson? [CSNW]
  • Looking ahead to training camp, the top lines on both F & D seem fairly easy to predict. But the battles at the bottom will be quite interesting:
  • If Madison Bowey's game looks a bit like John Carlson's, that's on purpose. []
  • Proving you can go home again, mostly:
    • Newly-inked centerman Paul Carey has legit been waiting a long, long time to sign with the Caps. (He's the cutie on the left). [paulcarey_28 on Instagram]
    • Joel Rechlicz is back in Central PA coaching up some kiddies for the summer. He's still looking for a hockey home come September. [Chocolate Hockey]
    • Jason Chimera returned to his junior hockey hometown of Medicine Hat, Alberta, for dinner with his billets and a charity golf tournament. [Medicine Hat News]
  • Finally, happy 35th birthday to Dean Arsene, and happy 65th birthday to Terry Murray.