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Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Holtby's going for the big bucks and it's all anyone can talk about.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The details on tomorrow's arbitration hearing are out, and Braden Holtby's camp is going into the room with a request for a big, fat $8 million payday. [TSNDSPStarsandSticksPuck DaddyCSNW (and again), PuckBuddys]
    • Yes, it's a lot of money. No, it's not time to panic. Yet. [Rink]
    • So... is he worth it? [Puck Daddy]
  • Also headed for arbitration, Marcus Johansson isn't worried about his future with the Caps. [Hockey Ramblings]
  • For some, Alex Ovechkin is just a talented superstar; to others, he's much, much more. [The Classical]
  • Toronto is the latest team to bring a disciple of Caps' goalie guru Mitch Korn - or "Children of the Korn", as it were - to the NHL with their new goalie coach Steve Briere. []
  • It's Nicklas Backstrom's turn in the hot seat for an end-of-season (pre-surgery) chat with Mike Vogel. [Monumental video]
  • Post-surgery Backstrom is still hoping to be ready to go in time for the season opener. [The Score]
  • Traditionally, experience has trumped youth on the blueline - but perhaps the young'uns can be trusted a bit more than they are. [TSN]
  • The Caps are hoping that the combined forces of T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams can help them bring the Cup to DC. As are we all. []
  • Pretty cool behind-the-scenes shots of the woman who is in charge of all of the local mascot costumes - including the Caps' resident eagle, Slapshot. [WaPo]
  • Finally, happy 47th birthday to Brad Schlegel.