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Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Development camp gets underway, updates from a very busy offseason for the Caps, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Day 1 of Development Camp is in the books. [Monumental video, Caps OT (first sessionsTeam White on the ice), CSNWFrankovicRMNBPatriot-News (pics)]
    • Coach Troy Mann talked about the first day of camp... [Monumental videoPatriot-News]
    • did the campers themselves. [Monumental video]
    • Former first-rounder Jakub Vrana is all smiles and ready to go at his second development camp. [WaPo]
    • A strong final run in the OHL that culminated in a trip to (and sadly a loss in) the Memorial Cup final has Madison Bowey poised for his first pro season with the Bears. [Patriot-News]
    • After a surprise stint in the NHL last season, Liam O`Brien is hoping to use this year's development camp as a springboard for a second go 'round in the NHL. [WashTimes]
    • Meanwhile, Nathan Walker is sitting out this year's camp to recover from season-ending knee surgery. [Patriot-News]
  • If you've got some free time at lunch today, be sure to stop by Reddit and check out Walker as he participates in an AMA. [Reddit]
  • And if you've got more free time on Saturday, new Cap T.J. Oshie will be signing autographs and greeting fans at FanFest as camp wraps up. [CapsOT]
  • Newly signed new papa Evgeny Kuznetsov stopped by Kettler yesterday to chat about his busy offseason, capped off with a two-year deal signed on Monday. [Monumental videoCaps OTNHL.comWaPoCSNWWashTimesRMNB]
  • Per Barry Trotz, sounds like things are still pretty uncertain regarding Nicklas Backstrom's availability for the start of the 2015-16 season. [EITMThe Score]
  • That said, the coach seems pretty happy with the direction in which his squad is moving. [CSNW]
  • Don't. Trade. MoJo. [StarsandSticks]
  • The Caps have gone from Young Guns to a more balanced - but deadly - offensive attack. [Caps Outsider]
  • Breaking down the pros and cons of the Caps' recent acquisitions, and Justin Williams. [Along the Boards]
  • How do Oshie and Williams fit in here in DC? [THW]
  • The recent trade between the Caps and Blues raises an interesting (or...insane?) question: Could Sochi sweetheart Oshie become more popular in Washington than Alex Ovechkin? [WaPo (video)]
  • He won't be if he (like a handful of other NHL stars) doesn't stop getting his back in the way of peoples' knives. What a meaniehead. [LHH]
  • If the Caps are still looking to upgrade the forward crew with some depth pieces, perhaps they're in the Nostrils of Doom Tyler Kennedy market. [StarsandSticks]
  • Ranking the Metropolitan Division goaltending stable of stars. [StarsandSticks]
  • Finally, happy 64th birthday to Leif Svensson, happy 60th to Greg Smith, and happy 52nd to Mike Ridley.