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Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Camp continues, Trotz speaks at the National Press Club, Ovi gets a gift and more.

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  • Day Two of Development Camp is in the books. [Monumental video (Caps Report), Peerless (Day One, Day Two), RMNB (pics)]
    • Barry Trotz and Ross Mahoney both have roots in Regina, Saskatchewan, so it might not be terribly surprising that a Pats player or two (or three or four) have found their way to Washington. [CSNW]
      • Here are newly-drafted Pats Connor Hobbs and Colby Williams talking about camp so far... [Monumental (video)]
      • ... and Hobbs is keeping a blog... [Day One, Day Two]
      • ... and Chandler Stephenson is ready to take on a bigger role at Hershey. [WaPo]
    • He has Americanized his name to Jacob and is translating for his goaltending countrymen. Jakub Vrana is ready to take on his new hockey home. [WashTimes]
    • So, yeah, camp invitee Kevin Lohan is a cousin of Lindsay Lohan. NBD. Once that's out of the way, Kevin is a rising junior 6'6", 220lb defenseman at Michigan. [CSNW, RMNB]
    • "Im not superstitious but im a little stitious." Nathan Walker answered everything in his Ask Me Anything. [Reddit]
    • Meanwhile, Tyler Lewington is sitting out this year's camp to recover from recent shoulder surgery. [Patriot-News]
    • More camp blogging - Tommy DiPauli notes he likes DC's humidity since it reminds him of growing up "in Italy and Chicago." At least he did 'til he lost "at least six pounds" running at the outdoor track. [Day One, Day Two]
    • Lots of camper interviews on Monumental. [Herbert, Boyd, Vrana, DiPauli, and spending a day with Madison Bowey]
    • Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier from 106.7 The Fan spent the morning at Kettler, and here are their podcasts with Barry Trotz, Mitch Korn, and Madison Bowey.
  • Neutral zone faceoffs, you are on the clock. [Rink]
  • Barry Trotz is the first Caps coach to be invited to speak at the National Press Club luncheon. His topic: "Trusting the Process" and the team's journey through his first season behind the DC bench. Then he brought out the big guns at the end. "To me, it doesn’t matter who wins first, I just want someone to win in this city. They’re going to push whoever hasn’t won yet, it’ll suck them up. It’ll pull that up. I don’t care who does. I just want someone. If we do it first, great. If the Nats do it first, great. If the Wizards do it first, great. Or if the Redskins do it first, great. It’ll pull this sports environment up. We have a good sports town, but we do have a lot of scars, it seems." [Monumental (video from livestream), AP, WaPo (and if you click only one link today, make it this one)]
  • The Caps and Bears announced a new free agent signing - forward Paul Carey, a former NCAA champ with Boston College who is nearly certainly ticketed to Hershey. [Caps Today, Patriot-News, StarsandSticks]

  • The Caps' postseason moves are still generating discussion:

    • Trotz is pleased with the squad as assembled but knows the chemistry will need to be there. []
    • Are the Caps contenders? [S&S]
    •'s Dan Rosen says yes, and has them in first place in the Metro. [Over the Boards]

    • T.J. Oshie ranks well on the "best fit" offseason acquisition leaderboard. [Eye on Hockey]

    • But there's that whole matter of Braden Holtby remaining unsigned. [Puck Daddy]

  • From the "Caps on Holiday" files:
    • You may recall that in March this year, Alex Ovechkin played host to an adorable four-year-old boy from Russia along with his family. Little Maxim Goloschapov won a goal-scoring contest from Bauer Russia, and the prize was a trip to the States to meet the Gr8. The family was so happy with their visit that they commissioned a portrait of Ovi from an artist in Tver and presented it to Alex this week. He promises it will hang in his "museum." []
    • Jason Chimera is in Vernon, BC this week to participate in the annual NHLPA golf tournament. [NHLPA, @NHLPA]
    • And from a few days ago, Dmitry Orlov and his lady Varya attended Vladimir Tarasenko's wedding (scroll down). That's Olga and Sergei Bobrovsky on the left. []
  • Finally, happy 49th birthday to Mike Richard.