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Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Looking at Ovi looking at thirty, the third line gets a makeover, Coach Mann's juggling act and more. But not much more, because it's August.

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Your savory breakfast links short stack:

  • Alex Ovechkin is about to turn thirty. What might that mean on the ice? [NoVa Caps Fans]
  • Crystal ballin' the new-look Caps third line. [Stars & Sticks]
  • Reading the Marcus Johansson tea leaves. Our suggestion: Add some dunder honung. [THW]
  • Here's a list of the "top five" goalie tandems in the NHL and the Caps' tendy twosome aren't on it. [theScore]
  • The Prognosticator continues his march through the Caps' playoff wasteland with a look at 2010-2011.[Peerless]
  • Hershey bench boss Troy Mann will be tasked with coaching up a bumper crop of young prospects while also providing full value (and a championship) to the Giant Center faithful. [Dump-n-Chase]
  • Congrats are in order for Joey Zakrzewski, the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays' do-it-all radio broadcaster. His hard work has been rewarded and he is moving on up to sit behind the mic for the AHL Ontario Reign. [@WaltonCaps]
  • Finally, happy 43rd birthday to Corey Hirsch, and happy 59th to Mike McEwen.
  • Oh wait, here's one more - Caps' first-rounder Ilya Samsonov got the start in net and the win yesterday in Metallurg Magnitogorsk's 3-1 victory over Motorist Ekaterinburg, and Metallurg advanced to the final of this pre-season tournament. MMK's GM had this to say: "It is clear that he is a cold-resistant copper pipes [and] he will grow to the great master. Fears that it is not enough match practice in the season, no. It will work - will play, the better will be obtained, the greater the play." [RIA Novosti]