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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Historic gut punches, thoughts on offseason and preseason, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Could Alex Ovechkin's pal Ilya Nikulin be headed stateside to join the Caps? [HNGN]
  • In 2009, ESPN's John Buccigross rolled out his NHL versions of Mt. Rushmore; six years later, all 30 teams get a reboot. Well... almost all 30. Hey, sometimes your first instinct is best. [ESPN]
  • There's no way that a piece about the NHL's worst gut-punch losses could ignore the heartbreaking history of the Washington Capitals. [SI.com]
  • Caps' prospect Brian Pinho sits down for a one-on-one chat with Mike Vogel. [Monumental video]
  • A handful of questions for the Caps as they inch closer to the preseason. [Pressbox DC]
  • Everyone seems to agree that the offseason was a pretty good one for GM Brian MacLellan and his crew - but just how good was it? [CSNW]
  • Looking back at the 1996-97 season for the Caps, a pivotal one in franchise history. [Starsandsticks]
  • Is a goalie's win-loss record the plus-minus of the netminding stat world? [Capitals Outsider]
  • Finally, happy 46th birthday to James Black, happy 61st to Roland Stoltz, and many happy returns to Brendan Morrison, who hits the big 4-0 today.