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Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Wrapping up the NHL's team outlook, the Caps are trickling back to Kettler, fantasy ephemera and some notes from Russia.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • "Apparently, we did some things well; we did some things not so well. We added good players, we lost good players. And we should compete for a playoff spot." Uncle Ted takes a look at's 30-for-30 assessment of the Caps' offseason and outlook. [Ted's Take]
  • And in case you missed the coverage, here 'tis:
  • Oh hai there hockey players! Jill Sorenson went to Kettler and found six Caps on the ice:
    • Evgeny Kuznetsov , family man. [CSNW (video)]
    • Dmitry Orlov says enough with the practicing already, let's go play some games. [CSNW (video)]
    • Stanislav Galiev ate a still-beating cobra heart and lived to tell the tale. [CSNW (video)]
    • Nathan Walker is test driving his rebuilt knee and bracing for impact. [CSNW (video)]
  • More players are checking from their end-of-summer workouts:
    • Jakub Vrana looks to be working on his explosiveness on this nifty skate-treadmill. He's heading stateside on September 1. []
    • Getting to know Zach Sill ... [Sports and Moore (video)]
    • ... and here he is in a one-on-one drill with Brad Marchand . PESTfor/60 is off the charts. [Sports and Moore (video)]
  • The time is now for the Caps' young skilled forwards to up their game. [Stars&Sticks]
  • Fantasy ephemera:
    • Don't sleep on Kuzya. [Puck Daddy]
    • Assemble the best team money can buy. With a few, uh, provisos, a, a couple of quid pro quos. [Today's Slapshot, and again]
  • If you are in the mood to wrestle with the GoogleTrans, here are a few articles from Mother Russia:
    • Slava Malamud reports on some of the thuggery and skullduggery going on behind the benches and in the boardrooms of the Kontinental Hockey League. [Journal de Montreal]
    • Sergei Fedorov provides the grim details of a team and league faced with massive budget cuts as the oligarch funding firehose slows down. And don't ask him about the infrastructure at CSKA's home arena. []
    • Slava Fetisov floats an interesting (and never-gonna-happen-probably) proposition - that an NHL team wishing to draft young Russian players should be required to send an equivalence of players back to the K. His example: "Compensation in the NHL - is the exchange of hockey players, not the currency, so if Panarin wanted "Chicago", then SKA must obtain an equivalent effect to this guy - one, two or three players." []
    • Caps goalie-prospect-of-the-distant-future Ilya Samsonov has been named to the Russian U-20 team for the pre-season Four Nations Tournament. []
  • Breaking news: The 2015-2016 Caps Kids Club membership will net you (er, will net your child) a Tom Wilson bobbehead. [Caps Outsider]
  • The USHL Dubuque Fighting Saints have lost four members of the hockey operations staff and two key pieces of the front office this summer (including their radio man to the ECHL Stingrays), and everyone's pretty pleased about it. Each of those individuals is taking a step up on the hockey operations ladder and proving that the USHL can develop their personnel on and off the ice. [THonline]
  • Finally, happy 42nd birthday to Andrew Brunette, and happy 56th to Gary Sampson.