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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Nick Backstrom's hip is in the news, mulling the Metro, plenty of fantasy fodder and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Hmm. Nicklas Backstrom may not quite be ready to start the season. Jay Beagle, call your office. [Hockey Ramblings (full translation and photos), Arbetarbladet (in Swedish), Puck Daddy, Stars and Sticks, THN]
  • Metro mania:
  • Fantasy fodder:
    • John Carlson is a star and Matt Niskanen could be a sleeper for your fantasy team this year. [Puck Daddy]
    • Just under a point-per-game career scoring rate makes Backis one of the East's best fantasy centermen. [Dobber]
  • Crystal ballin' the final division standings across the League. Hey, it's August. [theScore]
  • Power ranking the roster - who are the Caps' most important players? [Stars and Sticks]
  • NoVa Caps Fans blog is gearing up for a series on Caps goaltending through the years - and they start us off with a nifty chart of every Caps goalie ever.  Braden Holtby passed his 10,000th minute near the end of the second round last season, but he's got a ways to to to even come close to Olie Kolzig's 41K+. [NVC]
  • Presumably from the pages of this issue of The Hockey News, the Ovibot 4000. Not pictured: the Ovechkinium endoskeleton. [Hockey30]
  • Our buddies at In Lou Ray We Trust have some more work on passing metrics and predicting future goals. [ILWT]
  • The chocolate-and-white have been rocking the red for ten years now. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Finally, happy 53rd birthday to our old friend Adam Oates.