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Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Johansson re-ups, preseason predictions, fantasy assessments and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • If you missed the discussion of Marcus Johansson's late-Friday arbitration award and signing, un-miss it here and here.
  • With Mojo finally inked, the Caps roster looks to be set for 2015-2016. Or is it? [Peerless]
  • Fun with top-six forwards. [Stars & Sticks]
  • Nick Backstrom will finally (!) be an all-star and other predictions. [Stars & Sticks]
  • Well, the Caps have probably improved their squad, but "they don’t have injury concerns from last season" is a bit of a stretch with their #1 centerman and top-pairing d-man rehabbing post-surgery. [THW]
  • Trending: Up. [BlueJacketsXtra]
  • The newbie Caps, Bolts, Cats and Preds will play a round-robin rookie preseason tournament in Tampa in September. Here's a few more details. [Naples Herald]
  • While the real-team general managers can rest up after the draft and free agency, the fantasy-team general managers are just getting started:
    • The beast in the East - Braden Holtby is on the rise in the Eastern Conference goalie rankings. [Dobber]
    • A potential breakout star - Evgeny Kuznetsov... [TheFakeHockey]
    • ... and a potential sleeper pick - Andre Burakovsky. [TheFakeHockey]
    • THN ranks its top 200 fantasy players for the upcoming season. Alex Ovechkin slots in at #3, with this disclaimer: "If your league counts hits, shots or both, bump [him] to No. 1 overall." Heh. [THN]
  • Speaking of fantasy, meet your 2015-2016 Red Rockers. [Caps Outsider]
  • From the Caps on Holiday files:
    • Ovi went paintballing with Russian comedian Mikhail Galustyan. [aleksandrovechkinofficial]
    • Brooks Laich has changed up his lifting routine. [instacelebs]
    • John Carlson's infant son is here to kick ass and spit up formula... and he's all out of formula. [jc7474]
  • Finally, happy 47th birthday to Bobby Babcock.