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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: TJ Oshie already feels right at home, Nicklas Backstrom wraps up his star turn, preseason previews and more.

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  • Notes and assorted whatnot from the pre- pre-season skates at Kettler:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Caps Report), NoVa Caps Fans]
    • Oh hai there T.J. Oshie wearing Caps gear and skating and stuff. [Monumental (video)]
    • Lacing 'em up (and skating competently) after a summer spent in sandals can be challenging. [WaPo]
    • The team announced that Saturday, September 19 is the date for their "Training Camp Day," which is a lot like DevCamp FanFest, only a lot more crowded. [Caps Today, NVC]
  • The Oshie family has had quite the eventful summer, but now that they are finally wheels down in DC, everything is awesome. Y'know it's cool when you're part of a team. [Monumental (video), WaPo, CSNMA, NHL.com, RMNB]
  • Ranking the Metro Division netminders... [Rink]
  • ... and the Top Ten Eastern Conference blueliners... [S&S]
  • ... and DC as a hockey town. 20th of 30 teams seems ludicrously low, and the survey's spokeswoman doesn't really make their case very convincingly. [Sports Journey]
  • Reviewing the postseason acquisitions and departures in the Metro. [Pensburgh]
  • Player previews:
  • Nicklas Backstrom is living the dream at the NHL's media tour. [Caps OT (1, 2)]
  • Wing? Center? Andre Burakovsky says bring it on. #yolo [FoxSports]
  • The Caps' radio booth will have a new face (and another new voice) as Julian Coltre has been hired to be the Caps Radio Network host. [STAAT Talent]
  • Finally, the Caps are gearing up to wish Alex Ovechkin a happy 30th, and they are inviting everyone to make the Captain a digital birthday card. There will be prizes. [Caps Reddit]