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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Ovi hits the ice, the rookie tournament wraps up, Orpik updates and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Our top 25 under 25 finishes up with a look at the best of the best. [Rink]
  • Updates from Kettler:
    • Guess who's back?? [Pressbox DCCSNMA]
    • Joining Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the crew was Derek Roy, making his debut at Kettler after signing a PTO contract with plans to "act like a rookie". [WaPoCSNMA]
    • Brooks Orpik talked about his recovery from offseason surgery, and is hoping to get into at least one preseason game. [NHL.comWaPoCSNMA]
    • Tom Wilson got chatty, first about tigers and stuff and then about the local football team (among other topics). [RMNBCSNMA]
    • Also feeling chatty, GM Brian MacLellan discussed Roy's invite and the outlook for the upcoming season. [Monumental video]
  • The Caps' rookies wrapped up the Estero Prospect Tournament in Florida with their lone regulation loss, falling to the baby Preds 4-2. [Dump 'n ChaseStarsandSticks]
    • Among those impressing the Caps' brass was 2014 draftee Jakub Vrana. [CSNMA]
    • Tournament complete, it's now time for Hershey coach Troy Mann to turn his attention to Caps' camp, which gets underway this weekend. [Patriot-News]
  • Season previews:
  • Find out what 35 NHL players said about having an openly gay teammate, handicapping the Art Ross race and more in this year's player survey. [USA Today]
  • The ISS has their annual rankings of the top 30 NCAA freshmen ready to go, and Caps' prospect Shane Gersich makes the cut. [College Hockey Inc]
  • If the NHL goes forward with expansion plans in Quebec and/or Las Vegas, what might the expansion draft look like? [SI.com]
  • Starting next year, adidas will replace Reebok as the official uniform supplier of the NHL - but what does that mean? [NHL.comTSNCBS SportsSportsnetFortune]
  • Three reasons why the Caps could be hoisting the Stanley Cup next June. [THW]
  • Unsurprisingly, Alex Ovechkin's rookie campaign was one of the best ever. Hard to believe it was 11 years ago... [THW]
  • No, Wilson and Latta didn't adopt a puppy (hopefully, because dogs shouldn't eat ketchup) - but they did recently help some four-legged friends find forever homes. [Wolf Trap Animal Rescue (FB)]
  • New boards, new glass, lines painted... it's beginning to look a lot like hockey! [@CapsSTH (and again)]
  • Happy 26th birthday to Braden Holtby.
  • Finally, it's with great sadness that we bid adieu to Alex Prewitt - and to Prew or False - as he heads to bigger and better things at Sports Illustrated (although he's stuck with us until October 1)...
  • ...and welcome Isabelle Khurshudyan to the WaPo beat!