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Friday Caps Clips: Welcome, Campers!

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The on-ice fun begins, the hockey world celebrates 30 years of Ovi, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Washington Capitals 2015 Training Camp is officially underway!
    • Check out the full roster and camp schedule here.
    • At last year's camp, Barry Trotz was an unknown entity to his new team; this year the players know what to expect, and they're ready for it. [WaPoCSNMA]
    • A look at some of the crucial training camp battles in DC and around the League. [NoVa CapsPuck Daddy]
    • Before they could hit the ice, the boys had some pretty pictures to take and some questions to answer at media day. [Monumental video, Caps OT (LaichOshieRussians)]
  • The captain sat down with Mike Vogel for his first one-on-one chat of the season. [Monumental video]
  • Per coach's orders, the Caps' leadership council will have a couple of new faces on it. [CSNMA]
  • Previewing:
  • After packing on a bit of extra muscle, Andre Burakovsky is ready for his second go-round in the NHL. [CSNMA]
  • Might the additions of T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams be what finally tips the scales in the Caps' favor? [The Score]
  • Predicting where/how Derek Roy could be used in the Caps' lineup, a waiver-wire refresher, and more in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. [Rink]
  • Braden Holtby could be a dark horse candidate for the Vezina this season. Or an odds-on favorite, whatevs. [PDL]
  • Enough with this "I'm going to move out and get my own place" talk, Burakovsky. Roomie bromance 4 evah! [CSNMA]
  • Alas, those rumors that Ovechkin's good friend Ilya Nikulin would be headed to the States (and perhaps to DC) ended up being untrue. [CSNMA]
  • A look at the Eastern Conference's top ten centers. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Several members of the Caps' blueline showed up to welcome a snazzy watch shop to the District. [WaPoRevamp]
  • Yesterday was a day of celebration in honor of Alex Ovechkin turning the big 3-0! [Caps OTCSNMA (video), SI.comExtra MustardPuck DaddyStars and Sticks]
    • Just what the man of the hour wanted: a birthday... sheep?? []
  • And finally, happy 49th birthday to Tom Chorske.