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Saturday Caps Clips: Ship Shape and Ready to Go

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Training camp updates, seafaring birthday gifts, injury estimates and more.

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  • News and notes from Kettler as training camp gets underway:
    • The Caps will hit the ice at 9:30 a.m. with Group White, followed by Group Red at 11:00 a.m. and Group Blue at 12:30 p.m.
    • Get the lowdown on some of the roster battles that lie ahead in the next two and a half weeks. [RinkWaPoCSNMA]
    • Capturing the sights and sounds of Day 1. [Caps OT (TrotzTrotz videoOvechkin and Beagle skatingthe captain leads the stretchBackstromOvechkinHoltby), Patriot-NewsWJLA]
    • Players and brass talk about the first day back. [Monumental video (MacLellanTrotzOrpikBackstromHoltbyWilliamsOvechkinOshieCarlson)]
    • The first day of camp was an intense one that included Barry Trotz's now-infamous skating test. [NBC4Patriot-News]
    • Strength, discipline and structure: that's the foundation of Trotz's teaching. [Dump 'n Chase]
    • At the ripe old age of 30, Alex Ovechkin is still going strong - and still has his eyes on hockey's ultimate prize. [NHL.comWaPoCSNMAAP]
    • Still no timetable for Nicklas Backstrom's return other than it will be sometime between now and the end of October. Hopefully. [WaPoWashTimesCSNMADSPThe Score]
      • Backstrom has the key to what makes Ovechkin so tough to stop. [FOX SportsRMNB]
    • Brooks Orpik is probably a little closer, and is hoping he'll be healed from his wrist surgery in time to take part in at least some exhibition games. [WaPoCSNMA]
    • Recovered from the knee injury that cut his first pro season short, Nathan Walker gets back to the task at hand: making the NHL. [Patriot-News]
    • John Carlson is ready to step in and do his part to make up for the loss of Mike Green. [CSNMA]
    • Entering his third NHL season, Tom Wilson is poised to play a bigger role. [CSNMA]
    • Previewing the "battle" in net at this year's camp. [WaPo]
  • New players in place, a year of Trotz's systems under their belts, the Caps are ready to take the next step. [WTOP]
  • Ovechkin talks about the sheep he got for his birthday, everyone mishears it as ship, chaos ensues. See, kids... this is what happens when you don't read your daily Clips. [Sporting NewsPuck DaddyCaps OutsiderDeadspinRMNBCSNMASBN]
  • Hockey has a problem with women's issues - but it also has a problem with some of the people whose job it is to cover them. [PPP]
  • Fantasy hockey rankings by position, with a couple of Caps in prominent spots. [TSN]
  • Projecting the fate of the 2015-16 Caps... [RMNB]
  • ...and the 2015-16 second pairing. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Breaking down the awesomeness that is the Hershey Bears' logo. [THN]
  • Down in South Carolina, the Stingrays have signed former Islanders tough guy Trevor Gillies, for... reasons. [Caps Outsider]
  • Some takeaways from the rookie tournament in Estero, Florida. [Stars and Sticks]
  • "Ovechkin & Ibrahimovic avalanche of goals towards dreams almost impossible". Um... sure. [Play.it USA]
  • Finally, happy 54th birthday to Don Beaupre.