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Monday Caps Clips: Hurricanes @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Carolina comes to town, test driving the three-on-three overtime, Nate Schmidt is a college grad and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • On tap: Season Two of the Barry Trotz Era of Washington Capitals Hockey. Here's hoping.
  • Game on! Previews of tonight's preseason clash with the Canes from Vogs, NoVa Caps Fans, and Stars&Sticks, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at Canes Country for more from the other side of tonight's match-up.
  • Notes and assorted whatnot from training camp out at Kettler:
    • Monumental video. [Rinkside Update (Kuznetsov), Trotz]
    • Ready or not, here comes three-on-three overtime. [WaPo, WashTimes, RMNB (pics)]
    • Today's camp schedule has the players on the game roster with a morning skate at 10:00, a scrimmage between Groups Bondra and Hunter at 12:15, and practices for those groups at 11:30 and 1:00.
  • Previewing the 2015-16 season for Proven Playoff Performer™ Justin Williams. [Peerless]
  • Crystal ballin' the Caps' blueline, two by two. [Stars&Sticks (first pairing, second pairing, third pairing, depth d-men)]
  • Bidding a fond farewell to John Erskine, who won't be returning to the Caps and may indeed be retiring from hockey. [NoVa Caps Fans]
  • Oh hai there, newly-minted college graduate Nate Schmidt. He finished his business marketing/management degree while he was rehabbing his shoulder, and made his mama very happy. [St. Cloud Times]
  • Nicklas Backstrom was out and about at FedEx Field yesterday, making the scene with his family and his personal trainer. [CSNMA, RMNB]
  • TV station WUSA9 is airing an interview with Tom Wilson at 9am today. [@CapsPR]
  • Prospect updates:
    • Goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov got his first official KHL start and win yesterday with a 23-save 5-2 victory over Metallurg Novokuznetsk. [ (in English), (with pics)]
    • He was thrilled with his win, naturally, and admitted he's not really thinking about the NHL just yet. []
  • The Caps' college kiddies are gearing up for their seasons as well:
    • Forward Thomas Dipauli is a senior this year and has been named as an alternate captain for Notre Dame. [Notre Dame Athletics]
    • Zachary Sanford is projected to start his sophomore season on the top line of a talented Boston College team. [BC Interruption, Boston College Hockey Blog]
    • Shane Gersich is an entering freshman to a North Dakota program that is in a bit of flux. Their no-doubt number-one starting goalie signed an ELC with Boston, and Head Coach Dave Hakstol resigned to boss Philadelphia's bench. [THW]
    • Because It's The Cup Approximately Two-Foot Tall Wood-and-Brass Trophy. Brian Pinho and his Providence College teammates gathered to celebrate their Frozen Four triumph and receive their national championship rings. He can set that ring next to last year's USHL championship ring. [Friars Hockey on YouTube, CoxHub Sports, @bpins_26 Instagram (one, two)]
  • Finally, happy 46th birthday to Curtis Leschyshyn.
  • One more: The Japers' Rink staff would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all the folks we regularly (and irregularly!) link here. We look forward to experiencing this season through your words, photos and videos. And with profound gratitude, we also thank each of our readers, commenters, and yes all you lurkers as we embark on our journey to ports unknown. Happy to have you aboard!