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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The ice at Kettler is getting crowded, the rookie tournament roster is released, no CapsCon this year and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • With the calendar flipping to September, the ice at Kettler is starting to get more crowded. [NVC]
    • Braden Holtby is back in town, with some unfinished business to attend to. [Monumental (video), NHL.com]
    • Speaking of unfinished business, Dmitry Orlov lost a whole year to injury and can. not. wait. to get back to playing. [WaPo]
  • The team released the schedule and roster for this year's inaugural rookie tournament to be held in Estero, Florida, with the welcome news that all of the games will be streamed live on Monumental and Caps Radio. [Caps Today, WaPo, S&S]
    • Ten of the players on the rookie roster appear in Part One of the Rink's Top 25 Players Under 25. [Rink]
  • Also announced by the team - no CapsCon this year, but Casino Night comes early, on November 14. [RMNB, and again]
  • "They’ve looked great on paper before, but this team seemingly has the right combination of potent scoring, solid goaltending, smart coaching and veteran savvy that makes for a champion. Oh, and a guy who turns into Gretzky whenever there’s a Game 7." Puck Daddy brings the preseason optimism. [Yahoo Sports]
  • Who is the Caps' most important player? Go on, guess. [ESPN]
  • Fantasy GMs shouldn't sleep on these sleeper picks. [THN]
  • Finally, happy 56th birthday to Greg Theberge, happy 69th to Gerry Meehan, and Cristobal Huet hits the big 4-0.