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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Mike Richards debuts at Kettler, GM MacLellan gets his midterm marks, more accolades for the Gr8 and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • What to expect when you're expecting a new week of hockey. Truth be told, yo. [Rink]
  • After a post-roadie, post-record book day off, it was everybody back on the ice at Kettler for practice:
    • In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, Ovechkin, Rinkside Update/Backstrom)]
    • Well, almost everybody was on the ice. John Carlson and Jay Beagle skated briefly beforehand... [@washcaps]
    • ... and Tom Wilson left the ice shortly after practice began. [CSNMA]
    • But fear not, TW43 should be good to go on Thursday, along with a couple of his slightly dented teammates. [WaPo]
    • And besides, there was MR10 (!) practicing on the fourth line. [CSNMA (video)]
    • Marcus Johansson is back from his two-game suspension and ready to contribute on the ice. [CSNMA (video)]
  • Getting to know Mike Richards :
    • One-on-one with Chuck Gormley. [CSNMA (video)]
    • He's been working on his game with Milan Lucic 's personal trainer. [CSNMA]
    • Hey, nice hat. [Monumental (video)]
    • The struggle is real. Fantasy GMs, you can leave him on your bench for the Vancouver game and probably longer. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • Alex Ovechkin mania continues:
    • His shoulders are so sturdy he can even carry other teams' fans. [Rink]
    • The hockey puckerati ponder - could he actually be the greatest goal-scorer of all time?  [TSN, Edmonton Journal]
    • Former GM George McPhee certainly thinks so. [Sportsnet (video)]
    • The probably not-very-hockey folk at 538 take a stab at it. [538 (podcast, at about the 24:24 mark)]
    • How many? [B/R]
    • AO8 is our everything. [Stars&Sticks, Caps Outsider]
    • Part Two of Vogs' interview with Alex. [Monumental (video)]
  • Sorry, Caps fans, no way no how will this team make it to the Finals or get even a sniff at a Cup. Just look at their fleet forward corps, stalwart team defense, brick wall of a goalie and shrewdly intelligent coach. Goals for, goals against, division standings, pretty much every metric all portend disaster. Doomed! [THW]
    • And yet. [RMNB]
    • Related: At the season's midpoint, GM Brian MacLellan's personnel decisions appear to have been taken wisely. [Rink]
  • T.J. Oshie brings teh goalz. And teh hitz. [NoVa Caps Fans]
  • No sophomore slump for Evgeny Kuznetsov . Pretty much the opposite, actually. [ESPN]
  • Finally, happy 62nd birthday to Mike Palmateer plus a stick salute to the memory of Art Ross and his one (yes, really) NHL goal.  He would have turned 130 today.