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Thursday Caps Clips: Rocking the Blues

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Beagle channels his inner Kuznetsov, Holtby sets his sights on team success and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's 4-2 win over the Blues at the Sprint Center. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (Trotzlocker room)]
  • If you disagree that there are nine left wingers in the NHL better than Alex Ovechkin right now, be sure to let the author of this piece know. He loves to hear from the fans. No, really. [Sportsnet]
  • And while you're at it, be sure to check out the rankings of right wings and centers, as well. [Sportsnet (RWC)]
  • Reflections on how to grow hockey in the DMV. [FiCP]
  • Hear Braden Holtby's thoughts on the upcoming season and the opener against some team from Pittsburgh. [EITM]
  • Updates from camp:
    • Holtby has a Vezina Trophy on his resume; his focus now is on getting the Caps some hardware. [NHL.com]
    • The Caps have placed goaltender Joe Cannata on waivers, with the goal of having him head to Hershey to be the new #1 guy between the pipes for the Bears. [WaPo]
    • 19-year-old defensive prospect Jonas Siegenthaler is still at camp as he deals with a few family issues. [WaPo]
    • Offseason free-agent signing Brad Malone knows it's an uphill climb to make the Caps' roster, but he's excited for the opportunity nonetheless. [WaPo]
  • After making a run to the Calder Cup Final last season, expectations for the Hershey Bears are high. [Patriot-News]
  • An outsider's look at how the Metropolitan Division shakes out this season. [FlamesNation]
  • One reason (just one?) why the Caps, and the other Eastern Conference teams, won't win the Cup this year. [USA Today]
  • Previewing what the 2016-17 season holds for Taylor Chorney. [Peerless]
  • Finally, birthday (and healing) wishes to Marcus Johansson, who turns 26 today.