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The Narrative: Ovi (and Friends) to Russia and Breaking Up is Hard to Do

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What we're talking about today when we're talking about the Caps

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1. The Russian Ice Hockey Federation added three familiar names to its World Championships roster yesterday (that's for a tournament which is currently being held in Russia, by the way)...

... and the predictable reactions were, well, predictable:

So on the hierarchy of "running away," going to play more meaningful hockey on a "glorified vacation" ranks below actual vacation, morally. Got it.

Criticisms (which ignore certain political realities) aside, reasonable minds (or, at least, reasonable opinions) were generally more prevalent:

Oh, and it's not like he wasn't facing the music before he readied to split town:

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2. And speaking of facing the music, today was breakdown day out at Kettler. We'll have full coverage in tomorrow's Clips, but here's an amuse-bouche :

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3. Before they talked to the media, several Caps took to social media to speak directly to the fans: