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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: GM MacLellan reviews the season, the Bears will play the Marlies for the Eastern Conference crown, Russia faces Sweden today and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Caps GM Brian MacLellan gave his annual end-of-season "state of the skate" interview. [Monumental (video)]
    • The season was over, once again, far too soon and there is a level of frustration. [WashTimes]
    • No the Pens weren't 'clearly' better than the Caps, but... [CSNMA]
    • ... the team missed Joel Ward , or a Joel Ward-type player... [theScore]
    • ... and perhaps young Tom Wilson is the best candidate for that role. [PHT]
    • Regardless, the GM will aim to upgrade his bottom-six forward lines. [WaPo, NHL.com]
  • The question to be asked - did MacLellan do enough at the trade deadline? [CSNMA]
  • Related - Our SBN pals in Toronto revisited the Winnik/Laich/Carrick trade. [PPP]
  • Jason Chimera needs a hug, you guys. [Monumental (video), WaPo, CSNMA]
  • Player reviews:
  • Karl Alzner [Rink, RMNB]
  • Jay Beagle [Peerless]
  • World Championship update:
    • Dmitry Orlov had two assists to help lift Russia to a 3-0 victory over Norway. They will face Sweden today for the last game in the round-robin phase.
    • The IIHF reflects on the last 10 years of the tournament and Alex Ovechkin . [IIHF]
    • Oh, and Ovi now has 60 career points at the WC, third overall among Russians and with Evgeni Malkin 's 62 points squarely in his sights for second place. [RMNB]
    • Also, he is still doing this:
  • Of course none of this matters because AO8 is the "LeBron James Who Never Left Cleveland." [CBS DC]
  • Hershey Bears update:
    • The Toronto Marlies defeated the Albany Devils on a late goal by Rich Clune (!) and will travel to Hershey to begin the Eastern Conference Finals this weekend. [Caps Outsider]
    • Yes, that means Connor Carrick will be bringing his League-leading 14 playoff points back to the old barn. [RMNB]
    • Because Game Seven overtime game-winning goals are fun. [Deadspin, Lancaster Online, RMNB]
    • Kyle Mace did a Bears Q&A via Twitter last night, and the answer to the affiliation question sounded somewhat ominous. [Chocolate Hockey]
  • In Memorial Cup news, Tim McGauley reflected on his Wheaties career as he boarded the bus to Red Deer, his final roadie in major junior hockey. He has the chance to leave the CHL as a champion. [Regina Leader-Post, Brandon Sun (and again)]
  • Finally, Washington's sports team Managers General are having a moment. [DC Sports Bog]