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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Brian MacLellan gets recognition from the League, the World Championship enters the quarterfinal stage, Hershey gets ready to welcome the Marlies and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Congrats are in order for Capitals GM Brian MacLellan, who was named a finalist for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award. The other finalists are Jim Nill from the Dallas Stars and Jim Rutherford of the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Rink, NHL.com, WaPo, CSNMA, Puck Daddy, RMNB]
  • The year in review for:
    • Jay Beagle... [Rink, RMNB]
    • ... Andre Burakovsky... [Peerless]
    • ... and Karl Alzner. [Stars and Sticks]
    • A look back at Alex Ovechkin 's age-30 season... [WaPo]
    • ... and the case for trading him. Waitwhat? [ESPN $]
    • ... srsly? Trade Alex? Nah. That's just clickbait. [CSNMA (video)]
    • Mike Richards brought excellent defensive skills to the team. But his offense never got going. [WaPo]
  • Capology - It's time to take out the shopping list (and the budget.) [CSNMA, and again]
  • Elliotte Friedman had his 30 thoughts and the Caps are in a few of them. [Sportsnet]
  • World Championships update:
    • The quarter-final games are today. Russia-Germany and Canada-Sweden both drop pucks at 7:15 Moscow time. [IIHF]
    • George McPhee is the GM of Team Canada, and he reveals that he and Ovi texted a bit when AO8 got his 500th goal. [sport-xl]
    • The Russians will be facing goalie Thomas Greiss - and Germany head coach Marco Sturm . [championat.ru]
    • Sweden has had a bad time of it in these Worlds, and this next game vs. Canada may be Per Marts' last as head coach. [unt.se]
    • Some Czech hockey fans have been manually tracking Corsi. Here's their defenseman chart. [PPP]
  • AHL Conference Finals update:
  • The Memorial Cup Tournament kicks off Friday - Caps prospect Tim McGauley and the Brandon Wheat Kings face the Q champs Rouyn-Norada Huskies on Saturday. [PPP, Sportsnet]
  • Former Caps bench boss Glen Hanlon has a new gig as GM of the WHL's Vancouver Giants. [vancitybuzz]
  • Finally, с днем ​​рождения to Eвгений Kузнецовva. He turns 24 today.