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Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: One down, one to go plus Bryan Helmer takes the helm in Hershey and more.

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That’s Vice President of Hockey Operations Bryan Helmer, yessirree!
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Your savory breakfast links:

  • With Marcus Johansson re-signed, the Caps have one item left on their to-do list - a new contract for Dmitry Orlov... [CSNMA (and again), NoVa Caps]
  • ... while Mike Vogel and John Walton analyze the signings of both Johansson and Zach Sanford. [Monumental (video)]
  • Hershey made it official - former Bears captain and current assistant coach Bryan Helmer has been named Vice President of Hockey Operations and will assume many of the duties of the retiring Doug Yingst... [Bears Media, AHL, Chocolate Hockey. LDN, Lancaster Online]
  • ... but there are some changes. The business and hockey operations are separate now, and the Bears’ NHL affiliate will take charge of all player signings and trades, even at the AHL-only level.
  • In addition, Troy Mann states the Caps are playing a large part in the search for a new assistant coach. There are four candidates and the new assistant is expected to have a defensive focus to coach up the Bears’ young blueline. It would seem that although there has been no official notification yet, the Capitals and Bears will remain affiliates.
  • Discussion of Alex Ovechkin’s postseason performances continues. The series conclusions should post sometime this morning. [Tough Call (one, two, three, four)]
  • Bengt-Ake Gustafsson stands in for America’s third president, Thomas Jeffersson. [Peerless]
  • It’s okay - it wasn’t the face. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 48th birthday to Brad Schlegel.