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Friday Caps Clips: The World Moves to Toronto

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps chat up the media in Toronto as the prospects prepare for their tournament in Florida.

Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 14 - United States v Canada Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • ‘Twas Media Day at Air Canada Center, where all the reporters got to talk to all the World Cup players:
  • "Every year, you prepare yourself not for September, but October," Team Russia captain Alex Ovechkin said, looking like he was ready to chew glass. "This is unusual. You just have to be ready mentally." [WCH2016]
  • Oh, and by the way he is totally going to the 2018 Olympics. [CSNMA, ESPN, NoVa Caps]
  • "If Gordon Bombay said it, it has to be real." TJ Oshie on the effectiveness of the triple deke. [TSN]
  • Given Carey Price’s dominance, how much playing time can Braden Holtby expect to see in this tournament? It depends. [CSNMA]
  • The goal that Holtby gave up to John Carlson still stings. [NoVa Caps]
  • Dmitry Orlov is happy that this tournament can provide some distraction from the anxiety of contract discussions. There’s a fix for that, Dima. [CSNMA]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ovi went shopping in the WCOH store, and it was glorious. [RMNB]
  • Canada is the team to beat, obviously, but they will still have to play the games. How do the other teams stack up? [WNST]
  • There’s another tournament also scheduled to start Saturday - the Caps’ prospects tournament versus the prospects of the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers. Here are five Caps prospects you ought to know more about. [NoVa Caps]
  • Beck Malenstyn can’t wait to get started. [Calgary Herald]
  • The South Carolina Stingrays announced they have signed Lars Eller’s younger brother, forward Mads Eller. [CSNMA, Live 5 News]
  • Counting down the Metro’s Top Ten defensemen... [Rink]
  • ... and the Caps’ Top Ten prospects, numbers 6 thru 10. [RMNB]
  • Metro Division breakout players. [HB]
  • CSN released its 76-game schedule for televising Caps games. An upgrade this year- preseason games! No more squinting at the feed from the TD Garden jumbotron! [CSNMA]
  • Former Caps captain Jeff Halpern is settling into his new role as assistant coach of the Syracuse Crunch. []

Finally, happy 27th birthday to reigning Vezina winner Braden Holtby.