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Friday Caps Clips: First Cuts

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Trotz and Holtby are champions, Yingst and Helmer are Hall-of-Famers, the Caps’ opening-night lines are taking shape and more.

World Cup Of Hockey 2016 Final - Game Two - Canada v Europe Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Congrats are in order for Barry Trotz and Braden Holtby, 2016 World Cup of Hockey champions.
  • Congrats are also in order for former Hershey GM Doug Yingst and former Bears captain (and Capital-for-12-games) Bryan Helmer. They will be inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame with the Class of 2017. [, RMNB]
  • Related: From the Rink archives, here’s a fantastic gallery of Bryan's uniforms and facial hair through the years. My favorites are the ones with him holding shiny silver things. [AHL on Facebook]
  • The Caps released their list of the first cuts from camp. [WaPo, CSNMA, RMNB]
  • 2016 first-rounder Lucas Johansen is headed back to Kelowna, after a very good camp. [WaPo]
  • The NHL Department of Player Safety announced that Andrew Shaw is suspended for three preseason games. [WaPo, CSNMA, Eyes on the Prize]
  • With the return of Nicklas Backstrom, Thursday’s forward lines and defensive pairs looked suspiciously “Opening Night”-ish. [CSNMA (and again)]
  • Speaking of defense pairings, Dmitry Orlov reports that he is “in a really good place” right now. So that’s good. [WaPo]
  • Crystal ballin’ the Metro Division for 2016-17. [Homer and Hat Tricks]
  • Ilya Samsonov has confirmed his intention to remain in the KHL until April 2018. [CSNMA]
  • Finally, enjoy the story of how Bernie Wolfe and the expansion Caps influenced the new GM of the expansion ECHL Worcester Railers. [Worcester Magazine]