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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Welcome to another season.

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Your savory “first day of the season” breakfast links:

  • Take the good (or bad) things the Caps do on the ice and turn them into money for those in need - welcome to our first pledge-o-rama! [Rink]
  • Offseason departures have the Caps searching for players to fill in the gaps. [Rink]
  • Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby are both within reach of some big, impressive milestones this season. [Rink]
  • Previews of tonight’s season opener against the Sens from Vogs, Peerless, NoVa Caps, Ottawa Citizen, and Ottawa Sun, and be sure to stop by our SB Nation pals over at Silver Seven Sens for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
  • The Caps will be facing a Senators team without their captain, as Erik Karlsson remains on the sidelines after offseason ankle surgery. [CP, Stats/TSX]
  • The roster, it is set. [NoVa Caps, THW]
  • On the official opening-night roster is Alex Chiasson, who turned a PTO into a one-year, one-way deal with the Caps. [Caps, Rink, WaPo, NBCSWA, WashTimes, AP]
  • Also on the roster? Nathan Walker, who officially becomes the first Australian to make it to the NHL. [NHL.com, NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • Plenty of Caps’ goodies in this week’s 31 Thoughts. [Sportsnet (Friedman)]
  • As always, all eyes will be on the captain this season, and the Caps need him to be at his best for them to be at their best. [WaPo, AP]
  • They’ll also be leaning on Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie, who earned big contracts over the summer and now have to live up to them. [WaPo]
  • Can Ovechkin hit 50 goals again? [AP, THW]
  • Hear from the crew as they gear up for the first road trip of the season. [Monumental video (Trotz, Chiasson, Rinkside Update/Vrana)]
  • Previewing the season ahead for the good guys in red... [Caps Outsider, CBS Sports]
  • ...for the Metropolitan Division... [PHT]
  • ...and the League as a whole. [WaPo]
  • Get out the crystal ball: it’s time for some predictions! [NHL.com, NBCSWA, Puck Daddy, FiCP]
  • Where do the Caps sit on the first Super 16 of the season? [NHL.com]
  • The Caps have undergone some upheaval... but they’ll probably still be pretty good. We hope. [RMNB]
  • That said, here’s how it could all go wrong. [RMNB, Caps Outsider]
  • After his first suspension last week, Tom Wilson was adamant that he wouldn’t change his game. After his second, well... he’s singing a different tune. [Caps, NBCSWA]
  • The Caps are finally ready to move on from their playoff loss to the Pens this spring... you guys go ahead, we’ll catch up later. [WashTimes]
  • The NHL is getting younger, faster, and better. [WaPo]
  • To fit in with an increasingly quick game, Brooks Orpik shifted his offseason focus from bulk to agility. [NBCSWA]
  • The Caps kick off their season tonight; this weekend, it’ll be the Bears doing the same, as puck drops on their 80th season. [Patriot-News]
  • One year without the Caps and WJFK radio comes crawling back. [Caps, WaPo, CBSDC]