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Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Devils Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Kevin Shattenkirk settles in at Kettler, more honors for Holtby, the Devils come calling and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • What to expect when you’re expecting to add a new (and skilled) right-handed defenseman to an already solid corps. [Rink, CSNMA, RMNB]
  • Congrats are in order for Braden Holtby, named the NHL’s 3rd Star for the month of February. [NHL.com, ESPN]
  • Previews of tonight’s tilt with the Devils from Vogs (plus game notes), AP, Peerless, NoVa Caps, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at All About the Jersey for the other side of tonight's matchup.
  • The Capitals wrapped up their trade deadline moves by dealing goalie Joe Cannata to Colorado in return for defenseman Cody Corbett... [Hershey Bears, WaPo, CSNMA]
  • ... and took care of various paperwork requirements by assigning Riley Barber to Hershey and recalling Paul Carey. [Caps Today, CSNMA]
  • Winner, winner, chicken dinner. The trade for Kevin Shattenkirk moved a lot of needles... [ESPN (Burnside, Melrose), ESPN $ (Custance), Fox Sports, WaPo, Sportsnet]
  • ... and now, quite naturally, comes accountability. The Caps have all the tools to compete - they must execute, and prevail. [NHL.com (Rosen)]
  • After all that, there was Kevin Shattenkirk for realz on Kettler ice, feeding one timers to Alex Ovechkin and making plans for getting an apartment. Giggity. [NoVa Caps]
  • Brooks Orpik and T.J. Oshie are “close” to returning from their injuries, but the Caps’ new deep depth will allow the team to keep them on the shelf until they are fully healthy. [WaPo]
  • Speaking of returning from injury, get well soonest Andre Burakovsky, so you can once again resume your spot on hockey’s best third line of the last ten years. Wait, what? [Winners View]
  • There might not have been a player on the Caps or maybe all of the NHL more happy to see the trade deadline expire than Daniel Winnik. [RMNB]
  • Pheonix Copley was surprised, and pleased, to learn that he would be returning to Chocolate Town... [@TheHersheyBears]
  • ...and he’s arriving not a moment too soon, as the Bears’ playoff hopes are skating on mighty thin ice. [NoVa Caps]
  • Capitals megafan Björn Esperling has his gameworn Philipp Grubauer ready to go for his annual trek from Hamburg Germany to wherever the Caps are playing in March. [Nova Caps]
  • Finally, happy 55th birthday to Peter Andresson., and happy 36th birthday to Brian Fahey.
  • One more - The annual Lawmakers vs. Lobbyists Congressional Hockey Challenge is being held tonight at Kettler. Tickets are $10, puck drops at 7pm, they are having a silent auction for cool signed swag, and if I’m reading this tweet correctly, there will be a special visitor in the building: