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Friday Caps Clips: Certain Uncertainty

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: An offseason filled with questions awaits, Ovi’s injury is revealed and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Three things we were talking about the morning after. [Rink]
  • Why the Caps lost. [CSNMA, FOX Sports]
  • So... now what? [Sportsnet (DGB)]
  • It's going to be a looooooong summer. But hey, at least it's not going to be boring, because questions and roster decisions abound. [WaPo, CSNMA, WashTimes,, NoVa Caps, StarsandSticks]
  • One of those questions will be who gets snatched up by former GM George McPhee in the upcoming expansion draft. [StarsandSticks]
  • A few leftovers (if you dare) from Wednesday's loss. [AP, RMNB]
  • The team with everything is left with nothing. Cheery. [WaPo]
  • Dissecting every playoff loss for the Caps. Cheerier. [WaPo]
  • 30 years of pain and disappointment in one column. Just... ugh. [WaPo]
  • DMV local and ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt speaks for all of us. [WaPo]
  • This. Dumb. City. [Mr. Irrelevant, Deadspin]
  • Caps fans really don’t deserve this (but don’t listen to the part about giving up, because that’s stupid). [Vice]
  • If it's mid-May and the Caps are out of the playoffs, it must mean it's *checks clock* time to blame Alex Ovechkin! [WaPo (and again), CSNMA]
  • Another playoff disappointment, another year of one of the greatest goal-scorers to ever play... wasted. [SBN]
  • Hands off the Ovi, Boston. [CSNNE]
  • Turns out Ovechkin was battling a lower-body injury that will keep him out of the World Championships. So there's that. [, WaPo, CSNMA, Puck Daddy, AP, SI]
  • (Probably why he didn't play as much as usual in a decisive Game 7.) [RMNB]
  • Also out of the tournament? Marcus Johansson, who suffered a broken finger and may have to have surgery. [FRS]
  • Nicklas Backstrom will make the trek overseas for the WC, however... [CSNMA, Expressen]
  •, most likely, will Philipp Grubauer... []
  • ...and Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov. [TSN]
  • Speaking of the team's other two Russians, would the lure of the Olympics send them back to the KHL? [StarsandSticks]
  • And if Kuznetsov sticks around, how much will he cost? [StarsandSticks]
  • A Chris Bourque overtime goal and a dominant performance in net for Pheonix Copley helped the Bears take a 2-1 lead over Providence. [Patriot News, NoVa Caps, Caps Outsider]
  • The two-year "window" is closed - but are the Caps still a Cup contender? [FiCP]
  • High-end talent, low-end luck, and cruel, cruel fate. No wonder Leafs fans don't want to be the second coming of the Caps. [PPP]
  • One fan does not define us as a group, but still - be better, Caps fans. [NBC4]
  • Finally, happy 58th birthday to Dave Christian.