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Saturday Caps Clips: Breaking Down is Hard to Do

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The players face the media one last time before yet another early summer.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Seven Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Recapping a somber breakdown day out at Kettler as the Caps face the media - and the music - one last time. [Rink, WaPo, CSNMA, PHT]
  • And if you are so inclined, watch all of the exit interviews:
  • Forwards. [Beagle, Oshie, Wilson, Eller, Connolly, Winnik, Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Williams]
  • Defensemen. [Niskanen, Schmidt, Orlov, Carlson, Alzner, Shattenkirk, Orpik]
  • Goaltenders. [Holtby, Grubauer]
  • Coach. [Trotz]
  • Given the otherwise successful season, it's tough to pin down an obvious solution to their woes. [WaPo]
  • But change is a-comin'. [AP]
  • They're also at something of a crossroads with Alex Ovechkin, such as it is. [Puck Daddy, (fr), FOX Sports]
  • Ovechkin spoke more about his injuries, none of which will need surgery, thankfully. [Puck Daddy, ESPN, AP, WaPo, CSNMA, WashTimes]
  • Five sad facts about Game 7. Hooray! [SBN]
  • Barry Trotz stuck up for his captain and his team, sticking by his belief that the team is going in the right direction - window or no window. [CSNMA (and again)]
  • Soon-to-be free agent T.J. Oshie would like to be back, and the Caps would like him back. Make it happen, GMBM. [CSNMA]
  • Oshie is one of a handful of Caps who could hit the open market come July 1. [NoVa Caps]
  • That includes newcomer Kevin Shattenkirk, who will be looking for a top-pair role on his 2017-18 team - will that be the Caps? [TSN]
  • It would obviously be great for him, but associate coach Todd Reirden departing for a head coaching gig - perhaps in Buffalo? - would be bad for the Caps. [THN]
  • Ted Leonsis confirms what we already knew: Caps + playoffs = heartbreak. [WaPo]
  • Quiet, mild-mannered, even-keeled Nicklas Backstrom is PISSED. [WashTimes]
  • Many of the players noted that perhaps a change was needed... [WaPo, NoVa Caps]
  • ...but should that change be behind the bench? [StarsandSticks]
  • And what would it look like if they just burned it all down and started over? [StarsandSticks]
  • The Bears suffered two losses last night - one to the Bruins, who knotted up their series at two, and one in net, with Pheonix Copley leaving in the second period with an injury. [Patriot-News, ABC27]
  • More on the four Caps - Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Philipp Grubauer - who will represent their country at the World Championships. [, Sportsnet, ZEIT]
  • The Caps will have a little extra help ahead of the draft thanks to a tech startup that provides minor-league scouting assistance. []
  • Finally, happy 32nd birthday to Jaroslav Halak.