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Tuesday Caps Clips: A Thorough Evaluation

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Lots of stuff up in the air as the GM takes a few extra days to evaluate his team. All of it.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Tune in for our 50th episode of Japers' Rink Radio with special guest, friend of the Rink and WaPo writer extraordinaire, Isabelle Khurshudyan. [Rink]
  • Usually the player exit interviews are followed by a lengthy postmortem from the GM, but that's on hold while Brian MacLellan conducts a thorough investigation of his team... and his coach. [WaPo]
  • Let's talk about that coach, and the ones that came before him. [FiCP]
  • Whether or not Barry Trotz is back next year, the bench will look different, as Todd Reirden is on the short list for a couple of vacant head coaching spots. The latest? Florida. [NoVa Caps, StarsandSticks, RMNB]
  • Another year, another second-round loss. The players are starting to think it's mental. [RMNB]
  • Will the Caps decide to enter what should be a robust market for trade deadline acquisition Kevin Shattenkirk? [WaPo]
  • Projecting what kind of dough Dmitry Orlov could bring in on his next contract. [StarsandSticks]
  • Meanwhile Evgeny Kuznetsov is also in need of a new deal - and it might put the Caps in a tough spot. [FRS]
  • He's also not quite ready to say definitively whether he will or won't go to the Olympics. [CSNMA]
  • Today in "TRADE OVECHKIN"... [NY Post, SvenskaFans]
  • Sidelined with a broken finger, Marcus Johansson is hopeful that he won't need surgery this summer. [CSNMA]
  • Is this the end of an era? [TFP]
  • Any plans the Caps make this summer will have to be balanced with whatever George McPhee and Vegas have in mind at the expansion draft. [WashTimes, StarsandSticks]
  • Speaking of McPhee, he's not exactly enjoying the fate of his former franchise. [WaPo]
  • Handing out some end-of-season awards. [NoVa Caps]
  • Alas, the DC drought... it continues (and empathetic hugs to our pals over at Bullets Forever). [WaPo]
  • Hershey has no such drought to speak of, and they're one win away from advancing to the Conference Final yet again. [Patriot-News]
  • Also, the boys down in South Carolina keep it going, too! [Capitals Outsider]
  • Checking in on netminding prospect Ilya Samsonov. [StarsandSticks]
  • Finally, happy 33rd birthday to Tomas Fleischmann.