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Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Stingrays begin their Kelly Cup run, SB Nation wants to hear your story and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The ECHL Kelly Cup Finals begin tonight in Loveland, Colorado, where the South Carolina Stingrays take on the Colorado Eagles for the chance to raise their fourth championship banner. Puck drop is at 9:05 Eastern. [Caps Outsider, NoVa Caps, ECHL]
  • SB Nation is rolling out a fresh new look and a fresh new contest. Write a FanPost about why you are a fan of Capitals hockey, and SB Nation just might hook you up with a $500 Fanatics gift card. There are some great entries for the Caps already:
  • Becca blames her father.
  • Mike-L Pivonka has Ted Turner to thank. Or not.
  • JimCapsCup, the Italianate Moldavian, credits T.J. Sochi and his shootout showcase.
  • The big WTOP 1500 AM blowtorch brought hockey (and Larry King!) to apk3000.
  • Now let us read your story!
  • The year in review for:
  • Andre Burakovsky. [Rink, RMNB, Stars & Sticks]
  • Brett Connolly. [Peerless]
  • Would the Caps trade Alex Ovechkin away? More importantly, could they? [WaPo]
  • A handy-dandy guide to the Caps’ free agents... [CSNMA]
  • ... like Justin Williams, who will leave a lasting legacy here. [NoVa Caps]
  • ... and T.J. Oshie, whose next contract is sure to be a cap-killer, and yet. [CSNMA]
  • Without some trades or what-have-you’s, the Caps won’t have a pick in this year’s draft until the fourth round. So let’s take a look at some of the better late-rounders from years past. [Stars & Sticks]
  • Finally, happy 58th birthday to Pat Riggin, happy 41st to Matt Herr, and happy 25th to Christian Thomas.