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Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The general manager finally speaks and... things will stay pretty much the same for next year, more or less.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • At long last GM Brian MacLellan held his post-season debriefing:
  • It would seem his plans include staying the course, in large part... [WaPo, Stars & Sticks, RMNB, AP/CP]
  • ... but should they? [WaPo (Steinberg & Svrluga)]
  • "I don't know that I have conclusions." [NoVa Caps]
  • Five takeaways. [S&S]
  • Barry Trotz will remain head coach and retain his staff, but any contract extensions will be considered later on. [PHT, CSNMA]
  • Alex Ovechkin will keep his captaincy but must find a way to speed up his game, and a previously unthinkable trade possibility is apparently now thinkable, though very highly unlikely. [CSNMA, NoVa Caps, The Comeback, Puck Daddy,
  • The team would like to have T.J. Oshie back but it can’t work without a raised salary cap. [CSNMA]
  • Re-wrapping the Rink Wraps, podcast-style. In this episode, Alzner thru Carlson. [Rink Radio]
  • The year in review for:
  • ... Brett Connolly. [Rink, S&S]
  • ... T.J. Oshie. [Peerless]
  • Former Cap Chis Simon has fallen on hard times back in Canada. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • Finally, happy 57th birthday to Greg Adams, happy 65th birthday to Jean Lemieux, and happy 43rd birthday to Jim "Ace" Carey.