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Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The protected lists are in and the expansion draft looms.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Expansion Draft mania:
  • The Knights are having way too much fun, you guys. [RMNB, CBS Sports]
  • The expansion draft will take place at the NHL Awards Show on Wednesday, which already seems like a very long time to have to wait. And the wait for Caps fans will be the longest of all - the selections will be announced in reverse order of the League standings, and the Caps won that wretched Presidents’ Trophy. [RMNB]
  • The protected lists are all in, which means the unprotected lists are all in too, and let the waiting and the horse trading begin. [Rink, Stars & Sticks, NoVa Caps, WaPo, CSNMA, Dump-n-Chase]
  • Point: What would the Caps need to keep Nate Schmidt? [Caps Outsider]
  • Counterpoint: Why would teh Knights even consider Nate Schmidt? [RMNB]
  • Counter-Counterpoint:
  • Counter-Counter-Counterpoint: The year in review for Taylor Chorney. [Peerless]
  • In other offseason hockey business news, the players agreed to a small increase in the escrow elevator, which will raise the salary cap to ~$75M. Will it be enough for the Caps to re-sign T.J. Oshie ? [CSNMA]
  • Related:
  • "Now I'm running a little, because I only healed injury. Later, start to practice at full strength." Alex Ovechkin provided an update on his health to Russian media. [TASS]
  • Nathan Walker was in Sydney to drop a ceremonial puck and also the news that he’s getting married next summer. [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 70th birthday to Walt McKechnie.