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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Bidding adieu to Nate Schmidt, key dates released, and looking ahead to the Draft.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The biggest news from last night: Nate Schmidt has been poached by the Vegas Golden Knights. We'll miss you, Sunshine. [Rink, Caps, WaPo, CSNMA, FiCP (and again), Caps Outsider, WashTimes, RMNB, NoVa Caps]
  • Might as well take one more look at Schmidt's 2016-17 season. [Peerless]
  • Season in review for Daniel Winnik. [Rink, RMNB]
  • The Japers' Rink Radio crew is joined by special guest Nick Mercadente to discuss Holtby, windows of opportunity and more. [Rink]
  • George McPhee has the foundation of his team; now we wait to see how much of it stays. [SBN, LVRJ, USA Today]
  • The other part of the evening, the NHL Awards, passed without much fanfare as far as the Caps were concerned - and without a second-consecutive Vezina for Braden Holtby. [Rink, CSNMA, RMNB, NoVa Caps]
  • He missed out on the Vezina, but congrats to Holtby on making the cut for the NHL's Second All-Star Team. []
  • Recaps and round-ups of the evening's festivities. [, SBN, NoVa Caps]
  • Assessing the needs of every Metro Division team for this upcoming draft. []
  • Save the dates - we now have the season and home opener dates and opponents for 2017-18 (and stay tuned for the full schedule, due out later today). [Rink, Caps, WaPo, CSNMA, NoVa Caps, RMNB, StarsandSticks, Silver Seven, Ottawa Citizen]
  • Boy, those "new" jerseys look familiar... [WaPo]
  • This year's expansion draft featured some pretty good goalies available to be selected - and this is hardly the first time. [THN (DGB)]
  • As part of "The Longest Day" events to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's, T.J. Oshie took part in a golf tournament in honor of his father, who is struggling with the disease. [FTW]