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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Bidding farewell to Nate Schmidt, the 2017-18 schedule drops, Cristian Djoos re-signs and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Fare thee well, Nate Schmidt:
  • Nate sez goodbye, and so do his teammates and fans. Sniffle. [NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • Braden Holtby called, and said ‘You’ve got to tell me.’” [St. Cloud Times]
  • Thanks and stuff, says GM Brian MacLellan, and now our other young guys have a chance to step up. [CSNMA]
  • The best of off-ice Nate. [CSNMA]
  • “It’s a dark day for sports in D.C., but pour out a few cold ones for the good times. It’s what Schmidt would want from all of us.” [Daily Caller]
  • Options to replace ol’ Number 88. [WaPo, NoVa Caps, CSNMA,
  • Point: What we have here is a failure of asset management. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Counterpoint: When one Schmidt door closes, a Christian Djoos re-signing window opens. [Caps Today, CSNMA (and again), Caps Outsider, RMNB, S&S]
  • The Caps released their 2017-18 schedule. [Rink, Caps Today, CSNMA]
  • Caps Associate Coach Todd Reirden probably could have interviewed for one or more of the available head coaching positions this summer, except he didn’t because his contract sez he can’t. [NoVa Caps]
  • Philipp Grubauer provided a thoughtful interview to the local German press on Vegas draft day. Shorter version - he is very happy playing for Washington, but he knows his skills are better than twenty starts a season and the clock is ticking. []
  • Justin Williams cellied his 1,000th NHL game on the Royal and Ancient with a few of his hockey chums. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 34th birthday to Brooks Laich.