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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Celebrating the Fourth of July with a hangover.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • With a number of veterans headed out and money being tight, the kids are going to have to step up. Are they ready? [Rink]
  • Talking Nate Schmidt, T.J. Oshie and the salary cap with special guest Isabelle Khurshudyan on another episode of Japers' Rink Radio. [Rink]
  • After a weekend of controversial and much-discussed moves, GM Brian MacLellan chatted briefly with the media yesterday. [Monumental video]
  • As correctly noted by the GM, a salary cap crunch has the Caps now facing the equivalent of a Cup hangover without a Cup. Brutal. [WaPo, NHL.com, Puck Daddy, NBC Sports]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov needed a new deal, and held all of the leverage... so Marcus Johansson had to go. [WashTimes]
  • Also of note from MacLellan's press conference is the fact that goalie coach Mitch Korn will be stepping back into a new role with the organization. [CSNMA]
  • And oh yeah, there are still RFAs to sign. [NoVa Caps]
  • Speaking of signing, MacLellan was busy adding some forward depth to the organization, bringing in Devante Smith-Pelly and John Albert to two-way deals. [Rink, Caps (DSP, Albert), WaPo, NBC Sports, CSNMA, NoVa Caps (and again)]
  • Projecting what the Caps' forward lines might look like come the fall. [CSNMA]
  • Winners and losers from the early days of free agency. [SBN, ESPN, USA Today]
  • Have recent events around the League shifted the balance of power? [AP]
  • They won't be the same team they've been for the past two years, but this Caps team can still be a contender. [CSNMA, NBC Sports, WNST]
  • Change was expected this summer, but perhaps not this much change. [NoVa Caps]
  • Bidding farewell to Marcus Johansson (and the rest of the dearly departed). [Peerless, FiCP (and again), CSNMA]
  • Happy 45th birthday to all-American boy Mike Knuble.
  • Finally, here’s wishing all of you a safe and happy 4th of July... with minimal hangovers.