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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Looking ahead to the 2017-18 season, looking back at what might have been and more.

Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Seven Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Some thoughts from our old friend Cheerless on the upcoming season... [Rink]
  • ...and thoughts on 2017-18 from others. [PHT, Rotoworld, BSB]
  • Aussie prospect Nathan Walker is looking to make the leap to the big stage this season. [PHT, THW]
  • After three seasons behind the Caps’ bench and still no appearances past the second round, Barry Trotz is feeling the heat this year. [PHT]
  • Also getting a bit toasty? GM Brian MacLellan. [FRS]
  • The ultimate game of “what if?”, featuring the Capitals. [Puck Daddy]
  • Continuing a look at the 25 most important players for the Caps with #23, Riley Barber. [CSNMA]
  • Debate time: do you think Peter Bondra’s number should be retired by the Caps? [THN (DGB)]
  • Any countdown of the craziest Game 7’s of the past decade is going to have a healthy dose of Caps on it, and this one is no exception. [Sporting News]
  • A fan experience survey has the Caps pulling in high marks among NHL teams - and (somewhat) unsurprisingly, the best marks of the DC five. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • Finally, happy 32nd birthday to Troy Brouwer, and happy 60th to Pete Peeters.