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Friday Caps Clips: Making a Statement

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The captain puts out a definitive statement about his Olympic future, training camp is officially underway, and more.

World Cup Of Hockey 2016 - Finland v Russia Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • On the eve of training camp, the captain had one last thing to say before putting his Olympic dream to bed for another four years. [Caps, WaPo, WashTimes, AP]
  • Did someone say training camp? Because training camp is now officially open! Breaking down the various storylines and roster spots up for grabs... [WaPo, CSNMA (and again), WashTimes, The Score, Puck Daddy]
  • ...previewing the forwards... [WaPo]
  • ...previewing Madison Bowey... [Peerless]
  • ...looking at players to watch... [CSNMA]
  • ...and predicting the breakout players. [TSN]
  • Nicklas Backstrom is crucially important to the Caps’ success or failure. Hear, hear. [CSNMA]
  • Do the Caps still have a good shot at capturing another Metro Division title? [NoVa Caps]
  • Dmitry Orlov is going to have a much bigger role with the team. [TVA]
  • Comparing Evgeny Kuznetsov to the NHL’s best pivots to see just how good the Russian center is. [NoVa Caps]
  • The changes to the goaltending staff that first came out earlier this summer have been made official, most notably with Mitch Korn moving away from a coaching role. [Caps]
  • The full schedule is out, the national TV schedule is out... and now the local TV broadcast schedule is out. Folks, it’s beginning to look a lot like hockey. [Caps]
  • Finally, happy 59th birthday to Joel Quenneville, happy 64th birthday Ken Houston, and happy belated to Craig Laughlin, who turned the big 6-0 yesterday and we missed it - cheers, Locker!