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Sunday Caps Clips: Mitts, Mutts and Maintenance Days

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Eller talks about his unplanned scrap with Marchand, pooches take over the practice facility and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Updates from yesterday’s practice, where Michal Kempny was back (in a non-contact jersey) while Brooks Orpik had a maintenance day. [Caps video (Reirden, Rinkside Update/Oshie), WaPo, NoVa Caps]
  • Practice featured a new-look fourth line, with newly acquired forward Dmitrij Jaskin taking Nathan Walker’s spot on the left wing. [RMNB]
  • Lars Eller wasn’t thrilled with Brad Marchand jumping him in Wednesday’s opener, but he also knows they have two games left against the Bruins this year. Just sayin’. [WaPo, NBCSW]
  • With a new head coach and a better mindset, Andre Burakovsky has a chance at a fresh start this year. [NBCSW]
  • Just like the big squad, the Hershey Bears kicked off their season with a red-carpet entrance... [Caps Outsider, FiCP, NoVa Caps]
  • ...although unlike the big squad, their season opener ended up in the loss column as they fell to the Syracuse Crunch 3-2. [NoVa Caps]
  • Despite the loss, Ilya Samsonov was strong in his North American debut. [Caps Outsider]
  • The idea of a Stanley Cup hangover is a pretty commonly held one, but it may be more myth than reality. [LV Review-Journal]
  • And finally... PUPPIES! [#CapsCanineCalendar, WTOP]