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Friday Caps Clips: Suddenly, Summer

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Daily Washington Capitals: As the party dies down and the players start to make their way home, attention shifts to the offseason and who may - or may not - be back.

Washington Capitals Victory Parade and Rally Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Reflections on what this Cup win means to city and family. [Rink]
  • Looking back at the key moment from the Caps’ third-round series against the Bolts. [Rink]
  • We’re not normally in the “merch” biz, but this t-shirt is too good to pass up. What’s up, babes? [Rink]
  • One final look back at the journey that took the Caps from an 0-2 hole against Columbus to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup... [Caps (and again)]
  • ...at the goal that helped them start to climb out of that 0-2 hole... [Caps]
  • ...and at the moves that were made over the 11 months prior to build a Cup-winning team. [Caps]
  • Alex Ovechkin and Ted Leonsis will take the Cup on a bit of a DC goodwill tour today, with a stop at Georgetown Hospital and the legendary Fort Dupont Ice Arena. [WashTimes]
  • That’s all well and good... but the team can, and should, use this opportunity to reach out to DC’s diverse community. [WaPo]
  • Especially since they have a built-in role model in Devante Smith-Pelly. [Caps Outsider]
  • With the Stanley Cup in tow and a baby on the way, this offseason is going to be something special for the Caps’ captain. [WaPo]
  • Red Wings’ legend Ted Lindsay is loving the fact that Ovechkin is now a Cup winner. [NHL]
  • The NHL’s decision to not go to the Olympics may have been a godsend for the Caps’ Cup hopes. [WashTimes]
  • Sports can have healing powers. [WaPo]
  • Lars Eller is proud to be the first Dane to win the Stanley Cup, happy to be sticking around in DC, hopeful for a repeat... just all good things. [Gazette]
  • His coach is certainly appreciative of what Eller brings to the team. [TV2]
  • Tackling the question of whether John Carlson will stick around or test free agency... [Sporting News, RMNB, Puck Prose]
  • ...and whether the Caps will, or should, trade Philipp Grubauer this summer. [NBCSW, RMNB]
  • Grubauer, a pending RFA, won’t be the only good goalie looking for a new contract. [FiCP]
  • He and Carlson also won’t be the only potential free agents the Caps will have to deal with in the offseason. [WashTimes]
  • Back to back! Back to back! [NHL]
  • Get the inside scoop on the Caps’ celebration from the man who’s seen plenty of celebrating in his time: the Keeper of the Cup. [FtW]
  • The season in review for Brett Connolly. [NoVa Caps]
  • Chatting with Connolly about this season and his plans for his day with the Cup. [Frankovic]
  • With plenty of fathers and fathers-to-be among the Caps, Father’s Day holds a special significance this year. [WashTimes]
  • Brooks Orpik basically had the tip of his pinky finger stitched back on after Game 2 and yeah, hockey players are pretty tough. And also gross. [USA Today, Puck Daddy]
  • He wasn’t the only one beaten up this postseason, although the injury count was relatively low overall - and no surgeries needed. [NBC Sports]
  • People ‘round here are buying lots of merch. Odd. Did something big happen? [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • A transplanted Caps fan returns home in time to experience the parade of a lifetime. [NoVa Caps]
  • Chatting with Caps’ superfan and Nats’ first baseman Ryan Zimmerman about, among other things, the Cup win and DC as a sports town. [SBN]
  • Appreciating all those who played a role in putting together a champion. [Peerless]
  • As promised, Chandler Stephenson will be spending his day with the Cup helping to heal the community of Humboldt, SK. [NBCSW]
  • Memories to last a lifetime. [NoVa Caps]
  • The series is over, politicians... time to pay up! [News3LV, LVRJ]