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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Ovechkin and Backstrom will walk the red carpet in Vegas as victors, more Trotz talk, a bump in the salary cap and more.

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast of champions links:

  • Reigning Stanley Cup champions Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are in Vegas today to take a victory lap represent the Capitals at the 2018 NHL Awards Presented by Hulu™... [NHL]
  • ... and Ovi will be receiving the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the League’s leading goal scorer. His seventh, for those keeping track of such things. [Wiki]
  • Details of the schedule and a handy primer for the awards and the nominees. [BR]
  • Ovie the Bulldog is also in Vegas, and he split a plate of meatballs with his new bestie, Bark-Andre Furry. [Caps Outsider, NHL]
  • Fingers crossed for Neal Henderson, founder and head coach of the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club. He is one of three nominees for the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award. [WaPo]
  • Mike Vogel reflects on Barry Trotz’s tenure in Washington - and his sudden departure... [NHL]
  • ... as do JP and Adam Stringham in podcast form... [Rink Radio]
  • ... and Trotz’s move was surprising to the NHL’s other head coaches. [NHL]
  • Point: As the shock starts to wear off, perhaps this move actually helps the Caps. [Caps Outsider]
  • Counterpoint: “No matter how well-groomed assistant coach Todd Reirden — the favorite to become the next head coach — might be, he has zero experience as an NHL head coach. So Leonsis, MacLellan and team president Patrick really have no idea if he can be a head coach in this league — just like they had no idea if Bruce Cassidy, Glen Hanlon, Bruce Boudreau, Dale Hunter or Adam Oates could be an NHL head coach.” [WashTimes]
  • With Trotz on his way out of town, what are the Caps’ options behind the bench? [WaPo, HB]
  • Seven things to know about Todd Reirden. [Yahoo Sports]
  • Gentlemen, start your checkbooks. The NHL salary cap is taking a nice jump up. [AP]
  • Related: Caps brass will be meeting with the reps for their pending free agents at the draft in Dallas this weekend. [WashTimes]
  • Five years ago, Scott Murray was the goalie coach for the OHL Sudbury Wolves. Today he’s a Stanley Cup champion goalie coach. [Sudbury Wolves]
  • Apparently, Breakdown Day is a lot easier when you’re leaving for the summer as a champion... [RMNB (photos)]
  • ... just ask Nathan Walker, who wants to use his day with the Cup to promote hockey on his home continent. [Sportsnet]
  • Seasons in review:
  • ... Alex Chiasson... [Peerless]
  • ... and Braden Holtby. [RMNB]
  • Remembering Lefty McFadden, Greg Joly and that 1974 Capitals squad. [Dayton City News]
  • Finally, happy 41st birthday to Joe Corvo.