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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Ovi and Backstrom represent at the NHL Awards, the date and opponent for the banner raising are announced, and more.

2018 NHL Awards - Press Room Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Mark those calendars! The Capitals will raise their Stanley Cup banner on October 3 against... the Bruins. Ah, well. [Rink, WaPo, NBCSW, Reuters, Sporting News]
  • Handing out some awards, if all of the award winners were on the Caps. [Rink, NBCSW]
  • Back in Vegas to represent the Champs at the Awards, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin spoke about the departure of coach Barry Trotz. [WaPo]
  • Tracking the speedy path up the ladder for the favorite to succeed Trotz, associate coach Todd Reirden. [WashTimes]
  • The roots of Trotz’s departure may go back as far as 2016. [NoVa Caps]
  • Where does Trotz rank in the pantheon of DC coaches? [WaPo]
  • So.. what’s next for the coach-less Caps? [FiCP]
  • The Caps’ hockey ops staff has a busy couple of weeks ahead of them. [Caps]
  • With the Cup party dying down, it’s time to tackle some tough decisions facing the Caps. [THW]
  • Arguably the biggest decision centers around UFA-to-be John Carlson, who sat down with Mike Vogel to talk about the Cup run. [Caps video]
  • Making the case to keep another pending UFA, Jay Beagle. [StarsandSticks]
  • The season in review for Brett Connolly. [Peerless]
  • A Cup win 15 years in the making. [Caps Outsider]
  • Taking a closer look at a couple of young Caps’ blueliners. [RMNB]
  • Time to pay up, Mayor Goodman! [@mayoroflasvegas, NBCSW]
  • Finally, relive Ovechkin and Backstrom’s scene-stealing turn at last night’s Awards...

...and the outtakes, as well.