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Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Shifting from champs to defending champs, Orpik’s day with the Cup and more.

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • It’s almost time for the Caps to make the tough mental shift from champions to defending champions. [NBCSW]
  • But can they repeat as champs in 2019? [Puck Prose]
  • More previews of the upcoming season for the defending champs. [NBCSW, PHT (3 questions, Reirden under pressure, Wilson feature]
  • New contract in hand and a full season on the top line under his belt, Tom Wilson is poised for success. [NoVa Caps]
  • Little by little, the champs are making their way back to the DC area. Hockey’s in the air! [FiCP]
  • T.J. Oshie had the honor of raising the ‘12 Flag’ (which apparently is a thing) at yesterday’s Seattle Seahawks preseason game. [Seahawks]
  • Meanwhile in Massachusetts, Brooks Orpik got his day with the Cup - ice cream, wine, and the beach? That’ll do. [NHL, NoVa Caps]
  • Devante Smith-Pelly took a few minutes to grade and critique some of the Cup day celebrations of his teammates. Flamethrowers = A+. [Yahoo!]
  • Four goalies whose only NHL game was played in a Caps’ jersey. [Peerless]