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Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Cup heads overseas, the Ballad of Lars and the Puck, getting to know Reid Cashman and more.

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Your savory breakfast of champions links:

  • Will the Caps pay a price for their extended post-season and celly-filled offseason? [Rink]
  • Related: What to expect when you are the returning champion. [NoVa Caps]
  • The Caps are the champs, and become the standard against which the rest of the Metro can be measured. [The Athletic]
  • The Stanley Cup will begin its second Eurotour today when it arrives in Denmark for the first time ever. Lars Eller has a fantastic story about the saga of his Cup-winning puck. After he scored the goal, the Caps on the ice were too busy celebrating to grab the biscuit out of the basket. So no one knew where it went. But a later camera angle showed a Vegas player shooting it into the crowd, and Tony Robbins (yes, that Tony Robbins, who advised the team from time to time throughout the season) was in the stands. Robbins somehow managed to trace/track the fan who caught the puck, some undisclosed amount of compensation changed hands, and he presented the puck to Lars. [, and do watch all the videos of Lars and team cellying]
  • Peter Bondra is holidaying back home in Slovakia, and even he is still pinching himself. He and his 1998 Cup Final teammates are very proud of the whole organization, and he found Alex Ovechkin’s celebrations inspiring. []
  • All the things the Caps have put into Lord Stanley’s Chalice. So far. [WaPo]
  • Recapping the Cup’s first trek across Canada. [FiCP]
  • Oh hai there Andre Burakovsky, who apparently hasn’t missed upper body day for a while now. [RMNB]
  • Signing bonuses have factored heavily into the Caps’ recent player contract structures, and signing bonuses look to be one of the items of contention in the next round of CBA negotiations. Le sigh. [TSN]
  • Here’s a little more background on Reid Cashman, newly-minted assistant coach on Todd Reirden’s staff. Of note - he’s had the job for a month or so. The team announcement was just a formality. [NH Register]
  • The South Carolina Stingrays have introduced their new head coach - Spiros Anastas. He is only 33 and looks even younger, but he has a lot of coaching experience. [ECHL, Post and Courier, Caps Outsider]
  • Finally, happy 68th birthday to Greg Polis, and happy 62nd to Gary Rissling.