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Thursday Caps Clips: Caps @ Canadiens Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps head to La Belle Province for the first of three on the road, first cuts from camp, keep an eye on the Boyd/Dowd battle and more.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast of champions links:

  • The first roster cuts were announced, with the rookies being ticketed back to their junior teams. [WaPo, NoVa Caps, WashTimes, FiCP]
  • The cuts included the Caps’ 2018 first rounder, Alex Alexeyev. He impressed in camp, but he heads back to Red Deer to log some massive minutes for the Rebels. We’ll see him again next summer. [NBCSW]
  • Joe B and Locker preview tonight’s mashup in Montreal. [NBCSW (video)]
  • Brooks Orpik went on 106.7 The Fan to discuss the trade, the buyout, and the real reason he re-signed with Washington. Or at least as much of the story that he is allowed to reveal. [thefandc]
  • Our SB Nation pals down in Carolina preview the Metro Division. [Canes Country]
  • Nic Dowd hails from Tuscaloosa,Alabama and hopes to make a hockey home here in Washington... [WashTimes]
  • ... but he will have to fend off Travis Boyd who is also making a strong bid to be the Caps’ 4th line centerman. [NBCSW]
  • Christian Djoos had a solid freshman season. How will he do as a sophomore? [Peerless]
  • Bobble me this, Devante Smith-Pelly. [Caps Outsider]
  • Pretty entertaining article about the NHL’s most entertaining official, Wes McCauley. And the video with seven minutes of mic’d-up Mac is worth your time. [AP]
  • Finally, happy 68th birthday to Bill Riley.