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Thursday Caps Clips: Staying Positive

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps are in a slump but focusing on the silver linings, a Trotz tribute awaits and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • As negotiations to hopefully avoid another lockout continue, the NHL and NHLPA have decided not to go forward with the World Cup of Hockey this fall. [NHL, AP]
  • There’s no question that the Caps are in a slump right now - but they’re choosing to focus on the positives. [WaPo]
  • So what’s behind the recent skid? That and more in a weekly Caps mailbag. [NBCSW]
  • Congrats to Caps’ prospect Chase Priskie on being named a Hobey Baker nominee. [Quinnipiac, NCAA]
  • Excellent news: when Barry Trotz makes his return to Capital One Arena tomorrow, his old team will have a tribute video waiting for him. [WaPo]
  • Of course, according to Trotz, it’s just another game. Sure, Barry ;) [NHL]
  • A fan expresses gratitude to the first coach to bring a Stanley Cup to DC. [NoVa Caps]
  • A few leftovers from... whatever that was Tuesday night. If you must. [Caps, RMNB]
  • Call him a dinosaur if you must (and John Tortorella does, albeit affectionately), but you don’t get to 1000 games like Brooks Orpik did without adapting. [AP]
  • A look at how the Caps have fared against the Western Conference this season. (Spoiler: it ain’t pretty.) [NoVa Caps]
  • Healthy tips from the healthy Caps to youth hockey players. [Caps]
  • Fresh off his first career AHL shutout last weekend, Ilya Samsonov posted another one last night in the Bears’ 1-0 OT win over Binghamton. [NoVa Caps]