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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The lockers are clean, the quotes are given... that’s a wrap on the Caps.

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Your savory breakdown day links:

  • Needless to say, the mood at the Caps’ practice facility was a tad more somber than last year. Here’s what everyone had to say:
  • The forwards. [Ovechkin, Backstrom, Wilson, Oshie, Eller, Kuznetsov, Vrana, Hagelin, Connolly, Burakovsky, Dowd, Jaskin, DSP]
  • The blueliners. [Siegenthaler, Djoos, Carlson, Jensen, Niskanen, Orpik, Kempny, Orlov]
  • The goalie. [Holtby]
  • The bosses. [Reirden, MacLellan)]
  • A lot of big decisions await the GM this summer - with the core locked up for at least one more year, the focus will be on the fringes. [WaPo, NBCSW]
  • If Braden Holtby and Nicklas Backstrom have their way, both will be sticking around in DC for the remainder of their respective careers. [NHL]
  • This core is still good enough to make another run at a Cup. [NHL]
  • There were a lot of banged-up bodies on the Caps’ roster by the end of the season, and now they have time to heal. Silver lining! [NBCSW]
  • Among the most banged-up of the players was T.J. Oshie, who talked about the hit that ended the season and his plans to return had the Caps moved on. [NBCSW, WashTimes]
  • At 39 years old and with two Cups under his belt, Brooks Orpik has some decisions to make about his future this summer. [WaPo, WashTimes]
  • The Caps learned a lot of lessons from their Cup run, and even more from the first-round exit that followed it. [AP]
  • They weren’t the only ones - more on the wacky, unpredictable outcomes from the weirdest opening round ever. [PHT]
  • Looks like Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, and Orlov have all gotten the call to join Team Russia at this spring’s World Championship. [NBCSW]
  • Whatever happened to the game puck from the Caps’ Cup-clinching win in Vegas? Hint: it’s in safe, healthy hands. [WTOP]
  • The year in review and a look ahead at the potential for prospect Benton Maass. [NoVa Caps]
  • People may have been right to be concerned about Evgeny Kuznetsov’s playoff performance - and yet he doesn’t seem too concerned. [FiCP]