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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Players and team brass speak to the media as everyone prepares for Day 1 of 2019 Training Camp.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Part II of our countdown of the top 25 players under 25 in the Caps’ organization. [Rink]
  • Training camp gets underway today, and there’s plenty to keep an eye on over the next two weeks. [Vogs]
  • Before the on-ice fun could start, though, the Caps - old and new - had to face the media gauntlet. First up? The GM and coach. [Caps video (MacLellan, Reirden), NoVa Caps (MacLellan)]
  • Next up, a couple of grizzled veteran leaders. [Caps video (Ovechkin, Backstrom), NBCSW (Ovechkin)]
  • And the rest! [Caps video (Oshie, Vrana, Stephenson, Leipsic, Jensen, Holtby, Carlson, Eller, Gudas, Hagelin), NoVa Caps (Wilson, Hagelin)]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov wasn’t made available to the media yesterday, and while his teammates expressed support for him, uncertainty remains about his immediate future. [AP, WaPo, NBCSW (and again)]
  • The update on some players recovering from last season’s injuries: T.J. Oshie is ready for camp, while Michal Kempny should be ready by opening night... ish. [NBCSW]
  • The healing was likely helped by a longer summer than the one that preceded it, for the seriously injured and merely aging alike. [WaPo]
  • The Washington Post’s free commuter paper, Express, shut down suddenly this week - but not before getting to cover 15 big local sports stories (including the biggest a summer ago). [WaPo]
  • A look at what the season ahead may have in store for new Cap Richard Panik. [Peerless]
  • Will the Caps be better in 2019-20? [NBCSW]
  • One thing the Caps will look to improve over last year? The penalty kill. [StarsandSticks]
  • Takeaways from the Prospect Showcase that wrapped up earlier this week in Nashville. [THW]
  • Finally, happy 43rd birthday to Jose Theodore.